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Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1 @fantagraphics

Writer/Artist: Ed Piskor @edpiskor
What it’s about: A painstakingly researched and consistently entertaining history of hip-hop.  Volume one covers the mid-70′s through 1981.
How you discovered it: My friend Ben Marra (@traditionalcomics) has a pin-up in the back (plus everybody’s talking about this book)
Why you like it: Music and comics don’t seem like a natural match, but Piskor taps into something really elemental in this book.  It probably helps to know the songs a bit, but you can basically hear them coming out of the page.  Plus, the book’s energy and enthusiasm are totally contagious- if you’re not already a hip-hop fan, HHFT could make you one.  This comics just, like, vibrates.
Favorite moment: There are a few stories that weave through this first volume, but my favorite is the buildup to “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel” (I also like it when another friend of mine, Michael Holman, makes an appearance)

Recommended by Harris Smith, production coordinator/social media editor

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Hip Hop Family Tree #7 (2015)  //  Fantagraphics

Before there was NWA there was a group called the World Class Wreckin’ Cru anchored by the young, impeccable Dr. Dre from Compton. This issue is jam packed with early appearances of Ice T, Public Enemy, Run DMC, Notorious BIG, and a punk rock band called Beastie Boys (which has a female drummer).


Story and art by Ed Piskor

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What’s even better than the first two volumes of Ed Piskor’s excellent, Eisner-nominated visual history of hip hop, Hip Hop Family Tree? Having those two volumes wrapped in this sweet slipcase cover, along with a special, limited-edition 24-page comic, created just for this set!

We are super psyched to unbox this set for your eyes, and we will have more photo and video previews for your viewing pleasure soon! The Hip Hop Family Tree Vols. 1-2: 1975-1983 Box Set is due out in late October. Snag your pre-order today!