In a follow up to Hark! A Vagrant, Kate Beaton offers another collection of her best comics in Step Aside Pops.
Her comics defy explanation, so here’s a brief list of what you’ll find:
- Do you even lift, Cinderella?
- All the crazy parts of Wuthering Heights
- Strong Female Characters (sexism is over!)
- The real secret of The Secret Garden
- Famous historical dudes being silly
- Ida B Wells
- More Brontes
- Home for Nasty Boys
- An interpretation of Nancy Drew book covers
- An interpretation of other book covers
- What is really going on in that Public Domain art
- Straw Feminists
- Poets being poets
- Canada stuff
So, you know, the usual. A little bit of historical, a bit of pop culture, a bit of literature. It’s comics for smart people. (I didn’t get everything, truth be told.)
My favorite is Nasty a comic involving a ‘Nasty Boy’ from Janet Jackson’s music video. Nasty Boys have feelings too.
The title comes from a strip she created about an old timey biker lady. Her inspiration was a Victorian satirical cartoon of a woman on a bike running over a man.
It’s a perfect title considering how Kate Beaton has taken over the comics world. If you see her coming, you better step aside.