Somehow, I missed last year's publication of the long-overdue Hark! A Vagrant collection, which puts Kate Beaton's fantastic webcomic between covers. Beaton is a Canadian who studied history but plumped for the glamorous life of a cartoonist instead. We're all richer for it, as she captures the true spirit of history with her mixture of biting sarcasm, spot-on comic timing, and skeptical take on history's heroes. Click through for a look at some of my favorite Beaton toons, and get a sense of why this book is a completely awesome treasury of snark, history and science.
I write books. My latest is a YA science fiction novel called Homeland (it's the sequel to Little Brother). More books: Rapture of the Nerds (a novel, with Charlie Stross); With a Little Help (short stories); and The Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow (novella and nonfic). I speak all over the place and I tweet and tumble, too.