Hark! A Vagrant

Kate Beaton's first comic book.

Kate Beaton

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 18th-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. (From Drawn & Quarterly)

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Cartoonist and webcomic author of "Hark! a Vagrant" Kate Beaton is releasing a new collection of her 'historical and pop-culture parodies', "Step Aside, Pops"