Chester Brown is a Canadian cartoonist.Brown has gone through several stylistic and thematic periods. He gained notice in alternative comics circles in the 1980’s for the surreal, scatological Ed the Happy Clown serial.
After bringing Ed to an abrupt end, he delved into confessional autobiographical comics in the early 1990’s and was strongly associated with fellow Toronto-based cartoonists Seth and Joe Matt, and the contemporary autobiographical comics trend.
Two graphic novels came from this period: The Playboy (1992) and I Never Liked You (1994). Surprise mainstream success in the 2000’s came with Louis Riel (2003), a historical-biographical graphic novel about rebel Metis leader Louis Riel. Paying for It (2011) drew controversy as a polemic in support of decriminalizing prostitution.