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    Kate Beaton: Dude Watchin’ With the Brontës

Kate Beaton’s outstanding Hark! A Vagrant comics make learning really, really fun

Posted by Anna Trench,

Kate Beaton changed comics. Part history lesson, part lit crit, her Hark! A Vagrant strips cast a wry eye over the past to reveal the sillier thoughts of kings, queens and characters of the canon. Quite rightly adored by millions, they are among the wittiest and most charming comics to have appeared in ink in the last decade.
Whether detailing the travails of courtly love-making, eavesdropping on two Brontës ogling hunks or mocking the over-appreciated subtexts of Macbeth, Kate Beaton makes things funny in a whole new way. In economical pen lines and a splash of wash she nails period costume, hand gestures and arched brows perfectly. Bestowing a comic irreverence on the dustiest of subjects, her flippant tone mixed with a real knowledge of the areas she gently satirises make Hark! A Vagrant comics an educational pleasure to visit, revisit and then direct everyone else to, too. 

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    Kate Beaton: Wrong Island

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    Kate Beaton: Lay on Macduff, With Motifs

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    Kate Beaton: Mary Shelley

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    Kate Beaton: Intuition

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    Kate Beaton: Sexy Tudors

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    Kate Beaton: Substitute Teacher

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    Kate Beaton: Jane Austen

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    Kate Beaton: The Case of the Two Watsons

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    Kate Beaton: Another Case of Watsons


Posted by Anna Trench

Anna is a writer and illustrator who joined us as an editorial intern after studying at Cambridge University and Falmouth university. She wrote for the site between January and March 2013.