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Hip Hop Family Tree 1975-1983 Gift Box Set Paperback – October 18, 2014

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“…[P]henomenal … Piskor is constantly exploring fresh ways to capture the intensity of the music and the hip-hop scene in his artwork. His storytelling is evolving as the world of his narrative gets better, and the wild growth of the hip-hop industry in the mid-’80s suggests that Piskor’s best is yet to come.” (Oliver Sava - The A.V. Club)

“One of the defining histories of hip hop… Ed created a portal into the beginning of hip hop, and just saying that a picture is worth a thousand words is a poor way of explaining why its impact is greater than that of a detailed book.” (Daniel Genis - The Daily Beast)

“...Piskor... lovingly draws the origin stories of hip-hop's legendary superheroes. Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and the Russell Simmons/Rick Rubin crossover team-up are rendered like something between Watchmen and Wild Style.” (Christopher R. Weingarten - Rolling Stone)

“Imagining the early days of the hip-hop movement with writing and art that intentionally evoke the bombast and energy of an early '80s Marvel comic, Piskor has introduced scores of music fans to comics by serializing the series for free on Boing Boing, but these stories look even better in Fantagraphics' printed collections.” (Los Angeles Times - Hero Complex)

Action-packed, fun and funny.” (Seattle Times)

“...[A]mazing... if I was going to itemize everything that was good and successful about it, I wouldn't even know where to begin. It's fantastic in so many different ways. I was predisposed to like it and it has exceeded my expectations. ...I'm starting to have this growing conviction that Ed Piskor just may be the greatest thing to hit comics since Robert Crumb.” (Kim Deitch)

“In Piskor's comics, the ... lyrics breakdance off the page... the print version is beautiful, with faux-yellowed pages, a muted color palette and an oversized 'treasury' format recalling its subject's era. Piskor's art falls somewhere between R. Crumb's blues portraits and Joe Sacco's journalism comics.” (Chicago Tribune)

“Captures the personalities, imagery and milestones with a hilarity and efficiency that no other medium could.” (Billboard)

“Piskor has an aficionado's eye for details and connections.” (The New York Times Book Review)

“They say the story of Jesus is the greatest ever told, but JC didn’t steal a DJ mixer during the New York Blackout of '77 or bomb a subway car with Fab 5 Freddy. With his Hip Hop Family Tree, comics artist Ed Piskor delves into the history of hip-hop and gets straight-up biblical, penning a 'who-begat-whom' with a b-boy twist.” (

“This is the comic I've been waiting 40 years to read.” (Harry Allen - (Public Enemy Media Assassin))

“It's a great story and Piskor tells it immaculately well.” (Bill Adler - (co-author, Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label))

“Piskor is obviously a huge rap fan ... He presents the facts in a nostalgic, faded-ink and rubbery realism of '70s Marvel Comics style, turning rap's early innovators into larger-than-life heroes of history.” (SPIN)

“This is the comic of all time.” (Biz Markie)

“The amount of research and history Piskor packs into this book is mind boggling.” (The Huffington Post)

“These stories are carefully researched and detailed along with great comic book style art...” (The Source)

“An avid lover of hip-hop music and superhero comic books from a young age, Ed Piskor has combined his two passions to create a remarkable reading experience... Hip Hop Family Tree imagines real-world events through the filter of 1980s Marvel Comics, bringing hip-hop visionaries to the page in a style that exaggerates their energy and style to capture the intensity of the music without having the beats.” (The A.V. Club)

Gripping.” (NPR)

“Being in an Ed Piskor comic is cool enough to freeze hot water.” (Fab Five Freddy)

“A young Pittsburgh bard travels back to the New York birth of rap with DJ Kool Herc and rattles off encyclopedic knowledge through dynamic, interwoven narratives of the '70s and early '80s. The feat is backed by era-appropriate art on pages yellowed with nostalgia. Dope, yo.” (The Washington Post)

Ed Piskor is the sh#t!!
” (De La Soul)

“…[W]hen I discovered Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree… I was in heaven. These bite-sized biographies of hip hop’s biggest names and slice-of-life reflections on its defining moments are routinely featured at Boing Boing, but to really experience these beautifully stylized vignettes in all their throwback glory you really need to check out the collected editions.” (Z. - GeekDad)

“Piskor's strip is funny and warm, tossing in a few keen nods to two cultures that have shaped him.” (Phoenix New Times)

“These comics [are] almost too good to be true... If you're a lover of hip hop and / or graphic novels, these are a must!” (Burlesque Design)

“In Ed Piskor's Hip Hop Family Tree, readers get to experience the origins of rap music in a way like never before; they get to live it. They get to walk the streets of New York City, where in rented performance rooms with cobbled-together gear pioneers like DJ Kool Herc, Afrika Bambaataa, and Grandmaster Flash birthed a new art form.” (ComicsAlliance)

“A superhero-riffing, world-building, toe-tapping, beat-hitting story of a whole lot of people, some brilliant, some lucky, some crazy, and some all of the above. And if you like hip-hop, and nice things, go buy the cased edition because there’s a special secret 'zine in it about Rob Liefeld and Easy E that is just super fabulous.” (Alex di Campi - 12th Dimension)

About the Author

Ed Piskor (1982) 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.

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