Doing Battle


Like most adolescent boys, Alex Brown loves video games, comics, and sci-fi movies. But this particular teenager (13 at the time of this issue’s publication) forged them into something completely unique: riveting drawings of real and imagined battles evoking the fury and chaos of war. We feature a selection taken from a few of Alex’s 14" x 17" sketchbooks. These barrages of gesture and color take on conflict in formal, psychological, and social terms, betraying the vision and drive of an artist in the making. Interview included.

Alex Brown is a graduate student at the Elliot School of International Affairs in the Europe and Eurasia Studies Program. He received his B.A. in International Studies and Russian at Trinity College-Hartford. His work was published in Esopus 7 for the first time.