Invader Zim, Issue 1, by Jhonen Vasquez


Jhonen Vasquez has found a large phone with which to phone in an Invader Zim comic years on. He hasn’t even done the art in any capacity. I kind of love his transparent loathing for the whole process. The way he can’t even be bothered to be viciously caustic about his fandom in the introductory section, even though he’s taking the time to swipe at it. I’d say ‘Vasquez hates his old work now’, and that’s especially true of the beleaguered Invader Zim project, the cult popularity of which haunts him, but it’s also a bit pointless: I am 95% sure Jhonen Vasquez hates everything he has ever done, with an option on also hating everything everyone else has ever done as well. That is the gnostic genius that powers him, like a hate-hamster burning up a loathing wheel. (Some of the art choices feel a bit fatphobic, but I pretty much understand this as part of Vasquez’s gnostic loathing of all bodies: it’s not you, it’s the unbearable hideousness of material existence.)

The plot (Zim goes into hiding for Some Time, Dib slips into ruin without him to fight) is a reversal of an episode that got written and story-boarded, but never finished, in which Dib gave up paranormal investigation for real science and Zim went to pot. It’s–all right? It’s not a bad comic, but it doesn’t feel quite like Invader Zim. The world’s less dirty, less nastily funny, Professor Membrane is less obviously a terrible terrible parent. Vasquez still has his back for unexpected, weird, curt little moments of humor. “Aw, that’s interesting, tell me more!” “Nope.” I sort of wonder who the comic is aimed at–people my age with fond memories of the show, or a younger audience that might match the original intended audience demographic. It isn’t that clear. The comic lacks the… ‘maturity’ is the wrong, wrong, word, but–maturity of the JtHM books.

I’m surprised by how well I remember this voice acting, and how well the writing evokes it, though. A lot of people suck at producing anything like ‘fanfiction’ of their own work (and returning to a long-abandoned universe is more like writing fanfiction than it is taking up where you left off, I suspect–no one is the person they were ten years ago). The art’s not very intricate–too clean, for a start, and too full of perky, flat color. It lacks the H.R. Giger twistyness of Vasquez and the Zim team in flow, the inventiveness, the techno-fetishism. And we miss out on the programme’s great music with the medium change, obviously–ah, well.

I’d read the others (two more issues are out now), but I’m not RUNNING to do it. It does remind me how residually fond I am of this show, though, and make me wonder what the loving fuck Vasquez has been doing with himself since.

(Oh and that stupid mini-moose is back. The fucking latecomer Scrappy Doo of this canon. I never LOVED Gir/thought he was a major source of the show’s humor. The last thing I needed was a second, crapper Gir.)


Links, June 30

Poorly Drawn Lines webcomic
‘christ, what an asshole’ comics
The Sponsor
Response to The Sponsor
Another Comic Book Artist Can’t Stand Change, Competition; Writes Whiny Post About Cosplayers
“Brian Wood has every right to be a part of comics. To make books and make a living unhindered. I believe that. I also believe his behavior is a symptom of a much bigger disease. A disease of silence, where you go along to get along. And you never say anything about your experiences because the harm to yourself and perhaps to others will be monumental. That’s not okay. And it has to change.”
The Rather Surprising Fate Of Sabrina The Teenage Witch (SPOILERS)
Katy Perry & Katy Keene
Oh… (comic about bear)
Obscure Cities scans

Links, June 10


Lady Thor Is Not Enough: I’m Still Gonna Need That Black Widow Movie
Scarlett Johansen on Black Widow and Cap’s Friendship
On Saturday Night Live, Black Widow Gets Her Own Rom-Com
Ladies of the MCU Misogyny: “Whatever women do, they must do twice as well as men to be thought half as good. Luckily, this is not difficult.” – Charlotte Whitton
How Nicole Perlman Became the First Woman to Write a Marvel Movie

Sengoku Avengers: Full Roster
Steve Rogers Captain American’ Diary Comic
We are Wakanda

Why Iron Man Doesn’t Ask Any of the Avengers For Help
Avengers Costumes
This Newest Guardians Of The GalaxyTrailer Is Criminally Awesome
Big Hero 6
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’: See the first image of new mutant Quicksilver in action
Stupid X Men Opinions


The Justice League Movie Needs Women, Stat.

Whachu thinkin about Bane?
Renaissance JLA cosplay
Ben Affleck’s Batman Costume: Fan Reactions & Internet Memes

Look What The Creator Of Kingdom Hearts Has Done To Batman
Have a supercut of Batman’s parents getting gunned down, again and again

Marvel vs DC: too nice to Marvel
Texts from Super Heroes

Avengers, Disassemble! Cancelling a Really Good Avengers Show Right Before the Movie



Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (A:EMH) was one of the best incarnations of a comic franchise in recent memory. It was engaging for newcomers and longtime comic fans alike. In one season of 26 half-hour episodes the cartoon blitzed through the essential elements of the Avengers’ backstories, introducing us to Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Ant-Man, the Wasp, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Black Panther and Captain America. It also introduced the comics’ key villains and the other central forces in play in the Marvel universe (SHIELD, the Fantastic Four, etc.). The show then plunged into several meaty plot arcs, laying strong groundwork for future seasons, and an exciting, complex, high-stakes main plot, wherein an interesting villain brought about an enjoyably epic finale.

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