Box Brown

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For the abolitionist, see Henry Box Brown
Box Brown
Brown, Box -MBFI.jpg
BornBrian Brown
1980 (age 37–38)
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, for First Second Books, published in May 2014. 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]

In 2016, Brown published a book about the videogame Tetris called Tetris: The Games People Play through First Second Books.[6][7]

Brown's Is This Guy for Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman was published by First Second in February 2018.[8]


  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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