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Danica Novgorodoff’s Slow Storm

     Mother Nature’s bag of calamity can deliver some life altering moments for people under the constant eye of approaching doom. Gustav slowly tears through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, people
    evacuate from nearby coastal cities as impending hurricane forces
    threaten to destroy everything that it touches. The aftermath of a
    phenomena such as hurricanes and tornadoes changes the perspective of
    an individual for quite some time.  Danica Novgorodoff is a writer, painter,
    photographer, and comics artist that easily interlopes into the natural world of
    destruction that scars people for a lifetime. The graphic novel Slow
    Storm is a well paced visual anticipation of life in a metaphor of
    illustrated symbols. The mixed media in her panels are a storm
    juxtaposition of colors that give you a sense of awe.

    A firefighter in rural Kentucky, Ursa searches for her
    place in life, struggling to meet her own expectations.  When a tornado
    hits her town, the ensuing chaos brings her world into sharp focus,
    somehow making everything clearer, and Ursa finds that she just can’t
    stomach the way her life is going.  It is then that she meets Rafi, an
    illegal immigrant whose life isn’t going the way he’d pictured it
    either.  Their encounter is the catalyst for Ursa and Rafi, who take
    different roads to the realization that wanting your life to change
    isn’t enough to make it happen. 
     Slow Storm stands
    apart as a graphic novel with its literary heart and charged,
    atmospheric watercolor and ink artwork. The storm builds around the
    characters and inside them, and moments of violence and tenderness
    suddenly crack like lightning. With Slow Storm, Danica Novgorodoff
    takes her place as a talent to be reckoned with in the literary world. 
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