Remember comic books’ future king Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree last year? We were pretty excited to learn that the deeply detailed history of hip hop was going to be published in comic book form by Fantagraphics, and news that the second volume is about to drop has us going as much as the first did. Volume #2 covers years 1981 to 1983, when RUN-DMC, NWA and the Beastie Boys are arriving on the scene, in the same faultlessly retro detail as #1 did.
Ed actually uploads new pages to Boing Boing as he draws them too, which is just the best treat going. “They say the story of Jesus is the greatest ever told,” MTV say in praise for the book, “but JC didn’t steal a DJ mixer during the New York Blackout of ’77 or bomb a subway car with Fab Five Freddy.” Which is a claim we believe to be true. You can pre-order it here now.