ED PISKOR | "Fat Boys". Original art for Issue 9 splash page of "The Hip Hop Family Tree", 2015
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"FAT BOYS". ORIGINAL ART FOR ISSUE 9 SPLASH PAGE OF THE HIP HOP FAMILY TREE, 2015
Pencil, ink, and marker on stiff paper (17 by 11 inches), signed "Ed Piskor 2020" at bottom.
"If I would have taken a second glance at this page there wouldn’t be all that white space in the title. Also, outer space backgrounds almost can never look bad."
From Fantagraphics, the publisher: "Hip Hop Family Tree Book 1: 1975-1981. From bestselling author and self-proclaimed hip hop nerd Ed Piskor, Hip Hop Family Tree is the entertaining, encyclopedic history of the formative years of the music genre that changed global culture. Originally serialized on the hugely popular website Boing Boing, each volume is 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 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 Scratch, Hip 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."
Illustrated: Ed Piskor: The Fantagraphics Studio Edition, p. 152
Courtesy Ed Piskor