hark a vagrant comics


some more comics where reigens a magician

#iconic duos in toku: writers edition

  • kobayashi yasuko and her clinically depressed protagonists
  • sanjo riku and his blatant bodysharing kink
  • inoue toshiki and his interesting interpretation of what platonic straight male friendship looks like
  • yonemura shoji and his occasional ascension to a realm of fiction most of us cannot hope to comprehend
  • amemiya keita and building a franchise on nothing but self-indulgence
  • urobuchi gen and his 500 unsent fan letters to kobayashi yasuko

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Here is a comic about a man I admire very much! Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was an early champion of LGBT rights, and maybe the first person to speak publicly for them as he did in Munich in 1867. The last picture there is the place where he spoke. He used the word “Urning” for gay men, a term he coined, because even the word “homosexual” wasn’t invented yet (it would be soon after). I only found out about him last fall, which is surprising and also sadly not surprising. But he was really amazing, I’m sure you will agree.

Hark! A Vagrant is a strange mix, sometimes the comics are straight jokes and sometimes, like here, I just want to talk about someone I think is great in a way that’s easy to pick up on - comics are great for that! And I tell you what, I got so much out of this particular collection, of all the things I read. Here is a link:

Karl Heinrich Ulrichs:
Urning Pride and the First Known Gay Activist

Translated and Edited by Michael Lombardi-Nash, PhD

The document is a mix of things, essays and Karl’s own writings and I think you will like it very much. I’m going to leave you with the epitaph on the stone his friends put up for him, he had many friends and admirers. It reads like a little affectionate biography.

Karl Henrich Ulrichs
who was born in Westerfeld near East Friesland
He distinguished himself and became renowned among
his equals by his mental faculties in the humanities and other disciplines
through instruction he received in Gottingen and Berlin.
He was concerned about new problems in anthropology and jurisprudence.
He had a remarkable sense of duty.
He was not elevated to prosperity nor was he humbled
by the attacks from his adversaries.
As a pauper he left the region of Hanover and went into exile.
He traveled through a great part of Europe.
He displayed everywhere a model character by his knowledge and virtue.
Finally he came to live in Aquila in central Italy to live for a long time.
He edited a Latin journal titled “Alaudae” [Larks]
which received praise from the old and new world.
Not complaining, not anguished, he died in our city in his 70th year
on the day before the Ides of July 1895
His loyal friends and admirers here and across the Alps
joined in to pay for this gift for their best friend whom
they mourn the loss of, and mock his lack of fortune
by this truly excellent monument.

“New problems in anthropology and jurisprudence.” Victorians, amirite? Never stop … Victorianing things.  But still, I mean, who doesn’t want their friends to mock their lack of fortune with truly excellent monuments?


I haven’t really had much time to draw anything other than parodies of hark a vagrant comics but i figured i’d at least try to get something up

still kinda sad about the skelemom situation thing that happened so ive been trying to cheer myself up i guess? by… shitposting… yea…

Step Aside, Pops is Kate Beaton’s second collection of comic strips curated from her Hark! A Vagrant website. As in her previous collection, Beaton lampoons famous moments from history and introduces her audience to little-known historical figures and events in her signature style: quick, dry, and riotously funny. Critic Amal El-Mohtar says, “There wasn’t a single strip in this collection I didn’t enjoy, whether with giggles, guffaws, or an amused nod of agreement.”

‘Step Aside, Pops’ Lampoons History With Humor And Wit


Flashback Friday

Remember when friend Samwise visited us back in October? We kept forgetting to share all the presents that Samwise brought when she visited! In addition to the chocolate jack-o’-lanterns that were too big to fit in my mouth, Samwise brought us a book of funnies, delicious gingerbread looseleaf tea (non-caffeinated rooibos!), and a beautiful big mug to drink our tea in!

Sadly for me, all those chocolate pumpkins are now long gone. I demand more roly poly chocolates just for me!

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival is proud to present its first official poster art for TCAF 2016, from the incredibly talented KATE BEATON!

Kate has created something really special here, showcasing the many different ways that readers and fans enter and interact with the medium of comics. This poster will also be produced on a slightly thicker and more rigid paper stock, so that any of you our there that want to actually cut up and play with your poster will be able to do so. Look for it this spring!

Our thanks to Kate Beaton for turning in a phenomenal poster that embodies a lot of what we love about comics.


Kate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist who appeared in the comics scene in 2007 with her online comics strip Hark! A Vagrant! Since then, she has become a fan favourite and has garnered a significant following, with comics & illustrations appearing in places like the New Yorker, Harper’s, and Marvel’s Strange Tales anthology. Her collection,Never Learn Anything from History, is published by Topatoco, and her next title, Hark! A Vagrant published by Drawn & Quarterly, spent five months on the New York Times bestseller list, and topped best of the year lists from Time, E!, Amazon, and Publishers Weekly. Beaton’s cartoons often display a wonderfully light touch on historical and literary topics. The jokes are a knowing look at history through a very modern perspective, and a campaign against anyone with the idea that history is boring. In 2015, Kate released Step Aside, Pops with D+Q, as well as her first children’s book, The Princess and the Pony, with Scholastic.

Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick

“I was extremely excited to hear about a high pigmented, moisturizing long wear lip product. Unfortunately I have yet to find one. Within an hour the lipstick had faded away. I am in management and my business is way too busy for me to continue to take time to reapply my lip color. What a waste of money!”

When I read this, I just picture the 80s Business Woman from Kate Beaton's  Hark, A Vagrant comics.