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Hark! A Canadian.

Kate Beaton knows more about history and literature than the average reader and Hark! A Vagrant shows it. Beaton is perfectly content to base her cartoon strips on people like the Bronte sisters, Jules Verne and Napoleon. And while the focus in her squiggly drawings is getting a good joke out of, say, the death of Montcalm, she also drops in some sharp literary criticism. If she had pushed her outrageousness any further, Beaton, a Canadian, might have ventured into flipness. (St. Francis of Assisi smoking?) But, says Publishers Weekly "this is that rare combination of literate irony and devastatingly funny humor". Not bad for a youngster from Mabou, Cape Breton.

For a Toronto Star article on Kate Beaton
For the National Public Radio (NPR) interview with Kate Beaton
For a taste of Kate Beaton comics.