with a tip of the hat to Tom Spurgeon.
D+Q announces the long awaited Chester Brown book Paying For It will be released Spring 2011. The follow-up to 2003’s wonderful book Louis Riel, Paying For It is a “200-page chronicle of his experiences paying for sexual services, which was produced with the assistance of a $16,000 grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.”1
Brown has been quite open about his life, as his back and forth with Dave Sim in the letter column of Cerebus shows, and I believe this work will be a revelation on a number of levels.
The work will surely intrigue many, and likely repulse as well. Knowing nothing of the work, but having great expectations due to the skill and nuance Brown brings to the page, I’m certain many facets of prostitution will be explored through Brown’s lengthy involvement/interaction with prostitution.
An interesting aspect would be the exploration of legality, as Brown most recently made news in 2008’s Federal Election, running as a member of the Libertarian party.
“Politically, maybe I’d have considered myself among the NDP types, although I wasn’t really all that interested,” he says. “Yes, it was a nice thing that there’s money distributed to poor people. Their stance on social issues or drug laws is something that generally fit my own.
“Becoming a Libertarian wasn’t the easiest thing for me. At first, I thought, aren’t those just a bunch of right-wing assholes? But when I met other party members I discovered there was a lot for me to agree with.”1
We are glad to see an upcoming release date for what will surely be one of the most talked about books of 2011. Look for it in winner’s circles come 2012 awards season.
Paying For It will be published by Drawn + Quarterly, a three time winner of the Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Canadian Publisher, who acknowledge “the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program (BPIDP), the Supply Chain Initiative, and the Canada Council for the Arts for our publishing activities.”
1. Eye Weekly