Johnny Ryan is an LA-based author of alternative comics, that often delve into political incorrectness and absurdism. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Plymouth. He first came to notice in the mid 1990s, when he self-published the much-talked about mini-comics series 'Angry Youth Comix'. It was nominated for a "Best Mini" Ignatz Award at Small Press Expo 2000, and eventually collected in two volumes by Fantagraphics in 2003 and 2005. Fantagraphics also published book collections of 'Blecky Yuckerella', Ryan's comic strip that originated in the alternative paper Portland Mercury and later appeared on his website.
With Buenaventura Press, Ryan published his works 'The Comic Book Holocaust' (2006) and 'The Klassic Komics Klub', and Fantagraphics subsequently released his series 'Prison Pit'. Ryan has worked with Peter Bagge on 'Angry Youth Comix', the 'Hate Annual' and Bagge's DC comic series 'Sweatshop', and with Dave Cooper on several comics for Nickelodeon Magazine since 2004. One of their stories served as inspiration for the Nickelodeon animation series 'Pig Goat Banana Cricket', for which Ryan and Cooper serve as executive producers. Johnny Ryan's work has further appeared in magazines like MAD, LA Weekly, National Geographic Kids, Hustler Magazine and The Stranger.