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Ed Piskor to rock Free Comic Book Day 2014
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 19 Dec 2013 6:55 PM
Hip Hop Family Tree 
Free Comic Book Day has rolled out the silver sponsor books so get your free comic book grabby hands ready! Hip Hop Family Tree Two-In-One by Ed Piskor is a full color delight that clocks in at 32 pages. It is the perfect introduction and bridge to Piskor's fun and crtitically acclaimed 5 volume book series. This full-color comic book offers 2 self contained stories form Hip Hop Family Tree Vols 1 & 2 as well as new guest pin-ups and content just for FCBD! Lovingly produced and designed in homage to Marvel Comic's beloved "Marvel Two-In-One". Make mine Hip Hop!
Spring-Summer 2014 Pre-Order Parade
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Prince ValiantPeanutsMickey MouseMichel GagneLove and RocketsJoe SimonJack KirbyHal FosterGilbert HernandezFloyd GottfredsonEsther Pearl WatsonEd PiskorDisneyComing AttractionsCharles M Schulz 5 Dec 2013 5:13 PM

Now that our Kickstarter campaign has wrapped up, we're starting to offer our Spring-Summer 2014 books as plain old regular pre-orders. Our first batch is listed below, and more will become available as they're built into our bookkeeping system (which can be an irregular process). We've also set up a few discounted gift sets to help you save some bucks while building your collection. Be among the first to reserve your copies — hit those links to learn more about each title and start building your shopping cart!

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992

The Complete Peanuts 1991-1992 (Vol. 21)  
by Charles M. Schulz
foreword by Tom Tomorrow

344-page black & white 8.5" x 7" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-726-0

Prince Valiant Vol. 9 prelim cover

Prince Valiant Vol. 9: 1953-1954
by Hal Foster

112-page full-color 10.25" x 14" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-735-2

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5 prelim cover

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse Vol. 5: Outwits the Phantom Blot
by Floyd Gottfredson

288-page black & white/color 10.5" x 8.75" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-736-9

Young Romance 2 cover

Young Romance 2: The Early Simon & Kirby Years
by Joe SimonJack Kirby; edited by Michel Gagné

200-page full-color 7.75" x 10" hardcover • $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-732-1

Young Romance + Young Romance 2 Gift Set (20% off!) 

Unlovable Vol. 3

Unlovable Vol. 3
by Esther Pearl Watson

416-page two-color 5.75" x 5.75" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-737-6

Unlovable Vols. 1-3 Gift Set — includes Vols. 1-2 Box Set + Vol. 3 (20% off!) 

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Luba and Her Family (The Love and Rockets Library)
by Gilbert Hernandez

312-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-753-6

Love and Rockets Library: The Palomar & Luba Collection — includes Heartbreak Soup, Human Diastrophism, Beyond Palomar, and Luba and Her Family (25% off!)

Hip Hop Family Tree 2 cover

Hip Hop Family Tree Book 2
by Ed Piskor

112-page full-color 9" x 13" Flexibound softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-756-7














Spring-Summer 2014, part 18: American Myths
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneKickstarterEd PiskorComing Attractions 2 Dec 2013 5:11 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to spotlight the books in question, a couple at a time. We've also put our season catalog online for you to browse. (Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)

The Lonesome Go prelim cover

The Lonesome Go
by Tim Lane

220-page black & white/color 7" x 9.5" softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-754-3 

Tim Lane continues his exploration of the Great American Mythological Drama that began with his first book, the critically acclaimed Abandoned Cars. This collection of stories is broadly linked together by the experience of wandering — both literally and figuratively. With compelling verisimilitude, the lives of his characters are depicted by way of rich mixtures of obscure myths and documented facts, dreams and reality, belief and disbelief, throughout a haunted landscape populated by the ghosts of a complex and rich fictional tapestry. You'll witness a young man's dubious quest to discover the myth of the protagonist from an obscure vintage comic strip; encounter sociopathic hobos in boxcars and misled young men whose facial pores sprout worms and who throw up babies into gas station toilets; visit modern "Hoovervilles"; and experience the life and death of an undocumented immigrant bookstore doorman, former boxer, and expert hustler.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $35 or more, pre-order this book signed by Tim Lane while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $50 or more, get the book signed and with a sketch! Or, for a pledge of $30 or more, get Tim Lane's Dust Bowl or Cowboy linocut prints! Or, for a pledge of $60, get a signed book with the linocut print of your choice! Or, for a pledge of $150 or more, get one of two limited-edition signed large-format Tim Lane prints! Or the other one! Or, pledge $500 or more and get Tim Lane's The Lonesome Go Complete Box Set: Handmade box set (each one of a kind) featuring both special edition linoleum prints, both infographic prints, a mix of ephemera like Lane's radio shows, dioramas, vinyl album, DVDs, Happy Hour in America, and other zines related to The Lonesome Go and Abandoned Cars. (Or increase your pledge to the sum of all the rewards you want to mix-n-match!)

Hip Hop Family Tree 2 prelim cover

Hip Hop Family Tree Book 2
by Ed Piskor

112-page full-color 9" x 13" Flexibound softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-756-7 

Book 2 covers the early years of 1981-1983, when Hip Hop has made a big transition from the parks and rec rooms to downtown clubs and vinyl records. The performers make moves to separate themselves from the paying customers by dressing more and more flamboyantly until a young group called RUN-DMC comes on the scene to take things back to the streets. This volume covers hits like Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock,” Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five’s “The Message,” and the movie Wildstyle, and introduces superstars like NWA, The Beastie Boys, Doug E Fresh, KRS One, ICE T, and early Public Enemy. Cameos by Dolemite, LL Cool J, Notorious BIG, and New Kids on the Block(?!)!

For a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more, pre-order this book signed and with a sketch by Ed Piskor while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $40 or more, get an exclusive Ed Piskor hip hop t-shirt! (Or increase your pledge to $90 or more and tell us you want both!)



Hip Hop Family Tree Signing with Ed Piskor in Chapel Hill, NC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsEd Piskor 15 Nov 2013 11:07 AM

That's right! Chapel Hill Comics are gonna funk you right on up with a signing of Hip Hop Family Tree this Saturday, November 16th with the funkmaster Ed Piskor! Join in the fun from 6:00 to 9:00 PM!

If you love hip hop, you will love everything about this book:  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. 

Chapel Hill Comics is located at 316 W Franklin Street in the fine, fine city of Chapel Hill, NC. They'll also have copies of Ed's hacker comic masterwork, Wizzywig!

New Comics Day 11.13.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under PeanutsNew Comics DayEd PiskorCharles M Schulz 13 Nov 2013 12:48 PM

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.

Hip Hop Family Tree
Hip Hop Family Tree (Vol. 1) 
by Ed Piskor

112-page full-color 9" x 13" Flexibound softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-690-4

"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." - Jonathan Zwickel, MTV.com 

"His classic indie comic composition and narrative ease make the strip readable, informative (who knew Rammelzee went tagging with Basquiat?), and respectful to the art forms and artists it covers." -J.P. McNamara, Demencha 

Peanuts Every Sunday  
Peanuts Every Sunday: 1952-1955 (Vol. 1) 
by Charles M. Schulz

224-page full-color 13.25" x 9.5" hardcover • $49.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-692-8 

"Charles Schulz was an American treasure - an artist, philosopher, and keen observer of human life." –Bill Clinton 

"...features color versions of the first several years of Sunday for that all-time, pantheon-level comic strip. I want [it] and you should, too." –Tom Spurgeon, Comics Reporter





Hip Hop Family Tree (Vol. 1) by Ed Piskor - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesEd Piskor 6 Nov 2013 3:09 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 by Ed Piskor

Hip Hop Family Tree (Vol. 1)
by Ed Piskor

112-page full-color 9" x 13" Flexibound softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-690-4

See Previews / Order Now

Yes yes, y'all! Acclaimed young cartoonist Ed Piskor (Wizzywig) schools you on the old school in this essential, explosively entertaining, encyclopedic cultural chronicle of an American art form that changed the world. Hip Hop Family Tree (originally serialized online at Boing Boing) 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, in panels bursting with obsessively authentic detail.

The vivid personalities and magnetic performances of early stars like Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Kurtis Blow, DJ Kool Herc, The Sugarhill Gang, and Funky 4+1 come to life, as do the no-less-charismatic players behind the scenes like Russell Simmons, Sylvia Robinson and Rick Rubin. And graffiti master Fab 5 Freddy meets Debbie Harry, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat as the music and culture begin to penetrate downtown Manhattan and the mainstream at large.

Hip Hop Family Tree (Vol. 1) by Ed Piskor - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsnew releasesEd Piskor 31 Oct 2013 3:15 PM

"Being in an Ed Piskor comic is cool enough to freeze hot water." – Fab Five Freddy

"This is the comic of all time." – Biz Markie

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

"If ever a chapter of modern American history were ripe for the Classics Illustrated comic book treatment, it is hip-hop's first decade. Ed Piskor, a talented writer and artist who has long savored the connections between comic books and hip-hop, has now written that chapter in the seductive and entertaining form of Hip Hop Family Tree. He weaves dozens and dozens of individual stories into an unprecedented book-length narrative encapsulating the out-sized drive, creativity, humor and violence that defined hip-hop culture from its gestation in New York's outer boroughs in the early Seventies to its thrilling first steps onto the world stage via records and tv in the early Eighties. ... It's a great great story and Piskor tells it immaculately well." – Bill Adler, co-author, Def Jam: The First 25 Years of the Last Great Record Label

"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." – Jonathan Zwickel, MTV.com

Hip Hop Family Tree (Vol. 1)
by Ed Piskor

112-page full-color 9" x 13" Flexibound softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-690-4

Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/hiphopfamilytree

Hip Hop Family Tree (Vol. 1) by Ed Piskor - Video/Photo Slideshow Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesEd Piskor 30 Oct 2013 4:50 PM

Hip Hop Family Tree (Vol. 1)
by Ed Piskor

112-page full-color 9" x 13" Flexibound softcover • $24.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-690-4

Ships in: November 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

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.

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Hip Hop Family Tree 1 cover photo

Hip Hop Family Tree on comiXology
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Ed Piskordigital comicscomiXology 30 Oct 2013 3:42 PM
Hip Hop Family Tree on iPad
Ed Piskor's first volume of the graphic novel that takes place in the past and is down with the beats, Hip Hop Family Tree, is available to read digitally on comiXology. 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 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. Did you fall in love with Hip Hop Family Tree on BoingBoing or maybe this is your first foray into Piskor's well-documented universe.
 
Hip Hop panel 
One hundred and four full-color pages scream to be read. Plus, you get rapper and hip hop pinups by the likes of Brandon Graham, Jim Rugg and Jim Mahfood await you. Download Hip Hop Family Tree (volume one) on your reading device today for $18.99.
 
"This is the comic of all time." - Biz Markie 
 
"His classic indie comic composition and narrative ease make the strip readable, informative (who knew Rammelzee went tagging with Basquiat?), and respectful to the art forms and artists it covers." -J.P. McNamara, DeMencha 
This Week in Fantagraphics Events: 10/21-10/28
Written by janice headley | Filed under Peter BaggeeventsEd Piskor 23 Oct 2013 1:28 PM

Peter Bagge
photo credit: Joshin Yamada, Stumptown 2012

Wednesday, October 23rd

New York City, NYPeter Bagge brings his new Drawn & Quarterly title The Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, to Book Culture at 7:00 PM! (more info)

Thursday, October 24th

Brooklyn, NY:  And then Peter Bagge heads to WORD for a signing across the water at 7:00 PM! (more info)

HHFT

Friday, October 25th

Columbia, SC:  And Ed Piskor is bringing Hip Hop Family Tree to the 2nd Annual Cola-Con, a convention where comics meets hip hop -- so basically, the perfect place for Piskor to be! (more info)

Saturday, October 26th

Columbia, SC:  Day 2 to find Ed Piskor and Hip Hop Family Tree at the 2nd Annual Cola-Con! Ed will bring tha noise with a talk on the history of hip-hop music, everything from Grandmaster Flash to Public Enemy, and will be signing copies of his book! (more info)

Sunday, October 27th

Toronto, ON:  Someone bring Peter Bagge some of those famous Canadian donuts to his signing at IFOA: the International Festival of Authors on this night! (more info)