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Creating Comics! by Paul Gulacy, Spencer Drate, Judith Salavetz

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Job:05-19413 Title:Creating Comics
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(Text)
Title: Bag of Mice, pp. 1–2
Media: Pen on Bristol board, Photoshop
Title: Flotsam & Jetsam
Client: SMITH magazine
Media: Pen on Bristol board, Photoshop
Creative Process
A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is about
escaping and surviving Hurricane Katrina—
and what happens next in the lives of a
cross-section of Crescent City residents,
inspired by my experience as a post-
Katrina Red Cross volunteer. It tells the story
of Katrina and its aftermath from the per-
spective of real people still dealing with the
storm each and every day. The characters
are real—the dialogue is taken from direct
quotes, and the depictions of the insides of
their homes is real, down to the DVDs on
their shelves and collars on their dogs.
The A.D. site (www.smithmag.net/
afterthedeluge) includes related hyperlinks
within many of the panels, an active blog,
reader comments, a Hurricane Katrina
resource library, and video and audio
interviews with the actual characters from
the story. A.D. is a nonfiction graphic
novel, a bold approach to storytelling, and
a multifaceted peek into the personal tales
emerging from the storm of the century.
J
osh Neufeld’s comics about his travel experiences in
Southeast Asia and Central Europe are told in the Xeric
Award–winning graphic novel A Few Perfect Hours.
He is currently writing and drawing the serialized
graphic novel A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, a true
story about Hurricane Katrina, for SMITH magazine.
Neufeld is the creator of the comic book The Vagabonds,
and cocreator of both Keyhole and Titans of Finance: True
Tales of Money & Business. He is a longtime artist for
Harvey Pekar’s American Splendor and has contributed to
many comics’ anthologies. Neufeld is a founding member of
the comics collective ACT-I-VATE and a contributing artist to
the New York City theater group, the Civilians.
Neufeld’s comics have also appeared in (among many
others) ReadyMade, the Village Voice, Fortune Small Busi-
ness, the Austin American-Statesman, the Chicago Reader,
the Common Review, and In These Times, and have been
translated into French and Serbian.
Bag of Mice is the second comics’ collaboration between
Neufeld and poet/memoirist Nick Flynn. Flynn is the author,
most recently, of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. He is
also credited with being artistic collaborator and “field poet”
on the 2006 Academy Award–nominated documentary film
Darwin’s Nightmare.
Josh Neufeld
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Job:05-19413 Title:Creating Comics
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(Text)
Josh Neufeld
Title: Flotsam & Jetsam
Client: SMITH magazine
Media: Pen on Bristol board, Photoshop
Creative Process
A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge is about
escaping and surviving Hurricane Katrina—
and what happens next in the lives of a
cross-section of Crescent City residents,
inspired by my experience as a post-
Katrina Red Cross volunteer. It tells the story
of Katrina and its aftermath from the per-
spective of real people still dealing with the
storm each and every day. The characters
are real—the dialogue is taken from direct
quotes, and the depictions of the insides of
their homes is real, down to the DVDs on
their shelves and collars on their dogs.
The A.D. site (www.smithmag.net/
afterthedeluge) includes related hyperlinks
within many of the panels, an active blog,
reader comments, a Hurricane Katrina
resource library, and video and audio
interviews with the actual characters from
the story. A.D. is a nonfiction graphic
novel, a bold approach to storytelling, and
a multifaceted peek into the personal tales
emerging from the storm of the century.
Neufeld’s comics have also appeared in (among many
others) ReadyMade, the Village Voice, Fortune Small Busi-
ness, the Austin American-Statesman, the Chicago Reader,
the Common Review, and In These Times, and have been
translated into French and Serbian.
Bag of Mice is the second comics’ collaboration between
Neufeld and poet/memoirist Nick Flynn. Flynn is the author,
most recently, of Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. He is
also credited with being artistic collaborator and “field poet”
on the 2006 Academy Award–nominated documentary film
Darwin’s Nightmare.
Josh Neufeld
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