Ed Piskor, the genius behind X-Men: Grand Design and the hip-hop family tree, has died at the age of 41.

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Ed Piskor


The world has lost Ed Piskor, a revolutionary artist who left an indelible legacy in the pages of comics history.

The world of comics mourned the death of Ed Piskor, a pillar of the industry at the age of 41, leaving behind a legacy of creativity and storytelling. The news, confirmed in a Facebook post by his sister Justine Cleaves on April 1, shocked fans and colleagues alike, highlighting Piscor’s huge influence on the series’ art scene.

Cartoonist Kayfabe, Comic, Ed Piskor, Hip-Hop Family Tree, X-Men: Grand Design

The imprint of a visionary

Piskor was an unparalleled visual storyteller with both his award-winning work on The Hip-Hop Family Tree and his groundbreaking work on X-Men: Grand Design. His ability to weave complex stories through vignettes has positioned him as a leading voice in comics, a bridge between pop culture and graphic narrative that captures the essence of action and heroes.

The Hip-Hop Family Tree wasn’t just for Piscor’s project; It was a feeling. In the year From the pages of Boing Boing, where he began a semi-regular feature in 2012, to his culmination in the volumes collected by Fantagraphics, Piscor has charted the lineage of hip-hop like never before. The pages chronicled the beginnings of the genre, from DJ Kool Herc to Ice-T, not only the evolution of the music, but its indelible influence on global culture.

In the year In 2017, Piscore’s art took a new direction with X-Men: Grand Design, a Marvel Comics masterpiece that brought together decades of mutant stories into a cohesive and accessible narrative. Piscor recounts the X-Men’s triumphs, tragedies, and eternal struggles through the eyes of a Uatu viewer, demonstrating his ability to weave complex chronologies into compelling tales.

Cartoonist Kayfabe, Comic, Ed Piskor, Hip-Hop Family Tree, X-Men: Grand DesignCartoonist Kayfabe, Comic, Ed Piskor, Hip-Hop Family Tree, X-Men: Grand Design

Beyond the paper

Piskor also excelled outside of the drawing studio, hosting the cartoonist Kayfabe YouTube channel and podcast. With nearly 100,000 subscribers, it became a place to delve deeper into the art and industry, offering artist-to-artist interviews and enriching conversations that demonstrate a passion for sharing knowledge and an appreciation of the medium.

However, the road was not without controversy. Recently, co-host Jim Rugg announced the end of his working relationship with Piscor, after allegations of misconduct cast a shadow over parts of his career. This event invites you to reflect on the complexity of public figures and their traditions while appreciating art and examining their actions.

A loss to the comic world

Piscor’s departure leaves a void at the heart of the industry, but a rich legacy of creativity and passion for serial art. Survived by his parents, siblings and fans, his work remains a testament to his talent, a reminder of his ability to transcend the comic page to become an integral part of our culture.

Cartoonist Kayfabe, Comic, Ed Piskor, Hip-Hop Family Tree, X-Men: Grand DesignCartoonist Kayfabe, Comic, Ed Piskor, Hip-Hop Family Tree, X-Men: Grand Design

In this time of mourning, we remember not only the artist, but the person in the illustrations; Although his life was full of controversy, his contribution to the world of art and storytelling was undeniable.

In every memory, on every page, Piscore has left an indelible mark, reminding us of the power of storytelling, the ability to connect the world and people through the art of comics. His bitter but deeply influential legacy continues to inspire generations of artists and readers.