Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird is a humorous, action-driven, superhero adventure—with a serious side. The graphic novel series is published in tandem with the Keep Cats Safe and Save Bird Lives campaign, led by Nature Canada.
“Angel Catbird is a manifestation of a collision between my comic-reading-and-writing self, the bird blood on my hands from the cats I have loved in my life and my interest in the world of bird conservation,” says Margaret Atwood. “I have been a long-time supporter of Nature Canada and they built the science and conservation side of this campaign.”
The graphic novel series tells the story of a combination cat-owl-human superhero who looks like an angel – “a walking, flying carnivore’s dilemma” (from Atwood’s introduction to Vol 1) . It is a collaboration between Atwood and acclaimed artist Johnnie Christmas (Sheltered) and colourist Tamra Bonvillain (Doom Patrol), and published by Dark Horse Press.
The first two installments in the series were published in 2017, and on July 4th, the stunning conclusion to the trilogy, The Catbird Roars, will be available in stores. It’s all-out war in the madcap conclusion to Angel Catbird’s superhero saga. The evil rat army is aiming for world domination, and only a ragtag gang of half-cats and their bird allies stand in their way.
Angel Catbird reflects the collaborative approach of Keep Cats Safe & Save Bird Lives. Elsewhere these issues have gotten mired in conflict between “cat people” and “bird people”, but we bring together cat people and bird people and encourage everyone to work together for the benefit of both. By taking a constructive approach based in consultation and collaboration, we form alliances, not create divisions, and thereby foster real social change.
“Full of action, romance, humor, and even a message about making our world safe for cats and birds. It’s also beautifully illustrated by Atwood’s collaborators, artist Johnnie Christmas and colorist Tamra Bonvillain.”—Mental Floss
Check out the sneak preview of Angel Catbird: The Catbird Roars below!