He grew up in East San Jose and attended Mt. He earned no prizes, but on the back of a preliminary drawing for the contest, he drew his first sketch of the character who would later become Johnny C. He also created Happy Noodle Boy while attending Mt. To me, there was something just so different about those books that I did start to obsess over them — the way the books felt dirtier in my hands, the filthy artwork and hero characters that never seemed healed over from their last battles. There was a sense of person just behind the printed page that I had never felt before, a thinner separation from production to my hands and eyes that just fired hooks out into me
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Jhonen C. Vasquez is the creator of Invader Zim. He attended Mount Pleasant High School, where he often spent much of his class time drawing in sketchbooks.
On the back of a preliminary drawing for the contest, he drew his first sketch of the character who would later become Johnny C. According to Vasquez, "So many years ago, [my little romantical friend in high school] was the unwitting reason Happy Noodle Boy was created.
Thus, I tried to create the worst abomination of a comic that I could, so as to make her not want comics anymore. That abomination, my friends, was Happy Noodle Boy". To me, there was something just so different about those books that I DID start to obsess over them — the way the books felt dirtier in my hands, the filthy artwork and hero characters that never seemed healed over from their last battles.
There was a sense of person just behind the printed page that I had never felt before, a thinner separation from production to my hands and eyes that just fired hooks out into me.
It felt unsafe, ya know? To me, anyhow. Though he had little formal artistic training, he soon dropped out of De Anza to pursue a career as a professional cartoonist. Vasquez was soon picked up by Slave Labor Graphics, which is still his current publisher.
By September , Vasquez announced in his introductory text to the sixth issue of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, he had reached sufficient success in his artistic career to be able to quit his day-job and devote himself full-time to his art.
Box , San Jose, CA Letters only, no packages, please. The email address he made available to his fans has been put to rest, presumably so he could get some rest himself. The protagonists in his comics are typically insane characters who live in dysfunctional societies, and whose manias are able to speak through other objects as with Johnny and the Doughboys, or Devi D and Sickness.
His storylines tend to follow the basic black comedy formula. Smiley faces are often found in his artwork, trying to evoke an ironic sense of happiness in a world of chaos and darkness His comic works often feature an outside narrative in the form of notes and comments left in the corners of his strips.
Carpe Noctem magazine published early one-page strips featuring Johnny in the early s. In , Slave Labor Graphics began publishing a series of Johnny comics after Vasquez submitted samples of his artwork to them.
The cover features the logo "Z? The series follows Johnny as he searches for meaning in his life, a quest that frequently leads to the violent deaths of those around him as well as, briefly, his own. England also gave Vasquez the inspiration for a filler strip about a child who was dangerously afraid of losing sight of his mother, as well as the notorious "Meanwhile" filler piece in the second issue of JTHM. I Feel Sick follows a tortured artist named Devi another character introduced in JTHM as she tries to maintain her sanity in an insane vision of society, despite conversing with Sickness, one of her own paintings.
Slave Labor has published three Fillerbunny mini comics, the third having been released in March The mini comic was a spin-off of a filler comic designed to replace a vacant page usually reserved for advertising space in the Squee! Vasquez said at the New York ComicCon that the original Fillerbunny comics would be done in a single night and he would rush through and do whatever he could in a small amount of time. The third issue, however, broke this mold. According to the introduction, it took over nine months to complete, and he feels it is of much higher quality than the first two.
At Comic-Con , Vasquez mentioned that his next comic was a love story. The first, titled Jellyfist was intended for release on July 25, However, the initial print run of Jellyfist was incredibly poor, and so it was re-released in October It was later announced on February 20th, that Oni Press had decided to partner with Nickelodeon and Jhonen Vasquez to bring Zim back to life in the form of an Invader Zim comic series. This monthly series will end on March of with Issue 50 and be replaced with a new quarterly series.
Invader Zim Vasquez pitched the idea of Invader Zim when contacted by future executive producer of the show Mary Harrington. According to an interview, Jhonen comments on the show: Vasquez in disguise.
My gawd, what are they trying to do to the children? Contrary to popular belief, Jhonen loves the idea of working on new Zim stuff and initially agreed to do just that when Nickelodeon contacted him about bringing back the show in There is also a split second of Mr. Vasquez armed with a puppet of himself! However, he himself has no interview. In various season 1 episodes, Jhonen Vasquez made several cartoon cameos , distinguished by his trademark trench-coat, black boots, glasses and short, spiky red hair.
So far he has been in the following episodes:.
Jhonen Vasquez Possibly Teasing Return of 'Johnny the Homicidal Maniac'