Comic Book Artist Commits Suicide After Getting Metooed

The suicide note is very long, you can read it here

Imagine that the women who caused this* feel absolutely nothing. If anything, they feel very smug about it.


Internationally known Pittsburgh-based cartoonist Ed Piskor died Monday, his family announced.

Piskor, 41, was found dead after posting what appeared to be a suicide note on his Facebook page Monday morning.

The lengthy note was partly a response to, and denial of, allegations of sexual misconduct against him aired last week in an article published by Pittsburgh City Paper.

“It is with the most broken heart that I share my big brother, Ed, has passed away today,” his sister, Justine Cleaves, wrote on Facebook Monday. “Please just keep our family in your prayers as this is the hardest thing we’ve ever had to go through.”

Piskor grew up in Munhall and built his reputation drawing for famed comics writer Harvey Pekar on books such as the 2006 graphic novel “Macedonia” and 2009 graphic history “The Beats.” His best-known work was the multi-volume “Hip Hop Family Tree,” a painstakingly researched history of a musical genre he loved. He and fellow Pittsburgh cartoonist Jim Rugg also co-hosted the long-running comics-themed YouTube talk show “Cartoonist Kayfabe.”

On March 25, a City Paper article repeated allegations by a Philadelphia-based cartoonist who had posted on social media screenshots of text messages sent to her by Piskor in 2020, when she was 17, and which she considered inappropriate and tantamount to “grooming.” The article also included a claim posted by another woman in a since-deleted thread on X, formerly Twitter, that Piskor had engaged in inappropriate behavior.

This bitch spent a year talking to him online, then complained that he was evil.

It just never ends with these sluts.

Piskor was not charged with a crime.

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust quickly indefinitely postponed an exhibit of Piskor’s “Hip Hop Family Tree” artwork scheduled to open April 6 at Downtown’s 707 Gallery.

Piskor’s Facebook message, posted early Monday, addressed the allegations. Of the text exchange with the young cartoonist, he wrote, “The language and optics look real dumb at best but I promise my innocence.” He also refuted the since-deleted post on X.

“I have no friends in this life any longer,” he wrote. “I’m a disappointment to everybody who liked me. I’m a pariah. News organizations at my door and hassling my elderly parents. It’s too much. Putting our addresses on tv and the internet. How could I ever go back to my small town where everyone knows me?”

When Piskor’s professional cartooning career began in earnest, he was in his early 20s, and still working out of a studio in the basement of his parents’ home, in Munhall.

Other projects included “Wizzywig,” his self-published graphic novel about an infamous 1990s hacker.

Another woman also metooed him:

*They didn’t actually make him do it. No one can make anyone do anything, and this was a very bad decision he made.

But these women created the conditions.

This is why I tell everyone: “if I’m ever accused of rape or molestation, I preemptively admit to it.”

That’s really the best position to take. It prevents this sort of thing. I’m never going to feel bad if someone accuses me of anything, and no one who knows me is going to abandon me, because I never went out and said I was against rape.