Chester Brown is widely regarded as a pioneer of the 1980s alternative comics renaissance. Born in Montreal, he grew up in the suburb of Chateauguay, where Chester set his books I Never Liked You and The Playboy. He was published for the first time at age 12 when one of his strips appeared in the local community paper. At 19 he moved to Toronto, where he still lives. In 1986 he launched Yummy Fur, an award-winning series that later emerged as the surrealist classic Ed the Happy Clown. In 2001 Chester did some revisions for a re-release of his classic book I Never Liked You. His 10-part Louis Riel biography, which he began in 1997, has just been released as a graphic novel.