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Hark! A Vagrant UK Edition

Kate Beaton
Kate Beaton

A new collection by the web sensation and New Yorker cartoonist!


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 nor tome is left unscathed 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 Merveilluses 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 500,000 unique monthly visitors to her website, harkavagrant.com, already know, no one turns the ironic absurdities of history and literature into comedic fodder as hilariously as Beaton. In just four years, Beaton has taken the comics world by storm with her non sequiturs, cheeky comebacks, and irreverent punch lines. With comics appearing in Harper’s Magazine, the National Post, and the New Yorker, her caricatures of historical and fictional figures display a sharp, quick wit that knows no bounds. Genius! A huge favourite with our own blog crew.

 

Jonathan Cape, paperback, 168 pages, published October 2011

 

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