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  12.27.04 7:15am - Jhonen's website is live
While I am never one to discount the possibility of a very well played hoax, it seems Jhonen's website, Question Sleep has gone live. Thanks to Gary for bringing it to my attention. It's been almost two years since the last real Jhonen news. A ton of sites have come and gone with the advent of Invader Zim. We laugh at those sites and spit on their overly ambitious corpses. Decept... Er, ITM FOREVER!



  12.7.02 8:30am - Zim Christmas episode
The special Zim Christmas episode airs Tuesday, December 10th, either at 8 or 8:30pm eastern time, on Nickelodeon. Check your local listings to be sure.



  10.15.02 1:35pm - meh!
Got this in the mail, thanks to Kitten Mizuko: "Jhonen will be showing the last episode of zim at Club Rio in Arizona. There has been and may be more showings like this in the LA area. the signing and showing will take place 10-28-2002." The signing will take place at Atomic Comic.



  7.17.02 9:15pm - New Jhonen work soon
Written by Mr. Chancre Scolex (known more popularly as Jhonen Vasquez), with pictures painted by artist Mr. Crab Scrambly, Everything Can Be Beaten will be a twenty four page, 6" by 5" full color storybook with a glossy cardstock cover. Currently scheduled for a retail release on August 8th, the retail price will be $3.95.

For more details, check out the full press release here.

And so that nobody asks:

Chancre \Chan"cre\, n.
Pronunciation: 'sha[ng]-k&r
A venereal sore or ulcer; specifically, the initial lesion of true syphilis, whether forming a distinct ulcer or not; -- called also hard chancre, indurated chancre, and Hunterian chancre.

Scolex \Sco"lex\, n.
Pronunciation: 'skO-"leks
a. The embryo produced directly from the egg in a metagenetic series, especially the larva of a tapeworm or other parasitic worm.
b. The head of a tapeworm either in the larva or adult stage



  3.17.02 2:50am - New Zim eps starting
Nickelodeon will be airing a new episode of Invader Zim on Friday the 22nd at 9:30pm eastern. It looks like Zim is going to be back in its 9:30 time slot for a while to come.



  2.16.02 11:50pm - News from Jhonen
I received the following email from Jhonen, which I'm sure will help to dispel a lot of the rumors that have been floating around concerning Zim and what Jhonen is up to lately. Big thanks to Jhonen for the update. The text is as follows:

OK....figured I'd surface after checking things out here recently. There's some fucked up people with some pretty twisted ideas about what I'm doing and such, so here's some rumor control.

1. ZIM IS so very cancelled. With the Christmas episode included, there will be 27 episodes in total. The idea of another network picking it up is unlikely. Anything's possible but I have no say in any of that as the network owns the show completely. In just such a magical world where ZIM starts up production again, it would not be with my supervision.

2. Episode 26 was going to be the cutoff point for everyone, with the skeleton crew leaving the studio after all parts of it were done. The Christmas episode was my idea, sick glutton for punishment that I am, and it means hanging around the studio a bit longer. It's not a pretty thought, but I can't help but want to end things on a cooler note. The board artists I wanted back are the best of the best and they love the show, so it won't be shit. It should be one of the coolest things ever. The same goes for the episodes we're finishing up now. They're better than anything that has been shown thus far.

3. I am NOT working on JTHM right now. People who want to see me doing only Johnny for the rest of my life can go choke on their own lack of variety and die politely. I've had ideas for Johnny stuff for awhile, but these are floating in a miasma of other, quite pushy ideas in my head. Don't fear the unknown, poops.

4. The old website is back on track, though it's almost as involved as a book project. There is much work to be done on it, but really my main goal with it right now is to get the news and updates section up and running. I'm doing designs and story work on the page, so it'll be a bit before you see it. (Yes...the website itself is sort of a story thing...you'll see). I've got one of ZIM's 3-d artists rendering out my drawings for the interface, so it should look interesting. No URL just yet.

5. Working on two book projects simultaneously. One is an untitled, experimental thing I've started with Brad Canby, an old friend of mine. He's illustrating sections from a series of notebooks I've kept since highschool. Very short stories, or even just sentences. Surreal stuff mostly. It should be a hardbound, rather claustrophobic affair, with mostly artwork by Brad, and cover design, and text by me. The desired effect is a nasty headache. Coming in the future.

The other project is more traditional, and all mine. It's called Saturday Morning Nightmare. I'm aiming for four issues of this comic. It is entirely unrelated to JTHM, SQUEE!, or I Feel Sick. Parts black and white, parts color. Rikki Simons will likely be helping out on most of the color work. I'd do it myself, but there isn't enough time in the universe. Besides...RIkki is color master. There'll be more details on the website.

6. I am currently doing a single page comic for Shannon Wheeler's TOO MUCH COFFEE MAN magazine. I am drawing a fat man.

7. Also working on a 4 page ZIM comic for NICK magazine. Surely they will love it.

8. I think people are getting so much stupider.

9. I like ROOM with a MOOSE, so shut up.

10. If they would just stop making video games, I could live a happier life. I cannot stop playing them. I need help.

thanks you...

JHONEN V



  2.02.02 3:20am - mmmnope!
The production of Zim merchandise has not stopped after all, and there is plenty more stuff to come from Hot Topic, including Zim plushes. Thanks to thetruthman and desmo for getting to the bottom of things.



  1.21.02 9:50pm - More on Zim cancellation
You can get yet another perspective on the cancellation here:

http://www.tavicat.com/updates.html

If you're desperate for some petitiony type action:

http://www.petitiononline.com/zq1010/petition.html
http://www.petitiononline.com/izlovers/petition.html

I sincerely doubt any of it will get you more Zim, but I know a lot of people are left wanting to express their anger and frustration with Nick's recent actions.



  1.20.02 6:30pm - Nick gets some slashdotty hate
It's true, the cancellation of Invader Zim has even got a front page story up on slashdot! Check it out here.



  1.18.02 2:50am - Zim gets axed by Nick
Big thanks to Ronald-Reagan for pointing out this story at aint it cool news. Oddly enough, this comes right on the heels of the news that Hot Topic is going all out with tons of new Zim merchandise in the pipeline.



  12.31.01 12:10am - site changes
ITM has a new chat! All the information for it is on the chat pages. If you're looking for all your old friends, you can still find them in #slavelabor on irc.unicow.net. Happy New Years!



  12.13.01 12:13am - New Zim time
For any of you who still aren't aware, Invader Zim has been moved to 9:30pm eastern on Fridays, following the terribly bad show Butt Ugly Martians.



  11.5.01 10:30pm - Interview at AWM
There is a five page interview done with Jhonen at Animation World Magazine here. Thanks go to honeyspy from the message board for pointing it out.



  10.29.01 9:45pm - more news
Time is running out for you to win your very own Halloween drawing by Roman Dirge and Jhonen Vasquez. Check out spookyland.com at the 'Fans Section' for more info. Also, the official transcript of the chat log with Jhonen is available online at http://www.revolutionsf.com/article/552.html.



  10.26.01 11:15pm - Log of Jhonen chat
A log of the online chat with Jhonen done at www.revolutionsf.com has been made available by someone here. It seems some people weren't willing to wait for the official transcript.



  10.25.01 9:30pm - Actual Jhonen news!
This sat in my inbox for a few days while I was busy, but I've finally gotten around to putting it up. Thanks go to zibeline@yahoo.com for sending it my way:

Here is what I have read, on Michel Gagne's website (he is a canadian illustrator, he did for instance "Insanely Twisted Rabbits") :

http://www.gagneint.com/Final%20site/Whatsnew/whats_new.htm
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"The other day, I received an e-mail from Sue Howison (Dark Delicacies) asking if I would be interested in participating in their new charity project, an alphabet book. My response was, sure why not! The book is called The Altruistic Alphabet and will be edited by Gomez and Morticia Howison.

Here is the concept: 26 writers were each given one letter from the alphabet. They were asked to write a verse (with a horror theme) representing that letter. Then, 26 illustrators were asked to pick one verse to illustrate. I got the verse for letter A, written by Jack Ketchum. If you want to read the verse and see what I came up with, click here.

Some of the artists who participated in the project include writers Peter Straub, Peter Atkins, F. Paul Wilson, Karen Taylor, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and illustrators Gahan Wilson, Clive Barker, Bernie Wrightston, Jhonen Vasquez, Gak, and more!

Signing will be Dec 1st, 2001, from 2 to 4 at Dark Delicacies in Burbank, California. All profits will go to the Shriners Children's Hospital. I'll remind you when the time comes. "
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