Monday, September 28

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Kate Beaton

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Kate Beaton presents Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection

in conversation with Hillary L. Chute

This event includes a book signing.

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Step Aside, Pops, by Kate BeatonHarvard Book Store welcomes the creator of the popular webcomic Hark! A Vagrant KATE BEATON and author of Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists HILLARY L. CHUTE for a presentation of Beaton’s latest comics collection, Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection.

Ida B. Wells, the Black Prince, and Benito Juárez 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!AmazonTime, 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.


Hillary ChuteHillary Chute is Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago and the author of Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists(University of Chicago Press)She is also the author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia University Press) and Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus (Pantheon). She recently co-edited both the Critical Inquiry special issue on “Comics & Media” and Daniel Aaron’s Scrap Book(Pressed Wafer). She has written for publications including ArtforumBookforumThe Believer, and Poetry.

Illustration Credit: Ivan Brunetti

Kate BeatonKate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist who appeared in the comics scene in 2007 with her online work Hark! A Vagrant! Since then, she has become a fan favourite and has garnered a significant following, with illustrations appearing in places like the New Yorker,Harper’s, and Marvel’s Strange Talesanthology. 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 TimeE!, Amazon, and Publishers Weekly. Beaton’s cartoons often display a wonderfully light touch on historical and literary topics. The jokes are a knowing look at history through a very modern perspective, and a campaign against anyone with the idea that history is boring. Kate Beaton lives in Toronto, Canada.