A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

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A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

A.D. 2015 update: "AD10K"
A.D. Academic Resources
"Common Read" selection at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, St. Edward's University, Washington State University—Vancouver, SUNY Brockport, Bunker Hill Community College, Oklahoma City University, Ben Davis High School

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is a nonfiction graphic novel about seven real-life New Orleanians and their encounters with Hurricane Katrina. A.D. started as a webcomic on SMITH Magazine. Released by Pantheon Graphic Novels in an expanded hardcover edition in 2009, A.D. came out in paperback — cover pictured at left— in August 2010.

At the August 2009 New York release party for A.D., we raised over $1,200 for Common Ground Relief, a grassroots organization based in New Orleans' Ninth Ward.

A.D. was nominated for Eisner and Harvey Awards, and was excerpted in the 2010 edition of Best American Comics, edited by Neil Gaiman. It was a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens selection. In addition, the book was listed on a number of 2009 holiday gift guides, including the New York Times. Vanity Fair magazine declared A.D. to be one of its five "better-than-a-sweater" gift suggestions. And MTV's "Splash Page" blog called A.D. the best nonfiction comic of 2009.

A.D. has been used for high school and college courses, and comes with a free teacher's guide. I have also presented A.D. as part of a number of university "Common Read" programs. A professor recently wrote,

"The students, most of them first-years, dug so many of the decisions you made. For instance, having an introductory page about Katrina and the brief intros to the characters before the story begins — that helped them get hooked by the story. As did effacing your role until the 'Diaspora' section. I also went around the room asking about favorite characters and got almost the full range . . ."

A.D. has been translated into French and Dutch.

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A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. 208 pp., $24.95. hardcover, $16.95 softcover