Since the graphic novel boom began over a decade ago, many well-known authors have dabbled in writing comics—or adapting their works to comics. Recently authors Margaret Atwood, Chuck Palahniuk, and William Gibson have all written (or announced) original comics projects in the hope of gaining new fans—and sales.
Atwood is both writing and drawing a story for the upcoming anthology The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, but her first ongoing comics project is Angel Catbird, the start to a proposed trilogy about a man who becomes a cat-bird hybrid superhero who protects wildlife. The book is drawn by artist Johnnie Christmas and will be released by Dark Horse in September.
Gibson and his friend actor Michael St. John Smith are cowriting Archangel, which debuted in May as a serialized comic from IDW. Drawn by Butch Guice, it’s a time-traveling tale of Nazi flying saucers, featuring many ofthe recurring themes in Gibson’s work.
These novelists are moving to comics to present original concepts and ideas with literary underpinnings, a move that shows how the barriers between the literary and comics worlds have disappeared. It’s also a way to interact with readers in the intense and personal way that comics offer. Both Atwood and Gibson attended the recent San Diego Comic-Con, and Atwood was one of the stars of the event, wearing cat ears and analyzing Marvel’s Punisher character on panels.
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