Oni Press' "Invader Zim" comics series welcomes a new series artist as of January's issue #7: Dave Crosland, whose credits include work on Oni's "Yo Gabba Gabba: Comic Book Time!" graphic novel and Image Comics' "Amazing Joy Buzzards."
"It's an honor to be trusted with such a bizarre, beloved character as Invader Zim," Crosland said in a statement. "His world is so vast and imaginative, I'm stoked to see how far out we can get with this next run of the book."
The "Invader Zim" comic series debuted earlier this year, the first comic book adaptation of the cult-hit animated series that ran on Nickelodeon from 2001 to 2002. The show had comic book roots since the beginning, as its creator, Jhonen Vasquez, first made a name on comics series "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac" and "Squee."
"Around the time the 'Zim' comics crew and I were working on issue #5, our headquarters was attacked, and before I knew it, we were all struck down by a terrible, mad force," Vasquez said in Oni's press release. "When the smoke cleared I saw that it was Dave Crosland, and he had taken all of our powers. As he laughed, even though I knew I wouldn't live long enough to see my revenge exacted upon Dave, I knew that what he saw as a victory would be his curse: He would have to take over our work on the 'Invader Zim' comic. The curse had been passed on. Dave's great."
"Invader Zim" #7, illustrated by Crosland and written by Kyle Starks, is schedule for release on Jan. 27.