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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.
“Fascinating... Piskor superbly balances action and insight, and gives us a unique window through which to view the ingenious mind of a hacker.” – Publishers Weekly, Best Books of 2012
“Extremely pleasurable... A gripping story with lots of good, meaty forbidden knowledge and insight into the hacker mindset.” – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing
“Wizzywig is a delight, wryly rendered and packed with dead-on details of the hacker life.” – Steven Levy, Wired
“Wizzywig is one of the year’s best graphic novels, combining a thrilling, dramatic tale of curiosity, risk, and consequence, with a fascinating study of what can happen when technology and the ways we use it evolve faster than the government’s understanding of it.” – Rick Marshall, IFC
Originally published in July 2012
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“[Piskor] infuses this decades-spanning story about a famous criminal with an incredibly personal feel... a real accomplishment." – Matt D. Wilson
The AV Club
“An ambitious, decades-spanning tale... [Piskor's] passion for the subject jumps off the page, making Wizzywig both an entertaining read and a powerful argument-starter.” – Noel Murray
•News and entertainment magazine
“Wizzywig is a portrait of a cultural moment when geeks weren't just outside mainstream culture but terrifying to it.” – Douglas Wolk