Posts Tagged ‘Angry Youth Comix’

Ian Burns interviews Johnny Ryan about Prison Pit

Posted by on October 11th, 2010 at 9:00 AM

Johnny Ryan’s Prison Pit series is spontaneous, frantic and gruesome — each page-turn reveals something unexpected. At no point does it require the reader to stop and analyze the proceedings (despite a certain interviewer’s attempt, an account of which you’ll read shortly), which is just as well; readers are too busy urgently turning the pages because they’re enjoying the story so damn much. There just isn’t time to stop and think. And that’s what makes it special.

In the following conversation, Johnny Ryan and I speak about his objectives and inspirations for the Prison Pit, how it relates to his previous work in Angry Youth Comix, and how Prison Pit has affected his cartooning.

— Ian Burns

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Portrait of An Artist as an Angry Youth: An introduction to the comic artist Johnny Ryan

Posted by on October 11th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

Jesse Tangen-Mills speaks with the envelope-pushing cartoonist: “A fan of his work for years, I’ve always wondered: Who is Johnny Ryan? Why does he draw ‘misanthropic’ comics, as he calls them? In speaking with him, weathering long pauses and Gene Simmons-like evasion, I learned that Ryan was not an angry youth at all — well, not entirely.”

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Inside DMC with Johnny Ryan

Posted by on August 30th, 2010 at 12:01 AM

I needed more material if I was ever going to publish something on DMC. After weeks of feeling dejected about the curt interview, about failing to break through the professional wall and become a buddy, I put down the boxed wine, paused my Tori Amos CD, wrapped a metal-plated sash around my forehead, channeled my nine-tail demon fox and started working on this interview again.

One day my nine-tailed demon fox (friend and collaborator Ryan Sands) told me his nine-donged spirit animal (friend and collaborator Johnny Ryan) was a die-hard fan of Detroit Metal City. A few e-mails later, we’d had this conversation.