Saturday, January 9, 2010

History is Hilarious

Last month I was cruising around Twitter, and I found a follower of a follower who draws comics inspired by history. "History comics?" I thought, "Awesome." Kate Beaton was a history major, museum employee, and now a comic artist. Her subjects bounce from vikings to Elizabethans to cowboys to chimney sweeps. The illustration style is loose with wonderfully expressive faces. Her humor often rests completely on a character's eyes.

Beaton runs a web comic and recently published a book, Never Learn Anything From History. If you're a history buff with a computer, book shelf, and a funny bone, then you simply must check out Hark a Vagrant.

If you are a Twitterer you can follow her daily work there too.

2 comments:

Eli Arndt said...

History as humor. I am intrigued and will be checking these out. Thanks for the heads-up and nice find.

-Eli

Boomka said...

Well what a good find you found! I stumble across your blog, then find this comic artist, and boom now my life is enlightened and full of a new art. You are a comic detective. Like Colombo, or Roger Rabbit.