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IZ Issue #17 Discussion - Part 1: ZIM and DIB’s Relationship

Invader Zim isn’t exactly the the type of series people would expect to have multifaceted characters or an interesting story. A lot of people agree that the series is just meant to be taken as a Sci-Fi comedy with a dark sense of humour, and that’s essentially what it is. However, that doesn’t mean that there can’t be more to it. I’m not saying you should go looking for meaning where there isn’t any either, I’m just saying that a good work usually has more to offer than what’s on the surface.

Invader Zim has two well developed leads: Zim and Dib. It’s worth mentioning that Gaz is fleshed out too, especially since issue #!4. Zim and Dib share a peculiar relationship. They hate each other the same way two school children would “hate” each other. One moment you see them fighting, the next they’re out there playing tag or something. The thing is, just like the show, their rivalry isn’t supposed to be taken seriously. Neither of them is mature enough to understand the other, which is one of the main reasons why they are “enemies” and not friends, considering how much they parallel each other. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that an interaction like this happened canonically:

Yep, Dib just invited Zim to a game of I Spy, and of course, Zim eventually plays along. They even have the classic temper tantrums and “I’m not playing with you anymore”s that kids would have. Apparently all it took for these two to get along was to be locked up in the same cell.

Now that we know they can be in the same room without killing each other, can we just talk about how Zim likes to tease Dib?

This image could easily be taken as Zim being stupid, but just look at his face. He’s teasing him :P This isn’t the first time Zim mentions being confused by human genders btw; it was last mentioned in issue #13, so kudos to the writers for continuity. I’m sure Zim’s referred to Dib as a human boy before in the show, maybe not in those exact words, but you get the idea.

Anyways, remember back in issue #15 where Zim caused Dib to go ballistic over ham?

It’s pretty obvious that Zim doesn’t think Mrs. Bitters is a Ham, he just wants to push Dib’s buttons and see what happens. He even helps Dib get in trouble:

And what does he do when he does?

Clever boy. He knew what he was doing all along.

So yeah, Zim’s a bit more playful in the comics isn’t he? In fact, he seems less angry and more mellow at times.

Stupid idea stuck in my head: A crossover between Voltron, Steven Universe and Invader Zim. Three planet conquering Alien species.

Whoa this is way more enthusiasm than I expected!

Know that if I did this comic, it would completely kill Invadertale, which… hasn’t updated in like a year anyway, so… But I think Psychonauts/Undertale has a lot more potential than Invader Zim/Undertale anyway

So I’ll keep brainstorming over it! Thank you!

(Also I wasn’t planning on Papyrus’s mind to be an Italian bistro, but there should totally be something selling spaghetti in it)

anonymous asked:

what made u get back into invader zim i'm v curious

well there’s a time, in every once-emo’s life, where they just, come back to their roots every couple months,,, 

also the comics are new and the updates remind me of how much i love invader zim 




Let’s kick off the insanely unpredictable world of 2017 with the most insanely unpredictable cartoon cast of all time! Yes, INVADER ZIM!  Richard Horvitz (Zim), Rikki Simons (Gir), and Melissa Fahn (Gaz) reminisce, talk shop, and break into musical numbers while discussing the iconic series. What was it like working for the legendary Jhonen Vasquez? What is Zim’s favorite episode? And, why was there bacon in the soap, Gir?! SILENCE! Zim’s empire of podcast doom begins NOW!

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