Chester Brown is best known for his two recent non-fiction graphic novels, Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography (2003) and Paying for It: A Comic-Strip Memoir About Being a John (2011). The former won Harvey Awards for Best Writer and Best Graphic Album and was featured on Quill and Quire’s list of the five best Canadian non-fiction books of the year. Both titles were cited on The Globe and Mail’s list of the 100 best books of the year.
Brown was born in Montreal and moved to Toronto at nineteen. He began self-publishing his work in photocopied mini-comics in 1983, under the title Yummy Fur, and has been publishing with Drawn & Quarterly since 1991. In the 2008 and 2011 federal elections, he ran for Parliament as a member of the Libertarian Party of Canada in the downtown Toronto riding of Trinity-Spadina. He lost to incumbent Olivia Chow.