Hark! A Vagrant (Drawn and Quarterly – $19.95): Collecting the first set of the incredibly web comic by Kate Beaton, Hark! A Vagrant is a beautiful and small hardcover that showcases amazing comic strips about the cartoonist’s interpretation of European, Canadian, American and world history, as well as her hilarious perspective of classic literature. It’s intelligent, funny, and honestly amazing. The comic strips are, as I said, hilarious, and the art in the book is funny too, but it’s also outstandingly expressive, which is not something you always see in a cartoonist’s web comic. It went over my head a lot of times when European and Canadian history were being critiqued, but there was humor still to be found, and the footnotes below the strips helped out a lot. In fact, I felt smarter after reading Hark! A Vagrant. Beaton and Drawn and Quarterly put together an amazing collection, and I can’t wait for more. So, get this for someone that’s really into literature or history. Also, Sexy Batman. Always Sexy Batman.