Posts Tagged ‘cartoon’

Everything is Dooable

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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Matt “Doo” Reid (March 2nd, 1971 – December 12th, 1998)

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One of the most important and yet underrated hip hop visual artists since the days of Basquiat, Haring, and Quinones. (more…)

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Roots & Culture of the Hip Hop Family Tree

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Every Tuesday for over a year now, Pittsburgh resident Ed Piskor has been adding to an increasingly complex archive, telling the tale of hip hop from DJ Kool Herc onward, including an ever growing flowchart of nearly all its innovators, influences and important participants. He does this by penning, illustrating and digitally inking his webcomic, Hip Hop Family Tree.

His subject matter is well researched, pulling from documentary and historical footage, books and interviews, then compiling what is known into a weekly story, with some occasional artistic license thrown in for good measure when needed. However, his overall goals seem to include both accuracy and increased awareness, having already gotten props from the likes of Chuck D, Fab Five Freddy and Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five.

And this does not look like your typical webcomic. In fact it doesn’t look like any comic due to its educational and authentic nature, in addition to its wide reaching scope. The look and style is that somewhat reminiscent of R. Crumb but also pulls from the traditional four color format of superhero comics, down to the yellowed newsprint paper and colors being grabbed from such iconic hues as Superman’s cape. Piskor cites DC Comics’ 1978 issue Superman vs. Muhammad Ali as an early hip hop comic crossover due in part to the fact that Ali won.

Ed’s thesis statement prior to Hip Hop Family Tree’s first issue. (Click to enlarge.)

So far the actual comic does a fine job of following a rough chronology, building off of what is already established and explaining who these people are and their contributions while still being comprehensive and yet easy to follow.

According to interviews the artist has done with the site that hosts Hip Hop Family Tree: Boing Boing, as well as About.com, Columbus Museum of ArtInternational Design TimesMTV Hive and Reglar Wiglar, among others, he plans to make upwards of six hundred pages worth (saying it may take up to a decade to complete), going as far as showing the deaths of Tupac and Biggie or at least the last episode of Yo! MTV Raps, though he has also thought about stopping as early as Wu-Tang and Illmatic.

To see what is going on behind the scenes, constant updates are being posted by Mr. Piskor himself on his Tumblr and Twitter pages.

Click to see the process in which Ed creates his art.

Download the first sixty issues, properly organized and titled either here or here and be sure to check here each and every Tuesday for the next in the series.

(Note: The weekly family tree itself is included in a separate folder within the download, though it is missing a few pages. That is because either nobody new was added that week and / or the wrong photo was uploaded to the site, meaning this collection is as complete as it can be as of this posting.)

If you like what you see, a physical copy including illustrations by other artists and a bibliography will be included in the first volume of Hip Hop Family Tree (of which there will be at least four others), which’ll be released sometime before Christmas this year. The project is available for pre-order now.

— The Big Sleep

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Bobby Digital In Video

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Bobby Digital Video Shoot, 2000

Like most Wu-heads, I’ve been hearing that The Rza’s unreleased Bobby Digital movie, Bobby Did It, will finally see the light of day for damn near a decade1, so when Wu-Tang’s official Facebook page posted on March 27, “We are about to give some of that Bobby Digital movie,” I took it with a grain of salt. Not surprisingly, the clip still hadn’t arrived when I checked back the next day. Nevertheless, I looked again on April 2 and though it still hadn’t been posted, while searching YouTube I stumbled on something else, something I’d never even heard of before: the Bobby Digital Cartoon Pilot. This got me wondering what other Bob Digi footage is hiding out in the cybernetic back alleys of the information superhighway.

So without further adieu, we bring to you live in stere-ereo, Bobby Digital in Video. (more…)

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  1.  Though a screening was indeed scheduled to occur Friday, June 4 at the St. George’s Theatre as part of the Staten Island Film Festival (see the 3rd to last comment here), I’m yet to hear from anyone who was actually in attendance. I don’t doubt that this screening occurred, but it’s as if Bobby zapped the audience members with a fazer gun that wiped their memories or swore them to secrecy. []