‘Hark!’: From DNA To JFK, A Comic Take On History : NPR

Joe Kennedy lectures burping baby Ted on political ambition while teenagers Joe Jr. and John wrestle for the presidency. Cartoonist Kate Beaton irreverently recasts history and classic literature in her new book, Hark! A Vagrant.


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    Kate Beaton joins us on The Sound Of Young America to talk about her webcomic, Hark! a Vagrant. Her comic mines everything from Nancy Drew to obscure Canadian explorers for inspiration. Political figures and literary characters are re-imagined and skewered as petulant children, jaded superheroes and Victorian dude-watchers, accented by a very expressive drawing style.

    We talk about the accessibility of a webcomic to fans compared to the by-gone days of newspaper comics, Kate’s own favorite comics and what gives her inspiration.


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  2. How Was Your Week with Julie Klausner, ep. 38

    A very good interview with Mike Daisey starts at 46:30. Daisey is a writer and performer whose most recent monologue is called "The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs". I’ve previously heard some great pieces by him on Studio 360.

    Pop-culture-wise, I’m not usually on the same wavelength as Klausner, but when we are, I love it. She also did an interview with Kate Beaton of Hark! A Vagrant (episode 45).

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