Other Sellers on Amazon
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
+ $3.99 shipping
Hark! A Vagrant Hardcover – Illustrated, September 27, 2011
The Amazon Book Review
Book recommendations, author interviews, editors' picks, and more. Read it now
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Frequently bought together
“[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, The Los Angeles Times on Kate Beaton
“Simply put, this is the most well-drawn, funniest comic that I've read in a while.” ―ADRIENNE SO, Wired on Kate Beaton
“[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 on Kate Beaton
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.54 pounds
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1770460608
- ISBN-13 : 978-1770460607
- Product Dimensions : 5.47 x 0.94 x 8.79 inches
- Publisher : Drawn and Quarterly; Illustrated Edition (September 27, 2011)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #88,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
This is the second book of her work, after the self-published Never Learn Anything From History last year, but it's much larger (168pp vs 68pp), contains a bunch of notes on the comics from Beaton, and is vastly more widely available, so HARK! A VAGRANT is definitely the book-length Kate Beaton object of choice.
(If you're confused about the title of the book; it's also the title of her website, and derives from one of her early comics. That still doesn't make a lot of sense -- it's not obviously something to raise up as the centerpiece of a webcomic -- but randomness and serendipity is always important in both humor and comics.)
You should read Kate Beaton comics -- and buy this book -- because she's smart and witty and deeply knowledgeable about a lot of random literary/historical stuff, and she's wonderful at combining those three things in unexpected and entertaining ways. And because her loose, expressive drawings are nearly as much fun as her jokes. And because she's one-third of the brain trust behind Strong Female Characters. And because, if this book is a success, we should see her do more with her other kinds of comics -- the slice-of-life strips with her family, the bizarre MS Paint strips, the sullen Mystery Solving Teens, and especially the rare, sweet strips about talking to her younger self.
I sincerely hope many people buy Kate Beaton's book in support of her comic.
To be sure, Beaton's comics have often led me to look up historical figures about which I knew little or nothing, particularly those whose race or gender cut them out of the traditional narrative. For instance, I wouldn't have known about Rosalind Franklin's work on the structure of DNA, or Matthew Henson's contribution to the first (white) expedition to the North Pole, without Beaton -- not to mention several stories which only came to my attention upon reading other Beaton comics which do not appear in this book.
In short: while most of these comics are available for free on the interwebs, I think it's totally worthwhile to send Kate Beaton some cash moneys for her work in disseminating history and literature to the masses.
Top reviews from other countries
The book takes all that was good about the website, bringing you many of your favourite comics alongside some new ones, and I must say that they translate wonderfully into book form. Beaton's commentaries are preserved neatly at the bottom and are just as witty and interesting as the comics themselves.
The drawings are charming and bring a light-hearted feel that mixes perfectly with the jokes. You're sure to fall in love with history again, even if you're not familiar with some of the time periods or topics. You'll soon want to find out more about the cast of characters.
In short, a lovely book, presented perfectly in keeping with the feel of what makes the website wonderful. You'll be proud to pop it on your coffee table.
Kate Beaton's witty humor with her adorable illustrations make this a good gift for someone who appreciates a different outlook on times gone by. Think Horrible Histories but with a more adult spice.