Kate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist who appeared in the comics scene in 2007 with her online work “Hark! A Vagrant!”. Since then, she has become a fan favorite and has gathered a significant following, with illustrations appearing in places like The New Yorker, Harper’s and Marvel’s Strange Tales anthology. Praised for their expression, intelligence and comic timing, her cartoons often display a wonderfully light touch on historical and literary topics. Her first strip collection, Never Learn Anything From History, has been a bestseller for Publisher Topatoco since its release in 2009, and her 2012 release, published by Drawn & Quarterly also called Hark! A Vagrant, was a New York Times Best Seller.
Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A BIG horse. A STRONG horse. A horse fit for a WARRIOR PRINCESS! But when the day arrives, she doesn’t quite get the horse of her dreams…
From the artist behind the comic phenomenon Hark! A Vagrant, The Princess and the Pony is a laugh-out-loud story of brave warriors, big surprises, and falling in love with one unforgettable little pony.
(Late april thou art a fool! haha decided to mashup two of my favorite absurdly historical comics, Hetalia and Hark! A Vagrant! It’s super fun as well as surprisingly difficult working in this style, but I think I ‘ve learned quite a bit I guess about simplifying forms from trying a new thing as well! Just to be on the safe side I am NOT affiliated with either Himaruya or Kate Beaton and this was purely for laughs and practice. Hope you enjoy!) aestuat
I think that what’s really happening there is that women in history or literature are often presented to us as sort of second-tier importance. We hear less about them, we study them less, representations of women are likely to be “less” somehow. So in the comics, I often pit them against this positioning in history, looking for justice or something like that. Finding comedy in the imbalance that is apparent to us as modern readers. Then I think they are often looking exasperated by the men around them, not because the men are bad, but because the men have always been presented to us as more important, and then in the comic, they play into that, and the woman has just had it.
Meet Mia Kish, the hero of The Well’s End, a brand new young-adult novel from debut author Seth Fishman which comes out next February. We’ve [well, Jezebel, who I am Tumblring this from] got the exclusive cover reveal, plus one more illustration by Hark! A Vagrant creator Kate Beaton that shows the whole cast. Here’s the full version of the Kate Beaton artwork above, showing Mia, in the moment before she breaks a hole in an iced-over lake and swims through it. (via Exclusive Look at Kate Beaton’s Illustrations for a Brand New YA Novel at Jezebel)