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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jeffrey Brown  

Pen Name: None

Genre:

Audience: Children;

Born: 1975 in Grand Rapids, Michigan


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Illinois Connection

Jeffrey moved to Chicago in 2000 and currently lives in Deerfield, Illinois. He earned his MFA at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jeffrey Brown has written and illustrated numerous graphic novels and comics. He has also made many anthology contributions including but not limited to: ''MOME'' Vol. 1-6, ''Drawn and Quarterly Showcase'' Vol. 2, ''Kramers Ergot'' Vol. 4, ''The Escapist'' Vol. 3, ''McSweeney's'' #13, ''Best American Comics 2007'', ''Yale Anthology of Graphic Fiction'' Vol. 1-2, ''POPGUN'' volume 4, ''Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror'' #15, ''Strange Tales'' #3, and ''Side B'' from Poseur Ink.


Published Works

  • Clumsy: A Novel, Top Shelf Productions, 2002
  • Unlikely, Top Shelf Productions, 2003
  • Bighead, Top Shelf Productions, 2004
  • Miniature Sulk, Top Shelf Productions, 2005
  • Any Easy Intimacy, Top Shelf Productions, 2005
  • Every Girl Is The End Of The World For Me, Top Shelf Productions, 2006
  • I am going to be small, Top Shelf Productions, 2006
  • Incredible Change-Bots, Top Shelf Productions, 2007
  • Cat Getting Out Of A Bag: And Other Observations, Chronicle Books, 2007
  • Little Things: Memoir In Slices, Touchstone, 2008
  • Sulk Vol. 1 - Bighead and Friends, Top Shelf Productions, 2008
  • Sulk Vol. 2 - Deadly Awesome, Top Shelf Productions, 2008
  • Sulk Vol. 3 - The Kind Of Strength That Comes From Madness, Top Shelf Productions, 2009
  • Funny Misshapen Body, Touchstone, 2009
  • The Cutest Sneeze in the World - Postcard Box, Chronicle Books, 2009
  • Cat Companion Journal, Chronicle Books, 2009
  • Cats Are Weird: And More Observations, Chronicle Books, 2010
  • Undeleted Scenes, Top Shelf Productions. 2010.
  • Incredible Change-Bots Two, Top Shelf Productions, 2011
  • A Matter Of Life, Top Shelf Productions, 2012
  • Kids Are Weird, 2014
  • Incredible Change-Bots Two-Point-Something-Something, 2014Star Wars: Darth Vader and Son Series
  • Darth Vader & Son, Chronicle Books, 2012
  • Vader's Little Princess, Chronicle Books, 2013
  • Goodnight Darth Vader, Chronicle Books, 2014
  • Star Wars: Darth Vader and Friends, Chronicle Books, 2015Star Wars Jedi Academy Series
  • Star Wars:Jedi Academy, Chronicle Books, 2013
  • Star Wars: Jedi Academy, Return of the Padawan, Chronicle Books, 2014
  • Star Wars Jedi Academy: The Phantom Bully, Chronicle Books, 2015Lucy & Andy Neanderthal Series
  • Lucy & Andy Neanderthal, Crown Books, 2016
  • Lucy & Andy Neanderthal: The Cold Stone Age, Crown Books, 2017


Selected Titles At Your Library

Clumsy :
ISBN: 0971359768. OCLC Number:

Top Shelf Productions,. Marietta, GA :. ©2002, 2015.

A collection of autobiographical comics that document the author's long-distance relationship with a woman named Theresa over the course of a year.

Unlikely :
ISBN: 1891830414. OCLC Number:

Top Shelf Productions,. Marietta, GA :. [2003]

The cartoonist uses a full-length graphic novel format to tell the bittersweet story of how he lost his virginity at age 24 and presents vignettes from his relationship with Allisyn that take place before and after the event.

Bighead /
ISBN: 1891830562. OCLC Number:

Top Shelf Productions,. Marietta, GA :. ©2004.

Jeffrey Brown is back - and with a Bighead, no less! An irreverent and clever super-hero parody, featuring the most amazing hero of all time: Bighead. Witness inept villains clash with an all-too-emotional hero, in the epic graphic novel that will leap all cliches in a single bound.

Every girl is the end of the world for me :
ISBN: 1891830775. OCLC Number:

Top Shelf,. Marietta, Ga. :. ©2005.

The cartoonist details the day-by-day events of his three week run-in with five different girls, including the ex who comes back into the picture and a growing, but poorly chosen crush.

Any easy intimacy /
ISBN: 1891830716. OCLC Number:

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The final chapter of Jeffrey Brown's so-called "Girlfriend Trilogy." AEIOU continues to explore the subtleties of relationships examined in Clumsy and Unlikely, concentrating this time on the differences between knowing and loving someone, invoking the reader's relationship with the book as a parallel to being involved with someone. The story is told with Brown's trademark expressive drawings and juxtaposition of humor and heartache.

Little things :
ISBN: 1416549463. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. 2008.

A collection of funny, poignant, and autobiographical short stories, Little Things looks at the aspects of daily life -- friendship, illness, death, work, crushes, love, jealousy, and fatherhood -- we take for granted. As each story loops into others, Jeffrey Brown shows how the smallest andseemingly most insignificant parts of everyday life can end up becoming the most meaningful. Brown's first full-length autobiographical book in several years, Little Things is also his most impressive, touching, and true.

Cat getting out of a bag and other observations /
ISBN: 0811858227. OCLC Number:

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A collection of comics based on the author's cat, depicting its antics as it eats, plays, purrs, and engages in other distinctively feline behaviors.

Sulk /
ISBN: 1603090207. OCLC Number:

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Sulk /
ISBN: 1603090312. OCLC Number:

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Sulk /
ISBN: 160309055X. OCLC Number:

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Incredible change-bots /
ISBN: 1891830910. OCLC Number:

Top Shelf,. Marietta, GA :. ©2007.

Earth is invaded by a collection of robots who are able to change into vehicles, in a graphic novel parody and tribute to the shape-changing robot genre.

I am going to be small /
ISBN: 1891830864. OCLC Number:

Top Shelf,. Marietta, Ga. :. ©2006.

Minisulk :
ISBN: 189183066X. OCLC Number:

Top Shelf,. Marietta, Ga. :. ©2005.

Funny misshapen body :
ISBN: 1416549471. OCLC Number:

Simon & Schuster,. New York :. ©2009.

The story of Jeffrey Brown's evolution as a cartoonist, from his youthful obsession with superhero comics to his disillusionment with fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cat companion journal.
ISBN: 0811868605. OCLC Number:

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Cats are weird and more observations /
ISBN: 081187480X. OCLC Number:

Chronicle ;. San Francisco, Calif. :. 2010.

Cartoonist Jeffrey Brown's drawings perfectly capture the humor and quirkiness of cats in all their strange and charming glory. Following the success of Cat Getting Out of a Bag, this collection of color and black-and-white comic strips loosely follows the adventures of a pair of cats as they explore the world around them, indoors and out. Adventures include taking a nap, licking a shoe, attacking dust particles, hiding in cabinets, pouncing on fallen leaves, confronting the vacuum cleaner, patrolling the yard, and purring up a stormall adorably rendered in Brown's immediate and irresistible style. Sure to delight anyone who lives with cats and appreciates their sweet and batty behavior, this beautifully packaged gift book is the cat's meow.

Incredible change-bots /
ISBN: 1603090673. OCLC Number:

Top Shelf,. Marietta, GA :. ©2007.

Earth is invaded by a collection of robots who are able to change into vehicles, in a graphic novel parody and tribute to the shape-changing robot genre.

A matter of life /
ISBN: 1603092668. OCLC Number:

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"In A Matter of Life, Jeffrey Brown draws upon memories of three generations of Brown men: himself, his minister father, and his preschooler son Oscar. Weaving through time, passing through the quiet suburbs and colorful cities of the midwest, their stories slowly assemble into a kaleidoscopic answer to the big questions: matters of life and death, family and faith, and the search for something beyond oneself"--Publisher's web site.

Darth Vader and son /
ISBN: 145210655X. OCLC Number:

Chronicle Books,. San Francisco :. ©2012.

"What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if 'Luke, I am your father' was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other-- except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown's delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star ('Er, he looks just like you, Lord Vader!'), and the special bond shared between any father and son"--Publisher's web site.

Vader's little princess /
ISBN: 1452118698. OCLC Number:

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In this comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other--except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith.

Jedi Academy /
ISBN: 0545505178. OCLC Number:

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"My whole life I planned on going to pilot school like the rest of my friends--then I got rejected! Along came a little green guy named Yoda who invited me to Jedi Academy. Now I'm at a school with aliens, robots, and lightsaber-wielding bullies who can lift things with their minds! How am I supposed to compete with that? As if starting middle school wasn't hard enough ..." The story of Roan Novachez, Jedi Academy student, is told through comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings. This incredible, original story from author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school ... in a galaxy far, far away.

Goodnight Darth Vader /
ISBN: 1452128308. OCLC Number:

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In this Episode, the Sith Lord must soothe his rambunctious twins, Luke and Leia, who are not ready to sleep and who insist on a story. As Vader reads, the book looks in on favorite creatures, droids, and characters, such as Yoda, R2-D2, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Darth Maul, Admiral Ackbar, Boba Fett, and many others as they tuck in, yawn, and settle down to dream.

Jedi Academy /
ISBN: 0545621259. OCLC Number:

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"My whole life I planned on going to pilot school like the rest of my friends--then I got rejected! Along came a little green guy named Yoda who invited me to Jedi Academy. Now I'm at a school with aliens, robots, and lightsaber-wielding bullies who can lift things with their minds! How am I supposed to compete with that? As if starting middle school wasn't hard enough ..." The story of Roan Novachez, Jedi Academy student, is told through comics, journal entries, letters, doodles, and newspaper clippings. This incredible, original story from author/illustrator Jeffrey Brown captures all of the humor, awkwardness, fun, and frustrations of middle school ... in a galaxy far, far away.

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal /
ISBN: 0385388357. OCLC Number:

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"Lucy and her goofball brother Andy, two Neanderthal siblings living 40,000 years ago, take on a wandering baby sibling, bossy teens, cave paintings, and a mammoth hunt. But what will happen when they encounter a group of humans? Includes a special paleontologist section that helps to dispel common Neanderthal myths"--

Lucy & Andy Neanderthal /
ISBN: 0385388381. OCLC Number:

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"Lucy and her goofball brother Andy, two Neanderthal siblings living 40,000 years ago, take on a wandering baby sibling, bossy teens, cave paintings, and a mammoth hunt. But what will happen when they encounter a group of humans? Includes a special paleontologist section that helps to dispel common Neanderthal myths"--


Awards

I am going to be small

  • Ignatz Award for best minicomic for the original self-publication
  • Star Wars Jedi Academy

  • New York Times Bestseller
  • 2015 ILLINOIS READS Book
  • Lucy & Andy Neanderthal

  • Best Book for Kids, New York Public Library, 2016

    Speaking Engagements

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