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“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)
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.
“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
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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