by Danielle Ryan, via Paste Magazine |

Cult favorite Nickelodeon show Invader Zim is making the crossover into comics nearly a decade after its final episode aired. The ongoing comic book series from Oni Press will debut in July.

This is not creator Jhonen Vasquez’s first foray into comics, as he initially gained fame in the mid-90’s with Slave Labor Graphics’ Johnny the Homicidal Maniac andSquee.

“I’m always confused when people say how much they miss Invader Zim because the show never stopped running in my head, and then I remember everyone else isn’t in my head,” Vasquez said. “I try to imagine the world for all those people who don’t know what Zim’s been up to since the show went off the air and it makes me shudder. How can people live that way? Hopefully this comic helps make the world a better place.”

Show veterans Aaron Alexovich, Eric Trueheart and Rikki Simons are all rumored to be involved with the comic series. The show, which ran from 2001 to 2006, revolved around an incompetent alien invader named Zim and his adventures trying to both survive and conquer. This was all made more difficult by his useless sidekick, Gir, and his nemesis, the conspiracy-loving Dib.

The first issue is set to release July 1 from Oni Press in collaboration with Nickelodeon and Vasquez.