Ed Piskor

Incredibly saddened to hear of the death of Ed Piskor, comic book artist and co-host of Cartoonist Kayfabe. I’ve been reading Ed’s comics since Hip Hop Family Tree came to my attention a decade ago and have followed his work through Grand Design and Red Room. His heartfelt celebration of comics on his YouTube channel, Cartoonist Kayfabe – where he’d read through old comics or interview legendary creators – was energising and inspirational.

I’d missed the circumstances leading up to Ed’s death last week and was simply shocked to find the news of his suicide note and the usual shameless videos being posted in the hours afterwards. It really does look like he took his own life as the result of a nasty, online witch hunt which spilled over into real life. Ed was only 41 and was producing some amazing artwork just before he died.