Ed Piskor appears at City Lights Bookstore on Thursday November 20th at 7 to sign Hip Hop Family Tree!
To celebrate the resounding critical and commercial success of the first two volumes of Ed Piskor’s unprecedented history of Hip Hop, the fabulous folks at Fantagraphics are offering the two books in a mind-blowingly colorful slipcase, drawn and designed by the artist, featuring exclusive all-new cover art on each volume. As if that’s not enough, in addition to the two books and the slipcase itself, Piskor has drawn a 24-page comic book — Hip Hop Family Tree #300 — specifically for this boxed set that elegantly reflects the confluence of hip hop and comics, which was never more apparent in the early 1990s than with the famous Spike Lee-directed Levi Jeans commercial starring Rob Liefeld, who went on to create Youngblood and co-found Image Comics, not to mention ending up on the radar of gangster rapper Eazy E. Piskor tells this story as a perfect parody/pastiche/homage to ’90s Image comics.
about the Hip Hop Family Tree:
The lore of the early days of hip hop has become the stuff of myth, so what better way to document this fascinating, epic true story than in another great American mythological medium — the comic book? From exciting young talent and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, acclaimed for his hacker graphic novel Wizzywig, comes this explosively entertaining, encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture.
Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, Hip Hop Family Tree is now collected in a single volume cleverly presented and packaged in a style mimicking the Marvel comics of the same era. Piskor’s exuberant yet controlled cartooning takes you from the parks and rec rooms of the South Bronx to the night clubs, recording studios, and radio stations where the scene started to boom, capturing the flavor of late-1970s New York City in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail. With a painstaking, vigorous and engaging Ken Burns-meets-Stan Lee approach, the battles and rivalries, the technical innovations, the triumphs and failures are all thoroughly researched and lovingly depicted.
Piskor captures the vivid personalities and magnetic performances of old-school pioneers and early stars like DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the Funky 4 + 1, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, The Sugarhill Gang, and three kids who would later become RUN-DMC, plus the charismatic players behind the scenes like Russell Simmons, Sylvia Robinson and then-punker Rick Rubin. Piskor also traces graffiti master Fab 5 Freddy’s rise in the art world, and Debbie Harry, Keith Haring, The Clash, and other luminaries make cameos as the music and culture begin to penetrate downtown Manhattan and the mainstream at large.
Like the acclaimed hip hop documentaries Style Wars and Scratch, Hip Hop Family Tree is an exciting and essential cultural chronicle and a must for hip hop fans, pop-culture addicts, and anyone who wants to know how it went down back in the day.
Ed Piskor is an alternative cartoonist living and drawing out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a former student of The Kubert School and is best known for his artistic collaboration with underground comics pioneers Harvey Pekar, his graphic novel Wizzywig, and his blockbuster series Hip Hop Family Tree. Piskor is revered for his combination of golden age drawing style and smart storytelling. The Washington Post once said that “Piskor is able to render a world that resonates as truth.” Currently, he is knee deep in drawing the next book in the Hip Hop Family Tree five-volume series.
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue (at Broadway) San Francisco, CA 94133
Dan Clowes is on tour promoting his new graphic novel Mister Wonderful:
Tuesday, April 19— 7:30 pm – Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz,CA
Thursday, April 21—7:00 pm – Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA
Saturday, April 30—Los Angeles, CA 11:30 am – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC Campus. Signing at Skylight Books booth. 1:30 pm – Panel Discussion with Jim Woodring and others, followed by book signing.
Discussion with Ben Katchor and Chip Kidd, followed by book signing on Tuesday, May 3—Philadelphia, PA 7:30 pm – Philadelphia Free Library.
Wednesday, May 4—6:00 pm – Brookline Booksmith at the Coolidge Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA
In discussion with Chip Kidd Thursday, May 5—7:00 pm – Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, New York, 10003, NY.
Wednesday, May 11—7:00 pm – City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133
Monday, May 16—7:30 pm – Powell’s Books, 40 Northwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
Charles Burns (Black Hole) goes on a signing tour for his latest graphic novel X’ed Out:
10/19/2010 – 7:15pm
Philadelphia Free Library
1901 Vine St Logan Sq, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Million Year Picnic
Harvard Square, 99 Mount Auburn Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
10/20/2010 – 6:00 pm
40 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA 02138
10/21/2010 – 7:00pm
828 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
10/22/2010v – 7:30 pm
686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
10/23/2010 – 3:00 pm
IFOA – International Festival of Authors. Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W., Toronto, ON
Info: readings.org or 416-973-4000
10/25/2010 – 7:00 pm
Books, Inc Berkeley
1760 Fourth Street, Berkeley, CA 94710
10/26/2010 – 12:00 pm
1020 N. Rengstorff Avenue, Suite F (by Costco), Mountain View, CA 94043
10/26/2010 – 7:30 pm
Bookshop Santa Cruz D/B/A Bay Co. Books
1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
10/27/2010 – 7:00 pm
City Lights Bookstore
261 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
10/28/2010 – 7:30 pm
1005 W. Burnside, Portland, OR 97209
10/30/2010 – 6:00 pm
1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA
11/2/2010 – The Book Table Bookstore
1045 Lake Street, Oak Park, Chicago, IL 60301-1101
11/3/2010 – 7:00 pm
1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL