The Little Man: Short Strips, 1980-1995 (Drawn & Quarterly Anthology)

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"One of the medium's brilliant mavericks." ―Time.com

The Little Man: Short Strips, 1980–1995 is a collection of short-story works by the celebrated and bestselling Louis Riel cartoonist Chester Brown. From his early experimental comedic surrealism to his later autobiographical and essay strips, we see not a major talent in development but a fully realized storytelling virtuoso. Included are his early autobiographical stories "Helder" (a story about a young man's tentativeness when pursuing a woman), "Showing Helder" (a blow-by-blow account of the construction of the previous story), and "Danny" (a strangely compelling moment-by-moment account of Brown waking up and trying to avoid contact with a fellow rooming-house tenant). Other standouts are Brown's controversial essay on schizophrenia (specifically his own mother's) and various medical views on this baffling disease, and the title story, "The Little Man," a Freudian classroom romp fantasy by a adolescent Brown that ties into the schizophrenia essay in a surprising way. The acclaimed compendium, culled mostly from his groundbreaking comic book series Yummy Fur, provides a fascinating insight into Brown's psyche; he rounds out the collection with exacting notes on each story.

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Chester Brown (I Never Liked You and Louis Riel) was born in 1960 in Montreal and lives in Toronto; he is an illustrator for The New York Times Magazine and The New Yorker.

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“A note of pure genius.” ―Rain Taxi Review of Books

“It might seem jarring for a book to begin with 'The Toilet Paper Revolt' . . . and end with 'My Mom Was a Schizophrenic' . . . , but Brown pulls it off by mixing equal parts surrealism, violence, and contemplation. As a whole, this book tells another story: the maturing of an artist.” ―Details

“Outrageous, surreal, hushed, mystical, and, often, funny as hell.” ―Metro Times (Detroit)

“They universally exhibit Brown's inimitable mix of intimate and surreal.” ―Now

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