The little green alien that just wants to fit in on Earth is getting his own comic book adaption, courtesy of Oni Press. The Portland-based independent comic book publisher announced that they are working on a comic book adaptation of the long cancelled Nickelodeon show Invader Zim with series creator Jhonen Vasquez.
Invader Zim won an Emmy Award and an Annie Award during its short two season, 27-episode run on Nickelodeon from 2001 to 2002. From the beginning, the series was pitched as a show aimed at an older audience than the kid-friendly network’s core audience. Despite garnering a large fan base among teenagers and even young adults that stick around to this day, the show was cancelled before its second season was completed, leaving seven episodes and a TV movie left unaired. The remaining episodes from its turbulent second season did eventually air when the show briefly appeared on Nicktoons on August 19, 2006.
Series creator Jhonen Vasquez got his start in comic books, and it could be said that his most popular comic, Johnny The Homicidal Maniac, served as inspiration for the Invader Zim cartoon in the first place. Johnny the Homicidal Maniac was a comic series that ran from 1995 to 1997 and features a strikingly similar art style to what would later become popularized on Invader Zim, just a lot darker and lot less family-friendly.
Being that Vasquez is on board to work on this new Invader Zim comic adaptation, it could very well go back to the darker style of Johnny, since it will no longer be tied directly to the Nickelodeon network. Also working on the new comic will be other veterans from the cartoon including Aaron Alexovich, Eric Trueheart, and Rikki Simons.
The new comic series will kick off with its first issue on July 1, 2015 where fans will have the chance to follow cartoon favorites GIR, Dib, Gaz, and Zim on a “new chapter” of their adventure.
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