Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! a Vagrant Collection (Hardcover)

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Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant comic series has made me laugh aloud more than is decent. Step Aside, Pops collects some of her more recent comics with lots of new content. Kate teases out whimsy from stuffy Victorians, re-introduces us to classic literature, and invites us into a stranger world that happens to be our own.

— From Alex


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.

About the Author

Kate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist who appeared on the comics scene in 2007 with her online work Hark! A Vagrant. Since then, she has become a fan favorite and has garnered a significant following, with illustrations appearing in places like The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, and Marvel's Strange Tales anthology. Her first book with D+Q, Hark! A Vagrant, spent five months on the New York Times bestseller list, and topped best-of-the-year lists from Time, E!, Amazon, and Publishers Weekly. Beaton lives in Toronto, Canada.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781770462083
ISBN-10: 1770462082
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Publication Date: September 15th, 2015
Pages: 160
Language: English