We welcome Box Brown author of the book, Tetris: The Games people play, to the show. Box Brown is an award winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His first book Andre the Giant: Life and Legend was released in 2014 and spent three weeks on the New York Times bestsellers list.

Tetris: The Games People Play is Brown’s second graphic novel and is set to be released on October 11th  through First Second Books.

Tetris: The Games people play

Here is more from the official description:

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.

Tetris: The Games people play

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.

In our interview we talked about his book as well as video games as an art form and what it takes to breakthrough in artistic pursuits.

You can check out more at Box Brown’s website.