New From Drawn & Quarterly (well sort of new) – Ed The Happy Clown.
Okay the, not new, not new at all. In fact rather old. How old? Old enough that it was one of those comics that first made me realise that there was something in all those weird black and white comics that I might find appealing. Sure, there had been Cerebus, but that was rather on its own to be honest, an adjunct to my superhero reading rather than a gateway to the world beyond.
No, it was Yummy Fur and others around that time, way, way back in the 80s, that made me start to look at the black and whites with an open mind that’s rewarded time and time again.
So now Drawn & Quarterly are re-releasing it, in a brand, spanking new hardcover collection, coming in May 2012. Wonderful and strange, beautiful madness…
Drawn & Quarterly have just announced on their blog that the book went to print. Not really news, but enough excuse to put up some artwork – from the covers of the D&Q comic reprints:
And in case you have no idea what Ed The Happy Clown was all about, here’s a little PR:
“In the late 1980s, the idiosyncratic Chester Brown (author of the much-laudedPaying for It and Louis Riel) began writing the cult classic comic book seriesYummy 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.”