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Margaret Atwood tries her hand at graphica with new series

Margaret Atwood Angel CatBirdMargaret Atwood has signed a three-book deal with Oregon-based publisher Dark Horse to write a series of graphic novels.

Atwood’s comic story will focus on the character Angel Catbird, a part-human, part-cat, part-owl superhero, and will be illustrated by Vancouver-based comic creator Johnnie Christmas. The first book is slated to appear in fall 2016.

This will be the author’s first foray into full-length graphic storytelling, though not her first into the world of comics. She once drew the strip Kanadian Kulture Komic for This Magazine, and more recently contributed to the anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls. Hope Nicholson, the anthology’s editor, is serving as a consulting editor for the Angel Catbird trilogy.

Dark Horse is a eclectic publisher, known mainly for its licensed adaptations of such films and TV shows as Star Wars and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as creator-owned series like Sin City, Hellboy, and 300.

Angel Catbird is being published to coincide with Nature Canada’s Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives campaign, and is aimed at readers of all ages.