When Cartoonists Illustrate! Part 1: Kate Beaton

When Cartoonists Illustrate! Part 1: Kate Beaton SUTTONSIGNER.jpgBy Ward Sutton

When Cartoonists Illustrate! There's often a line drawn between cartoonists and illustrators. All this week, I'm profiling talented people known for their cartooning and showing their work in an illustration context.

Kate Beaton is the creator of the comic strip Hark! A Vagrant, a mix of history, literature and pop culture parody. Read her comics at http://www.harkavagrant.com/. (All illustrations in this story are by Kate Beaton.)

SPD: How do you like illustrating compared to cartooning?

Kate Beaton: Cartooning is more natural to me, but illustration, if I make something I like, is maybe more satisfying. There's a more elegant permanence to it, while my cartooning looks rather off-the-cuff.

tumblr_ly4atjOggw1qz6f4bo1_500.jpgSPD: Do you actively look for illustration work?

Kate Beaton: I don't! I did pitch a picture book to Scholastic, though (it's coming out this June), so that is sort of seeking out illustration work, only my own.

SPD: Have you illustrated, or would you illustrate, cartoons that others write?

Kate Beaton: I have illustrated cartoons written by my friend Sam Means for The New Yorker. We sold a few!  It was good to draw things I didn't think up, work some muscles I normally wouldn't. It made me a better cartoonist.

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Kate Beaton: I don't think I do. If I thought myself a better illustrator I might dream big here, but I don't think I'm there yet.

Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant

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