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Wizzywig by Ed Piskor


by Ed Piskor

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This was a little slow sometimes but the detailed view into the life of a hacker was interesting. It really brought me back to the 90's when hacking was this new threat that might destroy the world. The main character reminded me of Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Catch Me If You Can", a character concept I've always loved. ( )
  ragwaine | Dec 3, 2015 |
Great insight into the early days of computer hackers. ( )
  LJMax | Aug 21, 2015 |
"Wizzywig" tells the story of Kevin Phenicle, a (fictional) hacker who becomes jailed for his exploits as a phone line hacker in the 60s and 70s. It is both written and illustrated by Ed Piskor, and is based on research on real hackers in the US during that time.

The book has some interesting narrative devices and it style is reminiscent of the underground comix that bloomed in the 60s and 70s. At the same time, due to its reliance on narrative devices, the characters and plot are a bit scattered and hard to relate to. ( )
  jasonli | Oct 12, 2014 |
this comic book tells the story of a fictional hacker that has been assembled based on the true stories of several actual hackers, most predominantly Kevin Mitnik. it works pretty well covering mostly early phone hacking and a lot of social engineering. the story is compelling and very dark at times. it's a good read, well drawn. not strictly an complete introduction to the history of hacking but a rather nice addition. ( )
  eeio | Nov 5, 2012 |
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"They say What You See Is What You Get-- but Kevin "Boingthump" Phenicle could always see more than most people. In the world of phone phreaks, hackers, and scammers, he's a legend. His exploits are hotly debated: could he really get free long-distance calls by whistling into a pay phone? Did his video-game piracy scheme accidentally trigger the first computer virus? And did he really dodge the FBI by using their own wiretapping software against them? Is he even a real person? And if he's ever caught, what would happen to a geek like him in federal prison? Inspired by the incredible stories of real-life hackers, WIZZYWIG is the thrilling tale of a master manipulator-- his journey from precocious child scammer to federally wanted fugitive, and beyond. In a world transformed by social networks, data leaks, and digital uprisings, Ed Piskor's debut graphic novel reminds us how much power can rest in the hands of an audacious kid with a keyboard" -- from publisher's web site.… (more)

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