Brave New Worlds

55 N. Second St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Past Events

Sept. 6, 2019: Something is Killing the Children Signing

Writer James Tynion IV (The Backstagers, The Woods, Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) appears at Brave New Worlds Comics in Richmond on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 5 PM – 8 PM to sign Something is Killing the Children.

July 31, 2019: We Are Here Forever Signing

Cartoonist Michelle Gish appears at Brave New Worlds’ Old City shop on Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 6 PM to sign WE ARE HERE FOREVER from Quirk Books.

May 9, 2019: Little Girls Signing Tour

In celebration of Little Girls hitting shelves, debut creators Nicholas Aflleje and Sarah DeLaine will go on a 12 city national book tour this May—with events featuring live band performances—to promote the release of this haunting new standalone graphic novel.

April 20, 2019: Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America Signing

Cartoonist Box Brown appears at Brave New Worlds on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 2 PM to celebrate the release of his new book Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America.

In CANNABIS: The Illegalization of Weed in America, author Box Brown delves deep into this troubling history and offers a rich, entertaining, and thoroughly researched graphic essay on the legacy of cannabis legislation in America. Mexico, 1519 CE. During the Spanish conquests Cortés introduced hemp farming as part of his violent colonial campaign. In secret, locals began cultivating the plant for consumption. It eventually made its way to the United States through the immigrant labor force where it was shared with black laborers. It doesn’t take long for American lawmakers to decry cannabis as the vice of “inferior races.” Enter an era of propaganda designed to feed a moral panic about the dangers of a plant that had been used by humanity for thousands of years. Cannabis was given a schedule I classification, which it shared with drugs like heroin. This opened the door for a so-called “war on drugs” that disproportionately targeted young black men, leaving hundreds of thousands in prison, many for minor infractions. With its roots in “reefer madness” and misleading studies into the effects of cannabis, America’s complicated and racialized relationship with marijuana continues to this day.

Box Brown is an Ignatz Award-winning cartoonist, illustrator, and comic publisher from Philadelphia. His books include the New York Times-bestselling Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, Tetris: The Games People Play, and Is This Guy For Real?: The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman. Box Brown’s independent comics publishing house, Retrofit Comics, was launched in 2011.

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