The perfect gift for any Invader ZIM fan, this volume collects four of the best Gaz stories from the original comic book series!
Future servants of ZIM! The stories in this collection based on the Nickelodeon TV series are about…not Zim! This Best of Gaz collection includes stories about, well, Gaz, Dib’s darkly demented younger sister. See stories about alternate realities, body swaps, alien invasion, and ski trips on Meat Mountain, all (reluctantly) involving Gaz… Just don’t take her pizza. Collects issues #5, 21, 39, and 44 of the Invader ZIM series.
Oni-Lion Forge Publishing Group and Nickelodeon bring the final installment of the Invader ZIM original single-issue comics in time for the 20th anniversary of Invader ZIM — Invader ZIM: The Dookie Loop Horror, written by Jhonen Vasquez and Eric Trueheart, with illustrations by Aaron Alexovich, colors by Fred C. Stresing, and lettering by Warren Wucinich. The oversized single issue will be out in August 2021.
In Invader ZIM: Dookie Loop Horror, up in the sky, something…BLUE approaches. And it smells HORRIBLE. It turns out that interdimensional creatures called Chrono-Dumpers eat time and use our dimension as a toilet, creating an infinite time loop. There is no escape from the time poop loop, forcing Dib and ZIM to live the same TERRIBLE day forEVER. They wake, the tuxedoed pig farts, the world ends. And the key to fixing the loop is GIR. We are all DOOMED.
Variant covers of the oversize 32-page final issue will feature art by Jhonen Vasquez, Cole Ott, J.R. Goldberg, and Aaron Alexovich. Invader Zim: The Dookie Loop Horror will be available on August 4, 2021, in stores and online via comiXology.
(W) Jhonen Vasquez, Aaron Alexovich, Eric Trueheart, Danielle Koenig, Sarah Andersen
(A) Sarah Andersen, Warren Wucinich, Aaron Alexovich
(C) Katy Farina, Fred C. Stresing, Cassie Kelly
(CA) Warren Wucinich with J.R. Goldberg
Age Rating: All Ages
Genre: Science Fiction, Action/Adventure
Page Count: 288
At long last, another deluxe hardcover edition of the Invader ZIM comics! They’re bigger! They’re badder! They’re better! Actually, they are just bigger, and otherwise the same comics. But don’t they always say bigger is better? This collection of issues #11-#20 of the beloved comic features a hilarious slate of ZIM comics, including “Floopsy Bloops Shmoopsy,” “Burrito King,” “ZIMZOO,” “Tales of Ms. Bitters,” and more! So much more. Maybe… too much? Naaaaah.
Nickelodeon’s favorite Irken alien is available for free in May 2018, as Oni Press‘ Free Comic Book Day Gold Offering has been revealed! Invader ZIM: Floopsy Bloops Shmoopsy is written by series creator Jhonen Vasquez. The comic, originally published as Invader ZIM #20, also contains art by Oni Press’s own Invader ZIM artist, Warren Wucinich, with colors by Fred C. Stresing, and a cover by character designer Aaron Alexovich.
Floopsy Bloops Shmoopsy is GIR’s new favorite show and ZIM’s new favorite distraction from taking over the world–even though his plan this time is fool-proof. With his creation of the Conquer-Blob to do all the hard work, ZIM can watch TV until the job is done! All 385 seasons of “FBS” are devoted to, but never answer, the most important question: Sure, Floopsy bloops Shmoopsy, BUT DOES SHMOOPSY BLOOP FLOOPSY??? A smart and biting criticism of our binge-watching-obsessed culture…or, just a very funny story about ZIM watching too much TV. What’s not to love?
When asked about his cover for Floopsy Bloops Shmoopsy, ZIM character designer, Aaron Alexovich, simply screamed. And he wouldn’t stop, even when asked to.
(W) Jhonen Vasquez, Eric Trueheart, Aaron Alexovich, Danielle Koenig
(A) Warren Wucinich and Aaron Alexovich
(C) Fred C. Stresing and Cassie Kelly
(CA) Warren Wucinich
In Stores: 8/2/17
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences
Page Count: 136
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?
Plot and Writer: John Shackleford
Artists: Aaron Alexovich & Dave Santana
Inks: Nelson Pereira
Colorist: Thiago Ribeiro
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover A: Aaron Alexovich
Cover B: Ryan Hall
Cover C: Dave Santana & Thiago Riberiro
Cover D: Thomas Boatwright
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: July 26, 2017
Enter the world of Little Nightmares, where a young girl in a bright raincoat must face her greatest fears…
The following tales are faint memories, recollections of the children’s life outside The Maw, told to the best of their ability…
Little Nightmares by Tarsier Studios is a strange, dark, and heavy little indie game experience for Windows, PS4, and XBox One. The comic tie-in from Titan Comics is no different. If you can’t play it yourself, you can check it out on Twitch. The comics don’t venture quite into the same story as the game, which follows a little girl in a yellow raincoat named Six. Instead, we find Six tumbling into a room of other children much like her who have found themselves trapped by the grotesque adults bent on snuffing them out. The others encourage Six to share her story lest she forget it. When she can’t, they instead tell their own in order to help her remember. That is the meat of the story in these comics, if you’ll pardon the pun. If you don’t get it, well, you will after watching or playing the game. And trust me, the context will be necessary.
The visuals here are a good meshing between the game team’s concept art and their final on-screen product, striking a balance of strange and grotesque body diversity in the monstrous adults that the game often couldn’t achieve in the end. While John Shackleford’s writing mixed with Aaron Alexovich’s art and Thiago Ribeiro’s colors are a great combination, it’s definitely notable for me that none of the team from Tarsier Studios seems to have been listed as involved in the comic. The creative team decidedly had a vision for Little Nightmares and specifically Six that I feel played out to the game’s detriment at times. The comic team doesn’t shy away from that vision but instead works around it to create something that works well with the medium.
Overall, this comic is interesting and weaves a haunting story but it runs into the same problem that the game does: it may be too vague and understated for its own good. It leaves the reader and/or player unsatisfied with the few scraps they’re given in terms of lore and world building. However, this comic does give me some hope for the comic shedding more light onto the game for second playthroughs.
Story: John Shackleford Art: Aaron Alexovich Color: Thiago Ribeiro Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0
Recommendation: Grab it if you’re invested, Pass otherwise
Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Writer: John Shackleford
Artist: Aaron Alexovich
COVER A: Aaron Alexovich
COVER B: Nick Percival
COVER C: Video Game Cover
COVER D: Dave Santana
COVER E: Thomas Boatwright
FC • 32pp • $3.99 – On sale: May 31, 2017
ENTER THE TERRIFYING AND UNPREDICTABLE COMIC SERIES BASED ON ONE OF THE MOST HOTLY-ANTICIPATED GAMES OF 2017!
THE GAME FOLLOWS SIX, A YOUNG GIRL IN A YELLOW RAINCOAT, AS SHE EXPLORES THE HORRIFYING WORLD OF THE MAW, LOOKING FOR A WAY OUT!
(W) Aaron Alexovich
(A) Warren Wucinich
(C) Fred C. Stresing
(CA) Warren Wucinich (retail cover), KC Green (incentive cover)
AGE RATING: All Ages
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PAGE COUNT: 32
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!
Papercutz—one of the publishers leading the current boom in kids’ graphic novel publishing—will launch Charmz, a new imprint for tween girls on May 2, 2017 with three new graphic novel series. Each of three launch titles have their own distinct look and feel, with subjects and settings ranging from graveyards to new schools, and storylines that share a common theme: a focus on friendships and relationships.
The line of books is being edited by bestselling writer and editor Mariah Huehner, formerly of IDW Publishing and Vertigo/DC Comics. In advance of Mariah McCourt’s appearance at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books (April 22 and 23) and Aaron Alexovich’s appearance at the C2E2 convention in Chicago that same weekend, Charmz is releasing an excerpt from their graphic novel Stitched.
Stitched by NYT bestselling author Mariah McCourt (Emily & The Strangers) and Aaron Alexovich (Serenity Rose). Crimson Volania Mulch has a problem; she just woke up in a crypt and, besides her name, has no idea of who, where, or what she is. Welcome to the Cemetery of Assumptions, a vast landscape of stones, mausoleums, and secrets. Home to monsters and mayhem, it may also hold the answers to her unknown parentage. Crimson is a resourceful patchwork girl and determined to find them. Along the way, she meets the mysterious Wisteria, who has a tendency to change and a witch named Parameter whose spells tend to go awry. And two boys, Simon and Quinton, who make her feel something besides lost and confused. She must battle ghosts, zombies, and monsters in order to learn where she came from and who her real “mother” is. But will she do it alone, or will she have help from her new friends and unexpected crushes?
Chloe by Greg Tessier and Amandine. Everything was wonderful for young Chloe Blin―she loved her family, even despite their affectionate nickname for her. But everything changes when she starts at a new school. Suddenly, her family is just embarrassing! Chloe wants to meet new people and make new friends, especially with a certain Alexandre, but she’s not sure what to say or wear or who to trust. The home room fashionistas are only too happy to tell her how her clothes look, but can they really be her friends? And what if everyone heard her family’s name for her?
Sweeties by Veronique Grisseaux and Anna Merli. Cherry Costello’s father owns a successful candy store franchise with best-selling chocolates. When her father remarries to the Tanberry family, Cherry now has four new half-sisters and must start at a new school in a new town. Trouble arises as Cherry meets Shay, the boyfriend of her older half-sister, Honey. Plus, the Tanberry twins Skye and Summer learn life is not identical for the both of them. It’s going to take a sweet miracle to overcome the sour tensions in this household!
Perhaps no trend in book publishing has been stronger in recent years than the growth of the kids’ graphic novel category. At the recent Children’s Institute, Nielsen cited 24% growth in year on year sales. Hand in hand with that growth has been the emergence of female readers and female creators like Raina Telgemeier and Noelle Stevenson. But not all female fans of graphic fiction have been served equally. For tween girls who have loved but outgrown properties like The Smurfs or Disney Comics but aren’t quite ready for the more mature content of books like This One Summer or Honor Girl, there’s been a distinct lack of material available. Now that’s all about to change, starting on May 2.