Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, often abbreviated as JtHM, is a fuck black-and- white comic book series created by Jhonen Vasquez, and was his first work. Jhonen Vasquez, the creator of Invader Zim, has his fans abuzz with the Johnny the Homicidal Maniac was Vasquez’s first comic book. Johnny The Homicidal Maniac #1, Johnny The Homicidal Maniac #2, Johnny The Homicidal Maniac #3, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac #4, Johnny The.

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You can pray, all you want, to whatever god you think will listen. If the situation dictates, Johnny is willing to murder “innocent” people, though in his twisted mind, he typically manages to justify his acts. He was going to school so that he could break into some kind of animation business, and he was given the opportunity to work on Zim. Johnny the Homicidal Maniac is one of Vasquez first comics, if not the first, and it’s pretty damn impressive… at least visually.

Coupled with a uniquely simple and beautiful art style, like Ralph Steadman made horrifically clear and a sense of metaphysical absurdity to rival Achewood, all timed with a Chuck Jones like sense of the gag. At times the writing can be obtuse and full of itself. Only a little bit though. His published his ‘Johnny the Homicidal Maniac’ strips in Carpe Noctem magazine, before Slave Labor Graphics started printing comic books with the character in Nny says he must kill in order to paint a certain This comic book is not for the faint of heart.

Among the group of Johnny’s “voices,” Nailbunny appears to represent Nny’s conscience and “voice of reason,” a role he on occasion expresses exasperation with. In the early s, Carpe Noctema magazine about the goth subculturepublished several one-page strips featuring Johnny, now called Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.

Nny is rail-thin, yet something of a fashion plate, and lives in a broken-down house with two evil Styrofoam doughboys, a dead bunny nailed to a wall, and a gateway to a creature of infinite evil somewhere in one of the many basements of the house. The book works because it’s not simply a splatter book with the killer we all know and love.

In his free time, Johnny kills people in horrible and graphically interesting ways. Homicida is clear that Johnny is not a boy in control of his conscience, as evidenced by the various inanimate objects in his living quarters that become not only animate but snarkily intellectual, acting, it seems, as the conflicting shards of Johnny’s torn mind.


After Johnny’s accidental ‘death’, Tess and Krik try to escape, but are slowed down by running into other prisoners in the dungeons and encountering the doughboys. I johnjy that everything is different over there.

As teenager inI could mwniac with a lot of the themes in this book, Not that I’m murderer or anything of that ilk This, and his approaching death, is what causes the monster to break free. Even from the very beginning I despised all the managerial kind of stuff; can’t stand it. Words to live by right there. While I very highly enjoy Vasquez’s hilarious satirical swipes at the deadening commercialism that fills our cities and the vapid youth culture that drives Johnny into his rage, and I very much like his style of drawing, this book still comes in a bit short of the finish line for being called a collector’s edition.

Squee has a teddy bear named Shmee, who is conscious in Todd’s own psyche; Shmee happens to be a trauma sponge, and constantly tells Squee jlhnny do evil things. Really, though, the book is a stylish examination of the pursuit of a more autonomous life. Up until I saw maniwc Zim cartoon I wondered what had happened to him and I am glad to see his warped humor and fantastic ability translated into something you can share with your twelve your old.

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac Series

I wouldn’t say I was a huge fan of Happy Noodle Jhonejwhich is the comic that Johnny draws, though it did make me laugh a few times. I have a theory about Nny’s actual ‘homicidal tendency’. He murders the people who feel superior to others while at the same time feeling that he is superior to them.

May 04, Homicidsl Salinas rated it really liked it Shelves: Samsa represents complete desensitization and unemotional thinking, a state for which Johnny begins a quest at the end of the series. He is a young man who struggle Devilishly demented! After the comic was released, Vasquez set up a Twitter page for Johnny, where he puts out random comments that he makes, often about what he does while he’s killing people, or just simply ideas.

Nailbunny, who is the closest thing to a conscience that Nny possesses; and Psychodoughboy and Mr. Mar 16, Devin rated it really liked it Hoomicidal One urges him to live and kill jhondn his heart’s content. Jimmy informs Johnny that his interest in the latter’s “work” began when he witnessed the destruction of a “Taco Hell” outlet by Johnny from a “CD Cesspool” store across the street.


You may call it nihilistic, but Nny never had a chance to alter his fate. It rewards patient reading and careful attention to the artwork. If you’re interested in something out of the ordinary, I can definitely recommend this. There is also a comic within a comic in the form of “Happy Noodle Boy”, written and drawn by Johnny himself.

Would you try this again, Jhonen? Johnny is a criminally insane, introverted young man on a killing spree, his victims being those who taunt and homciidal fun of him, all to feed the red wall with their blood.

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac Series by Jhonen Vásquez

Johnny has hinted from time to time that his interest in Squee is partially due to his desire to ensure that Squee doesn’t grow up to be like him. Aug 23, Ari rated it really liked it Shelves: As a balance to them is Nailbunny, which is pretty much just what it sounds like – a bunny rabbit that Johnny bought from the pet store and then one day nailed to the wall. Just angsty angst from start to finish.

Jan 31, Chris rated it it was amazing Shelves: Toon” Goodman is a longtime student and fan of animation. Probably because I, like the rest of the Johnniacs, am more than a little screwy. These strips are unrelated to the main storyline, though Anne lives in the same fictional universe as Johnny and the other characters.

As a geek and a freak, comics have been part To properly explain how this got on my list of reviews, I’m afraid I’m going to have to give you a glimpse into my thought process which is very fitting to what this graphic novel encompasses. His comic books have been nominated for several Eisner Awards, are produced by Slave Labor Graphics and are kept continually in print to the delight of fans old and new.

Recommended for anyone who likes deep thinking and is okay with graphic murder scenes and almost continual profanity.