Christmas TV History would like to welcome our next guest blogger Juniper Sage. She also wrote for us last year during our Christmas in July celebration about a Christmas episode of the 1990s series Melrose Place. I love how many people have returned to write for Christmas TV History again this year. Thanks Juniper--and thanks everyone :)
Who else remembers this fun episode from the animated series? This holiday episode of Invader Zim as well as the entire series is currently streaming on Netflix. Merry SCI-FI Christmas in July!
Invader Zim "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever" (2002)
By Juniper Sage
I was super stoked when it was rumored that Jhonen Vasquez would be creating a cartoon for Nickelodeon. I had no idea how his twisted sense of dark humor would translate to cartoons but knew it would be well received. Vasquez was already a darling of the indie comic community and everyone knew and loved Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, his first crazed character.
Invader Zim far exceeded my hopes, I dare say, I like Zim and Dib and Gaz and GIR even more than Vasquez’ comic book characters. Unfortunately, the show only lasted two seasons. Fittingly, the last episode was a Christmas one, entitled "The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever."
|Here we see Zim as the imposter Santa and Dib as an imposter elf.|
This episode contains all of the best parts of an Invader Zim script – beatings, screaming, GIR in costume, blood, sheeple and Zim not getting what he wants.
|Here the imposter Santa turned spider robot is destroyed in an oozing pile.|
Other comic book artists have followed in Jhonen Vasquez steps, using their talent on TV. Jay Stephens crossed the gap in 2003, Art Baltazar in 2012 and a handful of others have done the same. It still remains to be seen if any of them can make a long term career out of the switch.
|DVD cover art|