Strike up the marching band & stop the presses, because the amazing Kate Beaton creator of the comic strip Hark! A Vagrant will be joining us at Gosh! on the 23rd October from 7-9pm to launch her new book Step Aside, Pops!
Here at Gosh! we’ve been big fans of Kate’s work for years. Her incredibly hilarious web-comic Hark! A Vagrant that she started in 2007 covers everything from the history of Canada, classic 19th century novels, “strong female heroes”, teen detectives and sexy Tudors. When Hark! A Vagrant came out in paperback form it dominated the New York Times Best Seller list and this fall Kate is releasing her follow-up collection, Step Aside, Pops. We can already tell from the incredible cover with a badass velocipedestrienne that this book is going to be pretty great!
‘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 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.’ - Drawn & Quarterly
Kate has also recently released her first children’s book The Princess and the Pony about Princess Pinecone a small warrior princess who asks her parents for a fierce and mighty stallion for her birthday. Instead she receives a tiny round pony with a vacant expression. It’s the perfect combination of heart-warming and hilarious. We’d highly recommend, this charmingly illustrated tale of teamwork and tenderness to audiences of all ages.
Kate will be joining us to raise a glass to Steps Aside, Pops and to sign copies of her books at 7-9pm on October 23rd. If you’re unable to make it along to the event then drop an email to email@example.com and we can arrange a signed copy for you. If you need it sent, postage across the UK is a flat rate of £5 while quotes for further afield are available on request.
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