From the New York Times bestselling author of Andre the Giant comes a new nonfiction work about another 198os pop culture icon - Tetris!
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.
Included in NYPL's "Notable 50 Best Books for Teens" list."The
story never stops moving until its final pieces are in
place."--New York Times"One of gaming's most intriguing
tales...A book to watch." --Nerdist"[A] look at the creation of
Alexey Pajitnov's enduring classic and the drama that ensues when
people with big bags of money try to cash in the game's
popularity." --Kotaku"A rich read that provides valuable context
for the rise of video games in the late 20th century." --A.V.
"This is a work about the bittersweet dissonances of artistic creativity and commercial greed and the ephemeral yet crucial joy we get from making things fall into place." --io9"Against the backdrop of the Cold War, the saga of Tetris played out like a spy thriller--tragic deaths, corporate conspiracies, the prestige of nations hanging in the balance." --Boston Globe"A clean and engaging visual style supports a story that sustains narrative drive, humanizing the characters and making readers care about every development. " --Kirkus, starred review"Simply illustrated in a sequential panel format, the charming black-andwhite drawings convey high-concept ideas in a clever, succinct manner." --Booklist "Tetris is a remarkably spare work, cleanly and effortlessly introducing countless real-life characters and companies that intersect and tangle together in a game of tug-of-war." --GQ"It also cleverly mimics the structure of Tetris itself: straightforward and engaging, without any extra bells and whistles." --School Library Journal, starred review"The blocky paneled illustrations are reminiscent of early video game graphics, and the compact text uses dialogue effectively to break up narrative sections and keep the unfolding drama personal rather than historically distant." --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books