Ed the Happy Clown

Ed the Happy Clown

Chester Brown / Dec 08, 2019

Ed the Happy Clown A LONG OUT OF PRINT CLASIC BY A MASTER OF UNDERGROUND COMICS In the late s the idiosyncratic Chester Brown author of the muchlauded Paying for It and Louis Riel began writing the cult classic com

  • Title: Ed the Happy Clown
  • Author: Chester Brown
  • ISBN: 9781770460751
  • Page: 478
  • Format: None
  • A LONG OUT OF PRINT CLASIC BY A MASTER OF UNDERGROUND COMICS 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 whollyA LONG OUT OF PRINT CLASIC BY A MASTER OF UNDERGROUND COMICSIn 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.

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    About "Chester Brown"

      • Chester Brown

        Chester Brown was born in Montreal, Canada on May 16, 1960 and grew up in the nearby suburb of Chateauquay His career path was set at the age of 12 when the local newspaper, The St Lawrence Sun, published one of his comic strips.Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.At 19, he moved to Toronto and got a day job while he worked on his skills as a cartoonist at night and on weekends In 1983, he began to self publish his work in photocopied mini comics under the title Yummy Fur These pamphlets attracted attention in comic book industry publications, and in 1986 the Toronto based comic book publisher Vortex Comics approached Brown The first Vortex issue of Yummy Fur sold well, and Brown quit his day job and began working full time as a cartoonist.In the pages of Yummy Fur, Brown serialized a bleakly humorous story called Ed the Happy Clown which was published as a graphic novel in 1989 and went on to win several awards.In 1991, Chris Oliveros managed to convince Brown to sign on with Oliveros s new comic book company, Drawn Quarterly Brown s The Playboy was released in 1992 and was the first graphic novel published by D Q.In 1994, Drawn Quarterly published I Never Liked You Brown believes that this autobiographical work about his adolescence is his best book.Brown was persuaded in 1998 to assemble a book collecting his shorter pieces The Little Man Short Strips, 1980 1995.Also in 1998, Brown began work on Louis Riel A Comic Strip Biography which was finally completed in mid 2003 and collected as a critically acclaimed graphic novel later that year.


    1. Sure, the drawing is crude, the plotting nonsensical, the humor juvenile and the characters have as many dimensions as the page they're printed on, but this shit's just too punk rock not to be fun! Ed the Happy Clown (which has very little clowning at all - poor woe-besotted Ed loses his make-up and orange hair only a few page in) is Brown's graphic debut, and is packed with sex, vampires, penises with Ronald Reagan's head, homophobic scientists, portals to other dimensions located in some unluc [...]

    2. Ed is a happy clown because he’s heading to the hospital to entertain sick kids That’s how one of the zaniest comic books you’ll ever read begins. From there, Ed the unfortunate clown gets beaten up by anarchists, sent to prison where a man who can’t stop pooping might drown Ed in poop, and pursued by pygmies. Oh and his penis becomes Ronald Reagan. If you’ve read Chester Brown before you’ll know he’s best known for memoir type comic books like “I’ve Never Liked You”, “The [...]

    3. I don't know what to say about this book other than it's weird, slightly disturbing (in a good interesting way and doesn't take long to read.It's better than other graphic novels I've tried to pick up as I actually managed to stay interested and only took and hour to read.

    4. Ed the Happy Clown reaches into the depths of depravity like no other comic I can really think ofd this is in a world where Prison Pit and The Squirrel Machine both comfortably exist. There were many times during the book when I looked up from what I was reading to talk to my girlfriend and then turned back to the page I was on, only to realize that I was, for example, in the middle of a scene where Ronald Reagan had become the vomiting head of someone else's penis, or a dead man's asshole was t [...]

    5. Ed the Happy Clown is a satire of contemporary western culture that encapsulates far more than just the Regan era in in which it was written. Like a true piece of cultural satire, it uses absurdity to its full extent by reflecting back our collectively irrational thoughts and actions—our insanity. From vampires to alternate universes to talking penises, Brown blends literary genres with guttural imagery to create a tale that is as soulful and entertaining as it is nauseating. The reader, with [...]

    6. One of my favorite comics. It starts as a series of short improvisational stories, but Chester Brown eventually brings all of these elements together and creates a fascinating narrative. The extensive notes that Brown makes on the text give a lot of interesting context to the stories. I especially like his criticism of certain parts that he now finds immature or offensive.I had forgotten just how well the story is developed. He does a great job of tying all the silly beginnings together in a way [...]

    7. Along with Alan Moore's 80's work (Swamp Thing, Miracle Man and Watchmen) Brown's "ED The Happy Clown" in its collected form is/was and probably always be a great source of creative energy for me.The best way I can sum Ed up is that a book that may very well have been and still is ahead of its time. Pure creative genius.

    8. I'd like to describe this book like a person who goes to a cafe and orders a cappuccino with three sugars, and instead they get a long black without cream. Different tastes for different people, I suppose. Because it's not horrible, it's incredibly well written and illustrated, it's just too weird for my tastes. Guess I missed the Yummy Fur cult classic train.

    9. It's been awhile since I last read Ed the Happy Clown, and the main reason I picked this one up again was because I was also reading Brian Evenson's new book, Ed Vs. Yummy Fur: Or, What Happens When a Serial Comic Becomes a Graphic Novel. So I re-read Ed while going through Evenson's analysis -- very good, by the way -- and I'm glad I did. Not only was it useful to re-familiarize myself with the narrative, but this is just a damn fun (and surreal and wacky) story. I love Chester Brown's work, an [...]

    10. This went against a lot of my rules for liking a graphic novel--the storyline was developed on the fly, the art is inconsistent, and the writing was self-conscious. Basically, he was learning how to be a cartoonist as he did these, and it seems like his editor was very hands-off. Yet once I got into it, I was mesmerized by his dark humor and the surreal world he created. The cartoonist in me really appreciated the notes at the end, which was pretty much a memoir about his process and all that wa [...]

    11. Finally got around to reading ED a full two decades after my first encounter with the work of Chester Brown. The early publication date and cute title led me to believe that this collection would be rather innocuous, but it turns out that ED is in fact a revolting surrealistic land mine. Brown's ability to shock and repulse with his careful images turns out to be his greatest strength in this book, to my further surprise. His ability to navigate surrealism, on the other hand, is a bit clunky, an [...]

    12. A guy at work lent this book to me and “wow” was the text message I sent him later that night. I had been reading some pretty heavy stuff lately and this was such a needed relief. It’s best not to know anything about this going into it but it is a delightfully easy read that progresses and then progresses some more from silly, to horrible, to really horrible to uncontrolled laughter. It’s a book by a Canadian in the 1980’s who’s taking such a brilliantly immature and ridiculously ‘ [...]

    13. Not a complete disaster, but still crap. Amusingly, it does a good job at summarizing itself.I enjoyed some of its absurdity - never going as far as deeming it smart - and I have to appreciate this guy's imagination. However, given my ability to stupidly laugh at basically anything even remotely resembling a joke, the fact that I reluctantly smiled a few times while reading this isn't exactly complimentary. Or maybe, distinct possibility, I'm just too stupid to "get it".

    14. I'm realizing that, for the most part, I need to ignore positive reviews of indie comics - I almost consistently find them uninspired. I find more to praise in the well received mainstream somewhat similar to my feeling that "video art" is almost invariably more pretentious and hollow than great cinema. In many ways, there's nothing really independent about it (or video art); they hew to a very narrow set of themes and stylistic markers. I give this 2 stars instead of 1 because I'm an easy targ [...]

    15. I liked aspects of the book immensely, but other aspects I had no interest in whatsoever which made for an imbalanced read. The author admits that he drew from the Surrealists method of spontaneous (or automatic) writing, a method intended to draw from the unconscious mind; he also admits to the varied, often meandering, results of such a method. But if you're interested in reading a graphic novel in which Ronald Reagan's head is mysteriously grafted onto the end of a penis, this is the graphic [...]

    16. Disturbing, unique, and hilarious comic. Only book I know that asks: What if your bum was a doorway to an alternate dimension? This is an important question, and kudos to Mr. Brown for tackling it. The story also contains a vampire, a fellow who is not a werewolf, religious wackery, roving tribes of cannibalistic sewer pygmies, and a very presidential talking phallus. Oh, by the way, about Ed he ain't too happy. Poor little clown

    17. I'm a pretty big fan of Chester Brown's autobiographical stuff (especially Paying For It), but this was a totally different thing. At first it felt like a bunch of disjointed and unconnected strips, but then it became apparent that everything was in fact connected, and everything was in fact totally fucking weird.And I totally feel for the Man Who Couldn't Stop.

    18. Surrealistic craziness. I was obsessed with this story as it came out in comic book form. With each panel you continue to wonder where in the wild hell the story might go next.

    19. There's a lot of sick and fun humor here. It works better as little comic strips than as a whole story, especially with the extremely abrupt and anticlimactic ending.

    20. Yeah where She-wolf was a good weird, this falls more toward the bad weird. I like the comic, it's off-beat, extraordinarily gross, and darkly humorous. But in truth there isn't much merit to it. I'd suggest just picking it up at the library if you can.

    21. For a story that Brown made up as he went along, this book holds together surprisingly well. There isn't much point to what's going on, but it's easy enough to enjoy.

    22. Bizarre and hilarious. Through transdimensional tomfoolery, poor Ed has the head of his penis replaced with Ronald Reagan's head. Chester Brown is such a weirdo.

    23. This is really an amazing piece of work. Does it entirely cohere? Probably not, given that Brown basically made it up as he went along, bgasically engaging in automatic writing and letting himself dregde up whatever he wanted to from his psyche. It's stylistically inconistent, as his skills and approach developed over the years, from pretty amateur mini-comics stuff at the beginnning to some amazingly delicate and fluid work for the final pages added, for the 1992 edition of the book. There's re [...]

    24. I had no idea what I was getting into when I started this Graphic Novel. I didn't know the history of the comic or author and had read no reviews. I couldn't be happier that this was the case, as I think this is the best way to read the book, when it hits the reader by surprise. This is not a graphic novel suited to everybody. I have never seen a storyline with such an overload of faeces, talking penises and gruesome murder. There was a moment while reading this where I had reached my limit of ' [...]

    25. Cuando lo empecé me pareció que las tramas no tenían sentido y que el dibujo no me gustaba demasiado. Parecía como pruebas de alguien muy joven. Sin embargo no podía dejar de leerlo: ¡es super divertido! Y muy gamberro. Además, las historias se acaban hilando mejor al final. Y las inacabables notas del autor son inexplicablemente mesmerizantes :)

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