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Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
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bookshelves: comic-strips, humour
Read from October 07 to 10, 2011

I don't remember the last time I laughed this hard or this frequently reading a comics collection. Beaton's hilarious. I'm sure part of her appeal for me is the historical and literary bents of a lot of her work (her comic takes on the Brontes are especially funny, but she covers a lot of literary and historical ground--and Nancy Drew!), and admittedly she has some go-to gimmicks that might pall after a while (e.g. straight-laced nineteenth-century characters speaking in modern slang), but the overall level of accomplishment and humour here is impressive. It doesn't hurt that her art is delightfully fluid and sketchy but expressive--it reminds me a bit of Edward Lear, or Edward Gorey (whose book covers serve as the basis for a series of amusing strips here). Beaton's the best new cartoonist I've come across in a while. Highly recommended.
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