NEW ON SALE DATE: INVADER ZIM #13

INVADER ZIM #13 by Eric Trueheart and @sketchhero-warren with @artofstresing, and with an alternate cover illustrated by Alex Pardee, will now go on sale September 21!

Find your local comic book shop with findacomicshop.com or comicshoplocator.com, and add INVADER ZIM to your pull list so you never miss out on an issue! Make sure to give the Diamond order codes to your comic shop retailer for easy ordering!

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In case you didn’t know, Oni Press is doing a new Zim comic series. And in case you also didn’t know, I worked on the Zim animated series right before Avatar, from 2000 to 2002, as a storyboard artist and later as art director. Jhonen Vasquez is an evil genius with a razor-sharp wit that never dulls. That project was an inspiring and seminal experience for me as a future show co-creator/runner. I learned a ton from Jhonen and all the amazing people on that crew. Some of those same amazing people are now making this comic, including my friend Aaron Alexovich. He showed me his pencils for the first issue and they are fantastic. 

The nice folks at Oni, including some friends of mine who have since moved on to other endeavors, emphatically approached Nickelodeon about exhuming Zim in comic form. They knew the show was special to me and asked if I would contribute a variant cover. Here’s what I came up with (along with my original sketch with a nixed trumpet mouth on Zim), minus the logos so you can see more waffles. 

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As a means of catching ZIM fans up to speed in terms of the series’ highly complicated (everyone throws fits and stuff explodes) plot, and to inform those who have never watched the show (you can tell who they are because they still have their hearing), I hired Recap Kid. He (or she? I never specified and aaronalexovich‘s art keeps it mysterious) is an expert on all things ZIM so you’re in good hands there. 

LOOK AT THIS. Invader ZIM Trade Paperback preorder codes are out! If you’re not big on single issues, or just want to add this nice-ass lookin book to your shelf (because you do), you should tell your local comic book shop to pick this shit up for you. We all worked really hard on it, and it totally shows.

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Back before you were all born, maybe a year or two ago, when Oni first asked how I’d feel about them doing ZIM comics, one of the first things I said was “That sounds really fun, especially if it wasn’t quite what people expected, if it was a thing I could approach comic artists that I like with to let them do their thing in the ZIM universe.” The very first person I thought of was KC Green, whose comics I had been a fan of for my entire life even though he’s a lot younger than me. 

NOW THE MOMENT I HAD DREAMED OF IS HERE. KC Green finally gets his own issue to annihilate and it’s one of of my favorite issue, if not my favorite for the fact that it’s got surprises that I can enjoy like any other fan. When I do an issue, it’s no fun because I already know how AMAZING it’s gonna be. It’s hard to live that way, being utterly unsurprised at how fantastic my creations are and dreaming, DREAMING of someday knowing what it’s like to enjoy something wonderful that I DIDN’T create.

Now I know that feeling, and for that I thank KC for making this such a great issue. 

Seriously, please pick up this issue and hunt down everything else KC has done if you don’t already love his work. 

Invader Zim #1 has sold out and the month is not even over.

Good Job everyone!

Oni Press is doing a second printing and this is the cover for it,
Reminds me of Dark Harvest. It hard to see, but there kids stuck to the ceiling.

It will be release on the same date of issue 2 which is

August, 19, 2015

You can start ordering them at your local comic book store.

ANOTHER VARIANT COVER! I was asked to do one with a ‘Get Schwifty’ theme so I made it horrible and referencing horrible music that I like.

You can pre-order it from Exceed Exclusives or pre-order a signed version from my gumroad. (comics will be sent out once the stock is mailed to me).

Shipping is free if you order the other variant cover on there too!

I think everyone does a great job with their covers for the INVADER ZIM comic, and it’s especially impressive if the artist is dead inside like I am because you can’t tell how little they feel for anything based on their (my) incredible work.

These two new covers for reprints of the first issue showed up today and I gotta say, they cheered me way up (I had to slaughter a whole ant colony that had found hope for the future in my kitchen. They were trying to carry their injured away and everything.)

Thanks upperhandart and andrewmaclean for taking my mind off of the monster I had become.

Here is a clean version of my Invader Zim #1 cover coming in July from Oni Press.  This is the variant cover you can only get at any Hastings book store.  

Feel free to comment on the absurdity of Dib’s hair spine now.