Box Brown

makes comics and other drawings
Unfinished comic sketched from Nov 2012, never finished this. This may be the only thing that exists from this comic. Although I think it eventually became “Best Friends 4 Ever” 

Unfinished comic sketched from Nov 2012, never finished this. This may be the only thing that exists from this comic. Although I think it eventually became “Best Friends 4 Ever” 

Reblogging this cause it was briefly out of stock, but it’s back now. 


New Physics by Box Brown, 20 pages, two-color risograph , $5 now shipping. 

New Physics gets a nice review!


Review: New Physics by Box Brown

I jumped into a lot of comics subscriptions this Spring. I wanted to get an idea of the current small press landscape, I wanted to push my own boundaries as a reader, and I wanted to read work from people I hadn’t seen before. One of those subscriptions is Yeah Dude Comics 2014 subscription from publisher Pat Aulisio, which has been a bit of a mixed bag for me. Certain work from the subscription like the comics of Laura Knetzger have been wonderful, while others have been less interesting. Box Brown’s New Physics is the latest book from the run.

New Physics is 20 pages of two-color risoprint comics in neon pink and black. 2014 is the year of the neon pink risograph comic, it seems. The comic is the story of Vern, a musician and social media mogul in the far future who slowly builds an audience and then converts it into a cult.  

One of New Physics’ strengths is Brown’s strong eye for page construction and paneling. Vern’s profile links up to the social helmets of new followers in one page. Other pages show websites and social media sharing; part of the comic is Vern’s personal journey, and the other part is the broadcast. Brown is able to tie all of this stuff up very cleanly.

We also get a look at social media through a different lens - Brown imagines how the already social connectivity we live in now will evolve over a few hundred years. It’s not insanity to think that religions could spring up inside social media. Different platforms tend to pull specific crowds of people into them, forming like-minded collectives. It’s a fascinating rabbit hole. Brown also gets to have a little fun with his instagram-like follower pictures and usernames.

I love the parallels that Brown draws between the New Physics cult and the non-denominational mega churches that collect thousands upon thousands of parishioners and put ATMs in the back of the sanctuary. There’s this theme of monetization that runs through parts of the comic - buy the NewPhysics™ Torso Reimaginer, get the hat and T-shirt. Buy your salvation, fools.

New Physics is compelling and cynical view of tomorrow from a cartoonist you should be paying attention to. Recommended.


Notes: Again, apologies from pulling images off the internet for this review - my scanner can’t handle neon colors very well, they all end up washed out. Because of this, there are some color discrepancies between the images as posted and the final comic d/t the riso print.

Box Brown (tumblr: boxbrowncomics) is cartoonist and publisher with Retrofit Comics (tumblr: retrofitcomics) His recent graphic novel, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, a biography of the legendary wrestler, was published by firstsecondbooksYou can get a copy of New Physics at Box’s website.

New Physics is published by Pat Aulisio (tumblr: yeahdudecomics). You can see more of the comics published by Pat on his website.

Work in progress…


RETROFIT SHOWCASE at TELEGRAPH!!  All this month Retrofit prints and original art by Retrofit artists at Telegraph Gallery in Charlottesville, VA!  

Prints by Box Brown, James Kochalka and Sam Alden as well as original art from Josh Bayer's THETH, Anne Emond's Debbie’s Inferno, Box Brown’s Number 1 and Roman Muradov's Picnic Ruined.  

Thank you to David and Kate at Telegraph for making this possible!!

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Number 2 by Box Brown 

Contains the stories “Sk8rh8r” about a skateboarding girl who gets White Castle and has a run in with a schizophrenic local and the cops and “Elroy Mirrors’ Big Score” about a struggling documentary film maker. 

54 pages, black and white; Shipping in early September. 

Get it here!

If you’ve been unable to make it out to one of my signing events and would like a signed copy of Andre the Giant: Life and Legend.  Now is your chance to get one for yourself or a pal.  Limited to 20 copies. Get it here

Three color Don Muro screen print now available from Flannelgraph Records $10

Three color Don Muro screen print now available from Flannelgraph Records $10

christopherrinaldi asked: Hi, Aubrey. Seems like pro wrestling and comic books go hand in hand. There is a large cross-section of fans who love both forms of entertainment, as well as quite a few wrestlers who are avid comic book readers (CM Punk and Christopher Daniels, for example). Heck, the Ultimate Warrior even had his own comic book. As a man whose professional career has spanned both sports entertainment and the graphic arts, do you see a mashup project in the future -- or can you recommend anything that exists?


I certainly think so, but you’d be shocked and pretty disheartened to find out how many people within the comic book industry look down their nose at wrestling. Despite all the similarities and the fact that wrestling is massively popular, some folks in mainstream comics like to pat themselves on the back for being highbrow, and as a result, try and position their work as somehow better than wrestling. It’s absurd.

Without tipping my hand too much, I will say that I’m working a very wrestling-centric comic project with an artist right now. No schedule for its release just yet, but when it’s ready, it’s going to blow people away. I feel confident in saying that it’s going to be like absolutely nothing else you’ve seen or read before. 

In terms of other stuff to check out…unfortunately there’s not a lot. You might be able to find some old English translations of Kinnikuman, which I’ve never read, but looks bonkers, and if you wanted to go back issue hunting, you could find some Marvel books focusing on the Unlimited Class Wrestling Federation.

For now though, I’d recommend my pal Box Brown’s comic biography of Andre the Giant!

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