PAYING FOR IT gets final cover and an intro by R. Crumb

Chester Brown’s PAYING FOR IT is sure to be one of the most-discussed GNs of the year, and D&Q has just released the final cover. In case you missed the log line, it’s an account of Brown’s decade-long practice of hiring prostitutes and his arguments for the dignity and necessity of the profession — in Canada, certain forms of prostitution are legal, but that situation is changing for the worse, and Brown makes a pretty impassioned plea in the book to expand on the legalization of what really should be a business transaction between adults. We’ve read the whole thing, and while we’re not quite on board with some of of it, he does make a good case for keeping things safe and legal. The book will have an intro by R. Crumb and blurbs from many famous folks, including Neil Gaiman, who writes:

PAYING FOR IT is as personal as you can get. It’s a clear-eyed, not-even-slightly-erotic, compulsively readable, sometimes painfully honest account of his time, reasons and experiences paying for sex. I learned things about Chester from reading this, and I learned things about sex-workers, and about the world, and, oddly, I think I learned things about myself.


  1. jacob lyon goddard says

    let’s see if the book lives up to the unfortunate mental pictures i’ve been stuck with since Brown first announced he was working on this a few years ago.

  2. says

    Heidi, can you send me your preview copy (grin)!? I promise I’ll still stock and sell this, but I want to read this now.

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  3. Al™ says

    From its roots in oral tradition to its gripping, seat-of-the-pants narrative, this historical missive offers it all, at broadband pace!

  4. says

    I’m actually looking forward to reading this. Chester Brown has always provided honesty in his work, & regardless of your feelings about the legalization of prostitution, I bet I’m not going to be able to put it down.

  5. says

    I always wonder what to buy my better-paying, regular Johns for Christmas. Ties are too impersonal, and it’s not like they want a second b.j. after the one they just payed for. Thanks to Chester Brown, this year, gift-giving will be easy!

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