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WIZZYWIG Portrait of a Serial Hacker They say What You See Is What You Get but Kevin Boingthump Phenicle could always see than most people In the world of phone phreaks hackers and scammers he s a legend His exploits are hotly debated

  • Title: WIZZYWIG: Portrait of a Serial Hacker
  • Author: Ed Piskor
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 175
  • Format: ebook
  • WIZZYWIG: Portrait of a Serial Hacker By Ed Piskor, They say What You See Is What You Get but Kevin Boingthump Phenicle could always see 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 dThey say What You See Is What You Get but Kevin Boingthump Phenicle could always see 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.

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    1. The plot of the graphic novel can be summarized in one brief sentence Kevin Boingthump Phenicle I challenge you to say his name fast several times is a collective portrait of hackers from their early days they were not even called hackers those days the correct term was and still is cracker The guy broke into a phone system to make free long distance calls, later rigged it to always be the one to win a radio contests the type where you have to be a caller number 21 to win, and so on Eventually h [...]

    2. If you re a fan of Harvey Pekar s work then you ll have encountered Ed Piskor s art within issues of American Splendor and the non fiction graphic book The Beats A Graphic History , and while Piskor can draw with the best of them he proves with his debut graphic novel Wizzywig that he s an enormously gifted writer as well This is the story of the most famous hacker of all, Kevin J Phenicle aka Boingthump who is an amalgamation of various real life hackers like Robert Morris, in one character We [...]

    3. Presents a composite character who fictionally pulled off the most innovative hacking of his age Walks us through early phone system hacking methodologies, as well as early Bulletin Board System legends Which is all very interesting, but to me, what stands out about this book is the HOW, than the WHAT The Outside The cover is fully saturated color, mimicking an old fashioned computer on the front and a computer manual on the spine I m sure if I was versed in computers, I d tell you the exact m [...]

    4. This comic is like a hacker version of Forrest Gump, with fictional character Kevin Boingthump Phenicle taking readers on an abbreviated tour of hacker history.The story starts with the early blue boxing and phone phreaking days, up through the rise of BBSes and the Internet, finally touching upon Wikileaks and Adrian Lamo Real historical events are woven into the narrative from Kevin Mitnick s exploits and the Morris Worm to comparatively obscure topics like the Secret Service s raid on Steve J [...]

    5. The you know about hacking, the less interesting this volume is likely to be It s interesting to see some of the old ways to hack into systems and to be presented with fascinating ways of beating the system that were possible in the past, as well as the hype around computer crime back before people understood what computer crimes were all about It evokes a certain moment in time and a certain atmosphere okay, but but.Past the technical details and the long list of hacking schemes, the story is [...]

    6. This book was dumb It wanted me to be sympathetic with a computer hacker who was blond and Tin Tin esque and miniscule but bless his heart, just couldn t stop hacking the system Poor little guy It did do a good job of capturing the confused fear of a new to computers public about VIRUSES and TROJANS and systems destroying computer nerds that, well, is still around Computers are puzzling, it s true But, dude, I thought the Phenicle kid was a heartless little punk and I kind of sided with all the [...]

    7. There s a moving scene in the beginning of Wizzywig where a teenaged Kevin goes to meet a girl he s gotten to know over the phone for the first time in person Y know, meatspace meet n greet In the scene, Kevin stands in the driveway of her nice suburban house while she looks on from a second story window She smiles, but Kevin, overwhelmed by insecurity, can only see disappointment and leaves without saying hello, while she looks sadly at his retreating form I liked the scene very much, but in re [...]

    8. This is a great pop culture introduction to thinking broader about the concept of hacking and the complexities and problems with our current legal approach to dealing with it, in that regard, this book deserves a four ish star rating However , I recently made a promise to myself that I would stop at least temporarily reading graphic novels about semi autobiographical, decently well off but none the less socially ostracized male protagonists and their quests to be slightly less marginalized by so [...]

    9. In addition to being full of information about early computer hacking and the public fears and confusion that came along with the times, Wizzywig is an entertaining story with a sympathetic but flawed lead character, adventure and comedy, and a bit of social commentary for good measure I had a hard time putting it down once I started reading.

    10. I ve heard the Kevin Boingthump Phenicle character is a composite of many phreaks hackers, but I can only a thinly veiled version of Kevin Mitnick especially having read Mitnick s Ghost in the Wires I liked the art it s a cross between the Fallout game series and Tintin The ending was a bit abrupt, almost to the point that it seems some pages are missing.

    11. This was better than expected The main character seems like a composite of a host of hackers The author tries to build empathy for the main character but he is way redemption and in too many ways is to asocial and sleazy to deserve redemption Nice graphics The writing and graphics deserved the high score the ideas less so.

    12. This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing no rithmatic , movies, TV Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here Graphic and children s reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book s interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don t really do stars To me a book is either worth reading or it isn t I can t rate it three fifths worth [...]

    13. Back in the good old days, the computer hacker was a favorite media bogeyman post 9 11, the terrorist has taken over the role WIZZYWIG tells the story of Kevin Phenicle in graphic novel format Kevin grows up the 1970 s and 80 s as a social outcast with his only friend, the ironically named Winston Smith Kevin loves intellectual challenges and puzzles, and has a lot of free time He and Winston teach themselves to pick locks, and use an electronic tone device to trick the phone company into giving [...]

    14. I picked this up based on a recommendation from someone I trust It sounded interesting but I wasn t especially invested in the subject the persecution of a young computer hacker in the early days of BBS and phone phreaking The physical object is adorable a full color computer terminal with embossed floppy drive The themes of justice, freedom, moral ambiguity, and technology carry the story, even if you don t care much about hackers The narrative is nonlinear, but the reader is well oriented The [...]

    15. Yuck This is a significant, compelling story, but it was filled with such crap that I really hated it by the end And pretty much all of it was completely unnecessary I m putting the rest of my review in a spoiler because 90% of the people I m friends with don t even want to know the details of why this book bothered me so much view spoiler This book was disgusting, and not in a good way So much of the crap in here was completely unnecessary, added nothing to the tone or the story, and for a port [...]

    16. I received this book for free from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.It was not until I reached the end of my copy that I was informed I was receiving only an extract of the material contained in Wizzywig and as such my opinions may coloured by this I went into this graphic novel not knowing much about hacking and its history but I was intensely curious Unfortunately this was not as informative as I hoped while I was enjoying the progression of the story I [...]

    17. I often find that I don t enjoy Top Shelf books as much as I would like to, so I m pleased to find this book is very enjoyable It s a fictionalised story of one of the early hackers, who mostly scammed large telecom companies The book wasn t perfect The story is told in tiny little chapters, which didn t really work for me Perhaps because of that, it skates over much of the detail of the hacks, which is a little unsatisfactory I think a little explanation of the details, and a little delving i [...]

    18. Wizzywig Portrait of a Serial Hacker is a love note to the early days of computer hacking and social engineering We re presented with a composite character who has skills to manipulate the phone company for free long distance and begins to learns the ins and outs of hacking back in a time before many of us even knew what the Internet was.Reading Wizzywig, I couldn t help but be reminded of Kevin Mitnick s books about his days as a hacker and some of his tricks that he used Reading this now when [...]

    19. My father in law went into a store with a wide selection of graphic novels, described me to the bookseller, and walked out with this Christmas gift I took one look at the title and said, Oh yeah, Wizzywig, that s how you pronounce the acronym That was met with blank looks What You See Is What You Get, I explained Wizzywig That got less blank looks Wizzywig is a graphic novel about a hacker in the early days of hacking It was pretty interesting and tosses out some arcane bits of information, some [...]

    20. My near complete ignorance of computer stuff is evidenced by the fact that I just wrote computer stuff I forget occasionally deny that the internet existed before 1996, and that people were doing weird, fun, and illegal things with computers for years before then This is a solid story about a young hacker s rise and fall, and it goes just far enough into the world of computer speak for dummies like me to understand what s going on My biggest complaint is the ending it s abrupt, but I think there [...]

    21. A series of comics that tell the fictional story of Kevin Boingthump Phenicle, a hacker in the 70s and 80s whose threat to the populace is blown way out of proportion Ending up in federal prison, Kevin has to contend with hardened criminals as his friend calls for a fair trial for him and pushes for his release.I m not much of a computer geek, but I found this graphic novel funny and absorbing Some of the violence was pretty cringe worthy for me, though.It sounds like the book is based on an ama [...]

    22. Bought WIZZYWIG as an xmas gift for my son, who read my copies of Ed Piskor s great HIP HOP FAMILY TREE series and, like me, loves them It was my son who discovered that Piskor had written about the burgeoning hacker community in this story of a fictional composite of infamous real life hackers It s a good story, but I m really pining for the third volume in the hip hop history, which gets better and better.

    23. An interesting graphic novel loosely based on Kevin Mitnick It s intense and engaging, but also slightly lacking The book starts with Kevin figuring out a way to cheat payphones allowing him to make long distance calls for free As he ages he creates a computer virus on bootleg games he was selling He begins doing hacking and eventually things get out of hands I would give it a look at, but in no way is it a must read.

    24. Probably would have been rated higher but for the bizarre and sometimes misogynistic treatment of female characters Here s a question why weren t any of the main characters women

    25. WIZZYWIG has been sitting on my shelf for a few years now I bought it based on my interest in the subject, as well as a positive review on a comic podcast Since then, Ed Piskor s profile has risen considerably with Hip Hop Family Tree and X Men Grand Design, which are both great, so I thought it was about time I picked it up and checked it out.WIZZYWIG tells the story of Kevin Boingthump Phenicle, a fictional amalgam of several real life phreakers and hackers We re talking about the internet in [...]

    26. Kevin Phenicle is a budding young hacker in the early days of phone phreaking He s smart, he s shy, he s not really social, not close to anyone except his grandma and his friend Winston And he s just fascinated by computers and what you can do with them.And all the information you can access with them, and a little ingenuity and social engineering.Kevin in not a bad kid He s a good kid Even his first prison term doesn t change that.He s in or near all the big developments in hacking over the nex [...]

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