Ed Piskor’s book Wizzywig, about the early days of phone phreaking, comes out in comics shops this week (or so, depending on where you are). Ed originally self-published the story in three books, which sold a kind of dizzying amount for an “alternative” comic, thanks in part to a lot of attention from Boing Boing—whose audience is probably a perfect one for a story about pre-Internet social network history.
What a lot of people might not realize is the new Top Shelf edition, collecting all three original books into one volume, was largely rewritten and redrawn from the originals. Ed re-serialized the new version as a webcomic, and that’s what’s being re-published now. Beyond the fact of it being a good book, this weird journey through various publication models is almost as interesting as the story itself, which after all features a main character who just sort of makes up his own angle on things during a time of technological flux.
Wizzywig will be available through better comics shops everywhere (if it isn’t already), as well as through Top Shelf in both print and digital editions. And of course on Amazon, if that’s how you roll.