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The announcement image, drawn by Aaron Alexovich and colored by Rikki Simons. Also used as cover art for Issue #1

Announcement

On February 13th, 2015, Oni Press, an American independent comic book publisher, posted an image to their Tumblr and Twitter with the cryptic message "Doom is Coming", followed by the message "Stay tuned for more — 2/20/15".[1] It was in the familiar font and was reblogged by Jhonen Vasquez himself.

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It was announced on February 20th, 2015 that OniPress had decided to partner with Nickelodeon and original creator Jhonen Vasquez to bring Zim back to life in the form of a comic book series, "arriving this July (1st)".[2]

"I'm always confused when people say how much they miss Invader Zim because the show never stopped running in my head, and then I remember everyone else isn't in my head", Vasquez is quoted in Oni's press release announcing the series. "I try to imagine the world for all those people who don't know what Zim's been up to since the show went off the air and it makes me shudder. How can people live that way? Hopefully this comic helps make the world a better place". [3]

Crew

So far, the confirmed crew working on the comic are as follows:

  • Jhonen Vasquez: Writing, consulting. He has scripted issues 1 and 2, and plans on working on more in the future. He also says he'll be doing "pencils" for cover art.
  • Eric Trueheart: Writing. He worked on the show as a writer, scripting episodes such as "Bad, Bad Rubber Piggy" and "Hamstergeddon", as well as co-writing on several other episodes.
  • Aaron Alexovich: Writing, art. He drew the original promotional image. He was a concept artist for the original show.
  • Rikki Simons: Coloring. He was the voice of GIR and colorist for the show.
  • Megan Lawton: Inking. She is the only one who is not from the original Zim crew.[4]
  • Dave Crosland: had worked as an artist starting from Issue 7. He was also planned to contribute a backup comic in Issue 8, though this never happened. [5] He wrote Issue 21 as a one-shot.
  • Warren Wucinich: Started working on lettering in Issue 7. Now also works in coloring and penciling. Has drawn several covers.
  • Fred Stressing: Coloring

There may be more as time goes on and new comics appear.

Pre-release

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It was announced on May 15, 2015 that a "comic supplement" to the upcoming series would debut at Denver Comic-Con (May 23-25).

TruthShrieker, a conspiracy-magazine-style comic, features work by Invader Zim creator Jhonen Vasquez along with Aaron Alexovich, Eric Trueheart, Rikki Simons and Megan Lawton. It also articles by Invader Zim antagonist Dib among other brave TruthShrieker contributors unencumbered by the public's insistence on "facts". Fans can look forward to hard-hitting journalism pieces like "Where is Invader Zim?", "Ms. Bitters Has Always Existed??", "Is This Bee Haunted?" and many more. [6]

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The zine would then be available again at the San Diego Comic-Con (2015) before becoming available on OniPress' online store.

Issues

Retail Cover Issue # Description Release date
Issue 0 cover TruthShrieker (Issue #0) TruthShrieker is presented as a fanzine publication and features news reports and conspiracy theories from the world of Invader Zim. These stories are written from the point of view of Zim's nemesis, Dib, and other fellow "truthshriekers" as they ask questions like “Where is Invader Zim?”, “Ms. Bitters Has Always Existed??”and “Is This Bee Haunted?”. May 23, 2015
Issue1CoverFinal Issue #1 ZIM and his filthy evil ways have been gone for what feels like years. But Dib KNOWS the alien menace will rear his head again, and he won't leave the house, or his 900 security monitors, until it happens. And it WILL happen. Oh, it WILL. July 8, 2015
Issue2CoverFinal Issue #2 Dib knows ZIM's sudden disappearance from Earth can only mean bad news for the human race. Can Dib stop him before Earth is just another alien-infested spaceside attraction like the universe's biggest doughnut? August 19, 2015
InvaderZimIssue3Retail Issue #3 An ancient secret, a four-hoofed legend, and a plot to kick all life off the earth. Now ZIM will stop at nothing to summon the awesome, mulish power of… The Star Donkey! September 16, 2015
IssueFour Issue #4 ZIM receives a mysterious delivery from the Almighty Tallest! Then mysterious orders! Then totally different mysterious orders that will probably hurt a lot! Is this the most important assignment of his invader career, or are the Tallest just really, really bored? October 21, 2015
STK688618 Issue #5 [Note: There is currently no accurate official summary for this issue, click the article for more details about this comic.] December 2, 2015
Zim 6 2 Issue #6 Special one-shot issue written and drawn by KC Green (Gunshow, Graveyard Quest)! Three short tales answer the most-asked questions about everyone’s favorite Irken Invader. Like, where can someone like ZIM get a bank loan? What’s the most sought-after, limited-time-only treat in the galaxy? And how long can ZIM spend looking for a lost shoe before the universe implodes? January 6, 2016
Zim 7 2 Issue #7 ZIM’s tragic past revealed? Nope! No. Never. Why. But other things will be revealed! Critically acclaimed comedy cartoonist Kyle Starks and also critically acclaimed cartoonist Dave Crosland join forces on this explosive issue! February 10, 2016
INVADER ZIM 8 WITH LOGO AND EVERYTHING WOW Issue #8 Dib wears the wrong pants... WITH DEADLY CONSEQUENCES!! Can the Earth survive an invasion from the waist down? March 23, 2016
Zim 9 final Issue #9 Every time ZIM rears his ugly, Irken head, something terrible happens. No one is safe from ZIM’s mighty plans! NO ONE! Not even YOU. But that guy over there? He might be. May 4, 2016
Zim 10 Issue #10 After witnessing a shameless and pathetic human ritual known as “Show and Tell,” ZIM is determined to SHOW the biggest TELL of them all! And of course, Dib is going to have to keep this TELL from SHOWING the whole school its powers of SHOWING AND TELLING! June 8, 2016
Zim 11 Issue #11 A special one-shot written and illustrated by Sarah Andersen (Sarah's Scribbles)! When GIR brings home a flea-ridden stray cat, ZIM is furious—until he finds out what the cat does to Dib. Dib's sneezing and covered in hives—could the magical powers of this ""cat"" be harnessed and turned against all of mankind? Could the earth FINALLY be ZIM's? July 6, 2016
Zim 12 Issue #12 ZIM and Dib are slingshotted to a horrifying future where the earth is ruled by… ZIM? Yes, Emperor ZIM is triumphant, and humanity bows before his greatness. But Invader ZIM decides his future self is a huge ungrateful jerk, and now ZIM must go to war against himself! August 10, 2016
Zim 13 Issue #13 When an evil band of evil aliens from the farthest reaches of evilspace kidnap ZIM's best friend, ZIM is horrified. Until, that is, he discovers the aliens think his “best friend” is Dib. Now ZIM couldn't care less, but Dib, trapped in a cell on an alien ship, cares a lot. September 21, 2016
ZimIssue14Cover Issue #14 Once every generation, Bloaty’s Pizza Hog holds the coveted Bloatyshorts Giveaway Night. Gaz is determined to attend this once-in-a-lifetime event, but it’s Dib’s turn to choose the restaurant for the Membrane family dinner! Can Gaz sway Dib by actually being nice to him? Or will she brutally murder him with kindness? October 19, 2016
INVADERZIM-15-COVER Issue #15 What is the secret truth behind Miss Bitters? Is she an undead witch? A crone-beast as old as time itself? A dark instrument of infernal vengeance in a smelly dress? Everyone has a theory, and when Miss Bitters doesn’t show up for Skool one morning, they all come out of the woodwork. November 30, 2016
Invader zim 16 Issue #16 Special one-shot from original series artist (and Invader ZIM character designer) Aaron Alexovich! When ZIM, master of fear, gets spooked by Dib, he’ll do whatever it takes to prove he isn’t scared of anything! Or that Dib is scared of something! Or that GIR is scared of everything! ANYWAY! ZIM is the master of fear here, and that’s the MOST important! December 21, 2016
Invader zim 17 final cover Issue #17 Once again, Dib is kidnapped by malicious aliens! But there’s a big difference: they’ve also kidnapped ZIM! WHAT EVIL IS THIS? February 15, 2017
INVADERZIM 18 FINAL Issue #18 Another tension-filled issue of Invader ZIM will see Dib facing off against his greatest enemy… BEES! Wait, is that right? Uh… sure! April 5, 2017
INVADERZIM-19-RETAIL-COVER-FINAL Issue #19 Come one, come all, to ZIMZOO! It's definitely NOT an imitation zoo created by ZIM and the Robo-parents to fool the public into thinking they have an actual job. Nope, it's got 100% real actual animals NOT made from bio-slurry. Come see the majestic AGRILLATOR, or learn about the eating habits of the colloquial SHROMB. They're real animals, Dib, so keep your big head out of this! May 10, 2017
Invader zim 20 Issue #20 If you haven’t watched all 385 seasons of FLOOPSY BLOOPS SHMOOPSY yet don’t even bother reading this issue! Lotta in-jokes that are just gonna go WAAAAAY over your head. Also, spoilers for the season 4 finale! June 14, 2017
INVADERZIM-21 Issue #21 Special one-shot issue by former series artist Dave Crosland! ZIM’s finally found a way to get rid of Dib and Gaz—his Mind Swapper will transfer their brains into any object ZIM desires! Enter GIR, out of control and hopped-up on sugar, causing the machine to malfunction. And when the smoke clears, the wrong minds have been swapped! Now Gaz is ZIM and GIR is Dib and Dib is GIR and ZIM is Gaz and… eh, just read the issue, alright? July 12, 2017
INVADERZIM-22-RETAIL-COVER Issue #22 WELCOME TO ZIM’S GREATEST PLAN YET! Earth will soon be his! (Maybe!) Unfortunately, there’s something wrong with GIR—ASIDE from the usual list of things. For one, he’s intentionally trying to kill ZIM. And for two, he’s doing it at the worst possible times. Is ZIM’s greatest plan destined for failure (like it usually is)? Part one of a four-part story! August 9, 2017
INVADERZIM-23-RETAIL-COVER Issue #23 There’s a virus in GIR’s head. This virus is mean, determined, and probably covered in spikes and stuff. Most importantly, it’s making GIR want to kill ZIM, and ZIM can’t really let that happen. But the only way to destroy the virus is to travel inside GIR’s broken robot mind, and the inside of GIR’s broken robot mind is a virtual madhouse of crazy. PART TWO OF A FOUR-PART STORY! September 13, 2017
Iz comic 24 Issue #24 The killer virus has a name! Well, not really, but ZIM has the name of the guy who put the virus in GIR in the first place: VIROOZ. He also knows where he lives-Cyberflox, the galaxy’s largest technology flea market! It’ll take all of ZIM’s cunning, intelligence, and subtlety to infiltrate the planet and find VIROOZ, which means ZIM is probably going to fail. Badly. Part three of a four-part story! October 18, 2017
Iz comic 25 Issue #25 The climactic battle begins! Wait, no… ZIM’s been captured, so… THE CLIMACTIC BEING-CAPTURED BEGINS! Now a prisoner of VIROOZ, ZIM has a lot to answer for. Questions so burning, we wouldn’t think of spoiling them here. But now ZIM must fight for his life on a barren world against an enemy who’s really, really disappointed in him. Part four of a four-part story!! November 22, 2017
Iz comic 26 Issue #26 Special one-shot issue written and illustrated by Sarah Graley (Rick and MortyTM: Lil’ Poopy Superstar, Kim Reaper)! There’s a new kid in skool, and his name is GIR…B? GIRB?! That’s just GIR with an extra B tacked on the end! But somehow the skoolkids are all fooled—except ZIM of course, he’d recognize his lackey… er, slave… er, servant?… anywhere! And also Dib, because he’s the only one who can see through bad human disguises, apparently. December 13, 2017
Invader zim 27 Issue #27 On a search for the rare element Splodium-235, ZIM discovers that deep beneath his own base lies another alien base. And inside it is another alien. And this alien claims he took over the Earth years ago. Is he insane? More importantly, can ZIM steal his supply of Splodium-235 and get out? Or will he keep ZIM in his base forever because… well… he’s just so lonely down there? January 10, 2018

Trade Paperbacks

Cover Volume Collects Issues Description Release date
Iz tpb vol 1 #1 1–5 "Never has a comic so purposefully stupid lied on a foundation of comedic skill so honed and smart." You said it, Paste Magazine. From the far reaches of weird space to the incomprehensible world of underground art, ZIM is back! And his thirst for world domination has only grown! January 27, 2016
Iz tpb vol 2 #2 6–10 Volume 2 of the hit comic series (based on the hit Nickelodeon TV show) INVADER ZIM starts off with a BANG! I mean a BANK! As ZIM takes on the immense task of getting a business loan. From there, things get steadily worse. Then better, then worse yet again. In this collection, ZIM will face foes like those never seen before! (And also Dib. But everyone's seen Dib before.) July 27, 2016
Iz tpb 3 #3 11–15 There's a whole lot of invading going on in the third volume of the critically acclaimed comic series based on the hit TV Show, Invader ZIM! Pet dander invades Dib's auto-immune system! Some other aliens invade earth and kidnap Dib for some reason! And Gaz invades Bloaty's Pizza Hog for a chance at the coveted Bloaty's Pizza Shorts! But the most important invasion will be this comic... invading your heart. Dawwwww. December 14, 2016
Iz tpb 4 #4 16–20 ZIM has plans to take over planet Earth. Schemes! Designs! Machinations! Uh... other words that mean "plans"! And in the fourth volume of the critically acclaimed comic series, these "plans" are plentiful, horrifying, and only half as terrible as usual! From taking over a local restaurant to proving to Dib that he's the master of fear, ZIM will rule the world, one way or another! Or not at all. Or only on Tuesdays? August 2, 2017
Iz tpb 5 #5 21–25 ZIM's latest doomsday plot is foiled when GIR goes haywire and tries to kill everyone in sight! (But especially ZIM. He kinda deserves it.) Diagnostics reveal that the malfunction is due to a virus, forcing ZIM to do the one thing he never thought he'd have to―GO INSIDE GIR'S BRAIN. Where nothing works and everything is exactly at GIR's level of nonsense. And when ZIM discovers that the virus was created and implanted by a being known only as VIROOZ from the planet Cyberflox... well hey, let's not give away too much, alright? Just read this special 4-part story with bonus guest issue from Dave Crosland! March 6, 2018

Other

Cover Name Collects Issues Description Release date
Treasury edition cover-0 Treasury Edition 1–2 Zim and his filthy evil ways have been gone for what feels like years. And Dib has grown fat and smelly waiting for his return. But what if … all along … that was the plan? This special Local Comic Shop Day Treasury Edition contains not one issue of Invader Zim, but two! Zim’s long-awaited return and subsequent space travels are all here for your eyes, heart, and stomach to enjoy. November 28, 2015
INVADERZIM-HARDCOVER1 Hardcover Volume 1 0–10 Finally, a deluxe hardcover edition of the Invader ZIM comics is here! Laugh your way through the first ten issues of Invader ZIM—as well as the exclusive #0 issue not available in stores! Relive the terror of watching the Invader ZIM TV show by reading Invader ZIM, the comic! Now in a bigger size so you can catch every single horrible detail! Featuring hilarious stories by Jhonen Vasquez, Eric Trueheart, and KC Green, and horrifying art from Aaron Alexovich and Dave Crosland, this is one collection not to be missed! July 12, 2017
Iz deluxe hardcover Deluxe Hardcover Book 1 0–10 Finally, a deluxe hardcover edition of the Invader ZIM comics is here! Laugh your way through the first ten issues of Invader ZIM—as well as the exclusive #0 issue not available in stores! Relive the terror of watching the Invader ZIM TV show by reading Invader ZIM, the comic! Now in a bigger size so you can catch every single horrible detail! Featuring hilarious stories by Jhonen Vasquez, Eric Trueheart, and KC Green, and horrifying art from Aaron Alexovich and Dave Crosland, this is one collection not to be missed! July 20, 2017

Trivia

  • It was stated that Dib and Gaz didn't have an official last name and "Membrane" was actually their father's first name. Yet in the "TruthShrieker" Issue 0, Dib's last name is confirmed to be "Membrane". If this is the case, it can be assumed that Gaz's last name is also Membrane.
    • This is later concreted in Issue 5 when Lord Voxelrot referred to Dib as "Dib Membrane".
  • Issue 8's plot is based off of the unaired episode "When Pants Ruled!".
  • For some reason Nickelodeon, who owns the rights to all Invader ZIM characters from the TV series, allowed all characters to be used in the comic series except for Invader Skoodge.[7] This has led to speculation that he is being saved for inclusion in the TV movie (though this is not yet confirmed).
  • The comic is planned to have less pigs and more Minimoose than the TV show. They also plan to say the word "doom" as little as possible.[8]
  • There will be no "Invader Dib" issue (an issue showing a final confrontation between ZIM and Dib) because that would end the series, and they plan on continuing the comic run for some time. Eric Trueheart has jokingly said that they can print nothing but blank pages if they did that, but he doesn't think that they'd sell very well.[9] And with the announcement of the upcoming TV movie, chances of this issue happening are dampened even more.
  • There are no plans to have Tak appear (yet).[10][11] Like with Skoodge, this has fed speculation that she is being saved for the movie.
  • There may be more mythology or world building stories in the future, but the main focus right now is to tell weird and funny ZIM stories.[12]
  • The Invader ZIM comic does not have scripted panels. During the story writing process, Jhonen Vasquez prefers to have it written in animation screenplay format (as if the animated TV cartoon was still being produced), then the screenplays are handed to the comic artists and they can write the panels however they want.[13]
  • The typical art style of the comics started to draw away from its first several issues, going from first trying to copy its TV series' art style into a more simple, flashy design as its normal art style. This could be due to some members of the comic crew leaving and new members joining and becoming big contributors to the art, most noticeably with the addition of Warren Wucinich.
  • The majority of issues are standalone stories. However, issues 1 and 2 tell a two-part story, and issues 22 through 25 are scheduled to be a continuous four-part story.
  • Like the TV series, the comics have a very loose continuity, with several issues ending on major, seemingly permanent, events that are immediately ignored by the following issues.
  • The Invader ZIM Deluxe Hardcover edition is an Oni Press exclusive cover. It costs $65 and could only be purchased at Oni Press's booth at San Diego Comic Con 2017. It features a foil deboss and tip-in, and there was a limit of only 50 copies available per day.[14] It did, however, also become available on Oni Press's retail site after Comic Con ended.[15]

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References

  1. http://onipress.tumblr.com/post/110938157104/stay-tuned-for-more-2-20-15
  2. http://onipress.tumblr.com/post/111592169667/its-official-oni-press-is-partnering-with
  3. http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/02/20/oni-presses-teases-invader-zim-comic
  4. http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/the-invasion-resumes-comic-creators-discuss-invader-zims-return
  5. http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=eed13328df4bb8e1cfc67c712&id=c800669b85&e=%5BUNIQID%5D
  6. http://onipress.tumblr.com/post/119459936591/doom-comes-early-in-the-form-of-invader-zim-zine
  7. http://thegww.com/from-the-almighty-tallest-comes-an-interview-with-the-team-behind-invader-zim/
  8. http://thegww.com/from-the-almighty-tallest-comes-an-interview-with-the-team-behind-invader-zim/
  9. http://thegww.com/from-the-almighty-tallest-comes-an-interview-with-the-team-behind-invader-zim/
  10. http://thegww.com/from-the-almighty-tallest-comes-an-interview-with-the-team-behind-invader-zim/
  11. http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2016/09/19/invader-zim-interview-eric-trueheart-warren-wucinich-and-fred-stressing-tell-it-like-it-is/
  12. http://thegww.com/from-the-almighty-tallest-comes-an-interview-with-the-team-behind-invader-zim/
  13. http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2016/09/19/invader-zim-interview-eric-trueheart-warren-wucinich-and-fred-stressing-tell-it-like-it-is/
  14. https://www.bleedingcool.com/2017/07/10/exclusive-invader-zim-scott-pilgrim-rick-morty-comics-oni-san-diego-comic-con-2017/
  15. https://oni-press.myshopify.com/products/invader-zim-hardcover-book-1-oni-exclusive

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