Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate tackles the subject of freelancers not being paid in a timely fashion by publishers for work-for-hire projects, something that sadly rings true for many comic book professionals even today.

Also the writer of BOOM! Studios’ Adventure Time: Seeing Red graphic novel and a contributor to IDW’s Locke & Key and Image’s The Strange Talent of Luthor Strode, Kate’s self-published work, seen on Tumblr and comic cons and elsewhere, has earned her a dedicated following for its idiosyncratic blend of adorable irreverence and brutal honesty (often equally adorable) toward topics of all kinds, from dating to depression to Doctor Who. For ComicsAlliance, Kate or Die focuses mainly on the sort of subject matter you’ve come to expect from the site, but you should also anticipate Kate taking the strip to some unpredictably cool places.