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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 awardsCartoonist 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 i love how as Kate Beaton is making fun of history she is also schooling us i love how as Kate Beaton is making fun of history she is also schooling us Ahahahahaha breathes AHAHAHAHAHI can t remember the last time I laughed so much at a comic strip Not only the sense of humour of the author is witty, absurd and clever, but the art style makes it double the fun If you are a book nerd, a science nerd, a history nerd, or just any nerd really, you are going to love this Absolutely recommended Ahahahahaha breathes AHAHAHAHAHI can t remember the last time I laughed so much at a comic strip Not only the sense of humour of the author is witty, absurd and clever, but the art style makes it double the fun If you are a book nerd, a science nerd, a history nerd, or just any nerd really, you are going to love this Absolutely recommended 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 anythingon 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 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 exploitsHow 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 exploitsHow 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 chowpg 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