Friday, January 31, 2014
Reader's Diary #1089- Kate Beaton: Hark! A Vagrant
Not so. With India inks, occasional uses of hatching and cross-hatching, varied perspectives yet a consistent style, Beaton's clearly got the goods. They're still cartoons, don't get me wrong, but you certainly wouldn't guess this was someone without years of experience and training.
As for the writing, I found most of it hilarious. I'll admit that a few escaped me, but for the most part I giggled my way through (not good when I'm reading next to my trying-to-sleep wife). Many take their inspiration from history, which is cool enough, but as a lit-nerd I loved her take on the classics (and my daughter went into hysterics over an Anne of Green Gables gag). One very creative bit was to take book covers and extend the story from there, given only the details one can see on the front to work with. There's a Nancy Drew retirement zoo comic that really amused me, but it's best that I don't bother trying explain it here. Historical figures, literary characters (including comic book characters) are all ripe for skewering, but gently so— even with a few F-bombs and penises thrown in for good measure.
All around enjoyable entertainment.