Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton

Step Aside, Pops

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 Cha...


Details Step Aside, Pops

TitleStep Aside, Pops
ISBN9781770462083
Author
Release DateSep 15th, 2015
PublisherDrawn and Quarterly
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages166 pages
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Humor, History
Rating

Reviews Step Aside, Pops

  • Sam Quixote
    2015-10-02
    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 Heat...
  • Pamela
    2015-09-25
    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 ...
  • Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
    2015-12-26
    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 ...
  • Ashley
    2015-05-05
    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." TH...
  • Sesana
    2015-10-07
    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.
  • Vanessa
    2015-12-15
    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, som...
  • Dov Zeller
    2015-11-05
    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-ac...
  • Brandon Forsyth
    2015-05-12
    "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...
  • Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)
    2016-07-18
    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 f...
  • Meghan
    2015-10-15
    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!"
  • Elizabeth
    2016-12-18
    i love how as Kate Beaton is making fun of history she is also schooling us.
  • Amar Pai
    2015-09-10
    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...
  • Caidyn (BW Book Reviews)
    2016-07-07
    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...
  • Chihoe Ho
    2015-07-10
    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 somethin...
  • K.
    2016-08-29
    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.
  • Akemi G
    2015-10-26
    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.
  • Jasmine
    2015-01-27
    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.
  • Summer Ann
    2015-07-29
    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.
  • Kate
    2015-07-25
    Hilarious, sassy, and smart. Check, check, and check.
  • Hilary Scroggie
    2015-08-13
    She had me at Wuthering Heights.
  • Elizabeth
    2016-01-19
    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 Asi...
  • Crowinator
    2015-11-17
    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.
  • Martin
    2015-03-05
    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!
  • Amanda
    2016-01-06
    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....
  • Wealhtheow
    2016-05-31
    More classic literature jokes! More poking affectionate fun at minor historical figures! More straw feminists! More of everything I love!
  • Kaylee
    2016-02-27
    Loved it!! Very witty and entertaining!!! Must read! Highly recommend!
  • Vikki VanSickle
    2015-09-24
    I didn't think I could love Kate Beaton more, and then she did an X Files Jane Austen mash-up
  • Suad Shamma
    2015-11-25
    My review for the first book: Hark! A Vagrant! applies here as well. Unfortunately, due to the over-hype of these books, I had bought them as a set in my excitement, never once thinking I would not enjoy them so much. I mean, it was bad enough reading one of those books, but reading this, it is exactly the same - except different characters and events were inserted. The humor gets pretty old and even stops being "mildly amusing" at this point.As ...
  • Amanda [Novel Addiction]
    2015-10-15
    I love these, for serious. The Brown Recluse Spider Man was probably my favorite. But there are so many hidden gems. I also wish I hadn't read this all in one sitting so that I could have spread out the enjoyment. And so stuff had more time to sink in. In hind-sight, a lot of this felt like a blur.
  • Maryann
    2015-05-21
    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?