Cover image for War bears / story by Margaret Atwood & Ken Steacy ; artwork by Ken Steacy ; cover by Ken Steacy.
Title:
War bears / story by Margaret Atwood & Ken Steacy ; artwork by Ken Steacy ; cover by Ken Steacy.
Title Variants:
Warbears
ISBN:
9781506708980
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2019.

©2019
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 27 cm
General Note:
"Collects issues #1-#3 of the Dark Horse Comics series War Bears."
Abstract:
"Oursonette, a fictional Nazi-fighting superheroine, is created by Al Zurakowski who dreams of making it big in the world of comics publishing. A story that follows the early days of comics in Toronto, a war that greatly strains Al personally and professionally, and how the rise of post-war American comics puts an end to his dreams"-- Provided by publisher.
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Summary

Summary

Oursonette, a fictional Nazi-fighting superheroine, is created at the peak of World War II by comic book creator Al Zurakowski who dreams of making it big in the early world of comics publishing. A story that follows the early days of comics in Toronto, a brutal war that greatly strains Al personally and professionally, and how the rise of post-war American comics puts an end to his dreams. International and New York Times best-selling novelist Margaret Atwood and acclaimed artist Ken Steacy collaborate for one of the most highly anticipated comic book and literary events!


Author Notes

Margaret Atwood was born on November 18, 1939 in Ottawa, Canada. She received a B.A. from Victoria College, University of Toronto in 1961 and an M.A. from Radcliff College in 1962.

Her first book of verse, Double Persephone, was published in 1961 and was awarded the E. J. Pratt Medal. She has published numerous books of poetry, novels, story collections, critical work, juvenile work, and radio and teleplays. Her works include The Journals of Susanna Moodie, Power Politics, Cat's Eye, The Robber Bride, Morning in the Buried House, the MaddAdam trilogy, and The Heart Goes Last. She has won numerous awards including the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, the Booker Prize in 2000 for The Blind Assassin, the Giller Prize and the Premio Mondello for Alias Grace, and the Governor General's Award in 1966 for The Circle Game and in 1986 for The Handmaid's Tale, which also won the very first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987. She won the PEN Pinter prize in 2016 for her political activism. She was awarded the 2016 PEN Pinter Prize for the outstanding literary merit of her body of work.

(Bowker Author Biography) Margaret Atwood is the author of more than twenty-five books, including fiction, poetry, and essays. Among her recent works are the bestselling novels, Alias Grace and The Robber Bride, and the short-story collections, Good Bones and Simple Murders and Wilderness Tips. Atwood lives in Toronto, Canada.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 1

Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite a powerhouse creator team, this boisterously drawn tale of a WWII-era Canadian comic artist by Atwood (Handmaid's Tale) and Steacy (Astro Boy series) falls flat. After landing a job as an illustrator with Canoodle Comics, Alan Zurakowski creates Nazi-fighting animalistic superheroine Oursonette in hopes of inspiring the troops. But the disapproval of his father, the demands made by his publisher, and news about his brother fighting in Europe all take a toll on his mental health. While he turns his struggles into fuel for his pen, Alan discovers that his dedication and creativity may not be enough to keep Oursonette alive when the post-WWII homegrown comics industry faces the popularity of the American market. Steacy's cartoonish, colorful, stylistic design playfully evokes the 1940s, but it's not enough to sell the script (though Oursonette's comic-within-a-comic is good fun), where contrived writing is phoned in with throwaway one-liners and stereotyped characters. It's a disappointing turn out for the talent; readers would be better off revisiting the real golden-age source material. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.