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Chester Brown's PAYING FOR IT coming in 2011


And speaking of long awaited graphic novels, Chester Brown, another indie comics genius long silent, has finally announced a new graphic novel for 2011. It’s called PAYING FOR IT, and it deals with his ongoing experiences with prostitutes.

Following months of flashes and brief mentions that Chester Brown was working on a comics memoir about his experiences as a customer for prostitution, Drawn & Quarterly announced today that the book in question will come out in Spring 2011 and will be called Paying For It. Its publisher promising a mix of the personal and the polemical combining the issues explored in 1992’s The Playboy with the political awareness suffusing 2003’s Louis Riel, Paying For It will be Brown’s first major stand-alone graphic novel, published without the benefit of serialization in a comic book series.

On D&Q’s official Twitter, someone (presumably Tom Devlin) wrote:

We haven’t done a panel count but he does appear “in the act” numerous times.

Brown is a true comics original whose work encompasses the devastatingly personal — I NEVER LIKED YOU, THE PLAYBOY — and what is now considered am important biography of Canadian rebel Louis Riel. The attitudes towards sex in his work were always a bit unusual, and PAYING FOR IT sounds like more of the same. In a 2004 interview on The Pulse Brown perhaps shed some light on the contents…

THE PULSE: I understand that after you finish the new ED THE HAPPY CLOWN You’re going back to autobiography and, as opposed to all that other stuff, this will be the real tell all.

BROWN: Yes it’s about my sex life.


BROWN: Because it’s interesting.

THE PULSE: To play devil’s advocate how do you make it interesting to other people?

BROWN: I think I have a different take on sex and sexual attraction, certain ideas that I don’t think are part of the mainstream. Do you know who Rene Girard is?


BROWN: He’s a French literary critic who has a lot of theories about the origins of desire and I think he’s right about a lot of things. This explores some of his theories.

Rene Girard, eh? Girard came up with the idea of “mimetic desire” and thought that violence came about through competition for the desirable, i.e. beautiful, and that desirability was increased by competition. And so on.

Can’t wait.

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Brown has never shied away from tackling controversial subjects in his work. In his 1992 book, THE PLAYBOY, he explored his personal history with pornography. His bestselling 2003 graphic novel, LOUIS RIEL, was a biographical examination of an extreme political figure. The book won wide acclaim and cemented Brown’s reputation as a true innovator. PAYING FOR IT is a natural progression for Brown as it combines the personal and the sexual aspects of his autobiographical work with the polemical drive of LOUIS RIEL. Brown calmly lays out the facts for us of how he became, not only a willing participant, but a vocal proponent of one of the world’s most hot button topics —prostitution. While this may appear overtly 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 cliché depictions of street corners, drugs, or pimps.

  1. Given the many diner conversations between Seth, Chester, and Joe portrayed in “The Poor Bastard” I eagerly await Seth’s graphic expose. Oh to have been a fly on the wall …

  2. Great! Looking forward to it.

    But what’s this new ED THE HAPPY CLOWN mentioned in The Pulse interview? And will the original ED THE HAPPY CLOWN ever be collected and reprinted. I borrowed a friend’s copy and absolutely loved it but it’s been long out-of-print.

  3. 1) Chester Brown? … I thought you were dead.

    2) Stories about sex for money? …ALRIGHT!

    3) The world really does need that Ed reprint -What the heck is up with that? Somebody please remedy this, and get the Jesus together as well.

  4. Steven: No actually – it’s only self-absorbed if *you* release a book about prostitution, instead of Chester. This is because Chester Brown has proven himself to be talented and insightful artist and writer, whereas you are just another dumb fuck posting a comment on the internet.

  5. Judging from Chester’s high quality
    body of work (no pun intended) I can only hope that this will be like the John version of Michelle Tea’s excellent, honest and funny graphic novel ” Rent Girl”. I only mention Tea’s work because it also deals with the biz, without sentimentalism and victimization(which is so lurid, and passé, really).

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