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Johnny Ryan

Take a Joke

On sale date: June 15, 2011

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"!


"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." — Chicago Reader

"...[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." — Rod Lott - Bookgasm

"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!" — Ray Olson - Booklist

"Johnny Ryan is a very funny man." — Tom Spurgeon - The Comics Reporter


Paperback / Softback
Black and white and color.
7" × 10"