ORIGINAL SLIPCASE ART FOR VOLUMES 3 & 4 OF THE HIP HOP FAMILY TREE, 2015
Pencil and ink with numerous small printed acrylic overlays on stiff paper (two joined sheets, overall 10 by 22 inches); joined on verso with three pieces of tape.
"This piece was inspired by the Hernandez brothers’ cover to Love and Rockets Vol. I #50. It was originally done for my second Free Comic Book Day comic. On a Friday, Eric Reynolds and I discovered we needed a cover by Monday. I spent that day looking through my stuff for inspiration hoping to find a beautiful, single character composition to steal, but once I saw the cover to L&R #50 I put on the coffee and turned my phone off for the weekend."
From Fantagraphics, the publisher:"Hip Hop Family Tree Book 3: 1983-1984. The third volume of the popular webcomic tells the true story of hip-hoppers The Beastie Boys, Run DMC, The Fat Boys, and many more.
Ed Piskor’s acclaimed graphic novel series continues! Book 3 highlights Run DMC’s rise to fame and introduces unassailable acts like Whodini, The Fat Boys, Slick Rick, and Doug E Fresh. The Beastie Boys become a rap group. Rick Rubin meets Russell Simmons to form Def Jam. The famous TV pilot to the dance show Graffiti Rock and the documentaries Style Wars and Breakin’ and Enterin’ are all highlighted in this comprehensive volume spanning 1983-1984. Ed Piskor continues to deliver the goods in this comprehensive history of hip hop."
"Hip Hop Family Tree Book 4: 1984-1985. In the latest volume of the history of hip-hop told in graphic novel form, we are introduced to characters such as Dr. Dre, Will Smith, Salt-N-Pepa (some of whom were featured in the hit summer movie, Straight Out of Compton), and many more.
Book 4 charts the rise of Dr. Dre and Def Jam records, and introduces new branches on the "tree": Will Smith, Salt-N-Pepa, Rakim, and Biz Markie. This volume is also jam-packed with films Hollywood released in an attempt to cash in on the phenomenon, like Breakin’, Breakin’ 2 Electric Boogaloo, Beat Street, Krush Groove and more."
Illustrated: Ed Piskor: The Fantagraphics Studio Edition, p. 133
Courtesy Ed Piskor