Kate Beaton, a Nova Scotian comic artist, received a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award at Comic-Con in San Diego on Friday. The prestigious award, considered to somewhat of an Oscar in the comic world, was granted to Beaton for the “Best Humor Publication” category, in recognition of her latest book Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection.
Beaton started her popular historically-inspired and modernly witty webcomic, Hark! A Vagrant about a decade ago, a few years after she began drawing and editing comics for her student newspaper, The Argosy, at Mount Allison University, while studying history and anthropology. Step Aside, Pops is comprised of most comics Beaton's written since her first book hit the stands in 2011.
Published in September 2015, Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection spent six months on The New York Times bestseller list. The book was published by Drawn & Quartley— an internationally renowned publisher of cartoons.
Beaton was born in Cape Breton, and is currently based there. She's lived all over Canada and in New York.