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Fantagraphics announces two new projects with Ed Piskor

Fantagraphics has announced two new books from Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree: The Omnibus releasing October 2023 and Red Room: Crypto Killaz! with issue #1 releasing May 2023.

Red Room: Crypto Killaz!, the next chapter in Ed Piskor’s infamous series. Mistress Pentagram and the Red Room Players return in this all-new, four-issue miniseries. With variant covers by comics celebrities like Peach Momoko and Jim Rugg, splatterpunk has never looked so good!

Hip Hop Family Tree has been a global phenomenon and perennial bestseller since the first (of four) volumes was published in 2013, spawning multiple printings, fourteen comic books, and the author’s wildly popular YouTube comics channel, Cartoonist Kayfabe (with fellow cartoonist Jim Rugg). Yet the series has never been collected under one cover. Until now. Fantagraphics is excited to announce the tenth anniversary omnibus collection of Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor. This omnibus of the New York Times best-selling series includes over 140 pages of extras, all under one cover for the first time!

Hip Hop Family Tree: The Omnibus is a massively impressive tome that includes the original 360-page series with over 140 pages of extra material: a cover gallery of every HHFT book and comic book cover and back cover Piskor has ever created, pages from the HHFT comic book series that have never been collected, new annotations of the entire series by Piskor, and much more.

Hip Hop Family Tree is the entertaining, encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture. Piskor’s cartooning crackles like Kirby and 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 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. Like the acclaimed hip hop documentaries Style Wars and ScratchHip Hop Family Tree is an 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.

Discover the history of hip hop in graphic novel form!

Mark Buckingham, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Gene Ha, Adriana Melo, Ed Piskor, and Andy Runton are coming to Baltimore Comic Con 2023

The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor at the Baltimore Convention Center this September 8-10, 2023. The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced comic guests Mark Buckingham, Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez, Gene Ha, Adriana Melo, Ed Piskor, and Andy Runton for its 2023 event. Get your tickets available now.

Mark Buckingham, who is best-known and most-celebrated for his work on the long-running Vertigo title Fables, began his career in 1990 working with Neil Gaiman on Miracleman from Eclipse Comics. Working on such titles as 2000 ADHellblazer, and Shade, the Changing Man, he became a mainstay at DC Comics after taking over art duties on Fables with issue #6. His run on the popular imprint title has earned him four Eisner Awards, including Best New Series in 2003, Best Serialized Story in 2005 and 2006, and Best Artist/Penciler/Inker in 2007.

Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez was born in Spain and began drawing comics professionally in Argentina at age 13. In the 1960s, he drew romance titles for Charlton Comics. Garcia-Lopez came to the U.S. in 1974 and started working for DC Comics, drawing series such as SupermanBatmanHawkmanTarzan, and Jonah Hex. His other notable work includes Atari ForceDeadmanNew Teen Titans, and On The Road to Perdition. Since 1982, Garcia-Lopez has designed and pencilled the definitive versions of SupermanBatmanWonder Woman, and many other characters for various DC Comics style guides, which are created for licensees only. His style guide art has been seen on countless DC Comics licensed products and is still being used today.

Four-time Eisner winner Gene Ha is known for his art on Fables and on Alan Moore’s Top 10. He currently writes and draws Mae from Oni Press. It’s the story of Mae Fortell, a girl who follows her long missing sister Abbie to a world of mad science and mystery. Gene lives outside Chicago in Berwyn, IL with his lovely wife Lisa. Learn more at http://www.geneha.com/.

Adriana Melo has worked for Marvel, DC, Image Comics, and Titan Comics. Some of the books she has worked as a penciler/artist are: Fantastic FourIron ManSilver SurferAmazing Spider-ManAmazing Spider-Man Presents: JackpotStar Wars: EmpireRose & ThornWitchbladeMiss MarvelBirds of PreyCatwomanHarley Quinn and Poison IvyFemale FuriesPlastic ManDr. Who: New Adventures of the Ninth DoctorHarley and Ivy Meet Betty and VeronicaMarvel Voices, and Trial of the Amazons. You can find her most recent work in the DC Comics series Wonder Girl with Joelle Jones, and in Superman: Action Comics.

Ed Piskor has been cartooning professionally in print form since 2005, starting off drawing American Splendor comics written by Harvey Pekar. The duo continued working together on two graphic novels, Macedonia and The Beats. Ed began self-publishing Wizzywig after developing a huge interest in the history of hacking and phone phreaking. His New York Times Best-Selling series Hip Hop Family Tree, which was originally serialized on Boing Boing, has gone back to print numerous times, and won the 2015 Eisner Award for “Best Reality-Based Work.” X-Men Grand Design, for Marvel, was released in 2017-2019 to wide acclaim and his current series, Red Room is his publisher, Fantagraphics’ best-selling comic in their history.

Andy Runton is the award-winning creator of Owly, the kind-hearted little owl who’s always searching for new friends and adventures. Owly showcases Andy’s love of wildlife and the outdoors, and has earned him multiple awards, including the Eisner Award for Best Publication for a Younger Audience. The Owly books have been praised for their “charm, wisdom, and warmth” by Booklist, and WIRED.com said they are “one of the best comics for kids around. Period.” Andy lives in the greater Atlanta area, where he works full time as a writer and illustrator. Visit him online at andyrunton.com.

Pronouns: he/him

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Sarah Andersen (Sarah’s Scribbles), Marty Baumann (Pixar artist), Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics), Jon Bogdanove (The Death of Superman), Judy Bogdanove (Steel Annual), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Jim Calafiore (NED, Lord of the Pit), Richard Case (Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror), Howard Chaykin (Time Squared), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Amy Chu (KISS: The End), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Abby Denson (Uniquely Japan), Todd Dezago (The Perhapanauts), Jan Duursema (Star Wars: The High Republic), Garth Ennis (The Boys), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Mike Grell (Jon Sable), Gene Ha (Mae), Tony Harris (The Whistling Skull), Mike Hawthorne (Deadpool), Greg Hildebrandt (Star Wars), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Matthew Loux (Prunella and the Cursed Skull Ring), Kevin Maguire (Justice League), Tom Mandrake (Spectre), Laura Martin (Nubia: Queen of the Amazons), Adriana Melo (Action Comics), Pop Mhan (Gears of War 3), Ed Piskor (Red Room: Trigger Warnings), Joe Prado (Superman), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Steve Rude (Nexus), Jim Rugg (Hulk Grand Design), Andy Runton (Owly), Louise Simonson (The Death of Superman 30th Anniversary Special), Walter Simonson (Thor), John K. Snyder III (Suicide Squad), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), and John Workman (Wild Things).

Discover the Art of Spain Rodriguez with Bad Attitude – Now Streaming on Amazon

Moving, thought-provoking, both personal and political, Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez explores the controversial art and life of the legendary underground cartoonist through the lens of his wife, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Susan Stern.

From the propaganda comics of WWII, to the underground comics breakthrough in 1960s New York and San Francisco, to the graphic novels of today, Bad Attitude is an enthralling history of comics and a rousing call to art and activism. Featuring a roster of friends and family, Bad Attitude dives deep into Spain’s life with insight from comics luminaries R. Crumb, Art Spiegelman, Trina Robbins, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, and Ed Piskor, and features animation by Spain’s daughter, the New York-based artist, Nora Rodriguez.

Bad Attitude is a love letter to my partner in art and life, Spain Rodriguez, but it is also a love letter to all activists, especially artist-activists,” says director Susan Stern. “I hope Bad Attitude creates a space for conversation about the art and social justice we are trying to make, the ways we fail, and how we can be forgiven.” 

Bad Attitude: The Art of Spain Rodriguez premiered in the Breakouts section at the 2021 Slamdance Film Festival and is now available to stream through Amazon.

Celebrate 30 Years of Prophet with Prophet #1 Remastered in July

Rob Liefeld and Image Comics have teamed up to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Prophet with an a remastered version of Prophet #1 drawn by an all-star roster of comic book talent from past and present. Image is pleased to reveal an extended preview from this exciting upcoming release. 

John Prophet first debuted in July 1992 in the pages of Youngblood #2, written and drawn by Rob Liefeld. The character became an instant hit with audiences and created a demand that he star in his own showcase series featuring art by Dan Panosian from stories and layouts by Liefeld. 

Prophet Remastered #1 features art by Philip Tan, Kenneth Roccafort, Clay Mann, Viktor Bogdonavic, V. Ken Marion, Marat Mychaels, Dan Fraga, Karl Altstaetter, Dan Panosian, Cory Hamscher, Thomas Hedglen, Tom Scioli, Jim Rugg, Ed Piskor, Robert Willis, Raymond Leonard, Ale Garza, Ryan Kincaid, and the legendary Liefeld himself.

In October 2021 it was announced that Jake Gyllenhaal will play John Prophet in a movie version of Prophet with Sam Hargrave directing and a script from Marc Guggenheim. Liefeld will serve as Executive Producer with Jeff Robinov of Studio 8. 

Prophet #1 Remastered (Diamond Code MAY220066) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 20. 

Hulk: Grand Design Gets Posters from Jim Rugg, Ed Piskor, and Mondo

Today, Mondo is offering three new posters for Hulk: Grand Design by cartoonists Jim Rugg and Ed Piskor.

First up Mondo has Jim’s brilliant cover to Issue #1, “Monster,” featuring the massive mug of the green goliath. This may or may not be life size to the actual Hulk, when on your wall.

Additionally, Mondo will also have an Original Art variant based on a high res scan of Jim’s original pencils and inks for the cover.

Next up, Mondo will also have Ed’s brilliant variant cover – a beautiful homage to Todd McFarlane’s iconic cover for Hulk #340

These posters will be available on Thursday, April 14 at 11AM CT on The Drop at mondoshop.com.

Hulk: Grand Design Screenprinted Poster

Artwork by Jim Rugg.
Edition size: 200

Hulk: Grand Design Screenprinted Poster

Hulk: Grand Design Screenprinted Poster Original Art Variant

Artwork by Jim Rugg.
Edition size: 95

Hulk: Grand Design Screenprinted Poster Original Art Variant

Hulk: Grand Design (Piskor) Screenprinted Poster

Artwork by Ed Piskor
Edition size: 200

Hulk: Grand Design (Piskor) Screenprinted Poster

Indie Stars Cook, Kemple, Moore, Piskor, Rugg, and Simpson Come to Baltimore

Baltimore Comic Con 2022

The Baltimore Comic-Con lights up the Inner Harbor this October 28-30, 2022 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Baltimore Comic-Con prides itself on the breadth and depth of our comics guests, and are happy to feature creators with great indie comics cred in 2022: Katie Cook, Chris Kemple, Terry Moore, Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg, and Don SimpsonTickets are on sale now!

Katie Cook is the creator of the comic Nothing Special on LineWebtoon, an all-ages adventure about a girl, a boy with fairy wings and a dead Radish. It’s her favorite thing and you should read it. Katie also wrote and drew the webcomic Gronk: A Monster’s Story, which lost several awards but is still delightful. Katie spent several years as one of the primary writers on IDW’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and has also done projects with Marvel, BOOM! Studios, and more (sorry for referring to some of you publishers as “and more”). She’s also illustrated several Star Wars children’s books for Disney LucasFilm Press and created artwork for the Disney Wonderground Gallery. Artist and writer! Double threat!

Chris Kemple is one of the contributors to the digital comics effort, Artist Alley Comics. After graduating with a BFA in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University, Kemple worked as an assistant at Artamus Studios with Richard Case, Mike Wieringo, Jeff Parker, Casey Jones, and Scott Hampton, among others. Currently a teacher and freelance artist, Chris was a founding member of and texture artist and 3D object modeler at video game development studio, Red Storm Entertainment.

Indy powerhouse, Terry Moore, began his career in comics with the critically acclaimed epic series, Strangers in Paradise, the compelling love story between three unlikely friends who find themselves bound together by their pasts. The long-running series garnered many awards, including the coveted Eisner Award for Best Serialized Story and the National Cartoonists Society Comic Book Division Reuben Award. Strangers in Paradise has been translated into twenty-one languages and is as popular today as when it was first published in 1993. Terry marked twenty-five years of Strangers in Paradise with new stories in a ten issue limited series, Strangers in Paradise XXV.

Moore has created many award winning series, including Motor Girl, the story of a wounded warrior and her imaginary best friend, Rachel Rising, a horror comic with a ten-year old serial killer named Zoe, Echo, a science fiction thriller, and Five Years, which brings together characters from all of his series in one heart-stopping story. Terry has also published a How To Draw book as well as a yearly Sketchbook. He has just finished his latest series, Serial, where he brings Zoe back to hunt down the killer of her longtime friend.

The recipient of numerous industry awards worldwide, Moore continues to create strong female characters in extraordinary stories that touch the hearts of readers around the world.

In addition to publishing work under his own label, Abstract Studio, Moore has worked for Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, BOOM! Studios, and other major publishers throughout his twenty-nine year career.

Ed Piskor has been cartooning professionally in print form since 2005, starting off drawing American Splendor comics written by Harvey Pekar. The duo continued working together on two graphic novels, Macedonia and The Beats. Ed began self-publishing Wizzywig after developing a huge interest in the history of hacking and phone phreaking. His New York Times Best-Selling series Hip Hop Family Tree, which was originally serialized on Boing Boing, has gone back to print numerous times, and won the 2015 Eisner Award for “Best Reality-Based Work.” X-Men Grand Design, for Marvel, was released in 2017-2019 to wide acclaim and his current series, Red Room is his publisher, Fantagraphics’ best-selling comic in their history.

Jim Rugg is a writer, artist, designer, illustrator, and YouTuber. His comics include Hulk Grand DesignStreet AngelThe PLAIN JanesAfrodisiac, and Supermag. Honors include Eisner and Ignatz Awards and AIGA’s 50 Books/50 Covers selection. He is the co-host of YouTube’s popular comics channel — Cartoonist Kayfabe.

Don Simpson is best known as the creator of the satirical superhero series Megaton Man for Kitchen Sink Press and Image Comics, the science fiction saga Border Worlds (collected by Dover in 2017), and Marvel’s one-shot CRAZY! reboot (2019). A veteran of the 80s-90s indy movement, Don worked for every major comic book imprint in the late twentieth century, including Mirage Studios (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Image Comics (Splitting ImageThe Savage Dragon vs. Megaton Man1963), Fantagraphics (King Kong), and DC (WastelandFlash AnnualSecret OriginsAction Comics Weekly). Under his Fiasco Comics imprint, Don self-published 17 issues of Bizarre Heroes, a universe of characters surrounding the cast of Megaton Man. More recently, Don has been authoring his weekly prose novel, The Ms. Megaton Man Maxi-Series, at msmegatonman.blogspot.com, a sober but wry sci-fi take on his imaginative universe. Most recently, Don teamed up with William Messner-Loebs, Jason Moore, and Tom Orzechowski on Victory Folks—The Golden Age Public Domain Supergroup in the newly-released YEET! Presents #50 in 2022. Don is excited to be a guest at Baltimore Comic-Con for the very first time this year!


Confirmed guests for this year’s show include: John Beatty (Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars), Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics), Brett Breeding (Superman), Mark Buckingham (Fables), Jim Calafiore (NED, Lord of the Pit), Richard Case (Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror), Howard Chaykin (Time Squared), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (Nothing Special), Kevin Cuffe (Metalshark Bro), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Roses for the Dead), Bob Frantz (Metalshark Bro), Gene Ha (Mae, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Bob Hall (West Coast Avengers), Mike Hawthorne (Happiness Will Follow), Greg Hildebrandt (Star Wars), Klaus Janson (Daredevil, Friday and Saturday only), Chris Kemple (Artist Alley Comics), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Alien), Barry Kitson (Amazing Spider-Man), Joseph Michael Linsner (Red Sonja), Howard Mackie (Ghost Rider), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Shawn McManus (Sandman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Frank Miller (Sin City, Friday and Saturday only), Bill Morrison (The Simpsons), Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien), Richard Pace (Second Coming, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Andrew Pepoy (Simone & Ajax), Khoi Pham (Teen Titans), Ed Piskor (Red Room: Trigger Warnings), Afua Richardson (Omni), Jon Romita, Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Jim Rugg (Hulk Grand Design), Louise Simonson (X-Men Legends), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Don Simpson (Megaton Man), Mark Waid (Superman: Red and Blue), Emily S. Whitten (The Underfoot), Keith Williams (Thor the Worthy), and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).

Dark Horse To Publish Geof Darrow’s Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel to Be Kin

This year, Dark Horse Comics will publish Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel to Be Kin, an all-new, seven part comic book series of action-packed intellectual drama by award-winning Geof Darrow and Eisner award-winning colorist Dave Stewart. The latest installment in the Eisner-Award-winning Shaolin Cowboy series is set in Phase 4 of the SCU, where the Shaolin Cowboy finds his parenting skills being tested when he is forced to homeschool during a pandemic of unparalleled violence, in a story torn from yesterday’s viral twitter feeds. Can he get a kung fu grip on the situation before a horde of .45 loving human monsters and not so human monsters send him to the ICU? Only guns, swords, and flying guillotines will tell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

For nearly twenty years, Darrow’s been creating stories for the Shaolin Cowboy that are chock full of monsters, carnage, copses, and chainsaws. For the latest, epic Shaolin Cowboy series, some of the biggest names in comics will provide variant covers:

  • issue #1: Mike Mignola
  • issue #1: Alice Darrow
  • issue #2: Frank Quitely
  • issue #2: Ed Piskor
  • issue #3: Stan Sakai
  • issue #3: Steve Skroce
  • issue #4: Duncan Fegredo
  • issue #4: Jim Rugg
  • issue #5: Katsuya Terada
  • issue #6: James Harren
  • issue #7: Tsui Hark

Dark Horse Comics will publish Shaolin Cowboy: Cruel to Be Kin issue 1 on May 18, 2022.

Review: Snake Eyes: Deadgame

Snake Eyes must take on an ancient threat while deadly secrets are revealed.

Story: Rob Liefeld, Chad Bowers
Art: Rob Liefeld
Color: Federico Blee
Letterer: Andworld Design
Ink: Adelso Corona, Cory Hamscher, Philip Tan, Ed Piskor, Jim Rugg, Chance Wolf, Whilce Portactio, Karl Kesel, Ryan Ottley, Paul Scott, Neal Adams, Tom Scioli, Marat Mychaels, Kevin Eastman, Jerry Ordway, Karl Kerschl, Eric Canete, Dan Panosian, Dan Fraga, Karl Altstaetter, Bjorn Hyne

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Preview: Red Room #4


(W) Ed Piskor (A) Ed Piskor
In Shops: Sep 15, 2021
Fantagraphics Books

The breakout smash hit of 2021 wraps up its debut four-issue monthly “season” with a trio of tales inspired by the great EC Comics such as Tales from the Crypt and focusing on Donna Butcher, the original Queen of the Red Rooms! “Cyclical Territory,” “Pure Evil,” and “Snuff Said” explore Butcher’s origins in the VHS/Betamax era of torture porn before twisting into a contemporary revenge fantasy gone wrong. Another stand alone masterpiece from creator of X-Men: Grand Design and Hip Hop Family Tree! As seen on Cartoonist Kayfabe (YouTube)!


Preview: Red Room #3

Red Room #3

(W) Ed Piskor (A) Ed Piskor
In Shops: Jul 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Levee Turks was an encryption software prodigy serving a life sentence for creating an online drug empire until the feds proposed a deal: infiltrate red rooms and help the FBI crack down on these deepest corners of the dark web. But Turks soon finds that prison might be a better fate… Another killer stand-alone issue of the all-new monthly series from the creator of Hip Hop Family Tree and X-Men: Grand Design! As seen on Piskor’s YouTube channel sensation, Cartoonist Kayfabe!

Red Room #3
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