Picture of author.

Kate Beaton

Autor(a) de Hark! A Vagrant

13+ Works 4,434 Membros 248 Críticas 22 Favorited

About the Author

Inclui os nomes: Kate Beaton, Katie Beaton

Image credit: Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo 2011, photo by 5of7


Obras por Kate Beaton

Associated Works

To Be or Not To Be (2013) — Ilustrador — 783 exemplares
Romeo and/or Juliet: A Chooseable-Path Adventure (2016) — Ilustrador — 655 exemplares
The Best American Comics 2011 (2011) — Contribuidor — 182 exemplares
The Best American Comics 2013 (2013) — Artista da capa; Contribuidor — 104 exemplares
The Best American Comics 2016 (2016) — Contribuidor — 81 exemplares
Strange Tales II (2011) — Contribuidor — 72 exemplares
MySpace Dark Horse Presents Volume 4 (2009) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Thought Bubble Anthology Collection: 10 Years of Comics (2016) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Thought Bubble Anthology 2012 — Ilustrador — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum



Super powerful, engaging read. Beaton has always been an absolute BOSS and it's wonderful to see her creating such personal and fantastic work.

CW for assault and misogyny
Amateria66 | 50 outras críticas | May 24, 2024 |
Very clever! Also amusing. Also made me look up Tadeusz Kosciuszko. When was the last time a book of cartoons did something like that?!
Abcdarian | 5 outras críticas | May 18, 2024 |
Complicated, heart-wrenching, empathetic and deeply moving storytelling. With humor, and great vulnerability. With an extraordinary amount of context. Beaton tells her story about working in the Oil sands for two years to pay off her school debts, and the weird, alienating, isolating, very male environment that it is.
jennybeast | 50 outras críticas | Apr 25, 2024 |
This volume starts when Kate Beaton is 21. She's just graduated from university and has student loans to pay off. She's from Cape Breton, an area of Canada without a lot in the way of jobs. Faced with student loans and a family that isn't well off enough to give her a safety net, Beaton opts to do what so many around her have done and get a job in the oil sands. She figures she'll work there for a few years, pay off her student loans, and then get a (less well paying) job she genuinely loves using her degree.

One of the first places she ends up at is Syncrude. She works as a tool crib attendant, learning how to do her job, watching the first of many safety videos, and getting to know the people. As is the case at every location she ends up at, she's one of a very small number of women working there, and painfully aware that all the men are looking at her. It's an odd, uncomfortable, and artificial environment. She knows that the loneliness and isolation of the oil sands contributes to it - any one of the people she grew up around could become just like one of the guys at these sites. It's not a great situation, and she knows it, but there isn't much she can do about it. If she complains, she's either ignored or viewed as troublemaker who can't work with the team.

As the volume progresses, she meets lots of different people - some decent, some not so much - and gets to know the complexities of the oil sands. Mental health issues and drugs are a huge issue among the workers but never talked about, unless a workplace injury makes it impossible to ignore, and even then the root of the problem is never addressed. The same goes for gendered violence. While the workers are doing what they can to get by, the oil companies they work for are damaging the environment, which in turn affects the indigenous people who live in the area.

Although she doesn't say so directly, in her afterword Beaton mentions her sister's cancer diagnosis and eventual death, and I couldn't help but wonder if her time at the oil sands is what eventually led to her cancer. There are multiple mentions, throughout the volume, of things like the cough and weird rash that a lot of the workers get, even those who primarily work in offices.

This took a while to grow on me, but by the end it was tough reading. The rapes were chilling, despite nothing much being shown on-page, just Beaton mentally "going away" for a bit. I wanted her to keep her museum job for longer (she looked so happy). I had a little blip of happiness when I recognized that period of time she started her webcomic, but mixed in with everything else, it just became sadness.


A 3-page afterword by the author.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)
… (mais)
Familiar_Diversions | 50 outras críticas | Feb 11, 2024 |


2010s (1)


You May Also Like

Associated Authors


Also by
Marcado como favorito

Tabelas & Gráficos