GIVEAWAY: You Can Win A Kate Beaton “The Princess and the Pony” Prize Pack!

Kate Beaton has been one of my favorite writers and artists for a long time. In fact, her webcomic Hark! A Vagrant was the first webcomic I ever read, sparking a passion that eventually led to me writing my weekly column Drawn to Comics. I’m guessing that a lot of you are big Beaton fans as well and would absolutely love to win a prize pack for her brand new picture book The Princess and the Pony!

The Princess and the Pony is Beaton’s first ever picture book, and it tells the story of Princess Pinecone, who wants a noble steed befitting a warrior princess like her for her birthday. What she gets isn’t quite what she expected, but she learns that, in the end, maybe that’s a good thing. Plus, this is one of the few children’s books that stars a mixed-race princess of color. Let me tell you, this book is funny, absolutely adorable and perfect for readers of all ages.

Sounds awesome, right? So, if you’d like to win a free copy of this book, plus a great pony mug and stylish pony t-shirt, all you have to do is enter this contest!


Prizing and samples provided by Scholastic.

To enter just comment below with a link to your favorite Hark! A Vagrant comic (mine are this one and this one). This giveaway is open to US addresses only. You have from now until Saturday, July 11 at 6pm Eastern to enter, so if you need to start going through the archive to find your favorite comic, here’s your chance! On Saturday we’ll take all the people who have commented with their favorite comic and pick one randomly to send this awesome prize pack. Good luck! Update: The contest is now closed and Quelle has been chosen as our random winner!

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Mey Rude is a fat, trans, Latina lesbian living in LA. She's a writer, journalist, and a trans consultant and sensitivity reader. You can follow her on twitter, or go to her website if you want to hire her.

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    I’m very fond of:

    Tiny Hermione (

    Great Gatsbys (, sometimes I’ll just look up and go “WHAT *BABY*” in the middle of whatever unrelated thing I’m saying, ’cause I’m cool

    All the Nancys Drew (

    and the whole Mermaid Story! (

  2. My favorite “Hark! A Vagrant” comic is by far Pony Meets A Ghost 339. I LOVE ponies and it’s just like them to eat everything in site, ghost included. Super excited to read the book as well! Thanks!

  3. YES. Kate Beaton is my everything. Her non-Hark! A Vagrant comics about her time spent with family in Canada are always so funny and really great slice-of-life pieces. I couldn’t choose just one so here are my top three:
    1. Sexy Tudors; my college friends and I do the “finger on tongue” look and the “sexy Cecil” pose to each other often.
    2. All three of the Wuthering Heights comics, but especially Wuthering Heights Part Two; “it’s not what you asked for at all!” and “a large angry squirrel” are things I say constantly.
    3. Dude Watchin’ With the Brontes, which has never not made me laugh out loud embarrassingly in public.

  4. I’m really excited to see what everyone’s favorite is! Mine is this work of pure genius:
    St. Jude’s Home for the Nasty, based on an already brilliant Janet Jackson song. Everything that you could ever want in a comic.
    My second favorite is a sketch she did about how she doesn’t understand hockey that I can’t find anywhere that’s just an image of a lonely goalie saying, “Puck?” and another hockey player answering “Puck Puck” like they are pokemons.

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