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Paying For It

Chester Brown

IN STORES MAY 2013

THE CRITICALLY LAUDED MEMOIR ABOUT BEING A JOHN AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK FOR THE FIRST TIME!

Paying for It was easily the most talked-about and controversial graphic novel of 2011, a critical success so innovative and complex that it received two rave reviews in the New York Times, and sold out of its first print run in just six months. Chester Brown’s eloquent, spare artwork stands out in this paperback edition.

Paying for It combines the personal and sexual aspects of Brown’s autobiographical work (I Never Liked You, The Playboy) with the polemical drive of Louis Riel. Brown calmly lays out the facts of how he became not only a willing participant in, but a vocal proponent of one of the world’s most hot-button topics—prostitution. While this may appear overly sensational and just plain implausible to some, Brown’s story stands for itself. Paying for It offers an entirely contemporary exploration of sex work—from the timid john who rides his bike to his escorts, wonders how to tip so as not to offend, and reads Dan Savage for advice, to the modern-day transactions complete with online reviews, seemingly willing participants, and clean apartments devoid of clichéd street corners, drugs, or pimps.

Complete with a surprise ending, Paying for It continues to provide endless debate and conversation about sex work.

Paperback, 5.5” x 7.5”, 292 pages, b/w

ISBN: 9781770461192

$19.95 US / $19.95 CDN

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The Playboy

Chester Brown

IN STORES MAY 2013

A MEMOIR OF SHOCKING HONESTY BY THE GRAPHIC NOVELIST BEHIND 2011'S ACCLAIMED COMIC, PAYING FOR IT

As with every Chester Brown book, when published in 1992 The Playboy was ahead of its time, illustrating the fearlessness and prescience of the iconoclastic cartoonist. The Playboy is a memoir about Brown's adolescence, sexuality, and shame that chronicles his teenage obsession with the magazine of the same name. Exploring the physical form of comics to its fullest storytelling capacity, a fifteen-year-old Chester is visited by a time-traveling adult Chester, and the latter narrates the former's compulsion to purchase each issue of Playboy as it appears on newsstands. Even more fascinating than his obsession with the magazine is Brown's need to keep this habit secret, and the great lengths to which he goes to avoid detection by, at first, his family, and then, later, by girlfriends.

The comics that became The Playboy first appeared in issues of Brown's controversial, ground-breaking comic Yummy Fur over twenty years ago, and yet the frankness of the work makes it seem avant-garde even now. As in every work by this master cartoonist, The Playboy uses no extra words, no extra panels, no extra lines, conveying environment and emotion through perfectly chosen moments. Fans of his acclaimed and controversial memoir Paying For It are sure to be drawn in by this early autobiographical portrait of blazing honesty. The expanded reissue includes all-new appendices and notes from the author.

Paperback, 5.5" x 7.5", 176 pages, b/w

ISBN: 9781770461185

$16.95 US / $16.95 CDN

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The Little Man: Short Strips 1980-1995 (PB)

Chester Brown

"A note of pure genius."--Rain Taxi Review of Books

"It might seem jarring for a book to begin with "The Toilet Paper Revolt" and end with "My Mom Was a Schizophrenic", but Brown pulls it off by mixing equal parts surrealism, violence, and contemplation. As a whole it tells another story: the maturing of an artist."--Details

"Outrageous, surreal, hushed, mystical and, often, funny as hell."--Detroit Metro Times

"They universally exhibit Brown's inimitable mix of intimate and surreal."--Now


ISBN: 9781896597133

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Underwater #02

Chester Brown

Playpen rumblings, tumblings, and hallucinations with Kupifam. The issue also features a "flip side" Matthew cover with a 12 page chapter, "Gospels of Matthew ( 12:46 -13:58)"

ISBN: UNDER#2

$2.95 US / $2.95 CDN

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Underwater #09

Chester Brown

Trouble at school on the first day. 9 page chapter Gospels of Matthew (18:1 - 19:1)

ISBN: UNDER#9

$3.25 US / $3.25 CDN

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Underwater #01

Chester Brown

"Accents the moody surrealism of Brown's earlier work with the tender narrative voice he has developed since then." --i-D magazine

Events are seen through the eyes of a young girl, Kupifam, and this issue opens with her birth.

ISBN: UNDER#1

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Paying For It

Chester Brown

A CONTEMPORARY DEFENSE OF THE WORLD'S OLDEST PROFESSION.

May 2011

Chester Brown has never shied away from tackling controversial subjects in his work. As the cartoonist of the autobiographical The Playboy and the biography Louis Riel, Paying For It is a natural progression for Brown as it combines the personal and sexual aspects of his autobiographical work with the polemical drive of Louis Riel. Brown calmly lays out the facts of how he became not only a willing participant in but also a vocal proponent of one of the world's most hot-button topics--prostitution. Paying For It offers an entirely contemporary exploration of sex work--from the timid john who rides his bike to meet his escorts, wonders how to tip so as not to offend, and reads Dan Savage for advice, to the modern-day transactions complete with online reviews, seemingly willing participants, and clean apartments devoid of cliches street corners, drugs, or primps.

Paying For It is a book that stands for itself and will be the most talked about graphic novel of 2011.

Hardcover, 5.5 x 7.5, Black & White, 272 pages

ISBN: 9781770460485

$24.95 US / $24.95 CDN

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Louis Riel #05

Chester Brown

(24 p, B/W)

In this issue, Chester Brown documents the emotional and psychological downfall of Louis Riel. Fearful for his life, Riel is forced into exile in the United States. At this point, Riel begins to have vivid hallucinations and when he secretly returns to Montreal, he is thrown into an insane asylum against his will...

ISBN: 9781894937283

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Louis Riel #04

Chester Brown

(24p, B/W)

It's high drama on the Canadian frontier after Thomas Scott is executed for "treason" by Louis Riel's forces. Riel's hopes of forming a provisional government in a peaceful manner are dashed as outrage grows amongst the English settlers over the killing of Scott. Fearing for his own life, Riel is forced to flee to the USA in exile.

ISBN: 9781894937276

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Louis Riel: Tenth Anniversary Edition

Chester Brown

Louis Riel: a Comic-Strip Biography tells the story of the charismatic, and perhaps mad, nineteenth century Metis leader, whose struggle to win rights for his people led to violent rebellion on the nation’s western frontier. Chester Brown’s carefully researched, exquisitely illustrated, and much-lauded biography goes deep into the myths and the facts about this man whose place in Canadian history is troubled: Riel has been alternately vilified as a murderer and mourned as a martyr. His involvement in the Red River Rebellion and the subsequent North-West Rebellion are brilliantly and dispassionately laid out in a finely etched style, as are the Canadian government’s responses to the Metis people’s demands. Brown’s even-handed approach makes these disastrous events all the more moving.

When the collected book appeared in 2003, Chester Brown won widespread critical and industry acclaim for Louis Riel, including two Harvey Awards, and inclusion on countless best-of lists. Beyond that, it singlehandedly revitalized the biography genre of comics, paving the way for a new generation of artists. To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Louis Riel’s publication, Drawn & Quarterly is reissuing the book as a deluxe paperback, with a new introduction contextualizing the work’s importance and the original pamphlet covers collected and reproduced in full color.

October / $21.95 / 6 x 9 / 296 pages / b&w, with full color signature / paperback

ISBN: 9781770461307

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I Never Liked You: The New Definitive Edition

Chester Brown

(200 p, B/W, 6x9")

A harrowing memoir of loss and the struggle to connect, Brown's story is told with a spare poetic elegance. A self-absorbed teenager, Chester Brown strays into the difficult territory of friendship and early love while at home there is a slowly building crisis over his mother's mental health. Emotionally intense, the story veers unsteadily between the extremes of eerie detachment and sudden desperate outbursts of need. A complex and disturbing true story told with a nuanced, queasy visual style that lingers in the mind long after the book has been put away.

"A minimalist, but haunting memoir of the artist's troubled adolescence." --New York Times Book Review

"Despite his Canadian citizenship, Chester Brown should be declared a national treasure." --The Onion

"A study in adolescent socialization and the peculiar combination of budding sexuality, self-obsessed dreaminess and downright mean-spiritedness that epitomizes the teenage years." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)



ISBN: 9781896597140

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Louis Riel #09

Chester Brown

(24 p, B/W)

The penultimate issue of Louis Riel! The last issue saw the brave Metis and their leader locked in a losing battle with the superior numbers of the Royal Canadian Army. Louis and his right-hand man Gabriel Dumont flee the scene to regroup with the surviving rebels and plot their next move against the government.

But Fortune has abandoned the Metis cause and soon Louis is in chains--brought to trial for treason. Louis is a passionate and inspired leader but his erratic behaviour makes everyone, even his own people, believe he is vainglorious and mad. Louis is not just on trial for his life--treason is punishable by death--but he must defend himself against the verdict of history.


ISBN: 9781894937573

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Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography softcover

Chester Brown

Chester Brown reinvents the comic book medium to create the critically acclaimed historical biography Louis Riel, winning the Harvey Awards for best writing and best graphic novel for his compelling, meticulous, and dispassionate retelling of the charismatic, and perhaps insane, nineteenth-century Metis leader. Brown cooly documents with dramatic subtlety the violent rebellion on the Canadian prairie led by Riel, who some regard a martyr who died in the name freedom, while others consider him a treacherous murderer.

"It has the thoroughness of a history book yet reads with the personalized vision of a novel."--Time Magazine

"If you love to read a gripping story, if you are awed by the talent of an artist, then look no further: Chester Brown's Louis Riel is comix history in the making, and with it, history never looked so good."--The Globe and Mail Book Review

"The starkly told story of a crucial figure in Canada's history--yet one whom most Americans have probably never heard of. It's a credit to Brown's plainspoken artistry and flair for narrative that it's a page-turner till the end."--The Boston Phoenix

"This is an ingenious comic and a major achievement." --Publishers Weekly Starred Review

NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS:
If you received a paperback copy of Louis Riel from the first printing that has a defective binding, please tear the cover off, mail it to us, and we will send you a replacement.


ISBN: 9781894937894

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Louis Riel #02

Chester Brown

(24p, B/W)

A provisional government is formed with Riel as president; the violence simmering under the surface of events finally takes a casualty.

ISBN: 9781894937252

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Louis Riel #08

Chester Brown

(24 p, B/W)

ISBN: 9781894937566

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Ed the Happy Clown

Chester Brown

A LONG-OUT-OF-PRINT CLASSIC BY A MASTER OF UNDERGROUND COMICS

In the late 1980s, the idiosyncratic Chester Brown (author of the much-lauded Paying For It and Louis Riel) began writing the cult classic comic book series Yummy Fur. Within its pages, he serialized the groundbreaking Ed the Happy Clown, revealing a macabre universe of parallel dimensions. Thanks to its wholly original yet disturbing story lines, Ed set the stage for Chester Brown to become a world-renowned cartoonist. Ed the Happy Clown is a hallucinatory tale that functions simultaneously as a dark roller-coaster ride of criminal activity and a scathing condemnation of religious and political charlatanism. As the world around him devolves into madness, the eponymous Ed escapes variously from a jealous boyfriend, sewer monsters, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and a janitor with a Jesus complex. Brown leaves us wondering, with every twist of the plot, just how Ed will get out of this scrape. The intimate, tangled world of Ed the Happy Clown is definitively presented here, repackaged with a new foreword by the author and an extensive notes section, and, as with every Brown book, astonishingly perceptive about the zeitgeist of its time.

Hardcover, 6� X 9�, B/W, 240 pages

ISBN: 9781770460751

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Ed the Happy Clown #3

Chester Brown

The third issue of this legendary comic series introduces all the important elements that became synonymous with Ed The Happy Clown: Ronald Reagan makes his first appearance here, not from the oval office; Chet kills Josie for the first time, while Ed gets punched in the face; their bodies are then taken by pygmies down into the sewers. All of this, plus previously unpublished art, new covers and extensive commentary by Chester Brown.

ISBN: ETHC#3

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Ed The Happy Clown #2

Chester Brown

One of the classic comic stories of the 1980s returns! Chester Brown's Ed The Happy Clown was one of the defining books of the original alternative comics movement and it went on to influence a generation of cartoonists and readers alike. This second issue kicks off with the infamous "The Man Who Couldn't Stop" (no descriptions given here!) and continues right through to Ed's unusual manner of breaking out of prison! Each issue comes complete with new covers and four pages of extensive commentary by Chester Brown.


ISBN: ETHC#2

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Underwater #08

Chester Brown

Kitchen antics with Kupifam. 8 page chapter Gospels of Matthew ( 17:10 - 17:27)

ISBN: UNDER#8

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Ed the Happy Clown #9

Chester Brown

The end of the Ed saga. Or, rather, one of the endings.

ISBN: ETHC#9

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Ed the Happy Clown #8

Chester Brown

The penultimate chapter of this 1980s classic begins as Josie, in the form of a vampire, avenges her death by killing Chet.

Pygmies still roam the streets, and one devours the remains of Chet's body. All of this, plus previously unpublished art, new covers, and extensive commentary by Chester Brown.

ISBN: ETHC#8

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Yummy Fur #32

Chester Brown

This final issue of Yummy Fur is devoted to a 26 page "Gospels of Matthew ( 11:2 - 12:45, 14:2 - 14:12)" chapter. First printing. Publication date: January 1994. ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE

ISBN: FUR#32

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Yummy Fur #31

Chester Brown

Features eleven page wordless, dream-like strip that was later included in "The Little Man" book. Fourteen page "Gospels of Matthew (9:31 - 10:42)" chapter. First printing. Publication date: September 1993. ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE

ISBN: FUR#31

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Yummy Fur #28

Chester Brown

Part three of the "I Never Liked You" storyline in its original published format! (May 1992, 24p, B/W) ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE

ISBN: 9781897299425

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Yummy Fur #27

Chester Brown

Part two of the "I Never Liked You" storyline. Brief three page "Gospels of Matthew (9:20)" chapter. First printing. Publication date: January 1992. ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE

ISBN: FUR#27

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Underwater #07

Chester Brown

Kupifam falls down stairs and then proceeds to have another dream. 9 page chapter Gospels of Matthew ( 16:13 - 17:9)

ISBN: UNDER#7

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Underwater #06

Chester Brown

Kupifam's grandmother reads a comic book and later drops dead. Is there a lesson here? 7 page chapter Gospels of Matthew (15:29 -16:12)

ISBN: UNDER#6

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Underwater #05

Chester Brown

The secret Underwater alphabet revealed! Pay close attention. 6 page chapter Gospels of Matthew (14:32 - 15:28)

ISBN: UNDER#5

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Underwater #04

Chester Brown

Kupifam discovers television and a secret dimension. 6 page story, "My Mom Was a Schizophrenic" and 7 page Gospels of Matthew (14:24 - 14:31)

ISBN: UNDER#4

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Underwater #03

Chester Brown

Surrealism, followed by a beautifully drawn rainfall scene. 12 page chapter Gospels of Matthew ( 14:1, 14:2 - 14:12 - 14:23)

ISBN: UNDER#3

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The Playboy

Chester Brown

"Brown has the ability to open a door that leads directly back into the very texture of childhood with all its darkness...an astonishing narrative."--The Vancouver Sun

"His best work yet. Brown has painted these embarrassing scenes with cathartic candor but also with a keen eye for detail and an understated tone...a landmark look at an artist's growth."--The Comics Journal


ISBN: 9780969670117

$12.95 US / $12.95 CDN

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Ed the Happy Clown #6

Chester Brown

This installment of the 1980s classic begins as the professor locates President Reagan in another dimension. However, the President's hopes of ultimately being rescued are dashed when the professor is violently killed by a hail of bullets ... All of this, plus previously unpublished art, new covers and extensive commentary by Chester Brown

ISBN: ETHC#6

$2.95 US / $2.95 CDN

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Ed the Happy Clown #5

Chester Brown

This installment of the 1980s classic begins with Ronald Reagan back in the White House attempting to resolve one of the worst sewage catastrophes facing the U.S. His solution lies in another dimension... All of this, plus previously unpublished art, new covers and extensive commentary by Chester Brown.

ISBN: ETHC#5

$2.95 US / $2.95 CDN

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Ed the Happy Clown #4

Chester Brown

Chester Brown's seminal bi-monthly comic book series reaches its mid-point with this issue, just as a horde of pygmies attempt to kidnap Ed, Josie, and Ronald Reagan.
The first killing of Josie is also eerily re-interpreted in these pages, this time from the perspective of Josie's ghost.

ISBN: ETHC#4

$2.95 US / $2.95 CDN

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Louis Riel #07

Chester Brown

(24 p, B/W)

Brown recounts the gripping battle between Riel's ragged group of Metis rebels and the Canadian army. After the Metis unexpectedly win the first battle, the Prime Minister makes plans to wipe out the threat once and for all...

ISBN: 9781894937306

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Louis Riel #06

Chester Brown

(24 p, B/W)

This issue carefully documents the events leading up to the second Metis Rebellion against the Canadian government. Meanwhile, as these tragic events unfold, Canadian Prime Minister John A. MacDonald tries to exploit the battle with the Metis to gather support, and money, to finance his controversial plan to build an intercontinental railway.

ISBN: 9781894937290

$2.95 US / $2.95 CDN

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Louis Riel #03

Chester Brown

(24 p, B/W)
Thomas Scott, an English settler, is tried and executed by Riel's forces on charges of treason.

ISBN: 9781894937269

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Yummy Fur #29

Chester Brown

Part four of the "I Never Liked You" storyline is its original published format. Brief three page "Gospels of Matthew (9:18 - 9:30)" chapter. First printing. Publication date: August 1992. ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE

ISBN: 99781897299432

$2.50 US / $2.50 CDN

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Yummy Fur #30

Chester Brown

Fifth and final chapter of the "I Never Liked You" storyline. First printing. Publication date: April 1993. ONLY AVAILABLE ONLINE

ISBN: FUR#30

$2.50 US / $2.50 CDN

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