Speaking of hip-hop. I mean, speaking of comics. I wasn't aware of the first volume of Ed Piskor's graphic novel The Hip-Hop Family Tree, until I began seeing stories about the second, which was published last week.
Check out Daniel Genis' story over at The Daily Beast story: "Bam! Pow! Bling! Hip-Hop's History Gets the Graphic Novel Treatment." Genis explains that the first two volumes comprise the "prequel," and subsequent volumes will each cover one year.
I thought this comment was particularly interesting: "Ed explained to me that while a sampling a beat is a well-known device in rap music, he samples colors. He would find old fliers and comics with urban themes and when he noticed something that just looked right, he scanned it in and added the hue to his palette. Perhaps that is why the books look so authentic; they could be artifacts from the era."
Also this: "Rose Porché, who is 54, lived through the birth of hip-hop intimately, dancing at the very block parties that Piskor had drawn. She was amazed by how well the artist had captured the moment, and so were her friends sipping on beers in paper bags. They were equally amazed to learn that Ed Piskor was white, but not a word was said about cultural exploitation or appropriation. Piskor’s work was taken at face value, not an attempt to cash in on a fad for subculture or the meddling of an outsider. In fact, Rose said, “Reading this, you would think he was there, he was listening, and he was black. The fact that he’s a white boy who is only 32 is impressive.”