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"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."-- Wired
"Wizzywig is a portrait of a cultural moment when geeks weren't just outside mainstream culture but terrifying to it." -- TIME.com Techland
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.
From Publishers Weekly
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Full of laughs
I'm not much of a nerd, but this book made me laugh. It's full of rumors spread about various hackers from the past, and I appreciate it for that. It's absurd what hackers have done and what the world has done in response--sometimes way over the deep end.
The dialogue is hilarious, well drawn, what else an you ask for?
Loosely based on the life of Kevin Mitnick, with lots of other hacker lore blended in. Steve and Steve, RTM, Joybubbles, the Steve Jackson raid, etc... Lots of fun for a phreak/hacker historian. Great Pekaresque book Mr. Piskor!