"To all the Johnny Ryans"
Made for Comics Workbook
(for Mia S. + Simon H.)
That’s just the tip of Johnny Ryan’s shitty iceberg.
Just to be clear — the phrase “all the Johnny Ryans” refers to “shock” underground cartoonists in general, not one specific person, and the quote amalgamates a number of things I read in different contexts from cartoonists and critics defending this kind of work.
Someone posted along with this, “i’d like to see a complete list of johnny ryans.”
To which I say: No, because comics is high school, so I gotta see the same people over and over again at cons for the rest of my life.
Mia S. and Simon H. are, of course, Mia Schwartz and Simon Hanselmann. Dunno why I was so coy about it. Simon because of her comics making fun of the Vice dudebro scene and Johnny Ryan. Mia and I had talked on twitter a lot about our frustration with this kind of attitude in art comics, and those conversations spurred me on to make it. The direct inspiration, though, was every conversation on TCJ ever.
This comic is available for sale as a PDF in:
- Hey, Chicago ($5, 60 pages) collecting AM Draws James Joyce, Decorum, and Stitching Together.
- Decorum on its own ($1, 16 pages)
- or in Annie Mok: Collected 2008-2013 ($9, 158 pages), which includes Screentests, Blue Blue Blues, Stitching Together (“the Jim Henson one”), Annie Mok Draws James Joyce, B-Sides: Uncollected Anthology Stories, Chris Ware: Paper Musician, and Decorum.
All of the PDFs includes photos of the comics by Maggie Eighteen. You can see everything available at my Gumroad site.