Our press release from today:
Hollywood Theater Welcomes Ed Piskor, cartoonist and author of Hip-Hop Family Tree on October 10, 2013
Piskor will discuss and sign his new book. In addition, he will provide some commentary on the classic Hip-Hop film Wild Style.
The historic Hollywood Theater in Dormont is proud to welcome cartoonist Ed Piskor to a special event, celebrating his new book, Hip Hop Family Tree. Piskor, a native of Pittsburgh, is perhaps best known for Wizzywig, his meticulously researched history of phone phreaking and computer hacking. Lauded by a very diverse set of critics, from The Comics Journal to Wired, Wizzywig demonstrated Piskor’s talent for distilling often obtuse facts into a compulsively readable (and relatable) narrative.
Piskor has since set his sights on the world of Hip-Hop. In Hip-Hop Family Tree, he collects the comic strips of the same name from his weekly column at Boingboing.net. He tells the story of the lesser known- but no less influential- players of Hip-Hop’s formative years. Coupling his down-to-the-smallest detail knack for research with a unique coloring and printing process, designed to give the book that old school feel, Piskor has delivered something truly special with Hip-Hop Family Tree. On their own, these strips are both interesting and entertaining, but, collected in book form, Hip-Hop Family Tree amounts to a sacred text for Hip-Hop fans and fans of underground culture in general.
On October 10, Piskor will discuss the experience of bringing Hip-Hop Family Tree to fruition. He will also discuss and screen Wild Style, the 1983 film that played a major role in bringing Hip-Hop culture to the mainstream. As a special bonus for attendees, Piskor has created a print inspired by Hip-Hop Family Tree. This signed and numbered print (limited to just 25) is available for sale at http://www.showclix.com/event/3778306. Purchase of the print, pictured below, also entitles the buyer to a discounted admission to the event. Piskor will also have advance copies of his book for sale and signing. Regular admission to the October 10 screening is just $10/person. Doors will open at 7PM and the event will begin at 8PM.