Kate Or Die is the autobiographical and adorable slice-of-life comic written and drawn by Kate Leth. Topics range from being female and working in a comic book store, tacos, bisexuality, enjoying porn, breaking the cycle of self-harm, overcoming trauma, and kittens. Kate’s sweet, emotive drawing style brings levity to often darks subjects and turns up the laughs on lighter ones. The skill of the artist really grows over time and this is an good example of what a joy an artist’s growth can be to see. Colors range from full color to a single color, to a small range of colors suited to the tone of the story or gag. This comic has been used by the artist to experiment with her skills as a writer quite a bit and I have really enjoyed the range of material in Kate or Die, as well as little comic-Kate’s evolving hairstyles. If the subject matter is particularly dark Leth will provide a trigger warning.
Kate Leth works in the noted comic store Strange Adventures, and has begun a professional organization for female comic shop employees called Beware the Valkyries. Her work has appeared in the Womanthology, Locke & Key, as well as the Adventure Time spinoff series Marceline and the Scream Queens and Fionna & Cake. Leth as recently been hinting at big projects behind the scene and I am excited to see more from her.