Monday, September 26, 2016

Graphic Novel Review: "Hark! A Vagrant" by Kate Beaton

I had seen some panels from this book pictured over on Litsy, and wanted to give it a shot.  This book is a collection of comics that take a humorous look at history and literature.  The history has a distinct Canadian bias - given the author/illustrator and the publisher is Canadian and all - and the literature is mostly Classics (though I loved the Nancy Drew series that imagined the story based on title and cover art alone).

I generally liked the book, but I only found myself outwardly smiling at the literature based ones.  I know, you're shocked.  I liked some of the historical ones, but not all and I think it says more about my understanding of history (and not even a true inkling of Canadian history) than it does about the author's work.  Does that make sense?  This has inspired me to be on the lookout for more things Canadian though, so I can work on that for myself.

The art is fun and I really enjoyed the style of the drawing.  Napoleon there on the cover is an example, though some characters are drawn in a more complex fashion inside the book.  He's cartoony but recognizable.  And this is true throughout.

She has another book out, published last year in fact, that is called Step Aside, Pops!  which I may take a look at sometime.  Could be an amusing pick me up during a readathon in fact!

Hark! A Vagrant
by Kate Beaton
Drawn and Quarterly, 2011
166 pages
Source:  Library


1 comment:

Jean said...

I've followed the cartoon online for a while and I think it's hilarious! Hope you like the Pops one. :)

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