Box Brown

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For the abolitionist, see Henry Box Brown
Box Brown
Brown, Box -MBFI.jpg
BornBrian Brown
1980 (age 38–39)
Area(s)Cartoonist, Publisher
Notable works
André the Giant: Life and Legend
Retrofit Comics
AwardsIgnatz Award, 2011

Box Brown (born Brian Brown 1980) is an American cartoonist whose first work was the online comic Bellen!.[1] He was awarded in 2011 a Xeric Grant for the comic Love is a Peculiar Type of Thing.[2]

In 2011, Brown started a Kickstarter fundraiser[3] to create a new publisher called Retrofit Comics, with the goal of publishing 16 alternative comic books over 16 months.[4] Since completing this goal, Retrofit Comics has continued to publish new comic books every month or two.

Brown created a full-length graphic novel about the professional wrestler André the Giant called André the Giant: Life and Legend. It debuted as ninth bestseller on the New York Times Bestseller List for Paperback Graphic Books and remained on the list for three weeks.[5]

Graphic Novels[edit]

  • Love is a Peculiar Type of Thing (Top Shelf, 2009).
  • The Survivalist (Blank Slate, 2011).
  • Number, Issues 1 & 2 (Retrofit / Big Planet Comics, 2014).
  • André the Giant: Life and Legend (First Second, 2014).
  • An Entity Observes All Things (Retrofit Comics, 2015).
  • Tetris: The Games People Play (First Second, 2016).[6][7]
  • Powerman (Kilgore Books, 2016)
  • Is This Guy for Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman (First Second, 2016).[8]
  • Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America (First Second, 2019).


  1. ^ "Box Brown / Top Shelf 2.0". Retrieved 2011-10-02.
  2. ^ "Blog@Newsarama » Blog Archive » Interview: Box Brown's Excellent Adventure". 2009-04-02. Archived from the original on 2012-10-15. Retrieved 2011-10-02.
  3. ^ "Retrofit Comics: The Return of the Alt-comic Floppy". 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
  4. ^ "Retrofit Comics has arrived! | Robot 6 @ Comic Book Resources – Covering Comic Book News and Entertainment". 2011-09-13. Retrieved 2011-10-02.
  5. ^ "Best Sellers". The New York Times website. 2014-06-01. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  6. ^ "Exclusive: Box Brown Pieces Together the Story of TETRIS - Nerdist". 26 April 2015. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  7. ^ Brown, Box (15 May 2017). "Tetris: the games people play". Retrieved 15 May 2017 – via Open WorldCat.
  8. ^ "Book Review". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 12 February 2018.

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