SDCC: "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" Short Puts Jhonen Vasquez at the Helm

If the latest spate of Michael Bay-produced "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles" live-action movies have you feeling less than tubular, a new Comic-Con International: San Diego exclusive short might be exactly what you need.

Written by comic book and animation veteran Jhonen Vasquez, "Don vs. Ralph" pits anthropomorphic crime fighters Donatello and Raphael against each other to determine once and for all who is the better of the two.

Vasquez is known as the creator of the animated Nickelodeon series "Invader Zim," which chronicled the alien Zim's dimwitted attempts to take over Earth, only to be continuously thwarted by the young conspiracy theorist Dib. "Invader Zim" aired for two season between 2001-2002. Additional episodes from season two were later aired in 2006, long after the series' cancellation. Oni Press has been publishing "Invader Zim" comics since July 2015.

Prior to his work on "Invader Zim," Vasquez made a name for himself with the darkly funny "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac" comic book series, which explored the psychology of serial killer Johnny C., who always, inexplicably got away with murder. Vasquez penned several comic spinoffs, including "Squee!" and "I Feel Sick."

Vasquez credits the original comic book run of "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" as one of his earliest artistic inspirations. There's no word yet if the short will evolve into a full-blown television series, but that might be the Salve the turtles need right now.

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