ATWOOD Margaret

ATWOOD Margaret

Margaret Atwood, poet and novelist drew occasional cartoons for This Magazine under the pseudonym “Bart Gerrard”.

About 2014, Atwood did a story “Comics, Paper Dolls, Glasses, Contacts” for Hope Nicholson’s book The Secret Loves of Geek Girls. From this meeting Hope introduced Margaret to illustrator Johnnie Christmas and publisher Dark Horse to help Margaret with another story she had in mind. The result was the serial Angel Catbird. This project was published in Association with the “Keep Cats Safe” and “Save Bird Lives” initiatives of Nature Canada, which at over 75 years is Canada’s oldest national nature conservation charity.

In 2017, as part of the Globe & Mail’s “The Story Of Canada” fictional series commemorating our sesquicentennial, Margaret Atwood wrote “Oursonette”. Art Director Bryan Gee was looking for an illustrator for the story when art historian Jaleen Grove, who was originally from Victoria and knew Ken Steacy, suggested he would be a good fit. Ken not only illustrated the piece – he and Margaret expanded and reworked it into the graphic novel Warbears.




Content story:

The Secret Loves of Geek Girls….: “…” Bedside Press, 2015
13: “Comics” 14: “Paper Dolls”. 15: “Glasses”. 16: “Contacts”.



Content story & Cover book front:

Good Bones and Simple Murders. McClelland & Stewart Ltd., 1994.

Content story & poetry & Cover book front:

Good Bones. Coach House Press, 1992.

Murder In The Dark. Coach House Press, 1993.

Content poetry & Cover book front:

Journals of Susanna Moodie. Oxford University Press, 1970.



Content novel:

Angel Catbird, …: “…” Illus., Johnnie Christmas. Col., Tamra Bonvillain. Let., Nate Piekos of Blambot.

Dark Horse Books/Dark Horse Comics Inc.,

v. 1, September 2016.

v. 2, February 2017: “To Castle Catula.

v. 3, July 2017: “The Catbird Roars”.

The Handmaiden’s Tale. Adapt. & Illus., Renée Nault. Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2019.



Content story:

Warbears. Co-writ., Ken Steacy. Illus., K Steacy. Dark Horse Books/Dark Horse Comics Inc., February 2019. (Collected from the periodical below).


Content story:

Warbears,…. Co-writ., Ken Stacy. Illus., Ken Steacy. Dark Horse Comics.
1, September 2018. 2, October 2018. December 2018.


Article book:

Angel Catbird. Writ., Margaret Atwood. Dark Horse Books/Dark Horse Comics Inc.,  Sept. 2016: “Introduction”: 5-10.

Article magazine:

Maclean’s, 12 Sept. 2016: “Faster, pussycat! Kill! Kill!” Writ., Brian Bethune: 64-66.

Walrus, Sept. 2016: “Rescue Cat; Margaret Atwood reimagines the everyday feline as a comic-book superhero.” Writ., Margaret Atwood. Illus., Johnny Christmas. Col., Tamra Bonvillain. 41-45.

Zoomer Magazine, Oct. 2016: “Atwood Gets Graphic”: 14.

Article newspaper:

Globe &Mail, 22 Jan. 2016: “B.C. comic artist pairs with Margaret Atwood for Angel Catbird series”. Writ., Ian Bailey.

Waterloo Region Record, 1 Sept. 2016: “I always had coloured pencils.” Writ., Lauren La Rose: D3