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Wizzywig

[portrait of A Serial Hacker]
Piskor, Ed (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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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, Wizzygig 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 and data leaks, Ed Piskors debut graphic novel reminds us how much power can rest in the hands of an audacious kid with a keyboard."--P. [4] of cover.
Authors: Piskor, Ed
Title: Wizzywig
[portrait of a serial hacker]
Publisher: Marietta, Ga. : Top Shelf Productions, 2012.
Characteristics: 286 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,24 cm.
Notes: Subtitle from cover.
Summary: 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, Wizzygig 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 and data leaks, Ed Piskors debut graphic novel reminds us how much power can rest in the hands of an audacious kid with a keyboard."--P. [4] of cover.
ISBN: 9781603090971
1603090975
Branch Call Number: PN6728.W59 P575 2012
Statement of Responsibility: Ed Piskor
Subject Headings: Computer hackers Comic books, strips, etc. Long distance telephone service Corrupt practices Comic books, strips, etc. Comic books, strips, etc.
Genre/Form: Graphic novels.
Topical Term: Computer hackers
Long distance telephone service
Comic books, strips, etc.
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Jul 19, 2013
  • Mark_Daly rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

It's a shame Piskor didn't identify the real-life stories he drew from for his fiction. It feels like he's trading on other people's experiences without acknowledging them. Still, he effectively portrays the thrill of phone phreaking and the grim drama that ensues when things go wrong. The art is reminiscent of Daniel Clowes, and also Robert Crumb's collaborations with Harvey Pekar - wise influences.

Aug 10, 2012
  • starvark rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It's interesting why one roots for the main character at all... I think perhaps it's the strength of his friend's affection for him. If someone goes to these lengths to speak up for him, he must not be all bad...

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