Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Reader's Diary #1305- Kate Beaton: Step Aside, Pops

As a fan of Beaton's first collection, Hark! A Vagrant, I was greatly looking forward to this follow up.

I was not, however, as big a fan this time around. To be honest, many felt like leftovers. If I said the first time that a few were too esoteric and escaped me, this time I'd say it was the majority and in some cases I wondered if there even was a punchline. That said, just as I was ready to believe that I wouldn't laugh at all— about halfway through the book— finally some funnier comics started to appear. Her bit skewering the irrational fear of feminists was hilarious as was her revision of Cinderella. 

In Hark! A Vagrant I had also been impressed by the cartooning. It was largely the same with this collection except for a couple that stood out as terrible. In these, the sketches looked rushed and the speech balloons overflowed their panels. Again, there may have been an artistic reason, but if so, I just didn't get it. 

It was worth it in the end for the few chuckles, but I wish there'd been more.

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