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"I was told I make intelligent comics, and then I made a comic about a horse that pooped."
— Kate Beaton
Hark! A Vagrant is a largely history-based Webcomic by Kate Beaton, best known for its historical comics, which are one-shots of varying length focusing on historical events or figures getting into pretty inaccurate situations.Recurring themes include Beaton visits her younger self, Canada, a few comics about a pony called "Fat Pony", and a story about a sailor who meets a mermaid. Like most webcomics, there is little continuity between entries, and it rose to fame through Memetic Mutation taking hold on a few comics, which has lead to the series popularity. Also, rather than use Alt Text, Beaton usually accompanies each comic with a short paragraph.The series is ongoing, and can be read on its site. Additionally, Kate Beaton has a personal tumblr which can be seen here, and a Live Journal here.
Marat spends all his time in the tub because he really likes baths.
"Sometimes? I pretend to be Neptune."
Also, her Nancy Drew comics, where she takes the covers to old books in the series and comes up with... alternate explanations for the scenes shown. Other characters are often shown worrying about Nancy's mental health.
Spoofed in here (second comic), where a group of gangsters give a man the Black Spot, to which he responds "You've mixed up genres."
Also spoofed here (third comic), where an actual pirate comments on the Black Spot not being a real practice. The guy who gave it to him kills him anyway.
Bleep Dammit: A weird case of this happening with nudity; one of the Strong Female Characters was originally designed with an eyepatch covering only one of her breasts, but the final design has a pair of them... but then the original concept art is posted further down on the page anyway.
Viewers Are Geniuses: To an extent. Knowledge of European and North American history certainly helps, as the comic isn't going to explain the characters and events to you, but most of the time the comics are funny even if you don't know the history. (And at any rate, there's always The Other Wiki if you need a refresher... Hell, it's a webcomic, so you must be close to a search engine, right?)
Ye Olde Butcherede Englishe: This comic on bad historical movies. As The Rant says, "No one would ever try to shoot a movie in Chaucer-y English like the 4th comic, and if they did they probably wouldn't know their way around the actual grammar if Chaucer himself had a Dummies book explaining it. That shit is hard!"
Your Mom: The "Your Wife" variation — Tycho's rude response to Kepler suggesting the possibility that the sun might orbit around the earth as opposed to him believing in the opposite.