Vasquez, who has recently collaborated with artists on Marvel's Strange Tales for a storyline about MODOK, and also DC Comics' Beyond the Fringe, joined the Bravest Warriors animated series after developer Breehn Burns asked him if he was interested in writing for the series.
"I didn't know if I was going to be good at it, 'cause like I said, I'm not really used to handling other people's characters," Vasquez said in an interview with Cartoon Hangover.
Bravest Warriors, created by Pendleton Ward (Adventure Time) and set in the year 3085, chronicles the surreal intergalactic adventures of four teenaged heroes-for-hire as they "warp through the universe to save adorable aliens" with the power of their emotions.
The 11-episode first season of the animated web series began airing in 2012 and won the Shorty Award for Best Web Show in 2013. Now in its second season on Cartoon Hangover's YouTube, new five-minute episodes air every Thursday at 4 pm. With over a million subscribers, Bravest Warriors has quickly captured the Internet and attracted the attention of manufacturers, who have developed an array of merchandise now sold at Hot Topic.
"I love a lot of back-and-forth dialogue," Vasquez mentioned in the interview. "I always worry that I will come in really fat on a script." His dark humor has certainly generated a large fan base whose members ask repetitively for the return of Zim or JTHM.
Last November, Vasquez announced his contribution to Bravest Warriors and shared a video still from the upcoming episode on Twitter and Tumblr.
"One of the things I wanted to do was have the Bravest Warriors act strangely, sort of break them out of their characters a little bit," Vasquez said, who warned fans that Catbug will not be in "The Puppetyville Horror." His first idea regarding writing the episode was to make the characters not act or speak like themselves.
Vasquez also pulled in voice actor Dana Snyder (the voice of Master Shake in Aqua Teen Hunger Force). "We needed someone who sounded like a jerk, and Dana does amazing jerks," Vasquez exclaimed.
Vasquez started his career shortly after high school when he published his comic Johnny the Homicidal Maniac through Slave Labor Graphics (SLG) Publishing, and went on to write the popular animated series Invader Zim. His other notable works include the JTHM spin-off comics Squee! and I Feel Sick, as well as the album art for Mindless Self Indulgence's "If." He also directed and produced the music videos for Mindless Self Indulgence's "Shut Me Up" and The Left Rights' "White."
You can watch Jhonen in the full interview below.
Additionally, during the San Diego Comic-Con International last year, Cartoon Hangover announced they had teamed up with Viz Media to publish Bravest Warriors comics under their new Perfect Square imprint, which you can find here.
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