Saturday, March 30, 2024

Ed Piskor the Latest Comic Creator Found to Be Engaging in Inappropriate Behavior

Update, 4/1/24, 4:18 PM: 

Ed Piskor has apparently died from suicide. This is tragic and we are going to see the internet playing the blame game for weeks. It is possible to have both sympathy for anyone who felt victimized by Piskor and for the man himself--he clearly felt he was a victim in enough of a manner that he made this decision. It is incredibly sad and I am now dreading watching as various people on the internet try to score cheap points using this to help their agenda. I don't care what your political affiliation is and how guilty or innocent you felt Piskor was. This whole thing is just upsetting, full stop. I don't care if we, "Blame," all this on Comicsgate, SJWs, or any other term you're bound to hear being thrown around. It is just upsetting and I would have never wanted any of this to have occurred. It is all awful no matter how you look at it.

Original Article:

Ed Piskor has been revealed to be engaging in behavior that is not illegal, but incredibly inappropriate. It started when a woman revealed Piskor followed her on social media and at first complimented her art but then began coming onto/grooming her when she was 17. The age of consent in Pennsylvania (where Piskor and the girl were located) is apparently 16, something the handful of Piskor's defenders on Twitter/X have loudly pointed out. Be that as it may, it is still incredibly creepy for a man then nearing 40 to be trying to pick up someone who can't even legally vote. That revelation being posted led to other women sharing how Piskor had interacted with them--generally in a disgusting manner. It all turned into a big snowball rolling down a hill of bad behavior. 

An art show that Piskor was the star of is now delayed/canceled and Piskor's longtime collaborator, Jim Rugg (they did a podcast called Cartoonist Kayfabe together) said he was no longer going to work with Piskor. By all accounts, Rugg is a nice guy and I've never heard anything bad about him. In regards to Piskor, I'd not heard about his behavior toward women until all this news broke but had heard from other men who had ever spoken with him that they found him to be wholly unpleasant to interact with. The general vibe he apparently gave off was someone who was full of themselves and wanted to be perceived as a, "Bad boy of comics." Well, he's been bad alright, just not in a way conducive to having a successful career.

How do we interact with his past work now? Some of it was admittedly cool stuff. I mean, I found, "Red Room," to be disturbing but interesting. Plus, "Hip-Hop Family Tree," was a popular work by Piskor as well as his recent take on the X-Men via, "X-Men: Grand Design." Multiversity has a poll asking fans how they respond to the work of a, "Cancelled," creator they like, and that can be hard. I've struggled with my feelings regarding the works of Warren Ellis ever since his big scandal. Piskor's career has taken a major hit that I honestly don't think he'll be coming back from and I hope his being exposed for predatory behavior helps bring even a modicum of relief/closure for any women he interacted with in an awful manner.


  1. You should do something creative instead of this lame gossip rag. Rest in peace Ed. I don't agree with what he did from a moral perspective here, but for this unconfirmed trash to come up on a Google search above his catalog of great art is sad to see.

    1. I actually just found out the news and updated my post to discuss it. This is simply tragic in a multitude of ways.

    2. I’m sad. He was slammed on the Internet because of the accusations. Idk what to think about it. It just feels that so few details about the “grooming” emerged before his “cancellation” became a tidal wave. I just don’t know.

    3. It is without a doubt sad. I agree it probably would have been better for more to be explained by Piskor or those who felt victimized by him. Now we left with his family having lost a loved one, and those who he impacted either positively or negatively are left to pick up the pieces. Now we don't have any answers, just questions and sorrow. It is awful Piskor thought this was the, "Right," choice out of many options.

  2. If you read Red Room, you know the guy had problems beyond talking flirty with younger women. That book is a scream for psychological help. I'm sorry he didn't seek it.