Chester Brown is one of Canada's best known artists of alternative comics. Born in Montréal, Quebec, he initially self-published his works, then through Vortex, but later on, most of his work was published byDrawn & Quarterly. His earliest comic was 'Yummy Fur', in which he introduced a figure named Ed the Happy Clown, a penis-shaped clown with the face of Ronald Reagan ('The Definitive Ed Book'). In his later 'Yummy Fur' books, he published more autobiographical stories, which were later serialized in the graphic novels 'The Playboy' (Drawn and Quarterly, 1992) and 'I Never Liked You' (Drawn and Quarterly, 1994).
Call of the Spirit (Prime Cuts, 1987)
He also contributed work to various magazines. Then he was scouted by Kitchen Sink comics, who wanted to adapt his 'Yummy Fur' into three comic books, and 'Ed the Clown' appeared in various magazines from then on. He als began a new series, called 'Underwater', as well as the collection 'The Little Man'. His graphic novel biography of Métis resistance leader 'Louis Riel' was nominated for the 2004 Eisner Awards and selected as one of the best comics of 2003 by Time's Andrew D. Arnold. Another comics artist who adapted the life of Louis Riel into a comic book was Robert Freynet.
By 1999, Brown gave up romantic love and started frequenting prostitutes. He used his experiences for his controversial book 'Paying For It', a memoir as well as a polemic promoting the decriminalization of prostitution, that was published in 2011.