Comic Review: Step Aside, Pops: A Hark, A Vagrant Collection

StepAsideStep Aside, Pops: A Hark, A Vagrant Collection by Kate Beaton

Published by Drawn and Quarterly on September 15, 2015

Genres: Comics, Graphic Novel, Humor, History

Pages: 166 Format: Hardcover Source: Library

4/5 Stars

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

Cartoonist Kate Beaton returns with all-new sidesplitting comics that showcase her irreverent love of history, pop culture, and literature. Collected from her wildly popular website, readers will guffaw over “Strong Female Characters,” the wicked yet chivalrous Black Prince, “Straw Feminists in the Closet,” and a disgruntled Heathcliff. Delight in what the internet has long known—Beaton’s humour is as sharp and dangerous as a velocipedestrienne, so watch out!

Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton collects a slew of comics previously posted on her website, Hark! A Vagrant, featuring riffs on historical, literary, and pop culture moments. There is a comic in here for every person which makes it so accessible. It’s filled with everything from classics to the modern era; superheroes and knights, founding fathers and fictional characters. Beaton’s wide ranging passions fill up the pages with plenty of laughter to be had.

Some of my favorite entries were The Adventures of Tiny Hermione, Nasty, Straw Feminists, Wonder Woman, Nemesis, Lois Lane, and Strong Female Characters. It such an eclectic grouping of funny images and truthful humor and even my favorite entries were all over the board topic wise. Beaton keeps the reader on their toes shifting between modern day and the past.

I thought it was absolutely hilarious the way she took old historical images from Bodleian and Gutenberg and then carried out the scenes in her own way. The old book covers, especially the mystery ones, make for plenty of amusement all on their own but Beaton takes it to the next level. Plus, who knew there were so many Halloween postcards that make no sense?

Overall I definitely enjoyed Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection. Kate Beaton has such a creative mind and her humor is just the right mix of outrageous and reasonable. This comic collection is full of ridiculous witty banter and references to history, literature, and the world around us. I bet there will be at least one comic strip that any reader can relate to so definitely check it out.

So, have you seen Kate Beaton’s comics before? Enjoy jokes about history and literature? Have any similar recommendations? Let me know in the comments below!


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