FCBD 2015 SuperMutant Magic Academy Step Aside Pops Combo,
(W/A/CA) Jillian Tamaki, Kate Beaton
BONUS REVIEW by Gavin Rehfeldt
Drawn & Quarterly celebrates its 25th year in publishing with this special edition all-ages FCBD previewing two of its biggest books for 2015. Kate Beaton is back with Step Aside, Pops! her 2015 follow-up to her bestselling debut, Hark! A Vagrant, with more irreverent and hilarious comics on history and literature. Sharing the billing is Jillian Tamaki, best known for co-creating Skim and This One Summer - moody and atmospheric award winners. SuperMutant Magic Academy, which Jillian has been serializing online for the past four years, paints a teenaged world filled with just as much ennui and uncertainty, but also with a sharp dose of humor. Drawn & Quarterly's FCBD showcases two of the best known women in comics today and is ideal for retailers looking to expand and diversify their customer base.
Date Available: 05/02/2015
This FCBD release is a flip book with one side featuring "SuperMutant Magic Academy" by Jillian Tamaki and the other "Step Aside Pops" by Kate Beaton. SMMA is the weirdest and funniest comics I've read in recent memory. It's an absurd deconstruction of Harry Potter-type magic academies but with a self-conscious spin and wise-cracking dialogue. I will definitely seek out more. The characters came out vividly. Beaton's contribution is far less vivid, and definitely not meant for everyone. Beaton has one of the driest wits I've observed in comics, but her closing comic strip "Femme Fatale" is a clever hoot. Happy 25th Anniversary D&Q!
I give it 7 out of 10 Grahams