Cartoonist Josh Neufeld is no stranger to calamity. His best-known work, A.D.: New Orleans After The Deluge, saw him working as a comics journalist telling the stories of survivors of Hurricane Katrina in the wreckage of the the Big Easy. And now he’s back, telling a story closer to home in SuperStorm Stories: A Red Hook Family for Medium‘s comic blog The Nib. Serialized in two parts, Neufeld’s comic depicts the remembrances of a Red Hook family of three talking about how their house was flooded during Sandy.
As they recount in Neufeld’s story, they had an sizable collection of comic books, graphic novels and other genre ephemera in their Brooklyn home. Self-described as an “art-centric family,” they had a rather large collection that included a complete run of Tintin down to manga — and they were all lost in the storm. Neufeld really brings home the aftermath when he recounts the family’s efforts to clean up after the storm, describing the process disposing of thousands of water-logged books and magazines that had taken on the appearance of “mangled bodies” as they threw them into garbage bags.
Visit The Nib to read the the first part of Neufeld’s story; the second half is expected to be released next month.