Rose Lerner, author of the forthcoming IN FOR A PENNY, turned me on to comic artist Kate Beaton when she sent this Jane Austen cartoon with her contracts.

So when I saw Kate was going to be at the Museum of Comics and Comic Art festival this weekend, I was really looking forward to having a chance to meet her.  As you can see from her site, she has a great way of mixing humor and history.  When I told her how much I loved the Austen cartoon, she drew a sketch for me on the spot:

Beaton cartoon

Unfortunately (for fans but good for Kate), her book, NEVER LEARN ANYTHING FROM HISTORY, sold out of its first printing, but you can find some other interesting goodies here.

And congratulations to Char, the lucky winner from the Future of Futuristics post.