Other Projects

In addition to publishing our own books, Ryan occasionally edits, translates, and contributes random essays and ephemera to other publications and sites.


MallNation

In 2013, Ryan and Michael DeForge created an animated TV show that was in-development at Cartoon Network in 2014. "MallNation" is about entire student body of an elementary school living together inside a shopping mall - sort of our goofy version of "Freaks and Geeks" meets "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler." The show is centered on three siblings who band together to navigate roaming gangs of school cliques, escaped pet shop animals, and other strange surprises while building a cooperative kid nation within their new home.

For more details on the show (including Michael's designs and excerpts from the storyboards) please see the MallNation page.

The Strange Tale of Panorama Island

Ryan translated and co-edited this lush and sinister manga by Suehiro Maruo and Edogawa Ranpo in 2013 for Last Gasp. As with Tokyo Zombie, longtime collaborator Evan Hayden handled all lettering, touch-up, and book design for the release.

The Strange Tale of Panorama Island was published by Last Gasp on July 1, 2013, and was nominated for the "Best Adaptation from Another Medium" Eisner Award in 2014. This book marked the first publication of Maruo's work in English in more than 12 years.
280 pgs, hardcover book.
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Lucky Peach #8: Thickness Feature

The editors of Lucky Peach, a food journal published by McSweeney's, asked Ryan and Michael DeForge to curate a Food x Sex feature showcasing new art by the Thickness crew.

Our small but meaty feature includes an introduction by Ryan, as well as new works by Jonny Negron, Angie Wang, Derek Ballard, Michael DeForge, Mickey Zacchilli, and Edie Fake.

Available for purchase directly from Lucky Peach

kuš #9: Female Secrets

Ryan was the Guest Editor for this comics anthology in 2010. Published in Latvia, Kus includes some of the most exciting and challening indie artists from all over Europe, the Americas, and Asia. This issue features an all-female contributor list.

164 pgs, color softcover book.

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Tokyo Zombie

Ryan translated and co-edited this horror-comedy manga by Yusaku Hanakuma in 2009 for Last Gasp. Same Hat co-founder Evan Hayden created all lettering, touch-up, and book design for the release. This hilarious has it all: zombies, judo, a buddy roadtrip, and all-out class warfare.

164 pags, B&W softcover book.

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Prison for Bitches

Ryan co-edited this Lady Gaga fanzine with Michael DeForge in 2009. In the style of a 'riot grrl' '90s zine, it pays tribute to the Mother Monster via drawings, a concert report in comics, an academic essay, a Tokyo cosplay spread, and more.

Prison for Bitches features work by: Michael DeForge, Hellen Jo, Calvin Wong, Johnny Ryan, Lala Albert, Michael Kupperman, Sophia Foster-Dimino, Saicoink, Anthony Wu, Chris Kuzma, and dozen more talented artists and writers.

48 pgs, B&W zine with color insert. Out of Print.

eBook edition is available via Google Play Store.

Unknown Portraits

Ryan contributed a one-page story to this collection of drawings by the talented duo Kozyndan. Ryan's contribution "Sam Chilton" is a fictional eulogy accompanying one of Kozyndan's lush pencil portraits.

150 pgs, hardcover book.

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