The Playboy is a graphic novel by Canadian cartoonist Chester Brown
(pictured), serialized in 1990 in his comic book Yummy Fur and collected
in different revised book editions in 1992 and 2013. It deals with
Brown's guilt and anxiety over his obsessive masturbation to Playboy
Playmate models; out of fear of being caught, he repeatedly rids himself
of copies of the magazine, only to retrieve them later. His conflicting
emotions follow him into adulthood until he purges them by revealing
himself through his comics. The free, organic arrangement of odd-shaped
panels of simple, expressive artwork contrasts with his more detailed
grid-like pages in his 1980s work, such as Ed the Happy Clown. The
Playboy forms part of Brown's autobiographical period during the early
1990s, and was the first book-length work he planned as a complete
story. It has attracted praise for its revealing honesty, and criticism
from those who saw it as glorifying pornography.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Playboy>
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
I'd like to be remembered as someone who kept the comic novel
going for another generation or so. I fear the comic novel is in
retreat. A joke is by definition politically incorrect — it assumes a
butt, and a certain superiority in the teller. The culture won't put up
with that for much longer.
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