Hark! a Vagrant by Kate Beaton

Title: Hark! a Vagrant
Author: Kate Beaton
Series: N/A
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Release Date: 9/27/2011
Length: 168 pages
Format: Hardcover
Genres: Graphic Novels, Comics
Challenges: N/A
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Hardcover
Rating: ★★★★★

Hark! A Vagrant takes readers on a romp through history and literature—with dignity for few and cookies for all—with comic strips about famous authors, their characters, and political and historical figures, all drawn in Kate Beaton’s pared-down, excitable style. This collection features favorite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content. Whether she’s writing about Nikola Tesla, Napoleon, or Nancy Drew, Beaton brings a refined sense of the absurd to every situation.

One of the best purchases I’ve made in quite a while. Why don’t I spend more time in the graphic novels section? I’ve been giggling at comic strips for days. I think this was all I really needed

So there’s not really a plot to this. It’s mostly a bunch of small strips making fun of historical figures and literature. It’s hilarious. Seriously, all those Bronte and Jane Eyre jokes slayed me. I’ll admit that I didn’t get some of it, mainly due to my lack of knowledge in Canadian and Russian (I think?) history. But most of it was explained in a small paragraph underneath the comic, just in case you didn’t get the reference. Kate Beaton has the best sense of humor too! I love the range of jokes. It’s not just literary. There are a couple of composer jokes, which I really loved. And the second I saw something about the French Revolution, I was so excited.

The art is pure comic style, but very good. Sometimes it looks a little scribbly, but if you pay attention there’s some really nice detail.

If you want to laugh and you can deal with historical references, pick this up. It’s definitely worth it.

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