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A Hark! A Vagrant Collection

Book - 2015 | First hardcover edition
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"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 This collection features favorite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content.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.
Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, ©2015
Edition: First hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781770462083
Branch Call Number: BEATON
Characteristics: 166 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm


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Nov 05, 2018

pros - "historical humor" Whimsical, Historical vignettes. Humporous and cutting wit.

Jul 25, 2017

This is the best of current comic strips other than maybe "Megg, Mogg & Owl" stuff. The Vol. 1 "Hark! A Vagrant" was better but only because it has more Nancy Drew cover gags.

Nov 25, 2016

This collection is a continuation of Kate Beaton winning streak. Her comics are unapologetic in how smart and specific they are. Kate Beaton has skill and a unique talent of ensuring that her work stands apart from everyone else's.

Sep 06, 2016

Love, love, love Kate Beaton's work. So much of the story is in her ridiculous, flawed characters' expressions and body language. This midwestern American found some of the history obscure, especially regarding Canadian stuff, but in Beaton's deft storytelling hands, you don't need to be an insider to get the joke. While her history and literature comics feature predominantly, there's also the random David Bowie sighting. Just highly recommend.

LPL_DanC Aug 09, 2016

This book made me laugh audibly, deep into the night. I was a fan of Beaton's first collection, Hark a Vagrant, which is just as good, but this time around I noticed how completely amazing she is at capturing facial expressions in what look like hastily scratched caricatures of famous literary and historical figures. Her work reminds me of the kind of sketches we made as kids of older siblings, parents, and teachers, which occasionally induced uncontrollable laughter due to remarkable accuracy, even in their roughness. If you like books, history, and laughing, you will adore this.

Goreo534 May 26, 2016

Its a very funny book in which I am going to return and check out many times. There isn't a comic in it that I didn't like.

Apr 09, 2016

I echo KateHillier's sentiments, absolutely loved this volume. One disappointment: too few "Wuthering Heights" strips! I hope that Kate Beaton will draw the complete novel someday!

Mar 29, 2016

Crude ink and half tone drawings, not very funny gags, but lots of literary references.

KateHillier Feb 29, 2016

This collection of Kate Beaton's webcomic may be even funnier than the previous one. In this volume we meet Strong Female Characters, Napoleon insisting he's not that short, more Peasant comics, Gorey comics, and some wicked chivalry. It's all awesome and that's all there is to it.

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