Comics that make South Park look like Teletubbies! Johnny Ryan’s transgressive masterpiece Prison Pit has been the talk of alt-comics circles for the past year since its debut in the summer of 2009. But before Prison Pit, Ryan garnered a considerable following via his one-man humor anthology (which doubled as a one-man War Against Political Correctness) Angry Youth Comix. Take a Joke collects many of the best stories from this inimitable series as well as many strips created for...
Comics that make South Park look like Teletubbies!
Johnny Ryan’s transgressive masterpiece Prison Pit has been the talk of alt-comics circles for the past year since its debut in the summer of 2009. But before Prison Pit, Ryan garnered a considerable following via his one-man humor anthology (which doubled as a one-man War Against Political Correctness) Angry Youth Comix. Take a Joke collects many of the best stories from this inimitable series as well as many strips created for the wildly-popular Vice magazine, to which Ryan has contributed for years.
Unlike Ryan’s previous collections, which focused on very short stories, Take a Joke spotlights several of the artist’s longest humor pieces to date, notably: “Graveyard Goofs,” in which Ryan’s hapless antiheroes Sinus O’Gynus and Loady McGee exhume the corpse of the recently-deceased Santa Claus as part of a Top Secret experiment, fantasize an orgy with a collection of anthropomorphic condiment bottles (resulting in an unwanted pregnancy), and end up in Hell; “Boobs Pooter’s Jokepocalypse,” starring a coprophiliac version of Godzilla who destroys the world with hilarious jokes and crazy pranks; and “The World’s Funniest Joke,” a 24-page masterpiece that makes The Aristocrats look like a Nora Ephron film.
All this plus Cheeseburger Chase, Omletta DuPont, and “The Day The New Yorker Came to Town”!
“...[T]he adventures start at an outrageousness level that’s over-the-top and go north of there, until they climb higher, then scale a wall, then take an elevator, then an escalator, and finally jump real high. They never, ever come down.”
Ray Olson - Booklist
“Ryan brings his mixture of scatology, sex, and billingsgate to an acme of noxious hilarity...Vile beyond all credence, this stuff reduces its fans to teary, dribbling idiocy, others to nauseated indignation. If you can’t stand Tony Millionaire (Maakies) or the raunchiest of R. Crumb, you’ll hate it. High praise, indeed!”
Nick Gazin - VICE Magazine
“Johnny Ryan’s one of the best and only people making funny comics these days.... I don't know if he cares what people thought, but I do know that once you master something it gets boring. Johnny's modern comics are dark and based more in a mixture of Lovecraftian horror and certain manga sensibilities. What's in this book is the bend before the break... If VICE had to summarize all its beliefs into one gigantic comic book, it would be Angry Youth Comix. It’s poignant and crude and the funniest thing we’ve ever seen.”
“There aren’t many artists in any field who can match
Ryan for sheer surreal creativity. His longer strips suggest a filthy hybrid of the Marx Bros. and Monty
Python... Ryan’s work is smart, crammed with ideas, and so funny it will melt your retinas.”
Benn Ray (Atomic Books) - Largehearted Boy
“The master of the yuks that disturb, Johnny Ryan is back with a new collection of his hilarious Angry Youth Comix. You'll laugh a lot and feel weird about doing it. Genius!”
Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)
Meet the Author
Johnny Ryanwas born in Boston, MA, and lives in Los Angeles, CA, with his wife and his daughter. Currently, he is co-creating the forthcoming Pig Goat Banana Cricket series for Nickelodeon. In addition to his creator-owned comics series, he's contributed toVice, Mad, and LA Weekly, among other clients.