Why did this take four years?
The satirical spirit of New Orleans humor is on full display in "The Ray Nagin Coloring Book," the creation of local artist Karen Ocker (New Basin Press, $9.95).
Some of Nagin's more colorful quotable remarks are accompanied by Ocker's witty line drawings.
It's adult entertainment, for sure -- remember "I stand before you, a vagina friendly mayor. I am in?" Or laugh at Nagin as a staggering mouse, laboring under a huge burden of cheese, , saying "I have change a lot and moved a lot of people's cheese. See recovery czar Ed Blakely in bed with "Hizzoner," saying "There will be cranes in the sky, buffoons," while visions of birds dance above their heads.
The book begins with Nagin's outraged demand for help during the Katrina crisis and moves through the "chocolate city" speech, to his Jamaica trip, the LSU/VA hospital plans, to his quarantine for swine flu in China, with sources attributed on the last page.
A hard rain's a-gonna fall!