Inspired by real-life child stars, Box Brown created Owen Eugene, a composite character whose tragic life is an amalgam of 1980s pop culture.
Child star Owen Eugene had it all: a hit sitcom on primetime, a Saturday morning cartoon, and a memoir on the bestseller list. But the secret to his success was closely guarded: although he had the body of a five-year-old, he was actually a teenager.
A childhood illness kept Owen from growing as other children do. He was a natural improviser with sophistication and maturity despite his small size. On screen, he made the whole world laugh, even as his life fell apart behind the scenes.
In Child Star, a fictional documentary-style graphic novel by New York Times best-selling author Box Brown, we see how growing up in the spotlight robs young actors of a true childhood.