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Hark! A vagrant

by Beaton, Kate, 1983-

Format: Print Book 2011
Availability: Available at 12 Libraries 12 of 13 copies
Available (12)
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Andrew Bayne Memorial Library Graphic Novel GN Beat
Location  Andrew Bayne Memorial Library
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Braddock Carnegie Library Non Fiction GN BEA
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Brentwood Library Nonfiction HUMOR COMIC STRIP Beaton
Location  Brentwood Library
Collection  Nonfiction
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CLP - Allegheny Regional Graphic Novels PN6734.H37 B43 2011x
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Collection  Graphic Novels
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CLP - Carrick Graphic Novels PN6734.H37 B43 2011x
Location  CLP - Carrick
Collection  Graphic Novels
Call Number  PN6734.H37 B43 2011x
CLP - Main Library First Floor - Graphic Non-Fiction PN6734.H37 B43 2011x
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor - Graphic Non-Fiction
Call Number  PN6734.H37 B43 2011x
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Graphic Novels G-NF 817 BEATON Kate
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Graphic Novels
Call Number  G-NF 817 BEATON Kate
Northland Public Library Graphic Novels 817 B38 GRAPHIC
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Graphic Novels
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Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 741.5 B36
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Collection  Nonfiction
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Robinson Library Fiction GRAPHIC BEATON
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Collection  Fiction
South Park Library Graphic Novels GN NOVEL BEA
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Graphic Books GRAPHIC BEATON
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Collection  Graphic Books
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Graphic Novel CHECKED OUT
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Hark! A Vagrant is an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and comics sensation Kate Beaton. No era or tome emerges unscathed as Beaton rightly skewers the Western world's revolutionaries, leaders, sycophants, and suffragists while equally honing her wit on the hapless heroes, heroines, and villains of the best-loved fiction.
She deftly points out what really happened when Brahms fell asleep listening to Liszt, that the world's first hipsters were obviously the Incroyables and the Merveilleuses from eighteenth-century France, that Susan B. Anthony is, of course, a "Samantha," and that the polite banality of Canadian culture never gets old. Hark! A Vagrant features sexy Batman, the true stories behind classic Nancy Drew covers, and Queen Elizabeth doing the albatross. As the 500,000 unique monthly visitors to harkavagrant.com already know, no one turns the ironic absurdities of history and literature into comedic fodder as hilariously as Beaton.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Beaton's erudite, anachronistic webcomic gag strips have become something of a sensation over the past five years. With targets from literature (Dude Watchin' with the Brontes; The Adventures of Sexy Batman) and history (Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, anyone?), her humor is an exercise in both feeling smart and appreciating a well-timed poop joke. With hilarious economy, she's able to sum up the entirety of something like Crime and Punishment and then summarily deflate it in a handful of strips, if not words (Porfiry is tipped off by Raskolnikov's article, Murdering Old Ladies: Not Even a Big Deal). And while the artwork has a kind of effortless, dashed-off quality to it, don't be fooled: the precisely rendered figures and facial expressions are often just as crucial to delivering the punch lines as the jokes themselves. If you didn't know there was much funny stuff in Kierkegaard, Kepler, or King Lear, think again. Better yet, let Beaton show you.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Recent comics sensation Beaton probably, definitely, knows more about history and literature than the average reader, and this collection of her webcomic-mostly collections of three-panel gag-shows it. But while her comics are pungent with the aroma of authentic knowledge, they wear it lightly, with a jittery humor that's surprisingly effective given the lashings of irony that Beaton layers on top. While she's perfectly content to base her cartoon strips around lesser-known figures (criminal "masterminds" Burke and Hare, anyone?), most of her cartoons put people like the Bronte sisters or Jules Verne out there and wryly undercut them with mock pulp headlines and dishy asides. While the focus in Beaton's rip-quick and squiggly drawings is getting a good joke out of, say, the death of French general Montcalm or playing to the world's ignorance of even the most basic facets of Canadian history and culture, she also drops in some sharp literary criticism. If she had pushed her faux naif outrageousness any further, Beaton might have ventured too far into Sarah Vowellesque flipness. But this is that rarest combination of literate irony and devastatingly funny humor-when was the last time you read a comic strip collection that not only has but needs an index? (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects World history -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Characters and characteristics in literature -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Canadian wit and humor, Pictorial.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher MontreĢal : New York :Drawn & Quarterly ;2011
Distributed in the USA by Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
Edition 1st hardcover ed.
Language English
Notes "Originally published at www.harkavagrant.com" --T.p. verso.
Includes index.
Description 166 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781770460607
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