Hark! A Vagrant

Hark! A Vagrant

Hark! A Vagrant is an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and comics-sensation Kate Beaton. No era or tome emerges unscathbed as Beaton rightly skewers the Western world's revolutionaries, leaders, sycophants, and suffragists while equally honing her wit on the hapless heroes, heroines, and villains of the best-loved fiction. She deftly points out what really happened when Brahms fell asleep listening to Liszt, that the world's first hipsters were obviously the Incroyables and the Merveilleuses from eighteenth-century France, that Susan B. Anthony is, of course, a "Samantha," and that the polite banality of Canadian culture never gets old. Hark! A Vagrant features sexy Batman, the true stories behind classic Nancy Drew covers, and Queen Elizabeth doing the albatross. As the 5600.000 unique monthly visitors to harkavagrant.com already know, no one turns the ironic absurdities of history and literature into comedic fodder as hilarious as Beaton.

Title:Hark! A Vagrant
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781770460607
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    Hark! A Vagrant Reviews

  • unknown

    This comic is totally awesome and nerdy and I have nothing but good things to not articulate about it. Instead, here is my favorite H,AV! of all time:You can basically read this entire book at Kate's ...

  • Melki

    Finally, a book of intelligent comics for eggheads! I mean really, when was the last time you read a good cartoon about regicide? Here be funnies about Macbeth, the Brontes, St. Francis, and Jane Aust...

  • Deborah Markus

    I spent half this cartoon collection laughing and the other half feeling like a complete idiot. Beaton is a history/lit heavyweight who can't stop riffing on her obsessions. Yes, plenty of her humor s...

  • Alana

    If you have not yet been exposed to harkavagrant.com then I can only surmise that all the time you've spent on the internet to date has been wasted. Go rectify the situation immediately and while you'...

  • Seth T.

    It takes a steady hand to string together an intricately woven, deeply nuanced plot. The number of authors who can take a handful of seemingly contrived elements and produce an elegantly composed narr...

  • Suad Shamma

    I seem to be in the minority here. It's not that I didn't enjoy reading this book, but I don't seem to have found it hysterically funny or even laugh-out-loud funny. At most it was mildly amusing, a c...

  • Calista

    This is a collection of comic strips like the Sunday funnies. The subject is all people from history and jokes dealing with everything from the revolution to the Bronte sisters. Kate has a sharp wit a...

  • Rincey

    I get it, it's just not for me. Watch me briefly discuss this book in this video: https://youtu.be/_nmxcgpqa7I...

  • Mike

    Hark! A Vagrant is a delightful and quirky webcomic (which has sadly discontinued). It delightfully pokes fun at such wide ranging topics as classic literature, Canadian History, super heroes, and ran...

  • Ilana

    4.5 stars — Took my sweet time with this collection of cartoons based on history and literature and featuring well known historical figures and characters from great classic novels and plays. Clever...