handmaid's tale nault

Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale is coming this April, and it’s gotten a lot of attention for its unintentionally topical subject matter: a future fundamentalist dictatorship where women are back to being chattel and the birthrate has declined due to pollution and disease. When first published in 1985 it seemed like a cautionary tale and now that we have a potential future president who won’t even eat alone with a woman, it seems more alarming than ever.

In her many interviews about her comic Angel Catbird, Atwood has mentioned that she’s also written a graphic novel adaptation of her book. I was tooling around the internet and found a mention of it by the artist, Renee Nault, who posted the above illo as a teaser. The book will be published by Pengiun Random House, eventually. (Nault’s been working on it for a few years, and a hand injury slowed her down.) While there’s no actual pub date yet, looking at Nault’s art from her site makes me eager to see this, especially with Atwood’s involvement.

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According to Nault, the book will be  200 fully painted pages, and I’ll be working on it all through 2015 for a worldwide release in 2016. Here’s a few of Nault’s non-Handmaid sketches.




  1. It sounds interesting, but your dig at Mike Pence makes me less likely to spend my hard-earned money on it. I am sure the author appreciates your efforts at narrowing the potential audience

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