Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree to Drop Monthly
Hip Hop Family Tree is making its debut as a monthly comic book with new covers, splash pages, and a “director’s commentary.” The series by Ed Piskor traces the creator’s motivations, processes, and research involved in making this masterpiece-plus other surprises! The first two volumes wound up on numerous “best of” lists with each of their releases.
Hip Hop Family Tree is the first monthly comic in Fantagraphics‘ 39-year history. The first issue traces the very beginning of hip-hop: it spotlights the breakdancers, graffiti artists, DJs, and MCs who formed hip-hop culture in the tenement rec rooms of the south Bronx in the 1970s. Readers will discover who invented the term “Hip-Hop,” and cultural pioneers like Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa will make appearances…every month!
Hip Hop Family Tree is the history of hip-hop as told through comics. Piskor can’t stop, won’t stop until the entire story is told. Painstakingly researched, Ed Piskor is delivering the most thorough account of the who, what, where, and when of the most infamous music genre the world has ever seen.
The change in release was sparked partially by the Free Comic Book Day release, which became sought after. While Fantagraphics has strong sales through the book trade, this will strengthen their outreach with the direct comic shop reader.
The series will also mark another first for Fantagraphics: exclusive variant cover editions by Piskor produced for retail partners ordering 1000 copies. This will include the Eh! Variant edition, featuring a Slick Rick cover that will be available exclusively from Gotham Central Comics and Collectibles in Mississauga, Ontario.
Likewise, the Third Eye variant, featuring Eazy E on the cover, will be available for purchase this summer at Third Eye Comics locations and online. Piskor will be making an appearance at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, Maryland to sign the variant at a date in August t.b.a.
Each variant cover by Piskor riffs on the beloved Marvel 25th Anniversary cover promotion from 1986 and spotlights a different figure from the history of Hip Hop. Fantagraphics and Piskor will also be producing a convention exclusive variant available only from Fantagraphics or Piskor himself.
Hip Hop Family Tree #1 will be solicited in the Previews for items shipping in August. August will also see the release of Hip Hop Family Tree Book 3: 1983-1984, the latest volume of the best-selling book series, which spotlights The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, The Fat Boys, and many more.
Retailers interested in partnering on their own exclusive variant should contact Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics Books.