Ed the Happy Clown

By Chester Brown
(Drawn & Quarterly, Hardcover, 9781770460751, 240pp.)

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

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In the late 1980s, the idiosyncratic Chester Brown (author of the muchlauded "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 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 is, like every Brown book, astonishingly perceptive about the zeitgeist of its time.

About the Author
Chester Brown is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney, and a Barrister. He is also a door tenant at Essex Court Chambers, London, and Maxwell Chambers, Singapore. He has previously worked as Assistant Legal Adviser at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London, and as Senior Associate in the International Law and International Arbitration Group of Clifford Chance LLP, London.
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