Inspiration: Kate Beaton’s webcomic ‘Hark, A Vagrant!’
They say the best way to teach anyone anything is to make it funny.
The experience of having the Canadian school system try and force feed me our numbingly dull national political history was akin to clinical brain death, sitting there at a desk drooling, dull eyed, with nothing but basic organ functions motoring on, and for it I retain nothing. Louis Riel? *Fap* Watch me give a fuck less. But the art work of Kate Beaton, herself a Canadian, takes the historical figures and gets them into petty squabbles with contemporaries, and, hark!, you accidentally learn things. Seriously, if my Canadian social sciences text book had one or two of these mixed in with the facts, hell, I’d know who these white guys are on our money, amiright?!
Beaton’s work, recounting the wacky misadventures of Nikola Tesla, Napoleon, Mary Curie, Shakespeare, Wonder Woman, Edgar Allen Poe, and more, are published online but have been featured in the New Yorker, National Post, and Harper Magazine.
Read ‘Hark, A Vagrant!’ Just fucking do it.