Ed Piskor's bestselling book series Hip Hop Family Tree will released beginning in August as a monthly comic, a first for Fantagraphics Books. Each issue will feature a new cover and splash page, "director's commentary" from Piskor and other extras.
Debuting in 2013, the Eisner-nominated series chronicles the history of hip hop, tracing the genre back to its origins in the South Bronx. The 32-page first issue shines a spotlight on those break-dancers, graffiti artists, DJs and MCs who formed hip-hop culture in the early 1970s.
In another first for the 39-year-old publisher, Hip Hop Family Tree will also feature exclusive variant covers produced for retailers that order more than 1,000 copies. Each inspired by the design of Marvel's 25th anniversary covers published in 1986, and features a different figure from the history of hip hop.
“If you would have told me a year ago that we were going to publish a monthly comic book for the first time ever, with variant covers no less, I would have made a face,” Associate Publisher Eric Reynolds said in a statement. “But Ed is a singular talent, and Hip Hop Family Tree has proven to be a singular property. When Ed first floated the idea of a comic book series, we jumped. I knew he could pull it off in the way that few ever could.”