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Step Aside, Pops : A Hark! a Vagrant Collection
by Kate Beaton


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Six months on the New York Times bestseller list Featured on 25 best of the year lists

Somewhere in my heart is a folder titled Things I Did Not Know I Wanted and it is full of Kate Beaton comics Sharp, charming, and weird, Step Aside, Pops is a fine sampling of Beaton's work, and I can't recommend it enough.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Six months on the New York Times bestseller list Featured on 25 best of the year lists

Somewhere in my heart is a folder titled Things I Did Not Know I Wanted and it is full of Kate Beaton comics Sharp, charming, and weird, Step Aside, Pops is a fine sampling of Beaton's work, and I can't recommend it enough. NPR

Nobody s ever gotten so much comedy out of omitting punctuation. New York Times

Ida B. Wells, the Black Prince, and Benito Juarez burst off the pages of Step Aside, Pops: A Hark A Vagrant Collection, armed with modern-sounding quips and amusingly on-point repartee. Kate Beaton's second D+Q book brings her hysterically funny gaze to bear on these and even more historical, literary, and contemporary figures. Irreverently funny and carefully researched, no target is safe from Beaton's incisive wit in these satirical strips.
Beaton began her infectiously popular web comic, Hark A Vagrant, in 2007 and it quickly attracted the adoration of hundreds of thousands of fans. It was an unequivocal hit with critics and fans alike, topping best-of-the-year lists from E , Amazon, Time, and more. Now Beaton returns with a refined pen, ready to make jokes at the expense of hunks, army generals, scientists, and Canadians in equal measure. With a few carefully placed lines, she captures the over-the-top evil of the straw feminists in the closet, the disgruntled dismay of Heathcliff, and Wonder Woman's all-conquering ennui. Step Aside, Pops is sure to be the comedic hit of the year: sharp, insightful, and very funny.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781770462083
  • ISBN-10: 1770462082
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publish Date: September 2015
  • Page Count: 160


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Books > Comics & Graphic Novels > Literary

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2015-08-03
  • Reviewer: Staff

As the sequel to her bestseller Hark! A Vagrant, this collection—once again bringing together strips from Beaton’s popular website—is a wonderful second installment. It offers her take on a variety of different historical, literary, and cultural institutions, usually by finding something absurdly idiosyncratic in them and taking this to its ridiculous and, indeed, hilarious conclusion. Whether it’s a retelling of Cinderella that involves a night of weight lifting or an exploration of what the Lady of Shallot might have actually seen her knight doing when she looked out of her tall tower, Beaton has an uncanny ability to take the sacred and shake its foundations with the delightfully mundane. Her apparently “simple” art style uses a wide variety of sophisticated visual techniques that perfectly accompany the wit and humor of her prose. From Julius Caesar to The Secret Garden and from the late Romantics to Kokoro, Beaton knocks it out of the park, having a go at anything and everything with her razor-sharp wit. (Sept.)

 
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