Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His books include the New York Times-bestselling Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, Tetris: The Games People Play, and Is This Guy For Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman. Box Brown’s independent comics publishing house, Retrofit Comics, was launched in 2011. His newest book is Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America, a searing nonfiction graphic novel about cannabis.
“Cannabis is a riveting story that speaks directly to our current cultural moment, and Brown’s visual style imbues the graphic essay with personality that pulls the reader deeper into the narrative.” — The A.V. Club
“Whether he’s investigating such contentious celebs as André the Giant and Andy Kaufman or delving into the mythology of Tetris, Box Brown has a knack for using comics to illuminate tricky subjects.” — NPR Books
“This illuminating work by Brown (Is This Guy for Real?) examines the history of the outlawing of marijuana in the U.S. and finds the drug’s restriction is based on racism and falsehoods… This useful work will inform anyone curious about cannabis’s history in America.” — Publishers Weekly
See him at SPX in the White Flint Auditorium on Sunday, September 15th at 3:00 pm in a panel titled “Graphic Advocacy.”