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Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John [Hardcover]

Chester Brown , Robert Crumb
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Book Description

March 25 2011
Chester Brown has never shied away from tackling controversial subjects in his work. As the cartoonist of the autobiographical The Playboy and the biography Louis Riel, Paying for It is a natural progression for Brown as it combines the personal and sexual aspects of his autobiographical work with the polemical drive of Louis Riel.

Brown calmly lays out the facts of how he became not only a willing participant in but a vocal proponent of one of the world's most hot-button topics-prostitution. 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 cliched street corners, drugs, or pimps.

"Simply told in a deceptively straightforward manner, Paying for It is a defiant work of truth-telling and a welcome return to autobiographical comics from one of the medium's incontrovertible masters." (Brad Mackay, The Globe and Mail)

"[T]his is no underground comix-style tell-all, lewdly depicting one conquest after another. In fact, Paying for It levels the same distanced gaze on love and sex that Louis Riel directed toward rebellion and madness, refusing sensationalism in favour of steady, measured analysis." (Sean Rogers, The Walrus)

"A compelling look into one man's history of employing prostitutes as a replacement for romantic love" (Publishers Weekly)

"[A]s a demonstration of the limitless narrative potential of the comics medium, its ability to tackle some of the most difficult and loaded questions of our time, Paying For It delivers." (Glen Weldon, NPR)

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Praise for Louis Riel:

“It has the thoroughness of a history book yet reads with the personalized vision of a novel.” —Time

“If you love to read a gripping story, if you are awed by the talent of an artist, then look no further:Chester Brown’s Louis Riel is comix history in the making, and with it, history never looked so good.” —The Globe and Mail Book Review

About the Author

Chester Brown lives in Toronto, where he ran for Parliament in the general election as a member of the Libertarian Party of Canada.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great indie title. Jan. 5 2013
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Fabulous tale about prostitution from the customer's poitn of view. The tale written here by Chester Brown detailing his experiences about being a john was fantastic. Did not glorify it or make it seedy or even something to be ashmed of. Presented it straight forward with total honesty. Great read in a nice compact hardcover format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, in a rational way Dec 27 2012
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I think anyone who's a bit on the rational side will quickly understand this quasi-autobiographic comic book. It goes through the intricate process of a rational man who ends up believing paying for sex straight up isn't as bad as the society would like him to believe. He thus enters the world of escorts, prostitutes and johns in Canada and you get to see his "progression", from the shy and not-so-confident man to one who finally accepts himself for everything he's worth.

If you've ever wondered what paying for sex is like, this book definitely is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paying For It Aug. 10 2011
By Naturak
A foreward by Robert Crumb says it all. Immensely entertaining if you are interested in the subject.

The comic book adventures of a single male in Toronto,Ontario Canada who shamelessly records his experiences with prostitutes. It explores an area that many wonder about but would never discuss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Peak of Autobiographical Graphic Storytelling July 6 2011
This stands as one of the best autobiographical comics ever made. Clinically honest, fascinating, and well-drawn as well. Chester Brown can stand beside Crumb, Pekar, Brown, Kochalka, and Porcellino.
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