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From the Booker Prize-winning author of The Handmaid's Tale, comes this historical fiction graphic novel tracing the Golden Age of Canadian comic books. 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. The story very accurately follows the early days of creating original comics in Toronto after the WECA shut down importation of American comics. And it also portrays a brutal war that greatly strains the artist Al personally and professionally.
Several short Oursonnete stories are woven into this story--like the character that inspired her, Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Oursonnete fights wartime oppression. And in a fun variation from Nelvana, she can turn into a bear and is aided by two other bears, Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, in her battles against Nazi submarines, tanks, air attacks and more.
And finally, it very accurately again describes how the rise of post-war American comics, once again allowed into Canadian markets, put an end to this fascinating period of Canadian creativity.
Inspired by a short prose story which Atwood wrote for the Sesquicentennial issue of the Globe and Mail--which is included here--veteran artist (and now teacher) Ken Steacy has come out of semi-retirement from comics to adapt, expand, and draw this unique story. He added a prequel, greatly expanded the story, and added a sequel that brings it nearly up to the present day, as the artist receives the real-life Shuster award for his long-forgotten work. The story closely parallels reality for one or more REAL artists from that time who HAVE been recognized, interviewed and feted in the past several years (see Heroes of the Home Front, for examples).
Internationally 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!
Includes Forewords by Atwood and Ken Steacy, plus Afterwords by both creators. There are also insightful Introductions by artist and historian Trina Robbins and by historian Ivan Kocmarek, plus variant covers from the comic book series.
Atwood was born in 1946, too late to read the original comics but not too late to begin learning their history, beginning with the The Great Canadian Comic Books (1971). Who would have thought it, she was actually was an aspiring artist herself before she turned to fiction. Her book A Handmade's Tale became a bestseller and was adapted into an award-winning mini-series.
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Item Code WARBEH Publisher Dark Horse Publish Date 2019 ISBN 9781506708980 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 104pg Color Full Color