Never Learn Anything From History by Kate Beaton

I’m joining in Lu’s unofficial challenge of sorts this year to read a graphic novel a week. Last year I think I read 17 graphic novels and that wasn’t nearly enough for me….I have so many amazing graphic novels on my shelf that have been sitting there for far too long and I’m just dying to read them! I’ve already read three fantastic ones this year….Howard Cruse’s Stuck Rubber Baby, Hope Larson’s Gray Horses and now Kate Beaton’s Never Learn Anything From History…it’ll be a good year!

I’ve loved Kate Beaton for awhile now. You’ve heard me talk about her before. She’s the writer of the webcomic, Hark, A Vagrant! She has a degree in history and translates that degree into some of the most hilarious and intelligent comics I’ve ever read…anywhere. I can’t tell you how excited I get whenever she posts something new. She’s not picky when it comes to the history that she picks on…Canadian history, US history, English history, Asian history, Ancient Greece, the Victorians…and then she’ll delve into literature, religion, politics, lgbt issues, race issues…she’s truly a gift to humanity. She tells it like it is.

Yes, her comics will make you laugh out loud. I’ve found myself laughing hysterically at my computer screen. But there’s a lot of true, important social commentary to be had in just a few panels. I love the way her mind works. Never Learn Anything From History is a collection of her webcomics from December 07 through March 09. It doesn’t contain everything that she published, but rather choice pieces that she picked to include along with her commentary on the comics.

I got my copy from topatoco.com where she has a whole store with all kinds of awesome merchandise \o/ I love that whole website, but there’s an especially awesome Kate Beaton shop :p In fact my “Reading! This shit is crazy!” tshirt that I’m reading in my profile picture on some of my accounts was created by her as well. It was my official readathon shirt for a long time, lol.

Here’s a sample of what can be found in Never Learn Anything From History…I chose this because it’s particularly bookish :p Click to enbiggen:

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8 Responses

  1. Oh, dear. I’m not sure what to say to *that*.

  2. So…

    I wasn’t going to comment but I’ve got two questions, Chris.

    One – how in the world is that bookish in nature? Because the characters are Byron, Percy, and Mary Shelly? Really? I’ll admit it made me think of writing but… Okay. I just answered my own question, didn’t I?

    Two – what’s the fascination with ‘graphic novels’? I truly don’t get it and I’m serious about this. What is it you guys are seeing that I’m not?

    cjh

  3. Hey Chris!! So sorry to hear about the headaches…again. 😦 I know how bad they can be. Sucks, in a word. I haven’t had a really bad one in quite awhile, but I still get plain old headaches, almost daily.

    I haven’t heard of this author. But this book sounds great!! Thanks to you, I’ve been reading a lot of graphic novels lately. The Walking Dead is the last series that I read!

    It’s great to be back again!

  4. lmao – that Mary Shelley strip you posted was one of my favourites as well 😀 Oh Kate Beaton ❤ I really wish I had reviewed this book before coming back from the holidays at home. Thank you again for getting it for me, Chris! It was one of the best presents ever 😀

  5. I read your comment at Ana’s post… I think a big problem with comments here now is that you (and others) post more on tumblr and tweets, and so infrequently here that they are beginning not to come here or comment on those other places and so skip the blog..
    I’m not thrilled with tumblr since 1: you HAVE to belong to comment and 2: you can’t respond to comment. I am using it and tweeting a lot less and sticking with my blogspot blog! It’s all spred out too thin

  6. Goodie goodie! I am always at a loss for Graphic Novels at the time (sans-internet-access) when I need to remember – like a a bookstore, but now I think I will commit Kate Beaton’s name to memory and try to get something soon.

    and I want my pie back, please. 😛

  7. I’ve grown less fond of GNs over the last year because I ran into so many bad ones, but this looks awesome. I love Hark a Vagrant! I don’t read it daily, just when Jason sends me a link, but every time it makes me laugh. 😀

  8. Glad to hear you’re joining the unofficial challenge! Fingers crossed that my library has this book.

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