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A new direction for Kate Beaton

Kate Beaton mentioned on her Tumblr last week that she’s working on new material for her follow-up to Hark! A Vagrant, but is exploring a different tone.

“I’ve been thinking that I’d like to see the next book take a different direction than the last,” she wrote. “Not just a Volume II, but something new to offer. And I’ve been ready to do something different as well. I’d like to tell some stories that mean something to me, with a personal connection.” To that end, she’s been studying her hometown and the people there.

“I am trying to find the tone I’d like, and practice a different way of telling stories,” she said. “Collections of small stories that paint a big picture. It’s the little moments that interest me, human, and funny, and sad, because that’s life. Relatable, and real. I figure now was the time to do it since I impulsively start drawing those stories anyway, and have sketchbooks full of little scenes. If I made this book it would be a smaller think than Hark!, quieter, but I wouldn’t mind.”

She’s already started posting some comics that demonstrate what she’s talking about and the results are — as she says — funny, sad and very human.

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