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Hark! A VagrantA fan of her online comics, I was happy to hear that Kate Beaton was putting out a new book. Hark! A Vagrant is a collection of the awesome comics Beaton does.

All topics are fair game, though her focus is usually history and literature. Beaton reinterprets history with humour that is all her own. She manages to make fun of the modern day and the cultural icons, and leaves the reader laughing.

I have to say this book is a great collection, and was beautifully put together. The simple style of illustration is clean and shows a great range of expression. A lot jokes are told simply through the expression on a character’s face instead of a spoken punchline. I wish I could express emotion in my art like she does!

Another thing I love about Beaton’s comics is that she can make any subject seem interesting. Her humourous take on history makes you want to find out more about the heroes and non-heroes of our past.

With so many great comics, I’m surprised the author and editors were able to decide on what strips to use. I’m sure if it were me I would have had a difficult time!

I highly recommend this book. If you haven’t read it yet, do so! You should also be following Beaton’s website, Hark! A Vagrant.

Five stars!

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