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Cult Cartoon Essentials: Invader Zim

Nickelodeon’s Invader Zim was created by Jhonen Vasquez and was his first venture into cartoons after working on his comics Squee! and Johnny The Homicidal Maniac.

Vasquez is known for his dark and unorthodox humor and Invader Zim was full of it! This has resulted in a massive cult following of fans far above the intended age demographic.

The story follows Zim, a dim-witted alien sent to Earth under the impression he’s supposed to destroy its inhabitants for the coming invasion. In reality, Zim was sent there by his masters to prevent him from screwing up the actual invasion of the rest of the universe. With the help of his malfunctioning robot, Gir, Zim attempts to take over the world but is constantly thwarted by either his own incompetence, Gir’s ineptitude, or the actions of the one human being who knows what Zim really is, Dib.

Invader Zim only lasted two seasons due to low ratings but has gone on to become a cult classic.


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