Jhonen Vasquez' Squee! Cartoon in Production | Fanboys Anonymous

Jhonen Vasquez' Squee! Cartoon in Production

Posted by Caelan Dooley Thursday, February 13, 2014
Invader Zim creator Jhonen Vasquez announced he is in the works on an animated short based on his Squee! comics with Titmouse, Inc., the animation studio that has been involved in several Adult Swim productions, including Metalocalypse, SuperJail!The Venture Bros., and Black Dynamite.

Read Squee! by Jhonen Vasquez and Slave Labor Graphics on Comixology

Vasquez announced via his Tumblr that there is more movement on his upcoming Squee! animated short with Titmouse Animation and hinted towards other unnamed projects:

I partnered up with Titmouse Animation a while back to do a short animated [Squee!] movie. Since announcing it, we both got caught up on other projects, one of them also with Titmouse. 
Right after we announced the [Squee!] thing, I, along with Titmouse, developed a series idea for a company Titmouse was dealing with, lots of writing, character and story stuff. While that was going on, I was, and still am, developing a pitch and now pilot for another animated thing of my own. 
It's a little quieter now, and though the pilot is still going, I have a little breather from being intensely involved until some of the other team do their part, so there's a bit more movement on [Squee!] again as of maybe two weeks back.

Earlier this week he teased on Twitter that he had a storyboard meeting with J.R. Goldstein and former Invader Zim storyboard master, Chris Graham.

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Squee! comic
The raunchy and crude-humored comic the short is based on was released through Slave Labor Graphics as a spin-off of his Johnny the Homicidal Maniac comics and features the same dark style of his previous work.

Squee is the neglected and always-frightened neighbor of Johnny C. (a.k.a. Nny) who regularly breaks into his room at night. With his decrepit teddy bear, Shmee, in hand, the comic chronicles Squee's encounters with aliens, Satan's son, Pepito, and then Satan himself.

Vasquez recently teamed up with Cartoon Hangover to write an episode of Bravest Warriors, in which the team of intergalactic heroes land on a yellow planet and run into a crazed and lonely moon-squid. The six-minute episode, titled The Puppetyville Horror, aired on Cartoon Hangover's YouTube channel on January 23.

Other past works from Vasquez include the collaboration with other artists in issues two and three of Marvel's Strange Tales #2 (2009) for a story about M.O.D.O.K., and Strange Tales II #1 (2010) with a story about Wolverine. He also did the artwork for Mindless Self Indulgence's If album and directed and produced the music videos for MSI's Shut Me Up and The Left Rights' White.

Vasquez's excessively violent and gore-filled humor has generated a massive fan base that has long been hoping for a continuation of his Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Squee! comics. Unfortunately, there is no set date on when the animated Squee! short will be released, though Vasquez sarcastically stated on his Tumblr that it will be released "the day right after you die. HURRY UP!"

Are you looking forward to Squee! and the other projects Jhonen Vasquez has up his sleeves? Let us know in the comments section below.
THIS POST WRITTEN BY: CAELAN DOOLEY

Caelan Dooley is a queer artist, activist, and writer, covering comics, tech, and video games. She regularly performs with the Rich Weirdoes, Orlando's Rocky Horror shadow cast. You can follow her on Twitter. Extended staff profile here.

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