This may not be news to you, but having been away for weeks, I haven't really been keeping up on the doings and going-ons of Canadian authors. Which I totally do all the time when I'm in Canada. A lot. So, here's an update on Margaret Atwood via io9:
"What if Margaret Atwood gave up her career as a novelist and turned her attention to drawing superhero comics? She gives us a taste with her drawings of Twitter users as superpowered incarnations of their user names. It all began when Joel Topf — a nephrologist who Tweets as @kidney_boy — recommended Atwood's Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood to @DrSnit via Twitter. Atwood herself joined in on the Twitter conversation, thanking Topf and quickly offering to draw both Kidney Boy and Dr. Snit as superheroes. The drawings quickly followed. Of course, knowing Atwood, she'll probably later deny that these drawings represent superheroes on the grounds that magical flying kidney helpers are technologically possible." Heh-heh. So true. HOWEVER!! THESE ARE FANTASTIC and Atwood should immediately give up whatever totally depressing novel she's currently working on and start making comic books. We already know that the world is going to end in a dystopic nightmare of militaristic/environmental/dictatorial meltdown and suffering. What we don't know is where the Paniac comes from or what it wants. Tell us more!