Step Aside, Pops (Hark! A Vagrant, #2)
The sequel to the hit comic collection Hark! a Vagrant, which appeared on best of lists from Time, NPR and USA Today; spent five months on the New York Times bestseller list; and won Harvey, Ignatz, and Doug Wright awards.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 (Hark! A Vagrant, #2) Details

TitleStep Aside, Pops (Hark! A Vagrant, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 15th, 2015
PublisherDrawn and Quarterly
ISBN-139781770462083
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Humor, History

Step Aside, Pops (Hark! A Vagrant, #2) Review

  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Beaton returns with a second collection of strips from her brilliant website, Hark! A Vagrant!, in Step Aside, Pops, and it’s as funny and inspired as the first collection was! Beaton’s strips range from historical and literary references to superhero comics parodies, to random bits of comedy and riffs on old book/magazine covers, posters and postcards. Her version of Wuthering Heights is hysterical with permanently scowling lunatic Heathcliff and dim Cathy playing out their demented romanc Kate Beaton returns with a second collection of strips from her brilliant website, Hark! A Vagrant!, in Step Aside, Pops, and it’s as funny and inspired as the first collection was! Beaton’s strips range from historical and literary references to superhero comics parodies, to random bits of comedy and riffs on old book/magazine covers, posters and postcards. Her version of Wuthering Heights is hysterical with permanently scowling lunatic Heathcliff and dim Cathy playing out their demented romance in Northern England - if only the actual book had been this entertaining! The Black Prince is a great strip where the teen terror talks like a yoof of today, and the US Founding Fathers go to a mall and an amusement park to hang out. Ben Franklin is so awesome, I loved his silly one-liners - “I can dig it” - and how he's written like a hipster. Beaton’s pissed off Wonder Woman remains the undisputed greatest version of the character but I also loved her Lois Lane, Reporter, strips. Lois tries to do her job despite Clark continually butting in to ask her if she wants to know Superman’s secret identity and then she loses her rag. “I have a secret too, come here. You. Are in. My goddamned way.” Brown Recluse Spider-Man is also my favourite version of the character. Marvel/DC, you seriously need to hire Beaton to write for you! The funniest strip was Strong Female Characters with their catchphrase “Sexism is over”. I’m not going to say anything more on them, just read it and cry laughter like I did. Straw Feminists in the Closet is a great satirical piece too. Some of Beaton’s best stuff is just random mashups like Pride and Prejudice where all the men are Fox Mulder and Liz is Scully. Lady’s Favor, about a knight who chops off a woman’s hair to wear on his, is ridiculously good. Fan favourites from the first book like Napoleon, Peasant Comics and Nemesis return - love those - and the Femme Fatale parody was brilliant too. So much greatness in this book: the velocipedestrienne (she’s on the cover), snippets from old mag Idler, spooky postcards, Nancy/Gorey covers - fantastic pieces all. Not everything is a home run. I haven’t read the classic Japanese novel Kokoro so the parody wasn’t as fun as Wuthering Heights for me. A lot of the historical strips are ok at best and don’t produce belly laughs - Juarez and Maximilian, the Rum Rebellion, and the Last Days of Georges Danton were all meh. As was the extended strip of Nasty Boys from an old Janet Jackson video - quirky but kinda dull. Generally though, Step Aside, Pops was tremendously enjoyable and genuinely hilarious. Kate Beaton is one of the funniest cartoonists in the world and this is easily one of the best humour comics of the year - do your ticker a favour, read this, and laugh heartily. Hark! A wonderful comic!
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  • Heidi The Reader
    January 1, 1970
    An incredibly clever collection of comics with topics ranging from history to literature to pop culture and everything in between.You don't have to know a thing about Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant to enjoy this book. (I didn't.) And it is so much fun.Like any great observational comedian, Kate takes idiosyncrasies or exaggerates details to create comic gold.For instance, here's the dialogue from a comic about the Black Prince and some of his early exploits: "How are you feeling about being a her An incredibly clever collection of comics with topics ranging from history to literature to pop culture and everything in between.You don't have to know a thing about Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant to enjoy this book. (I didn't.) And it is so much fun.Like any great observational comedian, Kate takes idiosyncrasies or exaggerates details to create comic gold.For instance, here's the dialogue from a comic about the Black Prince and some of his early exploits: "How are you feeling about being a hero of the battle of Crecy?" "Bro I am stoked." "This is quite a momentous event so far in the war..." "Those French guys were like 'Whoaaaaaa'." "I keep forgetting you are sixteen." "And my army was like eat it. Ka chow!!" pg 114There's another one I liked about the Greek god Zeus going on a first date that doesn't make much sense without the pictures so you'll just have to check it out for yourself on page 123. Basically, it's a play on all of the mythological stories about Zeus revealing himself to mortals as a swan, shower of gold or something else and still getting the girl. Kate has a point. I mean, how does that even work... showing up as a shower of gold. It's ridiculous and almost begging for a comic to make fun of it. Like this one. :)In addition to the observational humor, Kate takes characters from old posters, newspaper clippings or magazine photos and gives them a back story. Some of her creations are just hysterical.The spare and pencil-drawn style strongly reminded me of Nimona, which I also enjoyed. I highly recommend this collection for readers who enjoy comics or satire.
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  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    This evening, I had an epiphany.Most of my favorite comic book writers and artists are Canadian. Why is Canada so awesome? I mean, they have poutine and moose and Mounties and politeness and huge ... tracts of land! Plus, they manage to get along with the Québécois, who are constantly rattling their sabers about seceding etc. but they are still polite about it. None of this Civil War bunkum. They also have such national comic book treasures as Faith Erin Hicks, Jeff Lemire, and the author of my This evening, I had an epiphany.Most of my favorite comic book writers and artists are Canadian. Why is Canada so awesome? I mean, they have poutine and moose and Mounties and politeness and huge ... tracts of land! Plus, they manage to get along with the Québécois, who are constantly rattling their sabers about seceding etc. but they are still polite about it. None of this Civil War bunkum. They also have such national comic book treasures as Faith Erin Hicks, Jeff Lemire, and the author of my latest book love, Kate Beaton.First of all, stop (in the name of love!). Have you read Hark! A Vagrant! yet?a) Yesb) NoIf you answered b), hie thee to the nearest bookstore or library and get a copy. Read it. If you are a scientist in Antarctica, or live in the huge tracts of land in Northern Canada, or are in any way unable to get Big Brother Amazon to send you a copy, check out the Hark! A Vagrant! webcomic. Okay, are we all caught up? Good.So now one of two things have probably happened. You've either discovered the utter genius of Kate Beaton, or you're scratching your head, wondering what the Dickens she's talking about. Wait, why are the Brontës funny? Who is this Ada Lovelace person, anyway? Canadian politics? They have those there? Look, it's okay. I gave this to my mom, who's a history fan, but she didn't really get the jokes.This is just a fair warning--it's not meant to be judgmental or hoity-toity or anything like that: you'll like these comics a lot more if you enjoy, read about, or have studied 19th century history and literature. Extra super bonus points if, like me, you gather all the funny little factoids about historical people and store them in an Ephemera Closet in your brain. If you're more into, say, hockey, go read Jeff Lemire. You don't have to love Beaton's work, but if you do, we are probably fated to be friends.And now we've made it to the book I'm actually supposed to be reviewing: Step Aside, Pops.As you probably know by now, I am a French major, a librarian, a book nerd, and a budding geek. So the comic about Emperor Maximilian and Benito Juárez bickering about who is actually ruling Mexico was hilarious! Those Habsburgs! Always trying to take over the world! See also: Marie Antoinette, Napoléon's second wife (I doubt she really had any ambitions except: Don't get guillotined. Life goals!), and that Archduke Franz Ferdinand whose assassinations, oh, you know, sort of kind of maybe started WWI. For like 800 years, Europe was up to its eyeballs in Habsburgs.Sorry! History nerd tangent! Studying French history meant studying everyone that all the French monarchs and Other Royals of Note married, who were usually:a) their cousins or b) Habsburgswhich eventually meant that answer c) both a and bbecame a correct answer. ANYWAY.If this sounds appealing to you, get on your velocipede and hie thee to a book distribution center of some sort and GET THIS BOOK. Keep it handy for when you feel down or when you need to laugh about Heathcliff and Cathy's ridiculous histrionics in Wuthering Heights. I may have curled up in spasms of laughter more than once while reading this. Especial favorites included:Lois Lane, ReporterNancys (covers of Nancy Drew books interpreted à la Beaton)The Last Days of Georges Danton Broadside Balladsand, of course, forever...House Full of MuldersThat last one almost made me pee myself. I WANT TO BELIEVE.I need more Hark! A Vagrant comics than just the webcomic can provide, and I know I'm asking a lot of Ms. Beaton, but knowledge of a third compilation would really make my millennium.
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  • Brigid ✩
    January 1, 1970
    I've seen Kate Beaton's work online before and always thought it was very funny, so I was happy to get a collection of her comics as a Christmas present! Naturally, I read the whole thing on Christmas day, while seated in the living room surrounded by my family.I really enjoyed the whole thing and I will definitely re-read it. I love Beaton's style and sense of humor. The only reason I give four stars instead of five is honestly more my fault--I didn't understand like a third of the jokes becaus I've seen Kate Beaton's work online before and always thought it was very funny, so I was happy to get a collection of her comics as a Christmas present! Naturally, I read the whole thing on Christmas day, while seated in the living room surrounded by my family.I really enjoyed the whole thing and I will definitely re-read it. I love Beaton's style and sense of humor. The only reason I give four stars instead of five is honestly more my fault--I didn't understand like a third of the jokes because my history is pretty rusty. But I imagine as I learn more, I will read this again in the future and those jokes will make more sense to me. :PBut over all, a very entertaining collection!
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    I feel super bad about this review. Kate Beaton deserves my best words, because she is a wonderful, smart, creative genius who produces such sassy and perfect art.But I super read this in the middle of the night during a Read-a-thon, and other than remembering that I laughed frequently, loudly, and obnoxiously, I remember NOTHING about this book. I mean, the entirety of my oh so helpful review after reading was, "This book wasn't long enough." THANKS A BUNCH, ASHLEY.If you aren't familiar with H I feel super bad about this review. Kate Beaton deserves my best words, because she is a wonderful, smart, creative genius who produces such sassy and perfect art.But I super read this in the middle of the night during a Read-a-thon, and other than remembering that I laughed frequently, loudly, and obnoxiously, I remember NOTHING about this book. I mean, the entirety of my oh so helpful review after reading was, "This book wasn't long enough." THANKS A BUNCH, ASHLEY.If you aren't familiar with Hark! A Vagrant, what are you even doing with your life. Check out this book, or her previous collection (which was just called Hark! A Vagrant), or just drop by her site and peruse any old comic at all. It's a great mix of silly nonsense, historical sassiness, and poking fun at literature.Anyway here are some fun comics:
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  • Vanessa
    January 1, 1970
    Oh Kate Beaton. Unfortunately for me, this collection just wasn't as good as the previous one, Hark! A Vagrant. That's not to say that this is a bad collection, as there was plenty in here to love, but it just wasn't as laugh out loud as the first book, and my expectations were rather high.My favourite things about this were the comics about Wuthering Heights and straw feminism... and pretty much any of the literature ones naturally. However, some of the historical comics I couldn't really under Oh Kate Beaton. Unfortunately for me, this collection just wasn't as good as the previous one, Hark! A Vagrant. That's not to say that this is a bad collection, as there was plenty in here to love, but it just wasn't as laugh out loud as the first book, and my expectations were rather high.My favourite things about this were the comics about Wuthering Heights and straw feminism... and pretty much any of the literature ones naturally. However, some of the historical comics I couldn't really understand, particular some relating to classical history/literature, as I'm just not familiar with the basis of the jokes.I still love Kate Beaton, and I would still recommend this collection, but the first is her best.
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  • Sesana
    January 1, 1970
    I love Kate Beaton. Her comics, mostly about classic literature and history, are just so completely right up my alley that she would have to be pretty terrible for me to not like her work at least a little. And she's very good. I'm reasonably sure that most if not all of these strips were originally available in her webcomic, but it was great to see some of my favorites again, and the format of this book is really nice.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    i love how as Kate Beaton is making fun of history she is also schooling us.
  • Dov Zeller
    January 1, 1970
    I tried reading this book a while back and couldn't get into it. Very glad I gave it another try. Some of the comics I don't get, and perhaps it's because I am not knowledgeable enough about history and literature and literary history. For the most part these are quirky, delightful, fucked-up fun.If there is a book you love or a man, woman, god, rebellion, author or novel you idealize, don't go looking to Kate Beaton to help you uphold your un-acidified notions of progress, splendor and human no I tried reading this book a while back and couldn't get into it. Very glad I gave it another try. Some of the comics I don't get, and perhaps it's because I am not knowledgeable enough about history and literature and literary history. For the most part these are quirky, delightful, fucked-up fun.If there is a book you love or a man, woman, god, rebellion, author or novel you idealize, don't go looking to Kate Beaton to help you uphold your un-acidified notions of progress, splendor and human nobility. She goes after just about anything that might also be gone after for the sake of nostalgia or glorification. She even goes through archives of old postcards and broadsides and book covers and animates them in strange and genius manner.Here is a sequence I particularly enjoyed. One of her strategies, as you can see, below, is to take characters of yore and let them loose in more modern settings. (Images also on my blog post. They weren't formatting correctly in here.)http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php...http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php...Though the comics in this book are most or all online, I appreciated reading them in book form. I don't know that the order in which they are read matters so much, but it is nice that in the book the comics that are of the same sequence are put together (while in the web comics they are often separated, because the archive is in the order of date published.) Some of my favorites:Founding fathers comics (above).Strong Female Characters sequence.http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=311http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php...Juarez and Maximilian.Bronte sisters http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=202Katherine Sui Fun Cheung sequence http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php... (along with a link http://www.aviatrixmovie.org/#!photos...)Wuthering Heights (aka Dithering Heights. Or, no, Blithering Heights.) http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php...http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php... 
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  • Brandon Forsyth
    January 1, 1970
    "You see me rollin up pops you step aside." Let the above serve as notice: everyone better get outta Kate Beaton's way.This book made me laugh on almost every page. Beaton isn't just razor-sharp; she's a diamond-tipped drill (maybe kind of like the one in ARMAGEDDON? A big, powerful one, anyways), mercilessly cutting through both the flawed politics of gender representation and the absurdities of Nancy Drew with equal wit. You haven't lived until you've read 'Straw Feminists'. Or 'Strong Female "You see me rollin up pops you step aside." Let the above serve as notice: everyone better get outta Kate Beaton's way.This book made me laugh on almost every page. Beaton isn't just razor-sharp; she's a diamond-tipped drill (maybe kind of like the one in ARMAGEDDON? A big, powerful one, anyways), mercilessly cutting through both the flawed politics of gender representation and the absurdities of Nancy Drew with equal wit. You haven't lived until you've read 'Straw Feminists'. Or 'Strong Female Characters'. Or her thoughts on Lois Lane. Or her multi-chapter version of 'Wuthering Heights'. Am I fangirling enough yet? Beaton's also a history buff, and her takes on everyone from Julius Ceaser to Ida B. Wells will just make you love her even more. It's rare that a serious work of feminist thought is this charmingly drawn and also side-splittingly funny; when something like this comes along pops you step aside.
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  • Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely not as good as the collection that precedes it. I adored the Chopin & Liszt strips in the beginning, giggled at the Georges Danton and founding fathers ones, and of course I loved the Nemeses too... But the rest of it just wasn't as funny as some of Beaton's other comics. Some strips were so far off being funny that it was genuinely confusing- like that bizarre Cinderella retelling. I don't even know what the fuck that was.Good for a few giggles, but if you really want to laugh un Definitely not as good as the collection that precedes it. I adored the Chopin & Liszt strips in the beginning, giggled at the Georges Danton and founding fathers ones, and of course I loved the Nemeses too... But the rest of it just wasn't as funny as some of Beaton's other comics. Some strips were so far off being funny that it was genuinely confusing- like that bizarre Cinderella retelling. I don't even know what the fuck that was.Good for a few giggles, but if you really want to laugh until your face turns blue, go read Hark! A Vagrant and browse the website for a few hours- this book isn't necessary.
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    Every time a blog I love a lot gets published in book form, I find myself wishing vehemently that a greater percentage of the published material was new, as in, not previously published online. It's frustrating to pay $20 for a free webcomic. That said, of course, Beaton's the best, Hark! is awesome and everything is phenomenal. My favorites are the Ida B. Wells strips. "You are loud and say uncomfortable things and it is Victorian times!"
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  • Mike
    January 1, 1970
    Hark! A Vagrant is a delightful and quirky webcomic (which has sadly discontinued). It delightfully pokes fun at such wide ranging topics as classic literature, Canadian History, super heroes, and random underappreciated historical figures (especially badass women) among many, many other topics. They are typically short, delightful, and offer a... unique take on the subject matter. While the art isn't the highest quality, its rough and whimsical style really lends itself well to the comic's tone Hark! A Vagrant is a delightful and quirky webcomic (which has sadly discontinued). It delightfully pokes fun at such wide ranging topics as classic literature, Canadian History, super heroes, and random underappreciated historical figures (especially badass women) among many, many other topics. They are typically short, delightful, and offer a... unique take on the subject matter. While the art isn't the highest quality, its rough and whimsical style really lends itself well to the comic's tone. Everything is just good, absurd fun and the past is way weirder than we typically give it credit for. These comics are well worth your time and you will probably learn stuff along the way.
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  • Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
    January 1, 1970
    I finished this last night, but I was too lazy to review it so I passed out. Whoops.Anyways, I don't have any lovely comics to put up here because, again, I'm too lazy. Sue me. Please don't. This was absolutely hilarious, and just had the same humor as the first one. It's literally right up my alley. Historical humor and subtle jokes about things. Even stuff I didn't quite get, I still laughed my ass off while reading, to the point where I almost cried.My definite favorite is the "Nemesis" skit. I finished this last night, but I was too lazy to review it so I passed out. Whoops.Anyways, I don't have any lovely comics to put up here because, again, I'm too lazy. Sue me. Please don't. This was absolutely hilarious, and just had the same humor as the first one. It's literally right up my alley. Historical humor and subtle jokes about things. Even stuff I didn't quite get, I still laughed my ass off while reading, to the point where I almost cried.My definite favorite is the "Nemesis" skit. I don't know why I love it so much, it just gets to me and I wind up a giggling and snorting mess on my floor, completely wishing that there was a whole book full of their adventures. Yes. A full book. Then, another skit that just got to me was "Nasty Boys". I'm not familiar with the song because I don't really listen to Janet Jackson. But, absolutely hilarious. What started off as confusion quickly turned to mirth and joy.And, my last favorite skit, was her going through part of Wuthering Heights, and also mixing Pride and Prejudice with Wuthering Heights. Or when she mixed P&P with X-Files (although I'm not a fan of the show). Or the Austrian guy trying to take over Mexico. Or List and Chopin.Okay, I just loved the whole book. Definitely something I can see myself owning for a bathroom or coffeetable book for people to flip through.
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  • Amar Pai
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Beaton is the best. I LLOL'd (literally laughed out loud) many times while reading this. Also: a while back I was complaining how there's way too many comics about angsty 20-something bi-coastal urban hipsters, and hardly any comics about INTERESTING people. Beaton is not guilty of this; her comics are about literary characters, historical political figures, Ida B. Wells, Alexander Pushkin... mwah. Also I loved the extended riff on the nasty boy from Janet's Jackson's "Nasty". St. Jude's Ho Kate Beaton is the best. I LLOL'd (literally laughed out loud) many times while reading this. Also: a while back I was complaining how there's way too many comics about angsty 20-something bi-coastal urban hipsters, and hardly any comics about INTERESTING people. Beaton is not guilty of this; her comics are about literary characters, historical political figures, Ida B. Wells, Alexander Pushkin... mwah. Also I loved the extended riff on the nasty boy from Janet's Jackson's "Nasty". St. Jude's Home for the Nasty... hahah
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  • K.
    January 1, 1970
    I have followed Kate Beaton's work since I first saw her comic Hark! A Vagrant on LJ many moons ago. I'm still holding out hope that one day I can just marry her sense of humor.As is her wont, Beaton has combined major historical giants (Napoleon, in a manner of speaking) with much lesser known figures (Average Medieval Peasants™) to round out this collection. It's ALL good, but her Nancy Drew will always be my fave.
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  • Ferdy
    January 1, 1970
    The comics about pop culture, books and feminism were funny. The historical comics were quite good as well, they would have been more amusing though if I had had more knowledge for those specific historical events/figures.
  • Chihoe Ho
    January 1, 1970
    Napoleon Bonaparte, Kate Beaton's proclaimed unofficial mascot, makes a brief appearance in "Step Aside, Pops" but the star is truly Tiny Hermione. Yes, that Hermione. Or perhaps Wonder Woman or Nancy Drew, and let's not forget Strong Female Characters and Straw Feminists. There's a thread through all Beaton's comic strips; the humour and wit, the commentary, the history, the classic literature and the contemporary pop-culture - there is something for everyone. Beaton gets her inspiration from b Napoleon Bonaparte, Kate Beaton's proclaimed unofficial mascot, makes a brief appearance in "Step Aside, Pops" but the star is truly Tiny Hermione. Yes, that Hermione. Or perhaps Wonder Woman or Nancy Drew, and let's not forget Strong Female Characters and Straw Feminists. There's a thread through all Beaton's comic strips; the humour and wit, the commentary, the history, the classic literature and the contemporary pop-culture - there is something for everyone. Beaton gets her inspiration from book covers and postcards as well, bringing them to life with her satirical interpretation. Ever wondered how the American Founding Fathers would behave in a mall today? Don't fret, she has got you covered! So pops, 1) Step aside, 2) Hark! Kate Beaton is rollin' up in bangin' style and you'll want to pay heed to what she says.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    Exactly as I expected, this was hilarious from start to finish. Hark! A Vagrant is easily my favourite webcomic, and this is an excellent collection. I was worried the first collection would have used up all the best ones, but this was just as great. If you're looking for a comic strip that makes use of history, literature, and pop culture in a brilliantly hilarious way, this is the comic for you. It was everything I never knew I needed. Step Aside, Pops is an excellent example of everything tha Exactly as I expected, this was hilarious from start to finish. Hark! A Vagrant is easily my favourite webcomic, and this is an excellent collection. I was worried the first collection would have used up all the best ones, but this was just as great. If you're looking for a comic strip that makes use of history, literature, and pop culture in a brilliantly hilarious way, this is the comic for you. It was everything I never knew I needed. Step Aside, Pops is an excellent example of everything that makes Hark! A Vagrant great.
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  • Akemi G.
    January 1, 1970
    I like Beaton's cartoons, especially the ones about literature. She has a way to capture the essence of a story, or the author, and present it in a snarky but cute manner. So I looked forward to seeing them in print. But oh . . . the pictures are so small. They just don't have the impact they are supposed to have, and her scribbly text is so hard to read in this size. I think I just keep checking them online.
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  • Summer
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Beaton makes me laugh even if I have no idea what the joke is about. If you are geeky like me and like history, literature, pop culture, random geekyness, etc. you need to read some Hark! A Vagrant. You can start here.
  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Beaton is a national treasure. Give her all the genius grants. Give her the order of Canada. Give her the order of Nova Scotia. Give her the order of Cape Breton. Give her this piece of my heart that I carved out to show my appreciation.
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    Hilarious, sassy, and smart. Check, check, and check.
  • Hilary Scroggie
    January 1, 1970
    She had me at Wuthering Heights.
  • Crowinator
    January 1, 1970
    I snort-laughed through this book.And also I have a sneaking suspicion that Kate Beaton and Mallory Ortberg (The Toast web site; Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters) share whatever part of the brain that's responsible for the comic reinterpretation of paintings, literature, and history.
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  • Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Kate Beaton's follow-up volume to Hark! A Vagrant, with the same type of humour. Hey, why mess with a winning formula? No 'Mystery Solving Teens' this time around, though :(Only bad thing about this book? It's over way too quickly!
  • Maryann
    January 1, 1970
    She really missed the boat by not including Hamilton in her famous Alexander series, but otherwise I have nothing for love for Kate Beaton. If for no other reason than she makes me google search a lot of historical people. Also, duels. Don't you ever just want to duel?
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  • Vikki VanSickle
    January 1, 1970
    I didn't think I could love Kate Beaton more, and then she did an X Files Jane Austen mash-up
  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know enough about history to appreciate a lot of those jokes. I'm just not sure I gel with Beaton's comedy style. I'm a bit thick sometimes....
  • Kaylee
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it!! Very witty and entertaining!!! Must read! Highly recommend!
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