Remember the ginger cat from Alien? Of course you do, he was the best thing about it. Well, he’s getting his own spin-off story now.
That’s right, Jonesy the cat, the only other living thing to survive that horror show on the Nostromo besides Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, is the star of an 80-page illustrated book by Rory Lucey titled Jonesy: Nine Lives on the Nostromo.
Speaking to io9, Lucey said: “At the scary moments I tried to either diffuse the situation with cat hijinks, like Jonesy licking his butt in the escape pod during the final showdown, or play into the tension and have Jonesy be scared.
“Cats don’t exactly react to situations in human-appropriate ways, so just staying true to that helped bring the humour in naturally.”
Lucey added that the stuff going on around Jonesy in the book offers clues as to what happens in the film. In other words, despite the adorable illustrations, this isn’t exactly a book for children.
“What I’ve said to my art students is that they should pay attention to the context clues of what is happening around Jonesy in the book,” said Lucey. “And see if they, one, really want to see a movie like that and then two, have a conversation with their parents about if it is the right time.”
Jonesy: Nine Lives on the Nostromo is out now from Titan Books.
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