A.D. : New Orleans After the Deluge & Clip-Art Comics

November 4, 2008 - January 10, 2009
Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases
A.D. : New Orleans After the Deluge

by Josh Neufeld

I have been drawing comics since I was four years old. My earliest influences were Hergé's The Adventures of Tintin and Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson's teamwork on Superman. Starting from this young age, I wanted to tell stories about superheroes, and be a superhero myself!

Today, real stories interest me most. I try to use comics to explore unconventional subjects, to treasure the strangeness of real life and to appreciate the little details of daily existence.

In my 2004 book A Few Perfect Hours (Alternative Comics), I combined my love of Tintin's adventures with stories of my own real-life travels, particularly the "adventures" I shared with my then-girlfriend (now wife) during the year we spent backpacking around the world.

In 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina, I spent three weeks as an American Red Cross volunteer in Biloxi, Mississippi. I turned the blog entries I kept about that experience into a self-published book, Katrina Came Calling. That led me to SMITH Magazine in 2007-2008, where I told the stories of six real-life survivors of Hurricane Katrina in A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge.

I continue to work in the realm of nonfiction comics.

BPL Exhibition, Josh NeufeldJosh Neufeld has been a published comics artist for more than 20 years, with his work appearing in his own titles, comics anthologies, daily newspapers, alternative weeklies, exhibitions and more. He is currently finishing the hardcover book edition of A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge, which is forthcoming from Pantheon Graphic Novels in summer 2009. A 2004 Xeric Award winner, he is a founding member of the online comics collective ACT-I-VATE. He is also an associate artist with The Civilians, a New York-based theater company. He earned a B.A. from Oberlin College in Ohio.

To contact the artist:
jmrn@joshcomix.com | www.joshcomix.com

 

Clip-Art Comics

by David Rees

My work has been influenced by the Minutemen (a 1980s punk band), stand-up comedians like Richard Pryor and conversations with my friends. In fact, just after America bombed Afghanistan in response to the events of September 11, I created the first Get Your War On cartoons from transcriptions of conversations I had with a friend.

I will retire from political cartooning when Bush leaves office in January 2009.

BPL Exhibition, David ReesDavid Rees has shown his work in a variety of ways. His comic series, Get Your War On, has been published in Rolling Stone, was featured as animation on http://www.huffingtonpost.com/236-com and took to the stage in a theatrical adaptation, which won the Best Original Work from an Ensemble Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. He has also exhibited work at the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University and at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York. He earned a B.A. from Oberlin College.

To contact the artist:
dr@mnftiu.cc | www.getyourwaron.com