Josh Neufeld maakte een webcomic over 'Katrina'

New Orleans na de ramp

Op Smith Magazine heeft de Amerikaanse tekenaar Josh Neufeld een webcomic geplaatst die de wind- en waterramp 'Katrina' in New Orleans tot onderwerp heeft: 'A.D. New Orleans after the deluge'. Heel mooi getekend, heel goed verteld. Volgend jaar verschijnt er een papieren versie bij Panther Books.
Hier vind je de hele strip, een filmpje over de maker, een dagboek over de ramp en opmerkingen over Gustav:


Gustav in the Gulf

"The third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina has just passed, and now another huge storm — Gustav — is bearing down on the Gulf Coast and New Orleans, with forecasts of it hitting the area late Monday. Predicting a hurricane’s path is a very imperfect science, so it’s possible the city may dodge the bullet (as it had so many times in the past—before Katrina). But Katrina taught us that it’s far better to be safe than sorry.

New Orleans mayor Ray Nagin called Gustav “the storm of the century” and ordered a mandatory evacuation of the city today. Thousands of people are streaming out of the region as I write this. Things seem to be proceeding much more smoothly this time than in 2005, with government agencies working together to provide transportation options for just about everybody. Trains and buses are ferrying evacuees to Alexandria, Shreveport, and other northern Louisiana locations—and this time people can take their pets. To deter looting, the National Guard plans on sending a lot more troops into the city this time around. As an incentive to get everyone to leave, New Orleans is not providing any “shelters of last resort” (like the Convention Center or the Superdome), which seeing what happened at those places after Katrina might be a good thing. Even though the levees have been repaired and “shored up” since Katrina, they are still not designed to withstand more than a Category 3 hurricane; Gustav could end up as a Category 5.

Our A.D. characters are all preparing for the storm in their own ways. Leo & Michelle left New Orleans for Little Rock, Arkansas, late last night. They have relatives in the area in case they can’t return directly after the hurricane. Denise’s mom and niece still live in Baton Rouge; now that Denise has a car, she has a lot more options in terms of evacuating. Hamid lives in the suburb of Metairie, and after his experience with Katrina has no desire to ride out the storm in his store again. This time, he’ll take his family to shelter together. Finally, Kevin is safely ensconced in his college dorm in Ohio; his father was planning a Katrina memorial with his church, but obviously will be overseeing the community’s safe evacuation.

The Doctor, however, in typical high spirits, said he would ignore the mayor’s mandatory evacuation, like “one-third of the rest of the population will do. A mandatory evacuation is not a forced evacuation. No way they can pry me out of the Quarter.” (Remember, even after Katrina, the French Quarter suffered minimal flooding. High ground is a wonderful thing!) In preparation for the storm, the Doctor has stocked up on dog food and water. He also took out a “wad of cash” and loaded his gun, which he got after Katrina.

So to my relief everyone seems to be preparing for the new storm as best they can. As for me, the Red Cross contacted me yesterday, asking about my availability for another Gulf Coast deployment. This time around, with a young baby and a much busier schedule—including a deadline for finishing the book portion of A.D.—I don’t think I can spare the two-week commitment. It’s painful to think I can’t offer my help this time, but I know that thousands of other volunteers are ready and willing, with many already on their way to the Gulf Coast."


En over de Twin Towers... 

Lees in dit verband ook het boek 'Stof en As. De neerslag van 11 september in kunst en populaire cultuur'

"De aanslagen op de Twin Towers en het Pentagon op elf september 2001 zal niemand zijn vergeten. Niet alleen de wereldpolitiek, maar ook de kunsten en de populaire cultuur zorgen daar wel voor. Ze dragen bij aan de beeldvorming rond ‘elf september’ door de gebeurtenissen op geheel eigen wijze weer te geven: zelfs superman blijkt in zijn stripwereld de aanslag niet te kunnen voorkomen, en wanneer Franse romanschrijvers het over elf september hebben, zegt dat vooral iets over het Franse declinisme en antiamerikanisme.

Stof en as werpt zich niet op een politieke analyse, maar onderzoekt hoe in kunst en populaire cultuur de aanslagen van elf september hun beslag kregen. In de nasleep van de aanslagen woedde een ware strijd tussen media, politiek, kunst, populaire cultuur en de man in de straat over de betekenis ervan. Hoe wordt ‘elf september’ herinnerd? We krijgen inzicht in de werking van het culturele geheugen door te kijken hoe kunst en populaire cultuur in de afgelopen vijf jaar, soms voorzichtig, soms wanhopig en dan weer kritisch, vorm gaven aan ‘elf september’.

Met bijdragen van Jaap van der Bent, Joost de Bloois, Stef Craps, Aleid Fokkema, Vincent Meelberg, Liedeke Plate, Franc Schuerewegen, Marc Smeets, Anneke Smelik, Martijn Stevens, Kristiaan Versluys, Wouter Weijers."