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Monday, 18 August 2014

Graphic Novel Book Club August edition: Chester Brown's Ed the Happy Clown

Each month, we choose a graphic novel to discuss at the store. Our graphic novel club is open to all! This month, come discuss Chester Brown's Ed the Happy Clown with Drawn & Quarterly's Managing Editor Tracy Hurren! This is happening Wednesday, August 20th at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided! Lively conversation will be had!

**There will be a 20% discount on Ed the Happy Clown from now until the book club meeting!**

Why you should be excited:
In the late 1980s, the idiosyncratic Chester Brown (author of the much-lauded 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 Chester 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, as with every Brown book, astonishingly perceptive about the zeitgeist of its time.

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