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Includes the name: Brian "Box" Brown

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Works by Box Brown

Tetris: The Games People Play (2016) — Author; Illustrator — 251 copies
Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America (2019) — Author; Illustrator — 59 copies
Child Star (2020) 20 copies
Number 1 (2014) 9 copies
Rugrats Vol. 1 (2018) 7 copies
Rugrats Vol. 2 (2018) 3 copies
Number 2 (2014) 3 copies

Associated Works

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 105 copies
Accidental Czar: The Life and Lies of Vladimir Putin (2022) — Illustrator, some editions — 49 copies
Little Nemo's big new dreams (2015) — Contributor — 44 copies
The Complete Works of Fante Bukowski (2020) — Illustrator — 27 copies
Digestate: A Food & Eating Themed Anthology (2012) — Contributor — 18 copies
Flashed: Sudden Stories in Comics and Prose (2016) — Contributor — 7 copies
Regular Show, Volume 9 (2017) — Contributor — 3 copies

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Legal name
Brown, Brian
Birthdate
1980
Gender
male
Nationality
USA

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Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC!

This is fascinating! I love it when a graphic novel uses it's format to inform, and entertain at the same time. It was especially interesting how war, propaganda and advertising played such a huge role in our childhood memories. A fascinating (and a little terrifying!) slice of history.
 
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eboods | 1 other review | Feb 28, 2024 |
A depressing but lively look at how toy corporations have been grooming children for the past century to make them brand-loyal consumers whose nostalgia will keep them worshiping at corporate IP altars their whole lives.

The irony of course is that as Box Brown points out how nostalgia has made us marketing prisoners I spend most of the book going, "Ooh, I remember those!" as he discusses various toys and story franchises. And with his last few books about Tetris, Andre the Giant, and Andy Kaufman, Brown is no stranger to exploiting pop culture nostalgia for his own book sales.

Brown cites the Netflix "Toys That Made Us" documentary series several times. If you haven't had a chance, that show is as fun and enlightening as this.
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villemezbrown | 1 other review | Sep 12, 2023 |
Stuck between a 2/2.5 and a 3 because I enjoyed a lot of aspects of it, particularly the beginning and end which spoke more to what draws people to games and gaming in a psychological and philosophical sense. By contrast the middle section felt like a largely unbroken series of nearly identical businessmen sitting in board rooms, getting on and off planes, and arguing about contracts and the legal rights to Tetris. I get that this is actually what happened in terms of plot, but it also feels like all there is to take in visually as well. I found the graphic style pretty engaging for the most part, but I wish the bookend commentary on games and the battles over the distribution rights to Tetris were more connected thematically.… (more)
 
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bmanglass | 16 other reviews | Aug 31, 2023 |
My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/4eDl7k5mJm4

Enjoy!
 
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booklover3258 | 16 other reviews | Mar 24, 2023 |

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