Sat 11 Sep 2010
FLOATING WORLD COMICS and FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS PRESENT:
PRISON PIT 2: BOOK SIGNING WITH JOHNNY RYAN
Join us this October 7th to meet Johnny Ryan and celebrate the release of his latest book, Prison Pit 2. Ryan will sign books and present an exhibition of his original artwork, comix, colorful silkscreen prints, and sculpted figures. Also the main character from Prison Pit, Cannibal Fuckface, will make a special appearance, performing a heavy metal set while covered in blood.
This event marks the launch of Ryan’s original graphic novel Prison Pit 2, combining his love for WWE wrestling, 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.
The balls-to-the-wall series returns this summer with more action and mayhem like only Johnny Ryan can deliver—again starring CF, the shirtless outer space barbarian antihero who remains damned to the Prison Pit (a vast wasteland beneath the crust of a barren planet, populated by the worst of the worst, where violence is the only law and evil creatures roam free). In this second volume, CF tries to get revenge against the evil behemoth that took his arm, and then winds up playing an unwilling participant in an elaborate escape attempt from the Pit.
WHO: Johnny Ryan
WHAT: Art exhibit, book signing, heavy metal performance by Cannibal Fuckface
WHEN: Thursday, October 7th, 6-10pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 20 NW 5th Ave #101
The prolific Los Angeles-based cartoonist is best known for his outrageous 14-issue Angry Youth Comix series published by Fantagraphics Books. Ryan also pens the weekly comic strip Blecky Yuckerella, which has been collected in three volumes including the recently released Comics are for Idiots.
Johnny Ryan’s utterly unpretentious taboo-tackling is an infectious and hilarious bombardment of political incorrectness, taking full advantage of the medium’s absurdist potential for maximum laughs. In an age when the medium is growing up and aspiring to more mature and hoity-toity literary heights, Ryan builds on the visceral tradition that cartooning has had on our collective funny bone for over a century. Johnny was born in Boston, Massachusetts and grew up in shitty Plymouth, just a mile away from the Pilgrim Nuclear Power Plant. He now lives in Los Angeles with his wife.
Artwork will be on display until November 1st.
Praise for Prison Pit: Book One
“This thing is great and an essential read. It is important. Buy buy buy.”
– Nicholas Gazin, Vice
“Probably too awesome for a lot of people to handle.” – Chad Derdoswki, Mania