MARGARET ATWOOD’S ANIMAL KINGDOM
EXPANDS AT DARK HORSE
Publisher to Release New Comic Series “War Bears” and
“The Complete Angel Catbird” Collection in Fall 2018
Dark Horse Comics 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 (Astro Boy, Iron Man, Tempus Fugitive). 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 (Firebug) and colorist Tamra Bonvillain (Doom Patrol) 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.
Praise for Angel Catbird:
“A fun, pulpy read.”—The Daily Dot
“The cat’s meow.”—New York Daily News
“Angel Catbird is a triumph of genre play, a superhero comic book that looks like a superhero comic book, reads like a superhero comic book, but gleefully capsizes all the usual notions of what a superhero comic book should be.”
—National Public Radio
“An eccentric and entertaining combination of a superhero comic . . .
and an appeal to consider the impact of cats on the environment.”—Publishers Weekly
“Angel Catbird sits at the intersection [of] Atwood’s love for superheroes, cats, birds, and mythology.”—Slate
The first issue of War Bears goes on sale September 5, 2018, and will be available for preorder at your local comic shop for $4.99 soon.
About Margaret Atwood:
Margaret Atwood was born in 1939 in Ottawa and spent the earlier part of her youth in the woods for two thirds of every year. Her novels include The Handmaid’s Tale and Alias Grace — both of which have recently been serialized for streaming — The Blind Assassin (which won the Booker Prize in 2000), The MaddAddam Trilogy, The Heart Goes Last, and Hag-Seed, a novel re-visiting of The Tempest. Her most recent collection of poetry is The Door. Her non-fiction works include Survival, her 1972 attempt to demonstrate that Canadian literature did — at that time – exist,Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, and A Writer on Writing. Her most recent graphic series is Angel Catbird. She has served in various capacities with several organizations, including PEN International and BirdLife International. She continues to be surprised by human behaviour, both noble and not.
About Ken Steacy:
Ken decided at age eleven to become a professional comic book author/illustrator, a dream he realized in 1974. Since then, he has worked in the industry as writer, artist, art director, editor, and publisher, chronicling the exploits ofAstro Boy, Iron Man, Harry Potter, and the Star Wars gang, to name but a few. In addition to creating his own intellectual property, he has also collaborated with other writers, including Douglas Coupland, Harlan Ellison, and Trina Robbins.
He is the recipient of an Eisner and an Inkpot award, and in 2009 was inducted into the Canadian Comic Book Hall of Fame, a lifetime achievement award for contributions to the industry. He currently teaches Comics & Graphic Novels at Camosun College in Victoria BC, a visual storytelling program he co-created with his wife, author/illustrator Joan Steacy.
About Johnnie Christmas:
Johnnie Christmas is the creator of the graphic novel, Firebug. He co-created the #1 New York Times Bestselling graphic novel series Angel Catbird with acclaimed writer Margaret Atwood. He also co-created the critically acclaimed series Sheltered. He is a graduate of the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, earning a BFA in Communication Design/Illustration.
Johnnie makes Vancouver, BC his home.
About Tamra Bonvillain:
Tamra Bonvillain is originally from Augusta, Georgia, and took an interest in art and comics at a young age. After graduating from the local Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in 2000, she majored in art at Augusta State University. She later attended the Joe Kubert School, and upon graduating in 2009, she began working full time as an assistant and designer for Greg Hildebrandt and Jean Scrocco’s company, Spiderwebart. During this time, she also began to take on work as a comics colorist, eventually leaving the company to pursue a career in the comics industry full time. In the years since, she has worked for many major comic publishers, including Dark Horse, DC Entertainment, Dynamite, Boom, Image, and Marvel. She is currently the colorist for Wayward and several other titles.
About Dark Horse:
For more than thirty years, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. Founded in 1986 by Mike Richardson, the company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists. In addition to publishing comics from top talent, such as Eric Powell, Mike Mignola, Geof Darrow, Brian Wood, Gail Simone, Stan Sakai, and Guillermo del Toro, and comics legends, such as Will Eisner, Milo Manara, Kazuo Koike, Neil Gaiman, and Frank Miller, Dark Horse has developed its own successful properties, such as The Mask, Ghost, X, and Barb Wire. Its successful line of comics, manga, and products based on popular properties includes Dragon Age, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan, Tomb Raider, Halo, The Witcher,Serenity, Game of Thrones, and Avatar: The Last Airbender. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic book publisher in the US and is recognized as one of the world’s leading entertainment publishers.
About Nature Canada:
The Keep Cats Safe & Save Bird Lives coalition is led by Nature Canada, the oldest national nature conservation charity in the country. Over the past 75 years, Nature Canada has helped protect over 63 million acres of parks and wildlife areas in Canada and countless species that depend on this habitat. Today, Nature Canada has over 50,000 members and supporters and is the national Voice for Nature in a nature network of more than 350 nature organizations across Canada. See more at: http://naturecanada.ca.