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Margaret Atwood takes on Graphic Novels

Angel CatbirdCelebrated award winning author Margaret Atwood has written poetry, children’s literature, novels, and so much more and she’s returning to comics in 2016 with a new graphic novel to be published by Dark Horse. Angel Catbird will be written by Atwood with art by Johnnie Christmas and will be published next fall.

The story will take place over three graphic novels and is intended for all ages. It’s about a superhero that gets his powers from two animals, a cat and an owl, due to a genetic “super-splicer.”

Acquiring editor Daniel Chabon describes the series as “a strange mix of Will Eisner’s The Spirit, Grant Morrison and Chas Truog’s Animal Man, and Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s Squirrel Girl.”

Atwood is using the graphic novels to help raise awareness for Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives, a program led by Nature Canada, the oldest conservation charity in Canada.

The graphic novels will retail for $10.99.

This isn’t the first time Atwood has tackled comics. She has shown off numerous drawings on her own website, but also was behind Kanadian Kultchur Komix which featured Survivalwoman. Those strips ran in This Magazine from 1975-1980 where she used the pseudonym Bart Gerrard.

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