Statesman.com rates HARK! A VAGRANT and BIG QUESTIONS among year's best

“A look at the best -- and worst -- of this year's comics” / The Statesman / Joe Gross / December 3, 2011

"Hark! A Vagrant," by Kate Beaton (Drawn and Quarterly): Beaton's terrifically oddball history/literature webcomic makes the jump to print. Her cartooning is deceptively primitive, but her comic timing (in both senses of the word) is all its own — once you catch it, it's addictive.

"Big Questions" by Anders Nilsen: A decade in the making, this existentialist novel follows birds and snakes in the middle of nowhere as they encounter a newcomer and must decide what to do about him. Mythic and bizarre.

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