Wednesday, September 5, 2012

"Hark! A Vagrant" by Kate Beaton

168 pages

These are some ridiculous comic strips, and I loved them. Beaton tackles a variety of topics in history and literature with laugh-out-loud humor that often gets brawdy but never fails to amuse. Admittedly, I didn’t get some of the jokes, but I think that’s due more to my ignorance than Beaton’s talent (not gonna lie—I’d never even heard of some of the historical figures she makes fun of, such as Nikola Tesla). The upside of that is that I actually learned quite a bit, and by learning it through a hilarious comic strip I’m likely to remember it better (why isn’t this stuff in schools??) I really like Beaton’s illustrations as well as her text—sometimes the drawings cracked up me up as much as the words. Overall, a very entertaining collection—I’ll certainly be watching for more of Beaton’s work in the future. 

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