The terrific Smith Magazine just published Chapter 4 of its webcomic about the New Orleans disaster, called A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge. It's a true story about real people who lived in New Orleans and survived the disaster and its aftermath. The website also has podcast interviews with the people portrayed in the comic. It's an excellent way to present the personal stories of people affected by the natural disaster and the monumental government failure that followed.
(Here's a YouTube video about the comic, which is drawn by American Splendor artist, Josh Neufeld.)
Larry Smith: editor and publisher of Smith magazine adds:
This series about Abu Ghraib is one of the most interesting things we've ever done:
"Behind the Hood," artist Daniel Heyman's series of Abu Ghraib prisoners' words and images.
Heyman was invited to Amman, Jordan where former prisoners were being deposed. He listened to their stories, took notes--and made art. “I began drawing their faces as the interviews got underway, listening to the reporting of biographical information through the translator, the number of children they had, where they lived, but mostly concentrating on getting a good start on the portrait."
Neglected public payphones in New York City are being turned into “GuyFi” stations: a place where one can rub one out for the sake of “stress relief.” Annalee Newitz reports on the wank booths from a company named “Hot Octopus”… The company reported that at least 100 men used the booth on its opening day […]
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
A leaked Comcast memo discloses that the company’s consumer data caps have nothing to do with network congestion, contrary to its public claims. The internet service provider has often complained (such as when lobbying against net neutrality) that it must impose limits on service to prevent network congestion. The argument suggests that these measures are […]
Remember back to the time when people thought java was just a hip way to talk about coffee? Or you vaguely remembered from geography class that it’s an island in the South Pacific? We’ve come a long way since then and now that we’ve rocket blasted into the tech future, you’re going to need to […]
Plastic is so 2013. You don’t want to buy something only to throw it away or lose it and barely care. You like nice things and want to hang onto them. The Plazmatic lighter here is a high quality, high tech alternative to the typical cheap, plastic lighter you get at the old gas station. […]
Real engineers build things. Super cool engineers build things with their hands and fingers, like our engineering forefathers did. No idea where to even begin to do that? This step by step Arduino course is now 92% off and is going to get you up and running, from zero to hero, in no time. So […]