Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant Is A #1 NY Times Best Seller

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Huge congratulations to comic creator Kate Beaton! Her new book, Hark! A Vagrant is now #1 on the NY Times Graphic Novels Best Seller list. Beaton’s reaction when she found out from her agent, Seth Fishman, on Twitter? “Wow.” 

Fishman replied to Beaton with, “Kate – you deserve it. I’m so proud and happy. And to all of Kate’s fans: thank you for your support! Best readers ever.”

The book, published by Drawn & Quarterly, is a collection of comic strips originally started on Beaton’s website. The description of Hark! A Vagrant from the publisher, “[It] takes readers on a romp through history and literature — with dignity for few and cookies for all — with comic strips about famous authors, their characters, and political and historical figures, all drawn in Beaton’s pared-down, excitable style. This collection features favourite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content. Whether she’s writing about Nikola Tesla, Napoleon, or Nancy Drew, Beaton brings a refined sense of the absurd to every situation.”

Vagrant sits atop Craig Thompson’s (Blankets) new book Habibi, number one the previous week, and Richard Castle’s Deadly Storm, the comic based on the ABC series Castle, by Brian Michael Bendis and Kelly Sue Deconnick.

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Congrats from all of us here at The Mary Sue, Kate!


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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."