Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Hark, a Vagrant by Kate Beaton (Jonathan Cape)

Kate Beaton's "Hark, a Vagrant" website is required reading for cerebral folk who love a bit of alternative history but also don't mind snorting coffee out of their noses.

Collecting together some of the earliest strips, the first "Hark, A Vagrant" Collection is out now from Jonathan Cape.

If you're after a flavour of what to expect, imagine history documented and chronicled by someone who has infinite respect for the subject matter, but also likes to royally extract the urine from it too.

Kate's versions of famous historical (and fictional) characters are raddled with flaws, often vainglorious, but pant-wettingly hilarious. I think I annoyed my wife with this book - partly because she thinks comic strips are a bit babyish, but mostly because the book caused me to laugh out loud spontaneously. Rarely have I ever read a comic strip anthology that's had this effect but Kate's illustrations and situational observation are both razor sharp as is her wit.

Image (C) Kate Beaton 2015

Of course, some of the strips are a bit on the sweary and adult side (which is why I'm reviewing "Hark, a Vagrant" here rather than on ReadItDaddy - and had to prise the book out of my daughter's hands before she read anything too rude) but maaan, can Kate ever swear with style and aplomb.

Check out the web comic and check out the two collected volumes (this and "Step Aside, Pops") - Both are fantastic.



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Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Hark, a Vagrant by Kate Beaton (Jonathan Cape)

Kate Beaton's "Hark, a Vagrant" website is required reading for cerebral folk who love a bit of alternative history but also don't mind snorting coffee out of their noses.

Collecting together some of the earliest strips, the first "Hark, A Vagrant" Collection is out now from Jonathan Cape.

If you're after a flavour of what to expect, imagine history documented and chronicled by someone who has infinite respect for the subject matter, but also likes to royally extract the urine from it too.

Kate's versions of famous historical (and fictional) characters are raddled with flaws, often vainglorious, but pant-wettingly hilarious. I think I annoyed my wife with this book - partly because she thinks comic strips are a bit babyish, but mostly because the book caused me to laugh out loud spontaneously. Rarely have I ever read a comic strip anthology that's had this effect but Kate's illustrations and situational observation are both razor sharp as is her wit.

Image (C) Kate Beaton 2015

Of course, some of the strips are a bit on the sweary and adult side (which is why I'm reviewing "Hark, a Vagrant" here rather than on ReadItDaddy - and had to prise the book out of my daughter's hands before she read anything too rude) but maaan, can Kate ever swear with style and aplomb.

Check out the web comic and check out the two collected volumes (this and "Step Aside, Pops") - Both are fantastic.



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