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Making Music with Comics: ED PISKOR on Hip Hop Family Tree and VIVEK J. TIWARY on The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story , with PETER BAGGE and PAUL POPE. Moderated by JOAN HILTY

Saturday, Nov. 23, 11:00 a.m., Centre Gallery (Building 1, 3rd Floor, Room 1365)

Author(s) and Guest(s)

Ed Piskor

Hip Hop Family Tree (Hip Hop Family Tree; $24.99) is an encyclopedic comics history of the formative years of hip hop that captures the personalities and  performances of old-school pioneers and early stars like DJ Kool Herc, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, plus the charismatic players behind the scenes like Russell Simmons; Debbie Harry, Keith Haring. Piskor began drawing American Splendor comics with the late Harvey Pekar.  He has also designed characters for the new Adult Swim series, Mongo Wrestling Alliance.    


Vivek Tiwary

The Fifth Beatle:  The Brian Epstein Story (Dark Horse; $49.99) is a graphic novel that recounts the untold true story of the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool, nurtured, protected, and guided them to international stardom, and died extremely successful and painfully lonely at the age of 32. Vivek Tiwary is an award-winning producer, writer, and financier for film, television, theater, music, and graphic novels. On Broadway, Vivek’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards from 44 Tony nominations.  

Peter Bagge

In Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story (Drawn & Quarterly; $21.95) indie cartoonist Peter Bagge presents the life of the birth-control activist, educator, nurse, mother, and protofeminist from her birth in the late nineteenth century to her death after the invention of the birth control pill. Bagge is the Harvey Award–winning author of the acclaimed nineties alternative-comic series Hate.  

Paul Pope

Comics legend Paul Pope presents a new hero in his graphic novel Battling Boy (First Second Books; $15.99).  Monsters roam through Arcopolis, swallowing children into the horrors of their shadowy underworld. Only one man is a match for them - the genius vigilante Haggard West.  Unfortunately, he's dead. When salvation comes in the form of a twelve-year-old demigod, no one is more surprised than Battling Boy.  "Smashingly beautiful . . . a thunderclap of a book."--Junot Diaz.  Pope is the two-time Eisner-award winning author-illustrator ofBatman:  Year 100, Heavy Liquid, and 100%.  He is also the designer of this Fair's poster dedicated to Generations Genius Days.    

Joan Hilty

As a senior editor at the DC Comics/Vertigo imprint, Hilty acquired and edited award-winning original graphic novels.   She is also the creator of the syndicated comic strip Bitter Girl, and her work has appeared in the Village Voice, The Advocate, Ms. Magazine, Women’s Review of Books, among others.  Currently, Hilty is an independent editor and packager of fiction and nonfiction, specializing in graphic novels.    

Joan Hilty is the comics editor for Nickelodeon Global Publishing, whose books include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW Publishing) and Avatar: The Last Airbender (Dark Horse Comics).

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