INTERVIEW: Hip Hop Family Tree's Ed Piskor on the weird old tools of classic comics

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Ed Piskor, creator of Hip Hop Family Tree (which debuted right here at Boing Boing) shared with us some of the ancient artistic tools that inspires his unique technique.

While drawing a splendid Happy Mutant, he takes us through his "war chest": zip-a-tone sheets, letraset, a Leroy lettering gadget, risography, and the immortal spirit of great cartooning.

He also muses on what it's like to teach students who know every corner of a Wacom tablet, but recoil in horror when the only undo level is a splodge of white-out.

Enjoy the 35-minute visit to his studio! And keep an eye out for the Happy Mutant you see below—we'll be auctioning them for a good cause soon. Read the rest

KRS-One meets Mr. Magic

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The confrontation that leads up to the big battle of boroughs between Queens and the Bronx.

Introducing Boogie Down Productions

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KRS-ONE, DJ Scott La Rock, and several emcees from the homeless shelter combine to create a legendary collective in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip.

KRS-One discovers Scott La Rock is a DJ

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Looks are deceiving when KRS-One finds out that the social worker at his homeless shelter has skills on the wheels of steel.

LL Cool J's First LP, Radio

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The first full length album from Def Jam Records in 1985 with special vocal appearance by Russell "Rush" Simmons.

World Class Wreckin' Cru was Dr. Dre's first LP

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Dr. Dre got his first 10,000 hrs practice with the World Class Wreckin' Cru before his career with NWA and beyond.

Steady B, Life in Prison

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A 1980's rapper pulls a caper and pays the consequences in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip.

Def Jam signs with CBS Records.

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Def Jam goes from a cottage business in an NYC dorm room to a major record label.

Deep Cuts from 1985 from the Hip Hop Family Tree

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Beastie Boys Tour with Madonna

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With less than a handful of songs the Beastie Boys got to tour cross-country in 1985 during Madonna's "Virgin" tour.

Krush Groove (part 2) — one of the 80s' biggest Hip Hop movies

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Krush Groove (part 1) — one of the 80s' biggest Hip Hop movies

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This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip is about one of the biggest Hip Hop movies of the 1980s.

Krush Groove is Near...

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This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip is the prelude to one of the greatest rap-inspired movies of the 1980s.

Russell Simmons, Mogul of Hip Hop

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Schoolly D's Influential Hit: PSK, What Does It Mean?

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This week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip is about the man who created gangster rap.

Ice T Deals With A Setback

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A severe car crash prompts Ice T to rethink his life situation leading to choosing either the criminal life, or to roll the dice and take the music business seriously.

Mc Shan and Marley Marl

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Building DJ Marley Marl's rap stable with one more emcee on the road to creating the legendary "Juice Crew" in this week's Hip Hop Family Tree strip.

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