Kate Leth

Katrina Jade "Kate" Leth[1][2] is a Canadian comic book creator, known for works such as Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! and Edward Scissorhands.

Kate Leth
BornKatrina Jade Leth
(1988-09-29) September 29, 1988 (age 31)
Notable works
Adventure Time: Seeing Red
Bravest Warriors
Edward Scissorhands
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!


A native of Halifax, Nova Scotia,[3] Leth attended NSCAD University, studying photography. She dropped out before achieving her degree.

She worked at the Strange Adventures comic shop in Halifax, where she developed an interest in comics,[4] and created promotional art for the shop.[5] In 2010, she created her webcomic Kate or Die for her blog.[3] Kate or Die eventually became a bi-weekly column on Comics Alliance.[6] She cited fellow Nova Scotia writer Kate Beaton as an influence, "...this person who was putting all this stuff out there, and no real formal art school training, but was doing really well with her work." Leth also contributed to the webcomics Locke & Key, and Luther Strode.[5]

Leth's Adventure Time fan art on her Tumblr page attracted the attention of BOOM! Studios, publishers of the comic based on the television show. She was hired to do covers, a short story, and a graphic novel, Adventure Time: Seeing Red,[5] which entered The New York Times Best Seller list.[7]

Leth organized The Valkyries,[8] a group of women who work in comics retail,[3] which was disbanded in 2018.[9]

In 2015, Leth modeled for the We Love Fine Spider-Gwen fashion line,[10] wrote another comic for Boom!, Power Up,[11] and wrote six issues of Vampirella for Dynamite Entertainment.[12]

Leth was co-host for Less Than Live with Kate or Die, a bi-weekly comics podcast which last aired in 2016. Leth collaborated with the podcast Welcome to Night Vale and wrote stories for the Lumberjanes comic for Boom!. For Marvel she wrote Secret Wars, Too a comedic anthology, and Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!,[13] for 17 issues.

In 2018, she wrote episodes of the television shows Transformers: Cyberverse, Littlest Pet Shop, Equestria Girls, Craig of the Creek and the fourth season of Bravest Warriors. In 2020, she announced she had signed a deal with Simon and Schuster to produce a graphic novel for release in 2022.[14]

In 2018, Lumberjanes, the comic to which Leth contributed along with 5 other creators, was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Leth has lived in Burbank, California since January 2016.[16] While in college, they and colleague Vincenzo Ravina created a website dedicated to their hatred of the Crocs shoes.[17] They are openly bisexual[18] and came out as non-binary, asking for they/them pronouns.[19]

In September 2019, Leth announced via Twitter they were engaged to longtime partner Cohen Edenfield.[20]


  • The Strange Talent of Luther Strode (2011)[21]
  • Locke & Key: Guide to the Known Keys (2011)[21]
  • Womanthologoy: Heroic (2011)[22]
  • Womanthology: Holiday (2011)[21]
  • Bravest Warriors (2012)[22] – writer for issues #21-36 art by Ian McGinty
  • Smut Peddler (2012)[22]
  • Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake (2013)[22] – co-writer and co-artist for issue #3[23]
  • Adventure Time: Seeing Red (2014)[22] – writer
  • Adventure Time: Bitter Sweets (2014)[22] – writer
  • Adventure Time: The Four Castles (2016)[21] – writer
  • Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock: Journey to the Everspring (2014)[21]
  • Edward Scissorhands (2014) – writer[24]
  • Power Up (2015)[11]
  • School Spirit (2016)[25]

Dark Horse ComicsEdit

  • Spell on Wheels #1–5 (with Megan Levens, October 2016–February 2017)
  • Mysticons: Volume 1 (September 21, 2018)
  • Mysticons: Volume 2 (March 2019)

Marvel ComicsEdit

Dynamite ComicsEdit

  • Vampirella #1–6 (with Eman Casallos, March 2016–August 2016)


  • Swords of Sorrow (cover artist) (2015)[22]
  • Sex Criminals #12 (variant cover artist)[22]
  • Littlest Pet Shop #2 (cover artist) (2014)[22]
  • Lumberjanes #1 (cover artist) (2014)[22]
  • The Midas Flesh #3 (cover artist) (2013)[22]
  • Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens #5 (cover artist) (2012)[22]


  1. ^ "Kate Leth on Twitter". Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Kate Leth on Twitter". Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b c Leth, Kate. "About" "Kate or Die"
  4. ^ "Three under 30 Haligonians to watch in 2015 - Metro Halifax". Archived from the original on 10 May 2017. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  5. ^ a b c "Graphic novelist hooked on comics". 14 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  6. ^ Leth, Kate. Kate or Die Archived 2015-06-19 at the Wayback Machine. "Comics Alliance"
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ "Beware the Valkyries". Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Comic Book Retailer Advocacy Group The Valkyries Closes Its Doors". Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  10. ^ [2] We Love Fine Spider Gwen Fashion Line 2015
  11. ^ a b Dietsch, TJ (May 5, 2015). "Leth & Cummings Discuss Giving Boom! an All-Ages 'Power Up'. Comic Book Resources,
  12. ^ "NYCC: Simone, Scott Revamp Red Sonja, Vampirella & Dejah Thoris for Dynamite". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  13. ^ "Leth & Williams Get Their Claws Into "Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat!"". 2 October 2015. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  14. ^ "Bleeding Cool & Kate Leth's First Graphic Novel, Mall Goth, from Simon & Schuster"". 31 May 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  15. ^ https://www.glaad.org/blog/29th-annual-media-awards-outstanding-comic-book-nominees
  16. ^ "Kate Leth". Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  17. ^ Walker, Rob (July 15, 2007). "Croc On". New York Times Magazine. Retrieved May 31, 2010.
  18. ^ Ellis, Grace (2012-03-06). "Kate Leth Draws Comics, Knows What We Want: The Autostraddle Interview". Autostraddle.
  19. ^ "Kate Leth on Twitter". Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  20. ^ "Kate Leth on Twitter". Retrieved 9 September 2019.
  21. ^ a b c d e "For Fans By Fans". Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  22. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Kate Leth (homepage)". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  23. ^ "Adventure Time: Fionna & Cake #3 (of 6) - Comics by comiXology". ComiXology. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  24. ^ "Edward Scissorhands". IDW Publishing.
  25. ^ "School Spirit". Rosy Press. Archived from the original on 2016-05-03. Retrieved 2016-06-27.

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