Margaret Atwood is one of the most important writers of the modern era, period. Her dark dystopian visions have made for incredibly entertaining and jarring fiction. There is more to her than dark science fiction however, she is a very accomplished poet, environmentalist, and in 2008 even wrote the libretto to an opera.
But it turns out, she’s always been a comic book writer at heart.
In a PREVIEWS world Exclusive interview that was conducted at the Dark Horse Comics booth for this year’s San Diego Comic Con Atwood said, “I started with drawing comics when I was a very, very young person. Only later did I become a novelist.”
Her first professional attempt at comic book fame is entitled Angel Catbird. It’s about a scientist who, through a freak lab accident (of course) has his genes spliced with those of an owl and a cat. The resulting super hero can, “see both sides of the complex cat/bird relationship.” If you couldn’t tell, there is a fair amount of tongue-in-cheek humor to this graphic novel while also raising awareness of environmental issues, especially rare and migratory bird conservation.
Environmental activism has been a hallmark of Atwood’s fiction and her personal life for decades. Recently, Margaret Atwood won 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, www.catsandbirds.ca, an initiative led by Nature Canada, the oldest conservation charity in the country.
Margaret Atwood will be visiting Traverse City on October 20, 2016 as part of the National Writers Series and will be discussing her new novel Hag-Seed, a modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. I would highly recommend getting tickets for this event as she is a literary and cultural icon. It doesn’t get much better than Margaret Atwood.