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Hark! A Vagrant

byKate Beaton

Hardcover | September 27, 2011

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FEATURED ON MORE THAN TWENTY BEST-OF LISTS, INCLUDING TIME, AMAZON, E! AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY!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 This collection features favorite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content.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. In just four years, Beaton has taken the comics world by storm with her non sequiturs, cheeky comebacks, and irreverent punch lines. With 1.2 million monthly hits on her site - 500,000 of them unique - and comics appearing in Harper's Magazine, the National Post, and The New Yorker, her caricatures of historical and fictional figures filtered through a contemporary lens display a sharp, quick wit that knows no bounds.

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KATE BEATON grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada. She earned a bachelor's degree in history and anthropology at Mount Allison University. She presently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
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Title:Hark! A VagrantFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8.72 × 8.46 × 0.84 inPublished:September 27, 2011Publisher:Drawn & QuarterlyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770460608

ISBN - 13:9781770460607

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun ! Amusing ! A New Way to view History ! I grab this book a really long time ago and picked it up recently for a trip to the beach. So glad, I did. It was such a fantastic read. I could not get rid of the smile off my face as I laughed unattractly at almost every comic that was seriously hilarious and reconizge for when I study in school or college. My fav is the Nancy Drew and Anne of selvees. Great character. A simple and clever comic to read for everyone.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is a great little collection of comics. Very funny. Kate Beaton has a wonderful sense of humour.
Date published: 2017-06-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely collection! I was so thrilled to be able to own her comics in print format. Been following her almost since the beginning!
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! Well worth the buy to have in your collection.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hark a Vagrant at Home! I've loved Kate Beaton's online comic for a long time, and now I have a copy at home that I can pick up anytime and revisit my favourites again and again, or discover something new.
Date published: 2017-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny Stuff Hilarious collection of historical and literary themed comics.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny Stuff Hilarious collection of historical and literary themed comics. One of my favourite reads!
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Historical, hilarious, my cup of tea! A great and hilarious compilation of historical characters brought to life by an amazing artist. Her drawings are fantastic and she brings such joie-de-vivre into each and every page!
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderfully Funny Beaton has a sense of humour unlike any other. Lots of incredible takes on history.
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very fun read Very different from my usual reads, but really loved it. So funny
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Side-Splitting! I would recommend this to any history buff.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! Absolutely hilarious, and perfect for any lover of history. I really laughed while reading many of these and think they are quite clever and fun. Definitely a great gift for someone :)
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Funny And great for history buffs
Date published: 2016-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Clever & quick This is a great book to read and re-read over and over again. Which I do quite a bit. Love the author's take on Canadian history.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from History lovers unite! Kate Beaton's comic strips provide the perfect combination of humor and history and literature.
Date published: 2016-11-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intelligent and Funny! I very hilarious and silly collection of various literature and historical based comics.
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cheeky & Intelligent! I have followed her blog/comic for years now and have loved every single one. If you are a Brit/Canuck history buff or a fan/student of literature you will love this! I received it for Christmas and couldn't have been happier :). As a graduate of literature and history I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
Date published: 2014-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a rebel! I’m finally working through the books I’ve read but neglected to review, and this one comes in 11 months after. Anyone who follows Kate Beaton’s LiveJournal or her website will be glad to find her work put together in publication form. Filled with plenty of historical and literary references and figures, these comics will surely tickle your fancy. They are witty and funny, campy and coy, and can help you appear a little more knowledgeable! The illustrations are simple in black and white, giving it a rather droll appearance but are surprisingly apt to the scandalous anecdotes since it contrasts against the subject and fits in with the historical period of the content. Have a laugh, check this book or her online comic strips out.
Date published: 2012-09-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A cheeky & hilarious journey through history & literature! A witty and hilarious journey through history and literary references, Hark! A Vagrant should be a companion to all History and English courses! Beaton’s observant and cheeky dialogue make for an entertaining twist to familiar stories we all grew up with. Ranging from different Sherlock scenarios to the French Revolution, the comics are, at times, shocking and funny all at once. Thankfully, Beaton includes commentary on some of the comics, as a bit of background or what kind of headspace she was in at the time. This provided a bit of insight to the comics that I weren’t too familiar with. Many of the Nancy Drew variety, Beaton tackles some several-paneled comic strip storytelling with what kind of hijinx Miss Drew was getting herself into in that particular book, solely based on the cover art. Hilarious and quite possibly one of my favourite series of comic strips in the entire book. Another notable laugh-out-loud one was about Canadians feeling Canadian on 3 occasions. Talented and hilarious, Beaton has a wry sense of humour that translates onto the page through her poignant and cheeky drawings. This, and other reviews can be found on my blog JustALilLost.com
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Irreverant fun trip through history This is a fun and funny "trip through history with an attitude". The author has created a series of comic strips that present her own slightly skewed perspective on history. It's funny and silly and quirky and it made me smile. It's a fast read and if it's a bit irreverant about historical happenings, it's really no more ridiculous than some of the actual historical events she pokes fun at.
Date published: 2012-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny and Smart I absolutely love this book. I can't recommend it enough. It is a must for any literary or history buff who enjoys a good laugh. Be warned,you might not want to read it in public because it is laugh out loud funny.
Date published: 2012-02-25

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Praise for Kate Beaton: "[Beaton's comics] are witty reinventions of literary and historical figures navigating modern times . . . A high-minded version of The Far Side that is at once of-the-moment and timeless." - DEBORAH VANKIN, Los Angeles Times "Simply put, this is the most well-drawn, funniest comic that I've read in a while." - ADRIENNE SO, Wired "[Beaton's] neat linework and terrific grasp of simple caricature and facial expression sells a lot of the best strips, including Sasaki Kojiro meeting an undignified end, Jane Austen and Nikola Tesla being pestered by their fans, and Lord Byron muttering "Bitches, man" to a grieving Percy Bysshe Shelley. A-" - The Onion, The A.V. Club