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The weekend is almost here! What geeking things will you all be up to? Sound off in the comments below.

While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Missoulian – UM grad’s debut novel ‘The Obsoletes’ tackles adolescence, through the eyes of robots – This sounds interesting.

CBC – Ken Steacy teams up with Margaret Atwood to explore the Golden Age of Canadian comic books – Want.

The Michigan Daily – Graphic Content: Investigating Ann Arbor’s independent comics scene through a trans lens – Some interesting comics to check out.

CNET – Petition calls on Netflix to cancel Amazon Prime’s ‘blasphemous’ Good Omens – Not comic related, but too funny to not share.

Reviews

The Beat – Back Stab #1
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Captain America #11
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Justice League #26
Talking Comics –
Middlewest #8
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Sabrina the Teenage Witch #3
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Talking Comics – Superman: Year One #1
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Tony Stark: Iron Man #13
Comics Bulletin – Usagi Yojimbo #1

Review: The Handmaid’s Tale

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Margaret Atwood has been one of my favorite authors for a very long time, and this was before every media outlet decided to adapt her work for television. Her ability to convey hurt, despair, and triumph despite circumstance, is what makes her a unique storyteller. The way she portrays her protagonists, you not only fall in love with them, you hope to be as brave as them.

I found about her, years before the famous adaptations, through a girl I was dating. It was through her love of Atwood’s work that I became enamored as well. The way she described each book, made me feel like these were places you had to visit. The first book, that she introduced me to was The Blind Assassin, a complicated murder mystery shrouded in family history and forbidden love.

I always wondered how her books would translate to comic form. She gave us an original story in Angel Catbird but it was her prose novels that deserve even further examination. For the first time, fans of hers will get to see how the world of Offred is brought to life via comic form in The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel.

We are dropped in the Red Centre. What was a gym, has now become the sleeping quarters for hundreds of women, all whom are silenced and their names taken. We meet Offred, a young lady who is less than a prisoner, as she becomes beholden to the man of the house, The Commander. We soon find out that in this world women are slaves. In this America, men hold power absolutely. We also meet the Commander’s wife, a wretched woman who sees Offred as another in a long line of women who will fail to bear the Commander a child. We also meet Nick, the Commander’s chauffeur, and someone Offred falls for. There’s Aunt Lydia, an austere warden of the women who bare children and a strict disciplinarian of any woman who gets out of line. Soon Offred gets into dangerous territory, an illicit affair with the Commander beyond the function of child bearing. The Commander also becomes infatuated with her.

Overall, the graphic novel is a skillful exploration of how humanity can turn on its own and the evil that can be resurrected when the dark recesses are left to wander in the minds of men in power. The story by Margaret Atwood is scary, heart wrenching, and unforgettable. The adaptation and illustration by Renee Nault are articulate and gorgeous. Altogether, if you loved the book and the television show, this interpretation is paramount to your understanding of this world.

Story: Margaret Atwood Adaptation: Renee Nault Art: Renee Nault
Story: 10 Adaptation: 9.5 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid’s Tale

(W) Margaret Atwood (A) Renee Nault
In Shops: Mar 27, 2019
SRP: $22.95

An instant classic when it was published in 1985, Atwood’s genre-bending, dystopian story comes to life in this new, beautifully illustrated graphic novel. The story is iconic: In the Republic of Gilead, a Handmaid named Offred lives in the home of the Commander, to the purpose that she become pregnant with his child. Stripped of her most basic freedoms, (work, property, her own name), Offred remembers a different time, not so long ago, when she was valuable for more than her viable ovaries, when she was mother to a daughter she could keep, and when she and her husband lived and loved as equals. Darkly prescient, scathingly sarcastic, and eminently frightening, The Handmaid’s Tale has only gained relevance since it was originally published, and remains one of the most powerful, widely read stories of our times.

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The Handmaid’s Tale Gets a Graphic Novel Adaptation this March

Margaret Atwood‘s The Handmaid’s Tale is an influential work of fiction. The dystopian world exploring the subjugation of women and patriarchy feels ahead of its time as we discuss these very things in today’s world. Published in 1985, the book has been adapted into a motion picture, radio play, stage play, opera, and the award winning television show. On March 26, 2019, McClelland & Stewart in Canada and Doubleday in the US will publish the first ever graphic novel adaptation.

The Handmaid’s Tale Graphic Novel features the art of Renée Nault — a Canadian artist and frequent illustrator for the Los Angeles Times. Atwood selected Nault to adapt the work. The 240 full-color watercolor pages took Nault over two years to complete from the initial sketches to the final pages.

This isn’t Atwood’s first foray into the world of comics. She has recently written Angel Catbird and War Bears which are published by Dark Horse.

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Margaret Atwood’s Animal Kingdom Expands at Dark Horse

Dark Horse has purrfect additions for Margaret Atwood fans’ bookshelves! From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Handmaid’s Tale, comes War Bears, a historical fiction comic series that traces the Golden Age of comic books, and The Complete Angel Catbird, a trade collection of the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel.

War Bears is Margaret Atwood’s latest foray into the graphic novel medium alongside visual storyteller Ken Steacy. Steacy is an Eisner and Inkpot Award-winning creator and Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame Inductee. War Bears follows comic book creator Al Zurakowski, who dreams of making it big in the early world of Canadian comics publishing. Al creates Oursonette, a fictional Nazi-fighting superheroine, at the peak of World War II. This three-issue miniseries explores the early days of comics in Toronto, a brutal war that greatly strains Al personally and professionally, and how the rise of post-war American comics put an end to his dreams.

The Complete Angel Catbird is a beautiful trade collection of the New York Times bestselling Angel Catbird graphic novel series. Artist Johnnie Christmas and colorist Tamra Bonvillain joined Margaret Atwood on the critically acclaimed three-volume series. Dark Horse published Angel Catbird in tandem with Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives, an initiative led by Nature Canada, the oldest conservation charity in Canada. Angel Catbird follows the adventures of a genetic engineer caught in the middle of a chemical accident as he discovers new superhuman abilities. With these new powers, he takes on the identity of Angel Catbird and gets caught in the middle of a war between animal/human hybrids. What follows is a humorous, action-driven, educational, and pulp-inspired superhero adventure—with a lot of cat puns.

The first issue of War Bears goes on sale September 5, 2018 for $4.99 soon.

The Complete Angel Catbird goes on sale October 03, 2018. The 320-page trade collection retails for $24.99.

Find Out The Secret Loves of Geeks Next Valentine’s Day

In honor of Pride Month, Dark Horse Comics has announced the second installment of the illustrated prose and comics anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls with The Secret Loves of Geeks. Editor Hope Nicholson returns to assemble a dazzling mix of prose, comics, and illustrated stories from a variety of creators.

Cartoonists and professional geeks tell the most intimate, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories about love, sex, and dating; featuring creators of all genders, orientations, and cultural backgrounds. The anthology includes work by Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale), Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy), Patrick Rothfuss (The Name of the Wind), Dana Simpson (Phoebe and Her Unicorn), Gabby Rivera (America), Hope Larson (Batgirl), Cecil Castellucci (Soupy Leaves Home), Valentine de Landro (Bitch Planet), Marley Zarcone (Shade), Sfé R. Monster (Beyond: A queer comics anthology), Amy Chu (Wonder Woman), and more. Becky Cloonan (The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys) illustrates the gorgeous and “catastic” cover.

The Secret Loves of Geeks drops Valentines Day, February 14, 2018!

In Honor of National Bird Day a Preview of Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird Vol. 2

In honor of National Bird Day, today January 5, Dark Horse Books has released preview pages from Angel Catbird Volume 2: To Castle Catula by Margaret Atwood, artist Johnnie Christmas, and colorist Tamra Bonvillain. Angel Catbird is being published by Dark Horse Books in tandem with Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives, an initiative led by Nature Canada, the oldest conservation charity in Canada. Angel Catbird is the latest environmentally charged book by Atwood, who was named the recipient of the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize for her political and environmental activism.

In the release Atwood said:

Angel Catbird 2 will be released on Valentine’s Day, named after Saint Valentine. Almost nothing is known about this saint, making the mysterious figure a suitable icon for love of all kinds – people who love birds, people who love cats, people who love both, and, to round it off, Angel Catbirds who love both catfolk and birdfolk. Then there’s Count Catula, who, being a cat/bat/vampire, has many more Wives of Catula than Dracula had Wives of Dracula! If you don’t want to say it with flowers on Valentine’s Day, say it with Catbirds. Your beloved will understand. I hope.

All three volumes of Angel Catbird are 6 x 9 full color hardcovers, priced at $14.99 each. Volume 2 goes on sale on February 14, followed by Volume 3 on July 4, 2017. Angel Catbird Volume 1 has spent more than a dozen weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

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Dark Horse Books Reveals The First Look at Angel Catbird

This fall, Dark Horse Books will publish one of the most eagerly anticipated and unusual books of the year: Angel Catbird, the first graphic novel by Margaret Atwood, the Man Booker Award-winning author of The Blind Assassin, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Heart Goes Last. For her first graphic novel, Atwood is collaborating with artist Johnnie Christmas and colorist Tamra Bonvillain for a weird and wonderful tale about a part-cat, part-bird superhero.

Angel Catbird is the latest politically charged book by Atwood, who was recently named the recipient of the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize for her political and environmental activism. Angel Catbird is being published by Dark Horse Books in tandem with Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives, an initiative led by Nature Canada, the oldest conservation charity in the country.

Angel Catbird (978-1-50670-063-2) will be a 3 volume series of 6” x 9” full color hardcovers, priced at $14.99 each. More information about the Angel Catbird graphic novels and Nature Canada’s campaign will be released throughout 2016.

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Dark Horse to Publish The Secret Loves of Geek Girls

Dark Horse Comics has announced plans to publish the highly anticipated anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls. Editor Hope Nicholson has assembled a dazzling mix of prose, comics, and illustrated stories about love, dating, and sex featuring more than fifty creators, including Booker Award–winning novelist Margaret Atwood, Mariko Tamaki, Trina Robbins, Gisèle Lagacé, Marguerite Bennett, Marjorie Liu, and Carla Speed McNeil. It also features a foreword by Kelly Sue DeConnick and a new cover by Noelle Stevenson.

The anthology was originally funded through Kickstarter and will be published through Dark Horse in October 2016.

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls includes:

  • Cartoons by award-winning novelist Margaret Atwood that detail her personal experiences as a young woman
  • A comic by Fionna Adams and Jen Vaughn about what it’s like being a trans woman trying to figure out romantic and sexual inclinations while entrenched in comics
  • A story by Mariko Tamaki and Fiona Smyth in which a seventeen-year-old Tamaki dreams of being Montreal’s first chubby Asian Frank N. Furter
  • A story by Marguerite Bennett about fandom and how it allows us to say what we feel to our loved ones
  • New comics by Meaghan Carter, Megan Kearney, ALB, Meags Fitzgerald, Gillian G., Diana Nock, Roberta Gregory, Laura Neubert, Sarah Winifred Searle, Natalie Smith, Jenn Woodall, and Irene Koh
  • Illustrated stories by Janet Hetherington, Sam Maggs and Selena Goulding, Megan Lavey-Heaton and Isabelle Melançon, Cherelle Ann Sarah Higgins and Rachael Wells, Annie Mok, and Stephanie Cooke and Deena Pagliarello
  • Prose stories by Brandy Dawley, Diana McCallum, Jen Aprahamian, Katie West, Adrienne Kress, Soha Kareem, Loretta Jean, J. M. Frey, Trina Robbins, Twiggy Tallant, Hope Nicholson, Crystal Skillman, Emma Woolley, Gita Jackson, Natalie Zina Walschots, Alicia Contestabile, Tini Howard, Cara Ellison, Jessica Oliver Proulx, and Erin Cossar

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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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