Official Press Release
San Jose, CA Jhonen Vasquez was awarded the 2000 International Horror Guild Award for Best Illustrated Narrative for his mini-series I Feel Sick, A Book About A Girl at a ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia on September 1, 2001. Jhonen Vasquez is also the creator of the popular Slave Labor Graphics series Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Squee!, as well as the Nickelodeon animated series Invader Zim.
The two-issue miniseries I Feel Sick marked the first time Jhonen’s comic book work appeared in full color. Both issues were colored by his friend Rosearik Rikki Simons, co-creator of the SLG series Ranklechick and His Three Legged Cat; Simons also acts as color stylist on Invader Zim and provides the voice of the character GIR. The narrative of I Feel Sick focuses on Devi, a character from the Johnny series, who faces personal and artistic turmoil while under a deadline for a publisher. A doll she has painted called Sickness seems to speak to her. The torment the doll brings embodies her conflicts over creative and social independence, culminating in a strong statement of artistic integrity amidst the usual Vasquez backdrops of hilarious and bizarre asides and plot twists. I Feel Sick became a hit with both long-time fans of Johnny and the Eisner Award-nominated Squee! and those discovering Jhonen’s work for the first time. Jhonen’s prominence has led to the popularity of the Nickelodeon show Invader Zim, which he created and continues to work on as the head writer.
The International Horror Guild was founded in 1995 in order to give recognition to creators in the genres of horror and dark fantasy. After receiving recommendations from the public, a panel consisting of notable horror and dark fantasy critics and reviewers determines who will receive the awards. The current judges for the IHG awards are Edward Bryant, Stefan Dziemianowicz, Hank Wagner, and Fiona Webster.
Both full color, 32-page issues of I Feel Sick are available from Slave Labor Graphics for $3.95 each. For more information about I Feel Sick and other Slave labor Graphics titles visit the SLG Web site.