""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.
""A note of pure genius."" --Rain Taxi Review of Books
""It might seem jarring for a book to begin with 'The Toilet Paper Revolt' . . . and end with 'My Mom Was a Schizophrenic' . . . , but Brown pulls it off by mixing equal parts surrealism, violence, and contemplation. As a whole, this book tells another story: the maturing of an artist."" --Details
""Outrageous, surreal, hushed, mystical, and, often, funny as hell."" --Metro Times (Detroit)
""They universally exhibit Brown's inimitable mix of intimate and surreal."" --Now