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The Art Of Invader Zim Book Review

“The Art Of Invader Zim” is a top tier art book.

Written by Chris McDonnell, “The Art Of Invader Zim” dives into the history and archives of the cult animated series. In addition to interviews/quotes from series creator Jhonen Vasquez, readers get a wealth of imagery here with pencil tests, layouts, concept art, comic panels, artwork, series bible page, model sheets, storyboards, background art, promo drawings, thumbnail drawings, and prop designs. The book also has several sections dedicated to other interviews with Zim staff members like Spencer G. Davis the background designer and Bryan Konietzko storyboard artist and art director (who we all know went on to do “Avatar: The Last Airbender”), the pre-prod work on Zim, character profiles and designs, story creations and themes, an episode guide, the “Invader Zim” comics, and the “Invader Zim: Enter The Florpus!” film. Last, but not least there’s a foreword by “Steven Universe” creator Rebecca Sugar (who talks about what Zim means to her), series and movie credits and acknowledgements. 

Having reviewed a lot of art books over the years, I can say most don’t get as deep as this one. Thanks to the in-depth interviews with Jhonen Vasquez who talks about, well, everything here, you really get such insight into both the creator and the making of “Invader Zim.” In fact, I was pleasantly surprised to see how much was devoted to his life, career, distinct art, and comic book origins with creations like “Johnny The Homicidal Maniac” rather than just purely chronicling “Invader Zim.” 

Of course, I know most people will be interested in this book strictly for Zim. You needn’t worry as the book is a veritable heaven for Zim fans. The amount of art material on display is stunning. There are hundreds upon hundreds of images to pour over. You get to see all your favorite characters like Zim, Gir and Professor Membrane in so many forms from storyboards to character expression sheets. On top of that Vasquez himself shares so many insights into crafting comedy to his approach to the recent movie. That’s just scratching the surface of what’s within these pages, but I’m not here to spoil all of its contents. Fans should check it out to experience the surprises themselves.

September 13, 2020 - Posted by | Book review | ,

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