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Sunday, February 29, 2004


Johnny Ryan -- Angry Youth Comics almost defies description,
but I always find it funny, defiant and outrageous. Its creator took the
Five Questions and took 'em like a man.

What's the value of anger in youth?

It's always been the natural way of things. Young
people reach a certain age when they look around at
their world and see how boring and shitty it is. They
want to destroy it. All the great movements in art
were a result of this.

Is there any subject you've ever considered doing a strip on but decided
it was too controversial to tackle?

Usually, if I second guess an idea as being too
controversial then I know for sure that I should do
it. I think part of a "comedian's" job is to get
people riled up.

What's the last really disgusting thing you did or saw in your personal

My girlfriend's brother came to visit last night and
brought along a "co-worker." The "co-worker" smelled
like ass so bad I thought I was going to faint. Before
he left he left a big black loogy in my sink.

Who would you say are your biggest influences, and what did they
contribute to your style?

There's a lot, but I'll try and comment on a few.

Robert Crumb: Probably my main influence. His
sketchbooks are filled with lots of funny, wacky and
terrifying stuff. If people think I'm disgusting and
retarded they need to read this shit. This guy's the

Peter Bagge: The best writer in comics ever. His
dialogue always seems so natural, sharp and real. I
try to aspire to that. I also worked on a couple
issues of the now deceased SWEATSHOP, so I'm sure a
few of his "tricks" rubbed off on me.

Kaz: This guy's been doing his weekly strip UNDERWORLD
for over 10 years and it's still fantastic. I love
his stubble-covered urban landscapes. When I'm drawing
the garbage strewn all over Loady McGee's shack I
usually use Kaz strips for reference.

Ernie Bushmiller: NANCY is probably my favorite comic
strip ever. I love the way it looks. I love the way
all the gags are completely retarded and simple. It's
just the way a comic should be.

Gary Panter: This guy's a madman. I love the way he
combines high-brow and low-brow art. I recently got
one of his mini-comics in which Henry "The Asshole"
Webb is trying to escape from a crazed squirrel that
really really wants his "nuts". It's such a brilliant
yet simple idea. A tale as old as time. Man vs.
Nature. I wish I thought of it. I often find myself
reading his stuff and thinking that.

Some others are Dan Clowes, Charles Schulz, Tony
Millionaire, The 3 Stooges, Sam Henderson, Ivan
Brunetti, VIP, Little Rascals, Mad Magazine, etc...

What do you see as "The Johnny Ryan Legacy" to the
comics artform?

Comics don't have to be serious, meaningful,
award-winning objects of art. They can be infantile,
ugly, retarded and stupid.

Stop by Johnny Ryan's website
and get a load of Loady.



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