Eisner-Winning Comics Creator Ed Piskor Destroyed by Cancel Culture


Ed Piskor, the acclaimed artist behind the Eisner Award-winning comic series Hip Hop Family Tree, has reportedly passed away, as announced in a Facebook post by his sister.



Survived by his parents, siblings, and nieces and nephews, Piskor left a significant mark in the comic industry with Hip Hop Family Tree, a celebrated chronicle of hip-hop’s evolution. His work garnered further recognition with the release of X-Men: Grand Design in 2018, a comprehensive retelling of the X-Men’s history.



Piskor, known as the co-host of the popular podcast and YouTube channel Cartoonist Kayfabe, had recently faced controversy following allegations of sexual misconduct by a few women, wherein he had allegedly sent suggestive messages to them while they were 17 years old (for what its worth, the age of consent in Pittsburg is 16). The controversy began when Molly Dwyer, and then Molly Wright, accused Piskor of inappropriate behavior (some screenshots can be read here), prompting public scrutiny, and then apologies from Piskor for his interactions with Dwyer, while denying Wright’s allegations.


This led to the cancellation of a planned art exhibit in Pittsburgh showcasing his Hip Hop Family Tree art. Then his Cartoonist Kayfabe co-host Jim Rugg announced the termination of their longtime “working relationship” via Instagram on Saturday. Cartoonist Kayfabe had attracted a sizable audience with its insightful discussions and artist-to-artist interviews, including notable figures like Mike Mignola and Steve Rude. 


Piskor’s latest comic, Red Room, had stirred up another type of controversy due to a variant cover inspired by Art Spiegelman’s Maus, which drew criticism for its juxtaposition of violent satire with Holocaust subject matter. Both Rugg and Fantagraphics, the publisher, later issued apologies.


On Monday, Piskor posted a detailed note on his Facebook page, addressing the allegations, revealing his struggles, and indicating plans for self-harm.



In the note, posted Monday morning, Piskor took the time to call out various people adjacent to the comic book industry who he said were participating in “cancel culture;” notably Alex DeCampi, Evan Dorkin, and Ramon Villalobos.


“There were so many out there waiting in the wings for something like this to emerge. Daryl Ayo Braithwait called it a kill shot. You all got your wish. You were waiting for something to blow out of proportion and it got served to you on a silver platter. Ramon Villalobos, Cam Del Rosario, JB Roe, Molly Wright, congratulations. You got your pound of flesh. Evan Dorkin, I hope skeletons from your closet get revealed someday. Alex DeCampi, may you continue to have zero success no matter how hard you continuously leverage other people’s business from your bully pulpit.”



Piskor’s passing, initially announced on Facebook by his family, was later confirmed by a local funeral home by Comicbook.com. His final, six page letter of sadness, closure, and final wishes, can be read in its entirety here.  Piskor was 41 years old.



Everyone at Bleeding Fool offers our sincere condolences to Mr. Piskor’s family, friends, loved ones, and fans.



Remember, you can call or text 988 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to reach free, live support if you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide, a mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress.


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