Hark!

Hark!

A Vagrant

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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 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 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 500,000 unique monthly visitors to harkavagrant.com already know, no one turns the ironic absurdities of history and literature into comedic fodder as hilariously as Beaton.

Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly, c2011.
Edition: First hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781770460607
1770460608
Branch Call Number: GN COMICS BEATON J
Characteristics: 166 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: Vagrant

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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 lette... Read More »


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jaceame
Oct 02, 2020

Quirky and amusing but inconsistent.

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BAE322
Dec 22, 2019

Quite lame and very unfunny.

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Linyarai
Jan 30, 2019

Historical and clever, but I didn't find it overly funny.

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SPPL_Anna
Mar 19, 2018

Kate Beaton's sense of humor about history is great. She also perfectly sums up my feelings about the Bronte's and Byronic Heroes perfectly.

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.

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jannylegs
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.

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BWilsoned
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.

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FVReader
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.

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