We’ve featured Kate Beaton and her webcomic Hark! A Vagrant here at Neatorama many times going back to 2009. We’ve even used her illustrations for a feature article once. Beaton discontinued her webcomic site last year (although the archives are still there) to focus on her family. Beaton’s sister Becky battled cancer for a long time, and died on May 14th, 2018. One day before the first anniversary of her passing, Kate gave birth to her first child.
May 14th, 2018, was the worst day of my life, when we lost Becky forever. May 13th, 2019, this little baby came two weeks early to remind me what unconditional love is, and to bring the presence of an aunt who I would love to be here, right now.
— Kate Beaton (@beatonna) May 14, 2019