Jhonen Vasquez

Jhonen Vasquez


9/1/1974, San Jose, California

Birth Name



Also Known As

Mr. Scolex
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Jhonen was born and raised on San Jose's East Side. After graduating Mount Pleasant high school in 1992, he began film classes at De Anza College. Jhonen, however, is most widely recognized for his comic book works that include "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac," "Squee," and "I Feel Sick:…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Tak (from Invader Zim) wears clothes similar of Johnny The Homicidal Maniacs (another of Jhonen's work). At least the shirt.

    • Jhonen has stated that he believes his work, as well as other comics and graphic novels, shouldn't be called 'goth' comics. He believes that it stereotypes the works in the category.

    • Much of Jhonen's work has been influenced by Franz Kafka, H. R. Giger, and David Cronenberg. In fact, Kafka's idea of metamorphosis was used in a few episodes of Invader Zim and on occasion in his comics.

    • Jhonen's cartoon art often depicts gothic, misanthropic, and even satanic philosophies, though most of the spooky elements in his works are meant to be satire. His work also contains many references to animals like moose and piggies.

    • His favorite band is a punk band called Mindless Self Indulgence. He even directed their "Shut Me Up" music video.

    • Jhonen's favorite Invader Zim episode is "Backseat Drivers From Beyond the Stars."

    • Jhonen often appears in the background of many scenes of Invader Zim, alone with some of his comics characters. Johnny made an appearance in the Halloween episode.

    • Though Johnny the Homicidal Maniac was considered for an Eisner Award, the judges thought that Jhonen's lettering was to hard to read. In the end, it was never nominated.

    • He goes by two pseudonyms, Mr. Scolex and Chancre Scolex.

    • Created comics such as Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Fillerbunny, and Squee!.

  • Quotes

    • Jhonen Vasquez: So many years ago, [my little romantical friend in high school] was the unwitting reason Happy Noodle Boy was created. [She] always asked me for comics. But I couldn't draw as fast as she requested. Thus, I tried to create the worst abomination of a comic that I could, so as to make her not want comics anymore. That abomination, my friends, was Happy Noodle Boy.

  • A man of great talent.

    There really is no point in me telling you how amazing Mister Vasquez is...But that is not going to stop me from doing so, anyway. Jhonen Vasquez has had, and still does have, a big impact in my life. His work has helped to shape me into the person I am today. Growing up, Invader Zim spoke to my little demon in me (you know, the one that lives in your squeedly spooch). I was always strange, and the show let me know that I wasn't the only one with such demented thoughts. When I became a little more "mature", I started buying Johnny The Homicidal Maniac comics. It calmed me down, it was a way that I disposed of my subtle pent up anger. So, that kid is chastising me for my medical problems, huh? Lets pretend that , instead of just walking away, I pulled out a knife and cut off their foul tung instead. Now that I had my fun, let's push those fantasies away and continue our day. Reading JTHM helped me from causing harm; the damage that I really wanted to cause, but was to moral to do anything about. When I had surgeries, Invader Zim, JTHM, Happy Noodle Boy, and all the rest of Vasquez's work helped me from getting depressed. Strange, right? That something so macabre could keep me smiling?

    These are the reasons why I consider Jhonen Vasquez to be my "Dark Knight". So thank you JV, for all your unintentional help!

    ~Lemel Takk signing off.moreless
  • very great

    Jhonen u r AWESOME! why did u cancel Invader Zim? i loved (and still do) it so much! i bought all the DVDs at Hot Topic and am wearing a shirt as we speak!Thank u for casting Richard Horvitz as Zim! Billy West, Mark Hamill, or Andy Berman is not a good choice. well,at least Billy West wasn't, i'm not sure about the other 2. I haven't read any of his comics but my friend brought one to school and i can tell from the pictures, their insane. the book i saw him bring was Squee. i don't know if i'm going to buy em.moreless