A Vagrant

Graphic Novel - 2011
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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 This collection features favorite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content.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, 2011.
Edition: First hardover edition.
ISBN: 9781770460607
Branch Call Number: 741.56971 BEATO
Characteristics: 166 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Vagrant


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"Beaton's comic timing is like free jazz, in that you never know quite how the jokes will land; every one leaves you thinking 'How the hell did she do that?'" - Rolling Stone

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SCL_Justin Aug 16, 2017

Kate Beaton has been making silly comics about history (and other things) for years on the web. There was a self-published volume of her webcomics, but Beaton had a huge hit with her Drawn & Quarterly book Hark! A Vagrant.

Part of the awesomeness about Kate Beaton’s comics is the modern perspective on history. She’s Canadian and has fun with Canadian stereotypes. The jokes aren’t huge and don’t rely on clever wordplay so much as they do on the situations these people find themselves in. It is all very silly, but excellent.

I especially love the Mystery Solving Teens (who behave much more like teens than the Hardy Boys ever did) and the way adults react to them.

If you aren’t reading Hark! A Vagrant already and you like jokes and history you really need to try this book.

Jul 16, 2016

Loved the quirky tone of this, especially the side comments from the author/artist, but a whole book of it got old by the end.

LPL_DanC Jun 08, 2016

This book made me laugh out loud at least 50 times. Kind of like a Far Side of historical and literary subjects, pick it up if you want to see something like a thin-skinned aristocrat breaking into tears after being taunted by a foul mouthed fox, or Jules Verne lying on his belly writing a letter to Edgar Allen Poe ("Can you put more balloons in your stories? I think we should be friends"), or Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg playing I Spy on a road trip.

Jan 22, 2016

Beaton's skewing (or is that skewering?) of historical people and events is quite entertaining and I had to show my husband and son the ones that made me burst out laughing. A bit too much swearing for me and the book cover schtick went on a bit long. Some of my favorites include
"Dude watchin' with the Brontës", Jules Verne and Poe, Verne vs. H.G. Wells, "Tudorama", spam pigeons (who knew it's been around since WW I?), "An Elizabethan Song Book", pug comics, and how the Lewis & Clark Expedition REALLY went.

SirBenjOwen Jan 08, 2016

Hello... Hello, is this thing on? Hark! A vagrant, is a razzmatazz of historical and literary jokes. Reading this book probable will not cure any diseases, but you may need a fun-ectomy after you're done.

Jan 03, 2016

A fun read. I liked the comics around historical situations and people. One does have to know a little about the history & people to get the humour but just the gist of the happening.
I really liked the literary comics, especially the book cover strips.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 26, 2015

Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant is like the funny pages for literature and history majors. Each strip is an exploration of a famous writer, characters from his works, or a notable person from history. Rather than treating these figures with reverence, Beaton usually takes them down a peg or two.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/hark_a_vagrant_beaton

KateHillier Feb 01, 2015

I have wasted plenty of time on Kate Beaton's website laughing. Had just as much fun reading the book, which I'm sad that it took me so long to get to it. Canadian history can be fun and I love making fun (and loving) our national stereotypes as much as my fellow Canadians. One of the best lines of her her explanatory blurbs is the statement that Canadians are their most patriotic at three points: when they are out of the country, when Olympic hockey is on, and when it is Canada Day. Truth.

Of course there is also the everyone else history and literature comics. Shakespeare, Austen, Conan Doyle (so many Watsons!). There's very little to hate here and I just love revisiting these

Sep 23, 2013

Not funny. Not even that clever.

Apr 08, 2013

Do you love history? And laughing? Then you'll love Kate Beaton's spot-on comics.

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