Kate Beaton was born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada. After graduating from Mount Allison University, she moved to Alberta in search of work that would allow her to pay down her student loans. During the years she spent out West, Beaton began creating webcomics, quickly drawing a substantial following around the world.
The collections of her landmark strip Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside Pops each spent several months on the New York Times graphic novel bestseller list, as well as winning the Eisner, Ignatz, Harvey, and Doug Wright Awards. Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands is her first full-length graphic narrative.
Beaton lives in Cape Breton with her family.