Ahoy there! Allow me to write a bit here! But first, the image above speaks the truth. KING BABY is coming soon from Scholastic books, and Walker books in the UK! It is my second picture book, and its a lot of fun. I hope you'll pick it up!
Well, if you've been around here long enough, you know that this website just updates at random and at this point, not often like many comics you probably read online. I've been doing Hark! A Vagrant for almost nine years, which is crazy to me. And the longer I've done it, the longer it takes to make a comic. I know they look off the cuff, people reviewing my books make a point of saying so! But it's a lot of work for this gal, a full time job when it's going at a rate that you'd probably like to see. Lots of days reading and writing and trying to come up with things, lots of ideas you've spent days on thrown in the garbage can. And when you're done, another blank page.
Hark! is always in the back of my head when I'm working on anything else, and I find myself wracked with guilt for not keeping the updates coming, I have one foot here and one foot there. This push and pull, I have to accept, makes anything I'm working on suffer. And I've been trying to figure out a solution to this! Something better than slow work all around. Because if I'm honest, I'm scared that if I leave this site alone too long, I'll lose something very precious to me.
I've worked a long time to bring you here, and you've been good to come here and read my comics and support my work. I feel that we have built a relationship, my readers and I, it's very important to me, and I never want to put it in peril. So what to do?
Right now I'm working on a tv show pitch, kids book ideas, and my own graphic novel. I don't know what will come together in the end for the first two, and I've been down the tv road before, it's a lot of time for something that might not happen and that you can't really talk about (sorry!). But maybe it will work out! You have to try right?
But the main thing is the graphic novel, which is a memoir of my time in the oil sands, years ago. You may have seen the sketch that launched it, Ducks. Or the few comics on this site that are memoir-ish that don't really fit with the rest of the things on here and I should probably get rid of. It's a very different story from anything in Hark! A Vagrant, and a different mind set to work on. And I need to give that mindset some time and concentration in order to do a good job. So, I'm going to do that.
Hark! will have some updates in the fall, that's the plan! And I'm going to take the summer to sink my teeth into this, because it's been slow progress, and I need to do it. It's the first time I've taken on a comic project that wasn't this website and the books that come out of it. I'm nervous about it. Maybe I will welcome the break from the other book for a while by the fall, and have the right kind of energy to come back to this. Maybe that's a good system to use, a few months on this, a few months on that, dedicated time instead of trying to pull in every direction all the time. It's an idea, anyway. Something has to change, so, fingers crossed.
I always write way too much instead of being short and sweet. If you made it all the way down here, bless you my child, bless you.
-your friend, Kate