Title: Ed the Happy Clown
Release: May 2005
Writer and Artist: Chester Brown
Store: Drawn and Quarterly (Montreal)
Drawn and Quarterly
Okay, so this one's pretty gross. I mean bodily-function-obsessed 15-year-old boy gross. There were frames I just didn't want to look at, story elements I just didn't want to follow. This book was my introduction to Chester Brown, a fairly big name in the industry. As I write this, I have three more Chester Brown books on a stack next to me and I'm not entirely sure I want to read them. My spoiler's not even for the faint of heart. You've been warned.
(Though really, if you still want to read the book after the sell I just gave it, I'm not sure my opinions will be worth much to you.)
I will admit upfront that I am quite squeamish about the fluids - especially blood, though that is not one of the substances featured prominently in this book. A medical profession could never have been a realistic career path for me. A severed hand figures prominently in the plot but that's not even my issue. The book begins with "The Man Who Couldn't Stop." I'll just let you wonder what it was he couldn't stop doing but it's potty humor taken to a revolting extreme. That's definitely not what I need from a comic book experience.
***END OF SPOILER***
My scavenger hunt was pretty straight-forward: find single-issue comic
books off the rack with titles starting from A-Z. Go check out the rest
of the participants in this year's A-Z challenge. The official site is