Brittney Williams is retiring from her Saturday Morning Cartoon, Yo! That’s Not Cool, to create some other really fun projects (for example, this Lois Lane comic book with Grace Ellis!) — so while we’re working to fill her spot in our line-up, I thought I’d take a minute to introduce you to another one of my favorite comics creators.
If you have the great good fortune of knowing Kate Leth in real life, you know she’s one of those rare humans who’s the same in-person as she is on the internet: brilliant and hilarious and warm and uncompromising and Canadian and real and radiating bisexual energy like some kind of eternal Patronus form inside herself. I could be wrong, but she’s said it so long and with so much conviction, I think she may have been the one who started the MAKE IT GAY YOU COWRDS meme? When I asked her if she bought the black bat dress she was wearing for this year’s Buffering the Vampire Slayer prom just for the dance, she said, “What, no, I already owned this; it has wings!”
But maybe you don’t know Kate Leth at all, in which case, let me back up: Kate’s comics credits include Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat, Vampirella, Girl Over Paris, Edward Scissorhands, Fraggle Rock, Adventure Time, Power Up, School Spirit, Spell on Wheels (which is coming back!). She’s worked in animation with My Little Pony: Equestria Girls and Littlest Pet Shop: A World of Our Own. You can also hear her voice on Welcome to Night Vale and Buffering the Vampire Slayer.
I was actually Kate’s fan before I was her friend, and now I’m both. One of my favorite projects Kate’s ever done is her kinda-new Valley Ghouls comic, which seems like it started out as just a funny little occasional slice of life observational strip about her and her partner, and has turned into a beloved regular series that she posts on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. She talks about Just Couple Things in the comic, about her depression and anxiety, about body image, about her career and her fears and triumphs and insecurities and hopes and what’s inside her heart. It’s sweet and funny and poignant and absolutely an antidote to the cynicism and over-curation of social media these days.
— Kate Leth 🏝 (@kateleth) July 9, 2019
— Kate Leth 🏝 (@kateleth) July 1, 2019
— Kate Leth 🏝 (@kateleth) June 20, 2019
— Kate Leth 🏝 (@kateleth) June 19, 2019
— Kate Leth 🏝 (@kateleth) June 27, 2019
And this is just the tiniest little sampling! You can follow Kate on Twitter and Instagram for these comics, hummingbirds, nature, astute queer pop culture commentary, vapid fluff content, vintage fashion, goth stuff, and a thirst trap or two. You can also check out her comics on Tumblr. And if you want a print, those exist! Her Patreon includes personal blogs, songs, NSFW content, and more.
I hope you get to meet Kate one day, too; she’s the only person I’ve ever met who laughs as loud and hard as me.