I have a bit of a girl crush on Kate Beaton. Her comic strip Hark! A Vagrant! blends humour and history in the best way possible. Basically, she’s as smart and as funny as I wish I could be. If you’ve never read her, let me introduce you to her stuff with a few of her strips.
If you want to read more, check out her website here and if you live in Toronto like me (hooray!), she’s coming to the Toronto Comic Arts Festival which runs from May 8-9. Awesome!