Paying for It #1
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Paying for It #1

Writer: Chester Brown Artist: Chester Brown Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly Release Date: May 18, 2011 Cover Price: $24.95 Critic Reviews: 3
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  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Morgan Davis Jun 1, 2011

    It doesn't matter if you're passionate about the subject or haven't thought much of it one way or the other, Paying for It is required reading for anyone who seeks to better comprehend the limits of romantic love. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Kelly Thompson May 19, 2011

    Great autobiographical and memoir work manages to transcend the narcissistic and mundane, finding ways to become intimate and relatable. Despite being a woman, having been in a romantic relationship most of my adult life, having never been to a prostitute (and not to mention not being a Canadian) I found myself engaged (and engulfed) by Brown's own questions to himself about romantic love, and the incompatibility of romantic love as a lasting and immutable thing. I pondered his questions intently, my own answers surprising me. It's only in the best work that we are inspired to turn important questions back onto ourselves to truly examine and learn from them, and "Paying For It" is exactly that kind of work. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson May 22, 2011

    Brown, as the central character in this book, is intriguing. He's a study in contrasts. On the one hand, he seems to have moved beyond traditional emotional behavior. He's not jealous, he doesn't yearn for a lifelong romantic partner (anymore) and he's not the least bit embarrassed and secretive about his decision to pay prostitutes to fulfill his sexual needs. But the reality is that he's a thoroughly emotional being. When he first embarks on his quest for paid sex, he worries about running into acquaintances in a certain part of town. He worries about the feelings of the prostitutes with whom he's having sex. He's irked by those who misrepresent themselves and disgusted by potential sexual partners with certain body types. However, he suppresses those feelings. He even denies himself pleasure (or at least abbreviates his own pleasure) so as to avoid offending prostitutes or to avoid confrontation with them. Read Full Review

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