Prison Pit blends Angry Youth Comix creator Johnny Ryan’s fascination with
WWE wrestling, grindhouse cinema, first person action video games, Gary
Panter’s “Jimbo” comics, and Kentaro Miura’s “Berserk” Manga into a brutal
and often hilarious showcase of violence like no other comic book ever created.
Even the lead character’s name, which is only one letter away from “Cannibal
Duckface” (hint: “Cannibal” is correct) is unprintable.
Prison Pit is so deranged and twisted that even the author’s plot description,
while admirably reflecting the spirit of the book, has to be edited into a sea of asterisks in order to be bearable to normal
human beings: “A mysterious new a**hole has descended into the Prison Pit. He’s looking for Cannibal F***face and he
wants revenge. Revenge for what? Probably for some f***ed up evil s***. But before he can get his hands on the CanMan
he’s got to battle his way through some pretty vicious motherf***ers. S***’s about to get real.”
"Hey are you doing any more scary guys made out of tar ripping each other's dicks off? You know why I like those? Because you don't have to read all them stupid words and stuff. Right? Haa ha, hey Johnny wanna come over and play? Ha Ha!" – Tony Millionaire
#23, Best Comics (First Run or Definitively Collected) of 2009, The Comics Reporter
"The blood, bodily fluids, entrails, and — to reiterate — blood of Prison Pit, v.1 geyser back into
action with this equally brutal continuation. [...] Vile? And how. But the furious black-and-white scratchings have serious
underground authenticity, and the pointless plot and bare desert setting give it that pure-energy feel of boys
beating their toys to death in the backyard. A most acquired taste."
– Daniel Kraus, Booklist
"It may be one of the best comics ever. It actually makes me want to stop drawing comics, as if I’ve been going about it all wrong." – Michael Fiffe, The Daily Cross Hatch, "The Best Damned Comics of 2009 Chosen by the Artists"
"Perhaps the best and also craziest comic Johnny Ryan has made yet.... I hope he does 1,000 pages of this..." – Jeffrey Brown
"For splatter-movie fans and anyone trying to grok the splatter-movie ethos, not to be missed."
– Ray Olson, Booklist
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