2013 Ignatz Award Nominee: Outstanding Series
Ranked #2 on The Weekly Crisis's "Top Ten Comics of the Year"
Named "Best Omniprofanity Comic" of 2012 by ComicsAlliance
Ranked #10 on Comic Book Resources Comics Should Be Good's "Best of 2012"
Ranked #8 on Comiks Debris's "Best Comics of 2012"
Ranked a top ten comic of 2012 by Sean McTiernan of No
Ranked #18 on Tucker Stone's "19 Best Comics of 2012" at The Comics Journal
One of Josh Bayer's Best of 2012 at the Atomic Books Blog
As always, a plot summary of the latest installment of Johnny (Angry Youth Comix) Ryans hugely popular sci-fi-prison-planet-gore-fest-slugfest-a-thon serial must, in order to be presentable to normal, decent human beings, be cut into fine Belgian lace. And so, with apologies:
Cannibal F***face discovers the only way to escape the Caligulon is to brainf*** the Slorge and create a giant, brainless oafchild that only knows how to annihilate everything in its path. And what happens when the Slugstaxx show up and use their nightj*** to turn this mindless monster against CF? Total F***ing Mayhem.
"You know you're reading Prison Pit when there's a character called Undigestible Scrotum and someone tries to see if he lives up to his name... Prison Pit is what you read when no one is home and you're not eating." Chris Mautner
"Cheers Johnny! Thanks for the knife to the cock!" Guy Davis
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Praise for Previous Volumes:
"The new Prison Pit #3 is GLORGEFULL!" – Gary Panter
"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
"The Prison Pit series has produced some of the best gay erotic comics in recent memory... without consciously setting out to do so. It could easily be subtitled 'A Complex Cycle of Penetration and Regeneration.' Johnny pumps this hyper-masculine orgy of violence and sex so far beyond bursting, it can't help but tip over to the queer side. It is a prison, after all." Ed Luce (Wuvable Oaf)
""The continuing adventures of Johnny Ryans most violent fantasies run amuck, [Prison Pit] is rapidly becoming the comic that I look forward to the way a fat kid looks forward to syrup-encrusted cake. Theres no getting around the hoary old cliche 'these arent for everybody' so God help you if you cant figure out a way to enjoy these books." - Tucker Stone, Flavorwire
"Prison Pit is the black metal of comics.... If it doesn't make you sick, you shouldn't be allowed to walk among the public in the first place. If it doesn't make you giddy for the next one, you don't deserve comics." - David Harper, Multiversity Comics
"I literally dropped everything to read this thing.... Volume three in Ryans madcap ultra-violent combat comic is firmly in the vein, so to speak, of the first installment: No-holds-barred body-horror battle between monster-men who look like refugees from an alternate-universe He-Man whose house artist was Pushead instead of Earl Norem.... It is... a series fixated not just on surviving the present moment on a narrative level, but on drawing that moment out to ludicrous lengths on a visual level. Its action is defined by page after page of grotesque bodily transformations depicted beat by gruesome beat.... The introduction of the 'arch enemy' is a tantalizing link to the past for a story that draws so much of its power from living (and dying) in the now." Sean T. Collins, The Comics Journal
"Prison Pit 3 rules. Like Yokoyama's manga, it's all surface cause & effect & somehow full of weird associations & meanings. It resonates deep." - Sammy Harkham (Crickets, Kramer's Ergot)
"...[Johnny Ryan] is easily one of the four or five most vital and important cartoonists working today. Prison Pit is like someone making a comic strip out of Mayhem's Live in Leipzig, played at half speed and double the volume your speakers can safely process. If you've never heard that album, then I'll spell it out for you: this is a brutal fucking comic." Patrick Tobin, Multiversity Comics
"I find myself wondering how long Prison Pit can continue. I dont really know whats going on beyond a series of beautiful, awesome things, but thats reason enough for me to continue loving it." Nick Gazin, Vice
2011 Stumptown Comic Art Awards Winner: Best Letterer; Nominee, Best Cartoonist
"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