Spoiler alert: Alien ends with two survivors—Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley, and her ginger cat, Jonesy. Well it’s finally time Jonesy’s side of the story was told…
Just released last week, Jonesy: Nine Lives On The Nostromo tells the story of the classic 1979 Ridley Scott film from Jonesy’s point of view.
The 80-page illustrated book by Rory Lucey follows the movie very closely, but it’s more playful than scary. “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,” Lucey said, speaking to io9 in an interview.
“Cats don’t exactly react to situations in human-appropriate ways, so just staying true to that helped bring the humor in naturally.”
Your favorite feline, Jonesy is the star of this full-colour, illustrated book that gives you a cat’s eye view aboard the USCSS Nostromo! Get your copy of, “Nine Lives on the Nostromo” by @rorylucey on 10/16 from @TitanBooks! #ALIENDAY pic.twitter.com/KoISRKy1qV
— Alien (@AlienAnthology) April 26, 2018
Lucey came up with the idea for the book after showing Alien to his wife. “She only wanted to know one thing before we began: ‘Does the cat die?’
“For a movie that ends with two survivors, one of them being Jonesy the cat, we really don’t get to see much of what the cat is up to throughout the film. As an artist who lives with a goofy orange feline, I started sketching what nine lives on the Nostromo might be like, which is how this book got started.”
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— Rory Lucey (@RoryLucey) October 17, 2018
Jonesy: Nine Lives On The Nostromo is out now from Titan Books, and we can’t wait to read it!
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