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Wizzywig Hardcover – July 17, 2012
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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 Schooland is best known for his artistic collaboration withunderground comicspioneersHarvey Pekar, his graphic novelWizzywig, and his blockbuster seriesHip Hop Family Tree.Piskor is revered for his combination of golden age drawing style and smart storytelling.The Washington Postonce said that "Piskor is able to render a world that resonates as truth." Currently, he is knee deep in drawing the next book in theHip Hop Family Treefive-volume series.
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Top Customer Reviews
Besides that one criticism that I have, this comic book is great comics -- which is to say that the art, pacing, layouts, "interludes" in alternative drawing styles, design, etc etc are all top notch.
If you like this book, you would probably enjoy checking out the works of Piskor's fellow Pittsburghers Brian Maruca and Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac and Street Angel). There's a similar sort of aesthetic coming out of their works.
*Hip Hop Family Tree can be read at the popular blog Boing Boing. It will also be released as a book sometime soonish by Fantagraphics.
We're told that Boingthump is a composite of various phone phreaks and hackers. To that extent, his story is familiar, but it's nonetheless compelling drama. I'm impressed by the creative way the story is told. Sometimes Kevin is seen through the eyes of neighbors and friends, family members, and hackers who are apparently being interviewed, as if for a documentary. Part of the story is told by the host of a radio show looking back on Kevin's (pre-arrest) life. Sometimes we see slices of the lives surrounding or observing Kevin's. The attention to detail is remarkable.
Intelligence is an attribute too often missing from graphic novels. Ed Piskor offers a smart take on self-appointed television vigilantes who sensationalize stories to boost their ratings, and on federal law enforcement officers who give more attention to crimes against corporations than to crimes committed by corporations. Apart from its intelligence, the story is emotionally resonant. It's rare to read a graphic novel that's both moving and thought-provoking. I don't often write rave reviews, but Wizzywig blew me away. It's one of the best graphic novels I've read.
The book cover is also cool, looking like an old Mac. It looks cool on your shelf. Recommended, especially for people with an interest in the computing of the 70s and 80s.
"Wizzywig" is a story about a child prodigy hacker, who keeps getting into more and more trouble. If you enjoyed movies like "WarGames or "Hackers," the subject matter is going to appeal to you. That's not to say that this is a "large" story - it's very much the story of the main character, and it's a compelling story. I liked the art, I liked the story, I can't wait to read Ed Piskor's next collected story.
Also, extra points for the packaging on this volume. The cover might look plain as a digital image, but the actual book looks like it was plucked out of my grade school computer lab.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an absolute must-read for both those interested in old-school computer hacking and excellence in comic book writing.Published 9 months ago by George D.
If you were a teenager or older when the first PCs came out for home use, you might get a kick out of the graphic novel Wizzywig. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Paul Mastin
A fascinating and realistic look at the sort of life a technophile and career criminal may have had in the 1970s and forward. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dione Basseri
In his graphic novel, Ed Piskor captures the life of convicted hacker Kevin "Boingthump" Phenicle, a composite character based on the feats of various real life people from... Read morePublished 16 months ago by A. Silverstone
This is the complete review as it appears (http://ianwoodnovellum.blogspot.com/2015/01/wizzywig-by-ed-piskor.html) at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic! Read morePublished 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not much of a graphic novel reader, but I found some parts of the story confusing. It seemed a bit too rushed.Published 23 months ago by LaFawnda Uwasomba
I read the first volume shortly after it came out and really enjoyed it. I could see undertones of the crudeness even then but I just tried to ignore it. Read morePublished on May 22, 2014 by Joshua Davis
This is one of the best comics I have read in a while. More stories like this should be told. Free All Imprisoned Programmers. Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by Sherry Chovan