Vision Festival XIII panel discussion with yours truly

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Like comics? Enjoy cutting-edge music? Interested in what’s going on with New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina? Then come to:

NEW ORLEANS: Culture, Crisis, and Community — a panel discussion
How can music help heal New Orleans? What role should the arts play in rebuilding communities? Why does this city’s storied culture find itself embattled? Why are so many residents still displaced or homeless?

Moderator: Larry Blumenfeld, journalist
Panelists: Kalamu ya Salaam, poet/activist; Kent Jordan, musician/educator; Josh Neufeld [aka

], cartoonist/Red Cross volunteer; Emmanuel Pratt, urban planning researcher/digital media artist; others

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008, 5pm (until about 6:30)

Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center
107 Suffolk Street
New York NY 10002

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Presented by the 13th annual VISION FESTIVAL as a prelude to Wednesday night’s Lifetime Achievement Celebration of Edward “Kidd” Jordan
www.visionfestival.org

"A.D." Chapter 12: "Section H"

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A.D. chapter 12A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge returns with a new installment, “Section H.” It is Thursday, September 1st, three days after the hurricane and two days after the city began flooding. Denise and her family, having been dropped off at the New Orleans Convention Center, find themselves stranded and abandoned, surrounded by thousands of other refugees. And from there things only get worse.

A.D. Chapter 12 — FREE — on SMITH. Read. Comment. Make my day. Make my month!

"A.D." Chapter 11: "Diaspora"

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a.d. chapter 11A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge returns with a new installment, “Diaspora.” In this chapter, Hamid & Mansell discover how dangerous the flooded store can be. Meanwhle, Leo & Michelle realize that they are down to their last few dollars. Nursing a Starbucks coffee in Houston, they try to figure out what to do next. In Tallahassee, Kevin’s parents deliver unwelcome news. And we return to Hamid’s store, where his concern for Mansell’s well-being intensifies. All this and more in “Diaspora.”

A.D. Chapter 11 — FREE — on Smith. Read. Comment. Make my day.

"A.D." Chapter 10: "Something In The Water"

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Just posted on the spiffy redesigned SMITH site is A.D. Chapter 10: “Something In The Water.” In this episode, the Doctor administers first aid to Katrina survivors gathered at (of course) a Bourbon Street bar. Meanwhile, Hamid & Mansell wade through the chest-high flood waters to bring much needed drinking water to an elderly neighbor. Back in Tallahassee, Kevin and his brothers learn the extent and seriousness of the flooding. And Denise and her family arrive at the Convention Center. And of course the A.D. site features all the usual links, resources, audio clips, press clips, and message board chatter.

Check out Chapter 10 — FREE — on Smith…

"A.D." Chapter 9!!!

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a.d. chapter 9After a bit of a hiatus, A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is back, with a new installment, “Neutral Ground.” In this chapter, we check in with Hamid & Mansell as they wake up from a long night on the roof of Hamid’s maintenance shed. The mosquitoes were out in full force — and other critters are about as well. Meanwhile, Denise & her family have momentarily escaped the water, and are waiting for transport out of the flooded city. And in Houston, Leo & Michelle are using the Internet to determine how much water hit their neighborhood. It is Wednesday, August 31, two days after Katrina.

Check out Chapter 9 — FREE — on Smith…

A.D. Chapter 8: "The Bowl Effect" (Part 2)

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Chapter 8, the latest episode of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, is now up at SMITH. Titled “The Bowl Effect, Part 2,” it shows the post-Katrina flooding of New Orleans — through the eyes of grocery store-owner Hamid and his pal Mansell. Reluctant to abandon the store and fearful of looters, the two men hunker down in the rising waters.

Check it out here (where you can also catch up with the whole story, from the very first chapter, as well as read a sampling of some of the wonderful media coverage we’ve been receiving).

Please leave a comment on the site, if you’re so inclined! We love feedback.

Also, if you’re in NYC this evening, why not drop by the Comic Book Club: A Live Weekly Talk Show about Comic Books. Hosted by Justin Tyler, Pete LePage, and Alex Zalben, it features dangoldman aka Dan Goldman (Shooting War),jahfurry aka Jeff Newelt (SMITH Comix Editor, Heeb), and 4_eyez aka Josh Neufeld aka yours truly (A.D., American Splendor)

Tuesday, November 20 @ 8:00 PM.
The Peoples Improv Theater: 154 West 29th Street, 2nd Floor (between 6th and 7th Aves.)
Tickets: $5
Phone: 1-800-838-3006; Questions? 212-563-7488

"A.D." Chapter Six: "Flotsam & Jetsam"

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In A.D. chapter 6, “Flotsam & Jetsam,” we discover how Denise withstands the hurricane in her apartment. (Answer: just barely.) In addition, we check in with our other characters, including The Doctor and his guests in the French Quarter, Hamid and Mansell at the grocery store in Uptown, Kevin and his family in Tallahassee, and Leo and Michelle in Houston. It is Monday, August 29, 2005, and no one is aware that the levees have been breached.

I worked my butt off to get this new chapter done in time for Katrina’s second anniversary. In fact, to get it done for the Sunday before Katrina’s second anniversary. And it paid off, as the outside world has really begun to pay attention to A.D. In the past week alone, A.D. was featured in:

  • the Toronto Star
  • the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • the New Orleans Times-Picayune

    And I was interviewed by NPR and Canada’s CityNews International.

    … with the L.A. Times, the American Prospect, and CityTV WebNation coming soon.

    I can’t say how gratifying it is to know that new eyeballs are coming to the strip just as it’s beginning to hit its stride. Some of the reader comments have really made me proud to be a comics storyteller. I’ll always be able to go back to them for inspiration the next time I’m working 14-hour days, sitting up ’til 3 A.M. nightly to get the next chapter done. Thanks, everyone!

  • A.D. Chapter 4: "Zero Hour"

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    Hey there, where y’at? I just finished, and SMITH just posted, the latest chapter of my serialized graphic novel, A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. It’s chapter 4, but is pretty much the second part of chapter 3, as our characters do what they can to avoid and/or prepare for the hurricane.

    So go now, please, and check it out. And feel free to comment (at the site), if you feel so inclined…