Hark! A Vagrant – Book Review


Who knew you could learn some History while reading comics. In Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant, that’s exactly what you experience.  Sure, you’re thinking, learning while reading comics? I think I’ll skip this one.  But trust me when I tell you that this book will have you laughing out loud.  Beaton leaves no moment of History untouched with her witty comic strips; which range from history to literature to just plain random and hilarious observations. For example did you ever wonder how to spot a wise owl? Well obviously it’s the one with a beard.

I’ll admit though, there were moments were I had no idea who she was referring to in certain comics, but a quick browse through Wikipedia and I knew exactly who that person was and look at that, I learned something new. Sneaky Beaton! The author also adds some commentary to explain why she created certain comics, and at times a little brief description of the historical person she is referring to in her comic.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading comics, but also those who enjoy their history with a side of humor.

To get a taste of what’s in the book, you can visit Beaton’s website where she posts comics frequently.

Hark! A Vagrant

FREE Comic Book Day, May 1


The Dudley library is celebrating FREE COMIC BOOK DAY (FCBD) — an annual celebration comic books when comic book stores offer comic books for FREE.  Yes.  FREE!

Before heading to the nearest comic book store, stop by the Dudley Branch Library for a Comic Book Swap. Bring what you’ve read and trade with other comic book fans. Manga is more than welcome!

What: Comic Swap

When: May 1, 12p-2p

Where: Dudley Branch Library, 65 Warren St., Roxbury, MA 02119

Contact: aeneh@bpl.org or 617 442 6186

Comic book shops participating in FCBD (ask for details of how to get free stuff at the store):

COMICOPIA
464 COMMONWEALTH AVE
SUITE 13
BOSTON, MA
(617) 266-4266

JP COMICS & GAMES
603 CENTRE STREET
JAMAICA PLAIN, MA
(617) 553-4247

NEWBURY COMICS
FANEUIL HALL MARKETPLACE     
NORTH MARKET BUILDING
BOSTON, MA
(617) 236-4930

NEWBURY COMICS
332 NEWBURY ST
BOSTON, MA
(617) 236-4930

NEW ENGLAND COMICS
COOLIDGE CORNER
316 HARVARD ST
BROOKLINE, MA
(617) 566-0115

NEW ENGLAND COMICS
131 HARVARD AVENUE
ALLSTON, MA
(617) 783-1848