Whenever my life seems indistinguishable from shit, I pay a visit to Kate Beaton’s website, Hark! A Vagrant. I wouldn’t say the Canadian comic artist has a surefire way of cheering me up—many times, our encounters result in a draw—but her nuanced, simply-drawn cartoons, strongly reminiscent of the work of Jules Feiffer, do remind me that my forebears had it worse than I did. Beaton’s specialty is historical cartoons—funnies based on Jane Austen (who rejects a reader’s fawning request for “a make-out scene”), Nikolai Tesla (apparently a Tom Jones-like sex symbol in his day) and—why the hell not?—Wonder Woman, who chain-smokes and impatiently suffers a young girl’s probing questions. (“Don’t Amazons chop a boob off?”) And speaking of superheroes, it’s only a matter of time before Beaton’s “Strong Female Characters”—three modern vigilante feminists clad in torpedo bras and ass-less chaps, hell-bent for Activia—becomes an expensive action movie. That’ll cheer me up.
Best of the City 2016
Our seventh annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best place to fix your speeding ticket to the best Bloody Mary.