Nikita Richardson
December 08, 2015 3:14 pm

Canadian luminary Margaret Atwood is a lot of things: Poet, author, environmental activist, inventor, children’s storyteller. And now she can add a new job to her resume: Graphic novelist.

Today, the author revealed that she’s begun to work on a graphic novel for Dark Horse Comics, a comic book publisher known for works like Hellboy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Sin City.

Atwood’s new comic will be entitled Angel Catbird and over the course of three books will tell the story of a superhero who develops his powers after a run-in with some weird science. “Due to some spilled genetic Super-Splicer, our hero got tangled up with both a cat and an owl; hence his fur and feathers, and his identity problems,” Atwood told the New York Times.

Through her hero’s animal hybridism, Atwood hopes to highlight the cause of Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives, an organization run by Nature Canada, the country’s oldest conservation charity. 

Atwood is not the first distinguished writer to make the jump to the graphic novel medium. In September, award-winning journalist and National Book Award winner Ta-Nehisi Coates revealed that he will work on a new installment of Marvel’s Black Panther comic book series, due next spring.

Meanwhile, the first installment of Angel Catbird is expected to drop in Fall 2016. Image Comics’ Johnnie Christmas will illustrate.

(Image via Dark Horse Comics)

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