Toronto, Ontario – WOW! Unlimited Media Inc. (“WOW!” or the “Company”) (TSXV: WOW; OTCQX: WOWMF) has optioned the rights to develop an original animated series based on the brilliant historical graphic novel, War Bears by international best-selling novelist, Margaret Atwood and award-winning visual storyteller, Ken Steacy.  

War Bears is a gloriously unique tale about a young comic book artist during World War 2, who creates a popular series featuring a Nazi-fighting superheroine. Known as Oursonette, the brave adventures of the female bear-warrior embody the freedom-fighting spirit of the allies. 

Margaret Atwood, says, “Ken Steacy illustrated War Bears given his WW2 interests and high standards of visual accuracy.  We collaborated – although the main work on the script is his – and the rest is history.  Comics history.  How delightful that Ken is now working with Michael Hirsh and WOW! Media to bring our beloved she-bear, Oursonette, to life.”

Published by Dark Horse Comics, the graphic novel, War Bears, first appeared in the Globe and Mail as a short story by Atwood with Steacy’s illustrations, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. 

Ken Steacy says, “Collaborating with Margaret Atwood on War Bears was a superlative experience as a visual storyteller. In the graphic novel’s afterword I expressed my hope that Oursonette would make good on her promise to return some day – I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with WOW! Media to fulfil that promise!”

As the founder and CEO of WOW! Unlimited Media Inc., Michael Hirsh has a long and successful history in developing award-winning animated series. 

Hirsh says, “When I met Margaret’s agent, Michael Levine, I jumped at the opportunity to work with these two incredibly talented artists to develop this exciting, historical graphic novel into a series.”