TX – Tetris: The Games People Play Signing

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Cartoonist BOX BROWN appears in conversation with Austin Kleon at BookPeople to present and sign his new book Tetris: The Games People Play on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 3:00 PM.

Tetris, one of the first popular video games, has since become iconic and immediately recognizable around the world. Yet few are familiar with the game’s turbulent origin story involving secret trips to the Soviet Union, tense bidding wars, and outright theft. Author Box Brown is filling in all the exciting details in his new book Tetris: The Games People Play. Come join us this afternoon for a fun discussion with Steal Like an Artist author Austin Kleon.

ABOUT TETRIS:
It is, perhaps, the perfect video game. Simple yet addictive, Tetris delivers an irresistible, unending puzzle that has players hooked. Play it long enough and you’ll see those brightly colored geometric shapes everywhere. You’ll see them in your dreams.
Alexey Pajitnov had big ideas about games. In 1984, he created Tetris in his spare time while developing software for the Soviet government. Once Tetris emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, it was an instant hit. Nintendo, Atari, Sega—game developers big and small all wanted Tetris. A bidding war was sparked, followed by clandestine trips to Moscow, backroom deals, innumerable miscommunications, and outright theft.
New York Times–bestselling author Box Brown untangles this complex history and delves deep into the role games play in art, culture, and commerce. For the first time and in unparalleled detail, Tetris: The Games People Play tells the true story of the world’s most popular video game.

ABOUT BOX BROWN:
Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend was released in 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list. His second graphic novel with publisher First Second is Tetris: The Games People Play. Brown launched the independent comics publishing house Retrofit Comics in 2011.

BookPeople
603 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703
(512) 472-5050

GA – Tetris: The Games People Play Signing

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Cartoonist Box Brown, the author who brought you the Andre The Giant graphic novel, does it again with the game Tetris! He will talk about his new book and have a conversation with Games and Comedy editor for Paste Magazine, Garrett Martin, at Eagle Eye Book Shop on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

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Eagle Eye Book Shop
2076 N Decatur Rd, Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 486-0307

MA – Tetris: The Games People Play Signing

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Cartoonist Box Brown appears in conversation with Liz Prince on Wednesday Oct. 12th at 7:00 at Brookline Booksmith to discuss his new book Tetris: The Games People Play.

Alexey Pajitnov had big ideas about games. In 1984, he created Tetris in his spare time while developing software for the Soviet government. Once Tetris emerged from behind the Iron Curtain, it was an instant hit. A bidding war was sparked, followed by clandestine trips to Moscow, backroom deals, innumerable miscommunications, and outright theft. For the first time and in unparalleled detail, Tetris: The Games People Play tells the true story of the world’s most popular video game. Box Brown will appear in conversation with Liz Prince (Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir).

Brookline Booksmith
279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 566-6660

NYC – Tetris: The Games People Play Signing

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Celebrate the launch of the upcoming graphic novel Tetris: The Games People Play, by New York Times bestselling author Box Brown at Resobox on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 8:00 PM!

Widely recognized as one of the most popular video games ever made, Tetris has been played by a countless number of individuals. Yet far less are fully aware of its complex and fascinating backstory, the events that took place plus the people behind them, which would ultimately provide for everyone “the perfect video game.”

Tetris: The Games People Play, published by First Second Books, which previously released Box Brown’s critically acclaimed André the Giant: Life and Legend, will make its official debut at the New York Comic Con (October 6-9). Though RESOBOX is proud to present for those who cannot attend NYCC an opportunity to pick up a copy, courtesy of The Astoria Bookshop.

Box will also be our special guest, to discuss his new book, answer questions, and even sign copies. As for those who are attending NYCC, we are equally excited to provide a chance to unwind after a long day at the big show; RESOBOX will have a wide variety of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for purchase. Though what’s a party for a book on video games without video games themselves?

We will have Tetris of course, several different varieties, courtesy of Attract Mode. One will find the games people played back in the day, circa the golden age of the 8/16-bit home console era, presented in a manner that should hit close to home for those raised in Japan. And for if your childhood did not include the Famicom or Super Famicom, we’ll nevertheless take you back in time also.

ABOUT BOX BROWN:
Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning American cartoonist whose first work was the online comic Bellen!. He was the winner of a 2011 Xeric Grant for the comic Love is a Peculiar Type of Thing. In 2011, Brown started a Kickstarter fundraiser to create a new publisher called Retrofit Comics, with the goal of publishing 16 alternative comic books over 16 months. 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.

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RESOBOX
41-26 27th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 784-3680

NYC – NYCC 2016: Adult Comics Panel

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New York Public Library in partnership with First Second and New York Comic Con (NYCC) present:

Adult Comics Panel Friday October 7th from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Jefferson Market Library.
FREE ticketed event – please register HERE

Author Panel from 7:00 – 8:00 PM; signing to follow.

Box Brown (Andre the Giant, Tetris)
Greg Rucka (Wonder Woman, Star Wars, Batman)
Marjorie Liu (Montress, Avengers: Confidential, Astonishing X-Men)
Ryan North (Adventure Time, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl)

Moderator: Joshua Rivera, NY Magazine

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Jefferson Market Library
425 Ave of the Americas (at 10th Street), New York, New York 10011
(212) 243-4334

SF – Tetris: The Games People Play Signing

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Box Brown (creator of Everything Dies, Andre the Giant, Legend) appears at Comix Experience on Wednesday October 19, 2016 at noon in celebration of his new book Tetris: The Games People Play!

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Comix Experience
305 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 863-9258

PA – Tetris: The Games People Play Signing

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Cartoonist Box Brown signs his new book Tetris: The Games People Play at Brave New Worlds on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM!

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Brave New Worlds
55 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 925-6525

PA – Cartoon Talk w/ Box Brown

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Cartoonist Box Brown appears at the Van Pelt Library on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 PM!

Box Brown is the Ignatz Award-winning author of the bestselling ANDRE THE GIANT graphic biography as well as countless other comics. He’s also the founder and editor of RETROFIT COMICS, one of the most productive and creative small press comics publishers in business today. We’ll sit down with Box to discuss his life as a cartoonist and editor, the challenges of independent publishing, and the endless possibilities of the comic form.

The event is free and open to the public. Just bring a photo ID to get into the library.

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Van Pelt Library
3420 Walnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
(215) 898-7555

PA – Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream Signing

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JG Jones, Box Brown, James Comey, Dave Proch, Mike Sgier, Jeffro Kilpatrick, Connie Appletree, Alex Eckman-Lawn, Thomas Scioli, and many more appear at Locust Moon Comics on Wednesday December 17, 2014 at 7:00 PM to sign Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream!

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Locust Moon Comics and Movies
34 South 40th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
(267) 403-2856

First Second Panel & Signing Schedule for NYCC 2014

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Press Release:

First Second is proud to be featuring some wonderful authors at NYCC, including Andrew Arnold (Adventures in Cartooning),
 Box Brown (Andre the Giant), 
Cory Doctorow (In Real Life), Zack Giallongo (The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth),
 Ben Hatke (Julia’s House for Lost Creatures),
 Danica Novgorodoff (The Undertaking of Lily Chen), George O’Connor (Olympians),
 Paul Pope and J.T. Petty (The Rise of Aurora West),
 MK Reed (The Cute Girl Network), and Jillian Tamaki (This One Summer).

Thursday, October 9th

Signings at the First Second Booth (#2237):

  • 3:00 pm–4:00 pm
: Danica Novgorodoff
  • 5:30 pm–7:00 pm: Paul Pope

2:15 pm–3:00 pm The Mary Sue Presents Fight What You Know—with Danica Novgorodoff 

The geek world needs better representation in media, but aren’t you supposed to write what you know? Truth is, the whole “write what you know” thing is a load of bull honkey. A writer who can’t appreciate the perspectives of others is no kind of writer at all. Writers from all backgrounds and experiences join to talk about research, listening, soliciting criticism, and how to make sure you’re writing well when you’re outside the comfort zone of your own perspective. Room 1A14


3:00 pm–3:45 pm
 Coffee Talk with Monsters—with Paul Pope
What makes a monster something to be feared? A force to be reckoned with? Or just misunderstood? Join R.L. Stine (Party Games)Caitlin Kittredge (Black Dog), Lou Anders (Frostborn), Barry Lyga (Blood of My Blood), Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West), Ethan Reid (The Undying), Ransom Riggs (Hollow CityMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), and moderator Ali T. Kokmen (Barnes & Noble/NOOK) as they discuss the “monsters” in their books and what makes them truly something monstrous… Room 1A18


4:00 pm–5:00 pm Post-Panel Signing with Paul Pope in the Autographing Area, Table 19

Friday, October 10th

Signings at the First Second Booth (#2237):

  • 12:00 pm–1:00 pm: Andrew Arnold, George O’Connor
  • 5:00 pm
: Cory Doctorow

10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Create Your Own Monster—with Andrew Arnold and George O’Connor
Two authors enter… and with your help, they’ll each create a monster who embodies everything that you think monsters should be! Which will be best? It’s up to you! 
Moderator: Jack Baur Family HQ – 1C03

3:00 pm
 Spotlight on Bryan Lee O’Malley—with Cory Doctorow
Bryan Lee O’Malley, creator of the bestselling Scott Pilgrim series, discusses his newest project, the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novel Seconds, with Cory Doctorow, New York Times bestselling author and co-editor of Boing Boing. Room 1A21

Saturday, October 11th

Signings at the First Second Booth (#2237):

  • 1:00 pm–2:00 pm
: Jillian Tamaki
  • 2:30 pm–5:00 pm
: Cory Doctorow
  • 5:30 pm–7:00 pm: Box Brown

1:00 pm–1:45 pm
 Spotlight on Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is awesome! Moderated by Eric Smith from Book Riot.Room 1A10


7:15 pm–8:00 pm
 Breaking Good
—with Cory Doctorow

This panel explores how comic books, video games, and novels are addressing world challenges. Perhaps the most inspiring content for our panel audience will be to hear about how you are using popular entertainment to address the issues that you care about. We’ll have about 10 minutes each to talk. It’s an exciting lineup of panelists which includes an FBI Victim Specialist, the dynamic Alexis Krieger, who was involved in creating the comic book Abolitionista! that is being used to empower young people to protect themselves from predators. Room 1A05

Sunday, October 12th

Signings at the First Second Booth (#2237):

  • 11:30 pm–12:30 pm
: Zack Giallongo and Ben Hatke
  • 12:30 pm–1:30 pm
: Cory Doctorow
  • 1:30 pm–2:30 pm
: Box Brown
  • 2:30 pm–3:30 pm
: MK Reed

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
 Create Your Own Magical Creature—with Zack Giallongo and Ben Hatke
Two authors enter… and with your help, they’ll each create a magical creature who embodies everything that you think is awesome! Which will be best? It’s up to you! Family HQ – Room 1C03


2:00 pm–2:45 pm
 Comics and Graphic Novels for All Readers—with Cory Doctorow and Paul Pope

Join graphic novelists JP Ahonen (Sing No Evil), Emily Carroll (Through the Woods), Cory Doctorow (In Real Life), Kazu Kibuishi (Amulet), and Paul Pope (The Rise of Aurora West) for a discussion of the graphic novel form, its place in the literary canon today and their exciting new books, moderated by Scott Rosenberg, AM NYRoom 1B03


3:15 pm–4:00 pm
 Post-Panel Signing with Cory Doctorow and Paul Pope
in the Autographing Area, Table 19

3:15 pm–4:00 pm Build Your Own Adventure—with Zack Giallongo, Ben Hatke, and George O’Connor
In this interactive panel perfect for kids and families, top-tier graphic novel and comic authors and illustrators will work with the audience to write and illustrate an original adventure story! It will be an exciting ride, great for aspiring writers and artists. Featuring George O’Connor (Olympians), Matt London (The 8th Continent), Zack Giallongo (The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth), Frank Cammuso (The Misadventures of Salem Hyde), Scott Campbell (Hug Machine), Ben Hatke (Julia’s House for Lost Creatures). Room 1A01

4:15 pm–5:00 pm
 Post-Panel Signing with Zack Giallongo, Ben Hatke, and George O’Connor
 in the Autographing Area, Table 19

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