Fantagraphics Celebrates Two New Projects With Prolific Cartoonist Ed Piskor

By | March 17, 2023

Fantagraphics is thrilled to announce two new books from Ed Piskor, Hip 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!

Ed Piskor is the New York Times bestselling creator of Hip Hop Family Tree and X-Men: Grand Design as well as the co-conspirator behind the YouTube channel sensation, Cartoonist Kayfabe. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA.