Notes to a Note on the Notes of Chester Brown

4. And here I must note that, of course, the twenty-three appendices are not the last word in Paying for It. Seth does not, alas, have the last word. We’ve still got pages of notes to wade through—more citation and amplification here, some of it interesting, most of it not. (Seth’s line comes to mind again: “I really couldn’t give a shit about most of these issues.”) There are touches of humor: “‘Diane’ did not have a hairy mole. She had a problem that I’m going to be deliberately vague about (just as I was vague about the location of the non-existent mole).” The most (literally) eye-opening bit is a discarded panel that shows him putting in a contact lens, which explains why he’s not wearing glasses at one point in the story. It prepares us for the author photo on the very last page, in which you can see him resolving into his skull, into the avatar he’s used to tell this story. He looks serene or spooky, depending on your politics.