unfortunately I could not fit in a little story about how we went on a boat tour and Beaton's mom snuck a tupperware of biscuits onto the boat without anyone realizing she had them, and was passing them around within minutes of the boat leaving the dock.— Kathryn VanArendonk (@kvanaren) September 9, 2022
but that did happen
We took her around the village and on a boat and in the museum and I told her so many small things and she remembered them all later in conversation and she met 100 cousins and a fact checker asked if I was wearing overalls and an Edmonton Oilers shirt and it was a fact.— Kate Beaton (@beatonna) September 9, 2022
Slate's feature is in the form of an interview:
Slate: There’s a gag early in the book where you introduce yourself in 2005, and then you say, “Well, I’m older now and also I’m three-dimensional.”Kate Beaton: Yeah.What was it like writing about and drawing your younger self?Well, I have been drawing myself since I was that age. My cartoon self hasn’t changed that much. I just draw more bags under my eyes now.
How did someone who can write a wickedly funny, three-panel comic about Benjamin Franklin (“What a Stupid Comic I Have Made”) end up writing a 430-page epic (with maps!) about the Alberta oil rush, and her part in it?In “Ducks,” Beaton ditches the comedy — well, not all of it — and lets her story take center stage.
There will be a live broadcast tomorrow:
Copies with signed bookplates are still available (I'm waiting on mine.)