Weekend: Austen power: Canadian Kate Beaton, 29, publishes the webcomic Hark! A Vagrant, which sends up historical and literary characters. Her story 'Ooh Mister Darcy' became an internet meme
(Guardian (UK) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) These (above) are for a poster I made for a comics convention. Afterwards, I thought that the pirate captain and Royal Navy type in the bottom right-hand corner looked interesting side by side. They became these two characters who appear in lots of strips: they're arch enemies, but are secretly in love (below). Ideas often come to me while I'm working on something else.
This is a rejected comic about Pride And Prejudice (left). Even though I became known online for a comic about Mister Darcy, there are now so many Pride And Prejudice rip-offs that I felt I couldn't publish this. At the top of the page is a comic about me talking to myself about how this one isn't going to run.
Looking in other people's sketchbooks, which are often works of art, makes me realise that mine are really basic. They're sketchy with lots of super-light pencilling because I'm too timid to put the pencil down hard *
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