Tuesday, May 1, 2012

TCJ's "The Johnny Ryan Interview": Deconstructing the Funniest Man in Comics Today

Hey everybody, Geddy Cahoon here with an interesting little thing for you. My favorite comic book writer/artist today is probably the relatively unknown Johnny Ryan. Ryan crafts comics in the vain of guys like Underground Comix movement notable R. Crumb. Ryan's comics are crass, lewd, violent, overly sexual, disturbing, and absolutely hilarious. He doesn't push the envelope; he obliterates it. His comic strips are dark humor personified, often not even containing any "humor" in the straightforward sense. It's funny because it's offensive.

I feel as though Johnny's comics personify the way I feel all sensible people should view comedy: Everything is funny, or nothing is.

I don't know about you, but I like to have a little bit of biographical info on my favorite authors and artists. This interview with Johnny from tcj.com has it all. It delves into his somewhat tragic upbringing, how he got involved in comics, and much more. It also gets into the infinitely interesting (To me) list of other comic book legends/notables that Johnny has pissed off or just don't like him. It's lengthy and at times disturbing, but it's worth a read if you're into Indie Comics in any capacity, or just a hardcore comic book fan in general.

Here's the interview: The Johnny Ryan Interview

Look out for some features to be updated in upcoming weeks. The Ink Spill seems to have made its triumphant return, and as soon as my camera issues are rectified, Figure Fraction will come back in full swing. We're also implementing some sort of regular Movie-Reviewing column, so stay tuned.

Give this interview a read, and Welcome to Your Doom!


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