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Wizzywig, Vol. 1: Phreak (Wizzywig #1)

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THIS 116 PAGE GRAPHIC NOVEL TELLS THE TALE OF HACKER AND PHONE PHREAK KEVIN “BOINGTHUMP” PHENICLE, AS HE BEGINS HIS FASCINATING CAREER WITH THE EASIEST ACCESSIBLE COMPUTER OF THE 1970S: THE PHONE SYSTEM. KEVIN’S UNQUENCHABLE THIRST FOR KNOWLEDGE LEADS HIM DOWN A DARK AND CRIMINAL PATH OF CHEATING, CONNING, AND TRESPASSING IN ORDER TO GAIN DIRECT ACCESS TO THE INFORMATION H ...more
Paperback, 116 pages
Published January 2008 by Ed Piskor
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Irina slutsky
one of the most interesting comic illustrated stories i have ever read, especially since its about nerdy guys! i mean, really really really nerdy guys from before the internet became what it is today (err, um, facebook LOL) -- from even before the internet was really the internet.

Piskor based his main character on tech hackers and rule breakers Kevin Poulsen and Kevin Mitnick, and the book's protagonist Kevin “BoingThump” Phenicle soon earns all the badges he needs to becomes what is known as a
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Michelle Tackabery
I very much enjoyed this little tale, which tells the story of a phone phreaker's early days. The main character is a composite of several famous phone phreakers and computer hackers who ran afoul of the law in their thirst for knowledge, and uses their personal prank odysseys as fodder for his character's life. Piskor, no stranger to obsession apparently, started on this book, which is the first in a coming series, after listening to old recordings of Emmanuel Goldstein's Off the Hook radio sho ...more
Rich Barrett
A fictionalization of the early days of hackers such as Kevin Mitnick and Kevin Poulsen done in a great looking underground comix style. This first volume dramatizes stuff like Blue Boxes, the 2600 phone frequency and "social engineering." Really interesting stuff especially when you read the footnotes.
Chris
You can get volumes 1 and 2 free from the authors website: http://www.edpiskor.com/.
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Ed Piskor has been cartooning professionally in print form since 2005, starting off drawing American Splendor comics written by Harvey Pekar. The duo continued working together on 2 graphic novels, Macedonia, and The Beats. Ed began self publishing Wizzywig after developing a huge interest in the history of Hacking and Phone Phreaking. 3 volumes, making up 3/4 of the full story, have been publishe ...more
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