Kate Beaton: â€œOur history is the march of thousands of people across a continent trying to make a life for themselvesâ€¦ How can it be boring?â€
Submitted by El Santo on March 13, 2009 - 10:53
Cartoonist Kate Beaton gets interviewed in Macleanâ€™s, one of Canadaâ€™s top news magazines. (Incidentally, stay out of Saskatoon. It is the most dangerous city in Canada.) The article, â€œMaking Fun of Canadian Historyâ€œ, does a great job of observing Ms. Beatonâ€™s toons from the perspective of a native Canadian. The article takes a look at Ms. Beatonâ€™s beginnings as an office worker trying to pay off her student role at Fort McMurray to her comicâ€™s recent rise in prominence.
Color me absolutely impressed by the attention sheâ€™s attracting:
Originally from Cape Breton, Beaton is a Toronto-based cartoonist who has fans ranging from award-winning graphic novelists to geeky comic nerds. In the little over a year sheâ€™s been doing the comics, her work has been talked about on the website Wonkette and in Bitch magazine; a reviewer for Wired magazine called Beatonâ€™s the â€œfunniest comic that Iâ€™ve read in awhile.â€ Recently Daily Show writer Sam Means approached her to illustrate a childrenâ€™s book he is writing. About 10 other agents and publishers have asked her to write a book, but so far sheâ€™s refused. Still finding her feet, Beaton wants to find out more about the industry so she doesnâ€™t get shortchanged. Also, since she hasnâ€™t yet drawn enough to fill a book, she doesnâ€™t want to become â€œoverwhelmed.â€
Also, The Webcomic Overlook gets a mention. Referring to this review:
The otherness makes her â€œvaguely otherworldly,â€ says Seattle-based Larry Cruz, who writes reviews on the website, The Webcomic Overlook. Beatonâ€™s work is â€œdelightful, funny and endearing even if I have no idea what in the world this crazy Canuck is referencing.â€
Thank you, Macleanâ€™s!
Alsoâ€¦ never stop being a crazy Canuck, Kate. (And I hope you never consider me to be one of those creepy jerks youâ€™re talking about.)