Step Aside Pops (Kate Beaton, Drawn and Quarterly). Kate Beaton is a webcomic veteran: her Hark! A Vagrant strip has been running since the long-ago times of 2007. This new collection showcases her fully-evolved storytelling and humor, scouring history for satirical springboards and laugh-out-loud sight gags. Beaton’s deceptively simple art style is the essence of great cartooning.
Drawn & Quarterly: Twenty-five Years of Contemporary Cartooning, Comics and Graphic Novels. (Tom Devlin, ed. Drawn and Quarterly). For a quarter century, Drawn & Quarterly has been one of the leading proponents of serious graphic literature, and to celebrate, the publisher issued a gorgeous hardcover retrospective featuring works from Chester Brown, Jilian Tamaki, Art Spiegelman, Adrian Tomine and many more, accompanied by essays from luminaries like Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Lethem, Chris Ware. At more than 700 pages, it’s a triumph of book design that can also double as a deadly weapon.