Hello and welcome to Webcomic Wednesday! Each week I take a look at a webcomic and let you know what I think about it. This week I’m checking out one that you probably all have read, but I’m going to tell you about it anyway. It’s Hark! A Vagrant, courtesy of mastermind Kate Beaton.
Hark! A Vagrant has been a favourite of mine for some time now. Beaton often takes famous literature or events, and makes it her own. It’s brilliant – in a space where webcomics too often rely on video games, movies or comic books, Hark! A Vagrant takes Jane Austen, Shakespeare and Jacques Cousteau for a spin. It’s wholly original and unique.
That’s not to say that she doesn’t delve into more traditional territory – in fact those are some of my favourite. The Aquaman one above or Sexy Batman always make me smile.
Beaton seems to take on a more literal approach when she tackles characters. In the blurb of her Aquaman comic, she points out that this man who talks to fish and lives in dark caves shouldn’t be anything but crazy. It’s incredibly amusing because it just makes sense.
If you want to check out this comic you can do so here. There really isn’t much more I can say other than it is truly fantastic. We need more comics based on historical events.