Friday, March 6, 2009

I wish I was a history nerd

You guys gotta check out Kate Beaton's "Hark! A Vagrant" comic/random historical drawings.

Kate's work is one of the many things where I hit myself because I'm wondering why I didn't think of it. Imagine an illustrated Lord Byron, one of the greatest British poets of all time, daring people to find places he hasn't put his penis. This is witty and topical because if you know anything about historical British poets (my goodness, who doesn't), you would know that Lord Byron was a crazy playa who slept with just about everyone in England (and most of Italy and Greece). That guy's dick's been places that probably haven't been unearthed by mankind yet.

Kate has hit on a fantastic niche, where she basically takes the history major she's mastering in and uses the material from that to make the funny come out from all orifices like that Viking hat on SNL. She also has a cute side comic called "Younger Self" starring herself at her current age, and the 7ish year old self from when she was a kid. Usually these comics entail the younger self berating the older one for "being boring" and "liking dumb things" while the older one hesitantly reassures her she will one day stop being shaped like a potato. Ultimately, theirs is a relationship that everyone has with themselves, not love/hate but mostly love/annoyed with.

Her comic site isn't really finished now so it takes some digging to get to all the drawings. She has a nice store too.

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