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Chester Brown, in conversation with Reverend Maggie Helwig and Alex Tigchelaar
In support of his new book Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus
Wednesday, April 20th, 7:00pm
@ St. Stephen’s-In-The-Fields Church, 103 Bellevue Ave
Free to attend. Presented by The Beguiling.

UPDATE: This event will be taking place on Wednesday April 20th, not the previously announced date.

The iconoclastic and bestselling cartoonist of Paying for It: A Comic­Strip Memoir about being a John returns with a polemical interpretation of the Bible that will be one of the most controversial and talked ­about graphic novels of 2016. Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is the retelling in comics form of nine biblical stories that present Chester Brown’s fascinating and startling thesis about biblical representations of prostitution. Brown weaves a connecting line between Bathsheba, Ruth, Rahab, Tamar, Mary of Bethany, and the Virgin Mother and reassesses the Christian moral code by examining the cultural implications of the Bible’s representations of sex work.

MARYWEPT_coverBrown will discuss his new work on stage with Reverend Maggie Helwig and writer Alex Tigchelaar in what is sure to be a fascinating conversation at St. Stephen’s-In-The-Fields Church, at College and Bellvue Street. The event takes place Wednesday, April 20th at 7pm, and is free to the public to attend.

Mary Wept over the Feet of Jesus is a fitting follow-up to Brown’s sui generis graphic memoir Paying for It, which was reviewed twice in the New York Times and hailed by sex workers for Brown’s advocacy for the decriminalization and normalization of prostitution. Brown approaches the Bible as he did the life of Louis Riel, making these stories compellingly readable and utterly pertinent to a modern audience. In classic Chester Brown fashion, he provides extensive handwritten endnotes that delve into the biblical lore that informs Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus.

About Chester Brown:

Chester Brown was born in Montreal in 1960 and is best known for his two recent nonfiction graphic novels: the meticulously researched and Harvey Award­-winning Louis Riel and the controversial, critically acclaimed Paying for It. Brown began self­publishing his comic book series Yummy Fur at 23, and has been publishing with D+Q since 1991. He is the author of The Playboy, I Never Liked You, The Little Man, and Ed The Happy Clown. His latest publication is Mary Wept Over the Feet of Jesus. Brown lives in Toronto, where he ran for Parliament twice as a member of the Libertarian Party of Canada.


Event: McCready Lecture on Canadian Art: Chester Brown

McCready Lecture on Canadian Art: Chester Brown
Wednesday November 13
7pm. Doors open at 6:30 pm
Jackman Hall @ AGO

For over two decades, Chester Brown has been one of Canada’s leading cartoonists, known nationally and internationally for such works as Yummy Fur, Ed the Happy Clown, I Never Liked You, and Paying for It. 2013 marks the 10th anniversary of the publication of his innovative and highly influential Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography, published to widespread critical acclaim. For this year’s McCready Lecture, Chester Brown will present an illustrated talk. This will compliment the AGO’s presentation in the Canadian galleries of a selection of the original drawings created for Louis Riel and will launch the new anniversary edition of the book, to be published by Drawn & Quarterly, which will be available for signing following the lecture.

Introducing Chester Brown will be Andrew Hunter (Frederik S. Eaton Curator, Canadian Art, AGO) and Seth, the cartoonist behind the series Pallookaville and Clyde Fans as well as such books as Wimbledon GreenGeorge Sprott and The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists. Seth’s comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics and McSweeneys Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker, the Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He is also Lemony Snicket’s partner for the new Young Readers series, All the Wrong Questions.

This talk is happening in association with: http://www.ago.net/chester-brown-and-louis-riel

* Unclaimed reservations will be released to standby customers ten minutes prior to the start of the program. We recommend that you arrive early.

EVENT: Gallery Show: Chester Brown and Louis Riel @ AGO

Chester Brown and Louis Riel
Opens October 12, 2013
@ Max and Madeleine Clarkson Studio and Georgia Ridley Salon

Art Gallery of Ontario

For more than two decades, Chester Brown has been one of Canada’s leading cartoonists. His innovative and influential Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography, which expanded the audience for Canadian cartooning, celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2013. A selection of original drawings from the publication is now on view at the AGO. The works feature the Manitoba politician and Métis leader Louis David Riel fleeing from Fort Garry (now Winnipeg), and his subsequent hanging for treason. Brown’s work combines bold imagery, stark compositions and simple texts to convey a complex Canadian tragedy that remains, for many, controversial and unresolved.

Organized by the Art Gallery of Ontario.