Here's a fun news item for a Friday: Kate Beaton, Canadian cartoonist extraordinaire, will be publishing a collection of her drawings with Drawn & Quarterly this fall. According to the deal announcement, the book will take readers "on a romp through history and literature with dignity for few and cookies for all, with comic strips about famous authors, their characters, political and historical figures, all drawn in Kate Beaton's pared-down, excitable style."

Beaton is probably most famous for her "Dude Watching with the Brontes" cartoon (if you haven't seen it, do click!) but her takes on history and other literary icons (a few to sample: the Fitzgeralds, Crusoe from Friday's POVNancy Drew, Mary Shelly) on her website, Hark! A Vagrant, are always hilarious. And then there are the random topics, like peasant courtship . . . oh, just head over there and read them all.

A few more favorites are after the jump. Definitely excited about having a browsable book of these at my fingertips.

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