VA – King Baby Signing


Author and cartoonist extraordinaire Kate Beaton is coming to Hooray for Books on Monday, September 26th at 6:00 PM!

If you are a fan of webcomics, then you might already love Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant series. If you frequent our Wednesday Story Times, then you definitely know how much we love her first picture book, The Princess and the Pony. Now, come out to Hooray for Books! as Beaton presents her second and newest picture book, King Baby, available on September 13th. Just as hilarious as all of Beaton’s work, King Baby is sure to be a story time favorite that will resonate with everyone who has ever been a parent, aunt or uncle, sibling, or even just seen a baby in action.

Pre-order your copy at Hooray for Books! by dropping by or calling 703-548-4092 during regular business hours. You must purchase at least one Scholastic title from Hooray for Books! in order to join the signing line.

Hooray for Books!
1555 King Street, Ste. 101, Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-4092

IL – King Baby Signing

000000000000000_beaton_king-babyAuthor/Illustrator Kate Beaton appears at Anderson’s Bookshop on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 7:00 PM!

All hail King Baby! He greets his adoring public with giggles and wiggles and coos, posing for photos and allowing hugs and kisses. But this royal ruler also has many demands, and when his subjects can’t quite keep up, King Baby takes matters into his own tiny hands.

Created by Kate Beaton, author of The Princess and the Pony and #1 New York Times bestsellers Hark A Vagrant and Step Aside, Pops, this modern, funny, and (let’s be honest) realistic take on life with a new baby is the perfect gift for anyone with an adorable little monarch in their world.

This event is free and open to the public.  To join the signing line, please purchase the author’s new book, King Baby, from Anderson’s by stopping into our La Grange location, calling (708) 582-6353, or clicking the link below.

Anderson’s Bookshop
26 S La Grange Road, La Grange IL 60525
(708) 582-6353

OH – King Baby Signing


Author/Illustrator Kate Beaton appears at Blue Manatee Books on Saturday September 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM!

All hail King Baby! Join us this morning as we welcome author/illustrator, Kate Beaton! Her latest book, King Baby, is a delightfully humorous tale of the joys (and, sometimes, just the opposite!) a new baby brings to life. Kate will be reading King Baby and sharing her amazing drawing skills with all of us. We’re so excited to meet the author of King Baby and The Princess and the Pony! Stop in for a morning filled with joy and laughter!

– A FREE, author event.

– Line Numbers available for signing with purchase of King Baby.

– Call 513.731.2665 to reserve your copy or for more details.

Blue Manatee Books
3054 Madison Road, Oakley Square, Cincinnati, OH 45209

MO – King Baby Signing


Meet Kate Beaton, cartoonist of The Princess and the Pony and #1 New York Times bestsellers Hark! A Vagrant and Step Aside, Pops!, appears on Thursday September 15, 2016 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Middendorf-Kredell Branch of the St. Charles City-County Library to present her latest book KING BABY! This modern, funny, and (let’s be honest) realistic take on life with a new baby is the perfect gift for anyone with an adorable little monarch in their world.

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Middendorf-Kredell Branch | St. Charles City-County Library
2750 State Hwy K, O’Fallon, MO 63368
(636) 978-7997

TCAF 2016 Announces Initial Guests


Press Release:

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is thrilled to announce our initial Featured Guests and Events for TCAF 2016, taking place May 14th and 15th in Toronto, Canada! With over 400 cartoonists scheduled to attend from more than a dozen countries on their way to Toronto this May, we’re getting ready celebrate the very best in comics, graphic novels, bandes dessinées, and manga! Prepare yourself for a week of readings, launches, and art events culminating in a massive, FREE two-day exhibition at Toronto Reference Library, May 14 and 15, 2016!

Every year the Toronto Comic Arts Festival showcases Canada’s incredible comics talent on a world stage by promoting some of our best and brightest creators and publishers, and inviting the attention of the global cartooning community. The 2016 programme builds on our previous successes, with a continued commitment to offer more engaging programming, in multiple formats, focusing on compelling and challenging work being made across the world. Art sales and exhibition, increased programming, and gallery shows are at the core of the 2016 programme, as highlighted by these talented Featured Guests:

Beaton 160Canadian comics hero Kate Beaton is the creator of beloved humour series Hark! A Vagrant, which has spawned a bestselling book of the same title. In 2015, Beaton released her first picture book, The Princess and the Pony (Scholastic), and a second collection of strips entitled SThe Princess and the Ponyde, Pops (Drawn & Quarterly). Beaton’s work is both expressive and hilarious, possessing a signature style and wit that are uniquely her own. Kate Beaton is one of TCAF’s 2016’s official poster artists, and we will be revealing her official poster in the next few weeks!
Fegredo 160Duncan Fegredo has been on the North American comics scene since illustrating Kid Eternity (DC Comics) with writer Grant Morrison. Since then he’s gone on to illustrate a number of critically acclaimed works, including Enigma (DC Comics) with writer Peter Milligan, and a much-lauded run on Hellboy (Dark Horse) with Mike Mignola. His most recent work is MPH (Image Comics), with writer Mark Millar. This will be Duncan Fegredo’s first visit to TCAF, and we’re excited to welcome him to Canada!

Lisa Hanawalt is amazing! Since debuting My Dumb Dirty Eyes at TCAF 2013, Hanawalt has really made her mark at the designer of the Netflix super hit series BoJack Horseman, contributing columns to Lucky Peach magazine, and co-hosting the podcast Baby Geniuses. She is returning to TCAF 2016 as a Featured Guest to in support of her new graphic novel Hot Dog Taste Test (Drawn & Quarterly), debuting at the show!
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MariNaomi is a prolific creator of autobiographical comics. She an Eisner-nominated artist, known for fantastic books like Dragon’s Breath and Other True Stories and Kiss & Tell: A Romantic Resume, Ages 0 to 22. At TCAF 2016 she will be debuting the brand new book Turning Japanese (2D Cloud). We’re so pleased to have her join us as a Featured Guest!
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Noir comics master Sean Phillips is coming back to TCAF! Phillips has worked on everything from Batman to X-Men, but he’s maybe best known for his collaborations with writer Ed Brubaker: Criminal, Incognito, Fatale, and the recently-completed The Fade Out (Image Comics). This year, Sean is bringing with him “Phono+Graphic,” an art show that spotlights over 80 amazing album covers created by comics artists for vinyl records. The show tours here from the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival, and we’re excited to bring it to Canada.
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With six books under his belt, Michel Rabagliati is an essential figure in not only the comics scene of Quebec, but all of Canada. Creator of essential works like Paul Moves OutPaul Joins the Scouts, and The Song of Roland (recently adapted into a feature film!), Michel is attending TCAF 2016 to debut the English version of Paul Up North (Conundrum) and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Canadian publisher Conundrum Press. It’s sure to be a real party!
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Rokudenashiko is a world-famous artist, best known for her vulva-centric sculptures. Her work challenges Japan’s prudish censorship laws, which has now led to her being twice arrested by the on obscenity charges in Japan. Rokudenashiko is attending TCAF 2016 in support of her new graphic novel and essay collection What Is Obscenity? The Story Of A Good For Nothing Artist And Her Pussy (Koyama Press), produced in association with MASSIVE.

His name is Chip Zdarsky, and we’re thrilled to welcome him back to TCAF 2016 as a Featured Guest and one of our 2016 Poster Artists. Chip Zdarsky is the co-creator of the books Sex Criminals and Kaptara (Image Comics), and is writing Howard The Duck (Marvel Comics) and Jughead (Archie Comics). We’ll be revealing his 2016 poster in the next few weeks!

And these are just the first eight featured guests among the more than 400 Canadian and International cartoonists participating in the 2016 Festival.

Featured guests will continue to be announced through January, February, and March, with special guests from Germany, Italy, USA, France, Japan, and Canada still to be revealed!

In addition to the programmes mentioned above, TCAF 2016 will also feature several programming spotlights including a special tribute to the wonderful and hardworking Canadian publisher Conundrum Press, on the occasion of their 20th Anniversary, and First Second Books on their 10th Anniversary.

Additional Programs will be announced in February and March, including the CSSC-SCEBD Academic Conference, Library & Educator Day, Word Balloon Academy, Comics Vs. Games 5, Gallery Showings, Screenings, and much more. Visit TCAF online for up-to-the-minute updates.

The Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2016, Saturday May 14, 9am-5pm, and Sunday May 15, 10am-5pm, @ Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street. Attendance is FREE to the public. Full details on the TCAF website:

UK – Step Aside, Pops! Signing


Cartoonist Kate Beaton, creator of HARK! A VAGRANT, appears at Gosh! Comics on Friday October 23rd from 7:00 till 9:00 PM to celebrate the launch of her new collection STEP ASIDE, POPS!

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Gosh Comics
1 Berwick St, SoHo, London W1F0DR
United Kingdom

MA – Step Aside, Pops Signing


Cartoonist Kate Beaton appears at the Brattle Theatre on Monday, September 28, 2015 at 6:00 PM! Tickets (which include the book) available at the link… **THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT**

Press Release:

Harvard Book Store welcomes the creator of the popular webcomic Hark! A Vagrant KATE BEATON for a presentation of her 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 webcomic, 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!, Amazon, Time, 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.

The Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

QC – Step Aside, Pops Signing


Cartoonist Kate Beaton appears at Rialto Hall on Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM! Tickets available at the link…

Step Aside, Pops is the sequel to the hit comic collection Hark! A Vagrant, which appeared on best of lists from Time, NPR, and USA Today; spent five months on the New York Times bestseller list; and won Harvey, Ignatz, and Doug Wright awards. Cartoonist Kate Beaton returns with all-new sidesplitting comics that showcase her irreverent love of history, pop culture, and literature. Collected from her wildly popular website, readers will guffaw over “Strong Female Characters”, the wicked yet chivalrous Black Prince, “Straw Feminists in the Closet,” and a disgruntled Heathcliff. Delight in what the internet has long known—Beaton’s humour is as sharp and dangerous as a velocipedestrienne, so watch out!

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Rialto Hall
5711 avenue du Parc, Montreal, QC

NYC – Step Aside, Pops Signing


Cartoonist Kate Beaton appears at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

Press Release:

You’re invited to the launch of Kate Beaton‘s Step Aside, Pops, a new Hark! A Vagrant collection. Kate will be joined in conversation by Alexandra Zsigmond, art director for the New York Times Opinion section. A Q&A and book signing will follow.

Kate Beaton’s first collection, Hark! A Vagrant, was an unequivocal hit, spending five months on the New York Times bestseller list; topping best-of-the-year lists from E!, Amazon, Time, and more; and winning the hearts of hundreds of thousands of fans. Kate Beaton returns with a refined pen in Step Aside, Pops, ready to make jokes at the expense of hunks, army generals, scientists, and Canadians in equal measure. Irreverently funny and carefully researched, no target is safe from Beaton’s incisive wit in these satirical strips. 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 sharp, insightful, and very funny. Come prepared to laugh!

Alexandra Zsigmond has been an art director and designer for the New York Times Opinion section since 2011, and currently art directs the Sunday Review.  She commissions original illustration by a wide range of international artists and cartoonists to accompany articles in NYT Opinion, both in print and online.She received her BA from Stanford University in Philosophy and the Visual Arts and has a background in classical and modern dance. Alexandra has worked as an arts coordinator, curator, or designer for a variety of notable art organizations, including Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Cabinet Magazine, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
126 Crosby Street New York, NY 10012
(212) 334-3324


SPX 2015 Announces International Guests

spx2015Press Release:

SPX is pleased to announce international creators, Frederik Peeters, Dylan Horrocks, and Brecht Vandenbroucke as guests at SPX 2015. This is in addition to the previously announced guests Kate Beaton, Luke Pearson, Noelle Stevenson, Michael DeForge, Gemma Correll, Noah Van Sciver, Matt Bors, Lilli Carré, Theo Ellsworth, C. Spike Trotman, Jennifer Hayden, Stuart Immonen, Scott McCloud, Bill Griffith, Kathryn Immonen, Derf, Jessica Abel (Sat. Only) and Ted Rall.

Additional international guests appearing at SPX 2015 will be announced next week.

SPX 2015 is honored to have the very first United States appearance of critically acclaimed, Swiss graphic novelist Frederik Peeters. This year saw the release of the final volume of his well reviewed planet hopping space epic, Aama Vol. 4: You Will Be Glorious, My Daughter, published by SelfMadeHero. Peeters has been nominated five times in the Best Book category at Angoulême and has done a number of posters and other illustration work in Europe. Peeters lives with his wife and daughter in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dylan Horrocks is returning to Small Press Expo for the first time in over a decade. Horrocks began his diverse career with the publication of Pickle, which ran from 1993-97 published by Black Eye Press. Pickle included the serialization of Hicksville, a groundbreaking story that was collected into a graphic novel that won plaudits from reviewers around the globe. Horrocks has had international success in alternative and mainstream comics with books like Atlas from Drawn & Quarterly, and as writer for DC Comics and Vertigo. In 2014, Fantagraphics published Sam Zabel and his Magic Pen to wide critical and fan acclaim. Horrocks is an Eisner Award winner and in 2006 he was appointed University of Auckland/Creative New Zealand Literary Fellow. Horrocks currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand with his wife and sons.

Brecht Vandenbroucke is a Belgian cartoonist and illustrator. His debut graphic novel,White Cube, took the Angouleme International Comics Festival by storm in 2013. Vandenbroucke’s distinctive painted panels and brightly colored spreads intermingle pop culture influences and commentary on the fine art world, offering an absurdist view of the institutions of that world. White Cube has been published in Belgium, Finland, Norway, Spain, Germany, France, and in English by Drawn & Quarterly. Since graduating from art school a few years ago, he has worked for numerous periodicals, including the New York Times, and has participated in group shows all over the world. Vandenbroucke lives in Antwerp, Belgium.

SPX 2015 takes place on Saturday and Sunday, September 19-20, and will have over 650 creators, 280 exhibitor tables and 22 programming slots to entertain, enlighten and introduce attendees to the amazing world of independent and small press comics.

Small Press Expo (SPX) is the preeminent showcase for the exhibition of independent comics, graphic novels, and alternative political cartoons. SPX is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit that brings together more than 650 artists and publishers to meet their readers, booksellers, and distributors each year. Graphic novels, mini comics, and alternative comics will all be on display and for sale by their authors and illustrators. The expo includes a series of panel discussions and interviews with this year’s guests.

The Ignatz Award is a festival prize held every year at SPX recognizing outstanding achievement in comics and cartooning, with the winners chosen by attendees at the show.

As in previous years, profits from the SPX will go to support the SPX Graphic Novel Gift Program, which funds graphic novel purchases for public and academic libraries, as well as the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF), which protects the First Amendment rights of comic book readers and professionals. For more information on the CBLDF, visit their website at For more information on the Small Press Expo, please visit

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