Kate Beaton (born September 8, 1983) is a Canadian cartoonist best known for her webcomic Hark! A Vagrant.

Life and CareerEdit

Beaton was born in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, a small town of only 1500 people[1] near Halifax. She majored in History and Anthropology at Mount Allison in New Brunswick,[2] and after university worked in such diverse places as museums and an oil company.

While working at a museum in Victoria, British Columbia, she was encouraged by co-worker Emily Horne to put her comics that she drew for friends online; she started to do so in October 2007[3]. Her comics, which were largely either autobiographical or historically-themed, started to attract new readers. She later named it Hark! A Vagrant after a line of dialogue from one of her strips. In September 2008, she moved to Toronto, where she connected with other cartoonists who put her in touch with Topatoco, from which she began to sell merchandise. Her first collection of strips, Never Learn Anything from History, was so successful it went into three printings.

Her success with Hark! A Vagrant has allowed her to pursue cartooning full-time, and she has had cartoon and illustration work published by the New Yorker and Harpers magazines, and the Criterion Collection. She has also worked for Marvel, drawing and writing or collaborating on three stories in the Strange Tales II anthology. Drawn and Quarterly published a collection of her comics in September 2011.

Between mid-2010 and early-2012, she lived in New York City with fellow cartoonist Meredith Gran, working in the "Pizza Island" studio.


Cartoonist Edit

  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja TPB vol. 04 (Dark Horse, 2011)
    • "Introduction"
  • Comics Festival (Legion of Evil Press/Beguiling Books)
    • "Blackbeard" (2009)
    • "Lady's Favor" (2015)
  • Hark! A Vagrant (webcomic, 2007-present)
    • Never Learn Anything from History collection (self-published, 2009)
    • Hark! A Vagrant! collection (Drawn & Quarterly, 2011)
    • Step Aside, Pops collection (Drawn & Quarterly, 2015)
  • MySpace Dark Horse Presents (Dark Horse, 2008) #20
  • Strange Tales II (Marvel, 2010) #1, 3
    • "A Distraction"
    • "Rogue Gets In Trouble"
    • Untitled Avengers story, written by Nicholas Gurewitch
  • Thought Bubble Anthology (Image Comics) #2, 5
    • "Get me off this freaking Moor" (2012)
    • "The Black Prince" (2015)

Cover Artist Edit

  • The Best American Comics 2013 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Strange Tales II collection (Marvel, 2011)

Illustrator Edit

  • Machine of Death (Bearstache Books, 2010)
    • "Love Ad Nauseum" (illustration)
  • "Beethoven Birthday Party" 2013 calendar
  • "There She Blows" 2013 calendar

Picture Books Edit

  • The Princess and the Pony (Scholastic, 2015)
  • King Baby (Scholastic, 2016)

External Links Edit


  1. ComicsAlliance interview
  2. Macleans interview
  3. Macleans interview
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