The little man: short strips 1980-1995

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Drawn & Quarterly, Aug 8, 2006 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 184 pages
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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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Review: The Little Man: Short Strips, 1980-1995

User Review  - Michael Borshuk - Goodreads

An excellent retrospective of short work from the famed Canadian cartoonist, complete with detailed end-notes about the composition of each piece. Brown's work evolved from surreal beginnings in the R ... Read full review

Review: The Little Man: Short Strips, 1980-1995

User Review  - Janet Cameron - Goodreads

I really like Chester Brown's longer work, especially Louis Riel, but this collection is strictly for dedicated fans and probably not a good place to start for anyone unfamiliar with him. Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (2006)

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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