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Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John Hardcover – Mar 25 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly; 1st Edition edition (March 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770460489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770460485
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 3.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
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“It has the thoroughness of a history book yet reads with the personalized vision of a novel.” ―Time on Louis Riel

“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 on Louis Riel

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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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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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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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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A really interesting and thought-provoking new comic book from the master of "graphic non-fiction," Chester Brown. I was a huge fan of Louis Riel and this follow up goes back to his autobio roots for more of the joys of the author's sex life. Namely, this is an exploration of paying for sex and all that entails. Chester has been his usual thorough self and has the research and footnotes to prove it. He has convinced me on his main point: that prostitution should be decriminalized. I agree with that. On his secondary points, that romantic love is dead and marriage is a doomed institution, I remain unconvinced. But I'm glad he's found something that works for him.

Along with the prurient interest of so much paid sex in this book, there is also the tension of so many awkward social situations in meeting and bedding all these strangers that he normally wouldn't have the wherewithal to talk to in a bar or something. And then there are all the great conversations with his stunned friends and ex-girlfriends who are trying to wrap their heads around this new dimension in his life. It's a great read for all these reasons, but also for the understated honesty of his artwork: the same eight small panels per page, the great sense of cartoony realism that he captures. Nothing is overblown or amped up, but it is recognizably stylized.

All in all, another great and compelling read from Brown. Make sure you read all the end notes and commentary at the end. Great stuff.
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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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By Pepi on May 24 2011
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Wow, what a book. Nothing like I expected, but then, I didn't know what to expect. Also, I'd never read any of Chester's books prior. Funnily enough, I was reading two books simultaneously, one on Shakespeare, and Chester's book on his experiences as a john. The Shakespeare book was superficial and frivolous, while Chester's is deep and cerebral. Who'd have thunk it? And I especially appreciated Chester's out-of-the-box thinking about prostitution being illegal. Why is it illegal? Much better to legalize and regulate it, imo, mind you I know Chester is even against regulation. Refreshing thinking in this age of the nanny state, particularly when the immediate knee-jerk solution to any problem is to ban the offending product/service/activity/what-have-you, as opposed to offering real solutions and alternatives if there even is an actual problem.
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