Digital Hip Hop and More Backlist Titles

All good things must come to an end and today marks the digital release of the final monthly issue of Hip Hop Family Tree. Ed Piskor’s monthly examination into hip hop music is coming to an end today, but not going out without a bang. Issue #12 features a collaboration between Rick Rubin and LL…

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New Digital Releases from Piskor and Stein

Today we are proud to present new digital releases from two young artists on the cutting edge of comics — Ed Piskor and Leslie Stein. Hip Hop Family Tree Volume 4 continues Piskor’s award-winning, best-selling history of hip hop music. This new book charts the rise of Dr. Dre and Def Jam Records and introduces…

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Digital Comics by Piskor and Kelso

We’re unloading the new issue of Hip Hop Family Tree and a few Megan Kelso graphic novels digitally just for you this week! In issue #10 of Ed Piskor’s award-winning series Hip Hop Family Tree, the endlessly quoted graffiti documentary Style Wars gets lovingly dissected. Also, did you know Public Enemy were first the Spectrum…

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Digital Goodness

We’ve got such a diverse array of digital releases today, there’s guaranteed to be something for everybody to connect with. Or, if you’re like us, you love them all! Plug those tablets in because here they are . . . Issue #9 of Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree marks a new era in rap…

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This Week’s Press Highlights

“With an acrid storytelling voice and a clean, spare drawing style, Mr. Clowes used Eightball… to skewer pop culture, spin surrealistic horrors and sympathetically portray youth adrift.”
Read more about The Complete Eightball by Daniel Clowes at The New York Times  “Fantagraphics Books has just announced Patience, the first all-new, original graphic novel from Daniel Clowes in more than half a decade. It’s the biggest and most ambitious book of a storied career.”  Read more at Fused UK  
“I don’t think there has been a fictional character with a better name than Needledick the Bug-Fucker, nor a character who revealed so many multitudes within a single page.” Read more at The Millions   “Ed Piskor’s stylish, funny, assiduously researched history of hip-hop is hugely engaging and enlightening.” – Glen Weldon Here more at NPR   “Tardi has a much deserved reputation not only as a master of the pen, but also as a meticulous researcher, I’m confident that Manchette would praise Tardi’s Run Like Crazy Run Like Hell as the outstanding book it is.”
Read more at Pop Matters
“This story of a burly ex-wrestler/kitten fancier has been one of my absolute favorite comics — an affectingly offbeat gay rom-com that captures the universal sadness and silliness of loneliness and love, and mixes heartbreak and humor in exactly the right proportions.”
Read more about Wuvable Oaf by Ed Luce at The Comics Alliance
“Esther Pearl Watson is a remarkable artist, cartoonist, illustrator, and visual storyteller. Her ongoing popular Unlovable comic strip… is memorable, artful, and highly original… never fails to delight and surprise.”
Read more at American Illustration and American Photography 
“Dark, bleak and crushingly depressing, Black River will make you reflective of society and what it means to be alive.”Read more at AiPT!
“Some of the best comics ever printed…masterfully told and very, very funny.”
Read more about Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Vol. 6: The Pixilated Parrot by Carl Barks at The Comics Alliance
“This is storytelling and character work done so well you’ll wonder if they are in fact alive and possibly right next door.”
Read more about The Love Bunglers by Jaime Hernandez at AiPT!
Unshelved calls Hip Hop Family Tree a “rapid-fire telling of the early days of rap and hip hop culture… There’s a lot to learn even if you think you’ve heard it all.”
Read more at Unshelved Praise for Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD and Revolutionized Humor in America by Bill Schelly
“Thoroughly researched…devoted fans will welcome this exhaustive study.” Read the full review in the print edition of the Library Journal review May 15 issue.

New York: Ed Piskor at The New School

Saturday, May 2nd

New York, NY – The man of many talents, Ed Piskor will be joined by notable New Yorkers in the hip hop scene to discuss the dynamic intersectionality of hip hop and comics in an event called New York Comics & Picture-Story Symposium. Beginning at 6 PM in room L104, head to The New School for a visual and verbal presentation that includes special guests:

Eric Orr – creator of “Rappin’ Max Robot”, the first ever Hip-Hop comic book. Orr is a graphic designer, illustrator, graffiti artist, and visual innovator.

Jazzy Jay – a DJ and produver whose career began in the ’70s as a DJ for Afrika Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation.  

DJ Johnny “Juice” Rosado – best known for his work as producer and DJ artists such as Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, Slick Rick, Leaders and the New School, and DMC. 

All moderated by Patrick Reed, who puts together Hip Hop and Comics panels at conventions all across the country. He also contributes to Comics Alliance and edits Depth of Field magazine.

If you can’t get enough comics or Ed at FCBD just down the street, this is the place to scratch that itch!

The New School University Center
63 5th Ave
New York, NY