Given that she was the Person of the Year for 2011, and enjoyed a bestseller with her Hark! A Vagrant collection, it’s no surprise that Kate Beaton has been getting lots of offers lately, ranging from children’s books to television work.
Thus it will also come as no surprise that she’s going to be spending less time on her webcomics to work on some of these opportunities:
This is a funny job. Webcomics are often cited as the future of comics and the internet and I don’t know what else, but the fact that no one has retired from them yet means that I, at least, rest a little uneasy in these shoes sometimes if only for the lack of having a dependable compass by which to steer the ship. I just want to make the best decisions I can, so that I will be around longer, making drawings and comics and writing and other things that I hope people will enjoy. I’m not sure what will work out with these opportunities that have come my way, and I guess I can’t really say much about them, but I think I’d be a fool if I didn’t give them a try. So I am going to! Whatever I can let you know, I will.
You would be a fool, indeed, Kate Beaton. While Rich Burlew’s $350,000 and counting Kickstarter campaign for Order of the Stick suggests that the crowdfunding option for the post popular webcomickers is a viable one, the retirement element makes a very good point. Stuff that Keogh account (or whatever they call it in Canada) while you can!
In the meantime, Beaton’s tumblr will be posting sketches, hilarious research materials, and more. Bookmark!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.