Hip-hop culture and comic books are probably not things that belong together in your mind. There are numerous comic books created or inspired by hip-hop, however, including Ed Piskor's Hip-Hop Family Tree, and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels' self-titled graphic novel. But the relationship between the two cultures goes a lot deeper than what makes it to the page. From references in songs to personas, aliases, and art based on their favorite characters, hip-hop artists have a not-so-secret obsession with the world of comics, and it shows.
We wanted to explore the similarities and influences that both hip-hop and comic books have on each other, so to add more to the conversation, we spoke to Depth of Field Magazine editor Patrick Reed. Reed is a writer and self-proclaimed "scholar of all things pop and awesome." His online publication has lots of interesting articles about comics, film and television, concerts, and other cool events around the world. Reed also organizes and moderates panels at conventions, including the recent "Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining" panel at both San Diego Comic Con and New York Comic Con, which included rappers, artists, DJs, writers, muralists, and other people who find themselves immersed in both cultures. Check out our list of 10 Ways Hip-Hop and Comic Culture Collide.