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D+Q to publish Kate Beaton's Step Aside, Pops!

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Drawn & Quarterly has acquired North American English rights to Kate Beaton’s Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection, as announced on Los Angeles Times Hero Complex today. Acquiring editor is Tom Devlin. Step Aside, Pops will be published in September 2015. 

“Kate’s wit is sharper than ever in Step Aside, Pops,” said Devlin. “She’s found the perfect way to explore her love of history, while effortlessly deflating the pompous, self-righteous figures of authority we were taught to respect in school. Her restlessness has made her drawings even funnier."

Kate Beaton’s first book with Drawn & Quarterly, 2011’s Hark! A Vagrant, was tremendously successful and critically lauded. Hark! spent five months on the New York Times graphic bestseller list, and topped more than twenty-five best of the year lists, including Time, E!, NPR, and Publishers Weekly, quickly becoming one of D+Q’s all-time bestsellers. Just as irreverently funny and carefully researched as Hark!, Step Aside, Pops will bring Beaton’s incisive wit to bear on even more historical, literary, and contemporary figures. 

Step Aside, Pops will be distributed in the US by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and in Canada by Raincoast Books. Seth Fishman of The Gernert Company represented Beaton in negotiations.

About Kate Beaton:

Kate Beaton is a Canadian cartoonist who began her webcomic Hark! A Vagrant in 2007. 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 Tales anthology. Her first book with D+Q, Hark! A Vagrant, debuted at number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Kate Beaton lives in Toronto, Canada.