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Kate Beaton
Broadside Ballads were made for entertainment, and I've had great fun going through the Bodleian library for them.

In order, here is where you can find the originals:

The School of Venus
The Rambling Boy
The Mourning Conquest
The Rambling Boys of Pleasure
Unconstant Phillis
Toby Philpot

Broadside illustrations were often used over again for different songs, so it's not unusual to see them pop up in new places, though perhaps comic riffs is a new one. The drawings are funny to our modern eyes, but give a little browse through the Bodleian, or the University of California's collection, and you're sure to find something funny and smart and very interesting and 200 years old. And clearly, boobs and dicks and things were always a crowd pleaser, happy am I to carry this torch.

We have new things coming in the store very soon, so keep your eyes peeled! Or also, check my tumblr now and then! There are also drawings and other things on there.

I know not everyone is a merchandise sort of person, so I added a donate button below for the people who have told me here and there over the years that they'd like to support Hark A Vagrant in another way. Which is really kind! I thought about Patreon, and maybe that will come about sometime, but with my sporadic update schedule, I am never sure.


Lynn Allingham
John Allison
Dawn and Margie Beaton
Marc Bell
John Campbell
Scott Campbell
Ryan Carley
Anthony Clark
Rebecca Clements
Domitille Collardey
Jillian Comeau, Kim Carson and Michelle Skelding
Aaron Diaz
Jess Fink
Eric Feurstein
Brian Fukushima
Matt Forsythe
Sarah Glidden
Meredith Gran
Lisa Hanawalt
Dustin Harbin
Christopher Hastings
Emily Horne and Joey Comeau
Jon Klassen
Steve Lambke
Hope Larson
Joe List
David Malki
Phil McAndrew
Carolyn Merriman
Carly Monardo
Vicki Nerino
Ryan North
Ryan Pequin
Neil Rough
Jeffrey Rowland
Gabby Schulz
Smart and Bird
Nathan Stapley
Julia Wertz
Britt Wilson
Steve Wolfhard
Chip Zdarsky

Good comic shops that have taught me a thing or two:

The Beguiling, Toronto
Strange Adventures, Halifax
Legends Comics and Books, Victoria
Desert Island, Brooklyn

All content (c)2006-2018 Kate Beaton