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Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac.

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac (sometimes abbreviated as JtHM) is a black-and-white comic book series written and drawn by Jhonen Vasquez. It began as a series of short strips in the goth magazine Carpe Noctem, and was later published in seven issues by Slave Labor Graphics between August 1995 and January 1997. The series later had several spin-offs, including Filler Bunny, Squee! and I Feel Sick. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Image File history File links Johnny155gu. ... Image File history File links Johnny155gu. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Jhonen Vasquez (born September 1, 1974), also known by his pseudonyms Mr. ... This article is about the late 20th / early 21st century subculture. ... Carpe Noctem was a goth magazine that ran in the 1990s. ... Slave Labor Graphics logo Slave Labor Graphics or commonly SLG, is an independent American comic book publisher, which is well-known for publishing darkly humorous, offbeat comics such as Jhonen Vasquezs Johnny the Homicidal Maniac and Squee!, or Roman Dirges Lenore, the Cute Little Dead Girl, and The... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... Fillerbunny is a character created by comic book artist and writer Jhonen Vasquez. ... Squee was a fictional character in Jhonen Vasquezs comic book Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, who later received his own four-issue series, both of which were published by Slave Labor Graphics. ... Main character Devi (Top), Tenna & Spooky (Bottom) I Feel Sick is a doubleshot, full-color comic book written and drawn by the popular comic artist Jhonen Vasquez and colored by Rosearik Rikki Simons (who would later go on to do the voice of GIR in Invader Zim). ...


The comic is a black comedy laced with irony and social criticism. It is in part a satire of society’s fascination with violence. This article is about a tone of comedy. ...

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Johnny C.

Main article: Johnny C

The series focuses on the 20-something year old anti-hero Johnny C, also known as "NNY" (pronounced 'knee'). He is a deranged serial killer, mass murderer, and spree killer who interacts with various other characters, generally by murdering them. He elaborately kills anyone who even slightly irritates him, then drains their blood and paints one of the walls in his house with it ('to keep the Thing [from behind the wall] from getting out'). Johnny is also willing to murder "innocent" people who, in his twisted mind, deserve their fate for some reason or another. The number of Johnny’s victims is in the dozens, if not hundreds — or perhaps even thousands. Authorities are unable to capture Johnny and seem unaware of his existence, even though his crimes are often witnessed in public and reported by the few who manage to survive. Johnny himself speculates on this being the result of interference from outside forces. Johnny is somewhat of an insomniac, and would attempt to rid himself of all feeling. (Especially of those for Devi, who is described below) Note that Johnny C. expresses his emotions through his mass killings, but killing mostly is used in a comedic sense but Johnny is not devoid of feeling or morals. In fact, during one conversation with a prisoner, he is accused of a recent murder in which a girl was raped before she was killed. Johnny vehemently denies being involved ("I would never!"). Later, when Johnny meets the young man who actually did it (in an attempt to be more like Johnny, whom he idolizes), Johnny brutally murders him, saying "And though this gets me no absolution, I would never do what you did to that girl!" Johnny C. Johnny C., who refers to himself as Nny, is the main character of the comic book series Johnny The Homicidal Maniac. ... In literature and film, an anti-hero is a central or supporting character that has some of the personality flaws and ultimate fortune traditionally assigned to villains but nonetheless also have enough heroic qualities or intentions to gain the sympathy of readers or viewers. ... Johnny C. Johnny C., who refers to himself as Nny, is the main character of the comic book series Johnny The Homicidal Maniac. ... Serial killers are individuals who have a history of multiple slayings of victims who were usually unknown to them beforehand. ... A mass murder (massacre) involves the murder of large numbers of people either by a state or an individual. ... A spree killer, also known as a rampage killer, is someone who embarks on a murderous assault on his victims in a short time in multiple locations. ...


Secondary characters

Devi

Nicknamed "The Girl That Got Away," Devi was one of the few people who actually met Nny in person and lived to tell people about it. She's also the only woman Nny has ever truly felt any real feelings for. He met her in the bookstore she once worked in before she became a professional artist, and went on a date with her that ended in almost being able to kiss her, but instead he felt so happy that he wanted to 'immortalize the moment' and attacked her. Instead, she beat him up and fled. Ever since, he has been occasionally trying to contact her to apologize and try and explain his odd reasons for trying to kill her, in which she responds to by locking herself in her house and screaming at him over the phone. Later, I Feel Sick was released to show Devi's side of the story, who changed a great deal psychologically, and was taking on the personality of Jhonen Vasquez's feelings towards Nickelodeon. [citation needed] Main character Devi (left), Sickness (right) Devi D. is a character created by Jhonen Vasquez. ... Main character Devi (Top), Tenna & Spooky (Bottom) I Feel Sick is a doubleshot, full-color comic book written and drawn by the popular comic artist Jhonen Vasquez and colored by Rosearik Rikki Simons (who would later go on to do the voice of GIR in Invader Zim). ... Jhonen Vasquez (born September 1, 1974), also known by his pseudonyms Mr. ... This article is about the TV channel. ...


Squee

A sad and lonely little boy, Todd Casil (or Squee, his nickname taken from the sound he makes when he is frightened) lives in the house next to Johnny's. About 7 or 8 years old, Squee is frightened by almost everything, and is terrified of his evidently disturbed neighbor. Nny takes a shine to Squee, seeing him as something of a little brother from the family he can't remember/never had. On several occasions Nny talks to Squee about his opinions on humanity and the various tribulations of life, usually ending in Squee being horrified by the 'examples' Johnny uses in order to get his point across, an example of which being Nny's interruption of a child molester's attempted abduction and molestation of Squee. Squee's father despises him and wishes that he was never born. Squee's mother is often so doped on various pills that she doesn't recognize Squee or is unaware of what is happening around her. Their detachment from their son also prevents them from noticing the numerous occasions in which Johnny breaks into the house. Squee's only true friend is a teddy bear named Shmee. Squee also got his own spinoff series, called Squee! Squee was a fictional character in Jhonen Vasquezs comic book Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, who later received his own four-issue series, both of which were published by Slave Labor Graphics. ...


Nailbunny

Nail bunny once lived in a pet store, and was bought by Johnny. He was fed once, and then nailed to the wall for three years. Nailbunny tries to keep Johnny grounded and sane, talking him out of killing him self, and telling him he can still get help. The more hopeful and "happy" NNY is, the more Nailbunny seems to apear, but as the doughboys grow stronger, Johnny slowly looses sight of his only friend.


Mr.Eff

Also known as Mr.Fuck, he was once part of a display stand for pastries. He soon became a host to on eof Johnnys internal voices (like Nailbunny and Psychodoughboy) that try to persuade him. As Nailbunny is the angel on Johnnys shoulder, the doughboys are the devil. Mr. Eff reprisents the enjoyment of NNY's growing insanity, and wants wants Johnny to stay alive long enough so he may be free from the "thing" behind the walls grasp and live on his own.


Psychodoughboy

Sometimes called D-Boy, he and Mr. Eff hate eachother, and both work for the "thing" behind the wall. He is older then Mr. Eff by a couple of years, and reprisents the rabid despair of doom. Much stronger during NNY's depresion, he wants him to kill himself so he may serve his master, unlike his counter part.


Senor Diablo/Satan

Senor Diablo is the name given to the Devil in the JTHM comic. Senor Diablo represents Johnny's understanding of evil. This understanding includes lack of caring for other people and how they feel about life. In the JTHM hell Johnny sees a perfect example of a world of torture and pain which is a replication of the world that already exists.


God/Heaven

God is a lazy slob who sits in a chair all day and neglects the human race, which is exactly perception that Johnny had of him. When Johnny attempted to ask a question God ignored him and gave the excuse "I created the universe and now I just need some downtime". Heaven is illustrated as a semi-trashy dump in which all its inhabitants just sit without worry in a small wooden chair making an example that heaven is simply being in a state of bliss.


Setting

The series is set in the mid-1990s in an unspecified city, possibly L.A. Decaying urban streets, shadowed back alleys and filthy convenience stores serve as the series’ backdrop. Crumbling and covered with litter and graffiti, everything is in a state of bleak decay, overlit by the neon signs of trashy consumer capitalism.


Johnny lives amid the urban sprawl in a decrepit, single-story house that has an extensive labyrinth of basements and tunnels. Johnny uses the subterranean rooms of the house as dungeons and torture chambers. The tunnels also provide him with a network to various locations, such as his neighbor’s residence. Johnny found the house and moved in some time before the beginning of the series, and uses it as a base of operations for his murderous rampages.


A later part of the story takes place in the afterlife. After accidentally shooting himself, Johnny journeys to Heaven and Hell, and both turn out to have more in common with the city than Johnny expected. In short, he is kicked out of both places and returns to life (minus most of his hair). Johnny wonders if he really died at all, or if he experienced some sort of dream or delusion. Johnny's wounds are miraculously healed and his neighbor Squee meets the same Satan Johnny did in JTHM's followup. For other uses, see Afterlife (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Heaven (disambiguation). ... The Inferno redirects here. ... This article is about the fictional character in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. ...


The series contains many strips that, for the most part, have nothing to do with the main storyline. Most of these strips are what Vasquez calls “meanwhiles,” the titles of which begin with "Meanwhile…" Some of the other strips follow a public service announcement motif, while others share the title "True Tales of Human Drama". There is also a comic-within-a-comic in the form of "Happy Noodle Boy.", written by Nny himself. A public service announcement (PSA) or community service announcement (CSA) is a non-commercial advertisement typically on radio or television, ostensibly broadcast for the public good. ...


Anne Gwish

Anne Gwish is a goth woman that has her own strip in the later part of the series. Her name is a pun on the word "anguish." Her storyline is completely unrelated to Johnny’s, though she lives in the same fictional universe. In the back of the JTHM Director's Cut, it was revealed that Jhonen Vasquez liked the idea of Anne Gwish being the "most physically attractive" of his characters. This article is about the late 20th / early 21st century subculture. ... A fictional universe is an imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction or translatable non-fiction. ...


Happy Noodle Boy

Johnny is also the creator of a comic strip called Happy Noodle Boy. This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ...


Happy Noodle Boy is a stick figure appearing in a comic drawn by Johnny and read mainly by "the homeless insane". Every issue has (at least) one single-page insert of the Happy Noodle Boy comic itself, detailing the often completely nonsensical adventures (mostly cursing, screaming, and being shot, or in the instance of the first issue ranting while upside down while making hypocritical decisions for other people at a funeral). Happy Noodle Boy spends much of his time standing on a wooden box and yelling nonsense at hapless pedestrians, often provoking his own death, as it seems that everyone in Happy Noodle Boy's world carries a gun.[citation needed] He also seems to be very infamous in his area, as at several times, children have asked their parents to kill him. A stick figure. ... See comedian Stand up comedian List of Comedians List of British comedians comics comic book comic strip underground comics alternative comics web comic sprite comics manga graphic novel List of comic characters This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the...


He appears in the backgrounds of many of the strips of the main storyline (the mall, the movie theatre, etc.), usually in crowd scenes, and pictures of him appear frequently in Squee's room. He also appeared in 'I Feel Sick' (comic series, JtHM spin off) issue 1 in a crowded dance floor.


It is believed that Happy Noodle Boy's name is a reference to Johnny's extraordinarily thin figure. In one particular comic, Johnny says that when he was young, other kids taunted him for this, calling him "Noodle Boy."


According to Jhonen Vasquez, he created Happy Noodle Boy while attending Mount Pleasant. According to 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". Jhonen Vasquez (born September 1, 1974), also known by his pseudonyms Mr. ...


4 strips of Happy Noodle Boy appear in Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book Of Unspeakable Horrors.


Public Service Announcement

In a few issues there is a "Public Service Announcement," often with exaggerated messages involving events such as a 15-year-old girl taking a bite out of her baby (a la A Modest Proposal) and a drug addict's horrendous puking which results in his right eyeball shooting out of his head (The moral at the end of this particular "Public Service Announcement" is "Kids, drugs won't help things. They'll only turn you into a hideous little freak troll-baby with exploding eyeballs."). A Modest Proposal: For Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland from Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick, commonly referred to as A Modest Proposal, is a satirical pamphlet written and published by Jonathan Swift in 1729. ... For other uses, see Eye (disambiguation). ... This article describes the modern definition of freak. For the older meaning, see freak show. ... For other uses, see Troll (disambiguation). ...


Cut from The Director's Cut

Wobbly-Headed Bob

A Johnny the Homicidal Maniac panel featuring Wobbly-Headed Bob
Main article: Wobbly-Headed Bob

Living in a different fictional universe and receiving his own one-page comic in each book of the series, Wobbly-Headed Bob is a depressed, conceited outcast with rodent-like features and a huge "freakishly overdeveloped" head. Bob believes himself to be the "ultimate being" as he is so smart, but is tortured by his own dark intelligence, and has an amazing knack for causing misery in everyone he meets; typically cutesy, happy, ignorant, carefree characters. By showing them the horrifying reality which he perceives to be their life, Bob makes them miserable, often causing them to commit suicide, which he barely seems to notice. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A Johnny the Homicidal Maniac panel featuring Wobbly-Headed Bob Wobbly-Headed Bob is a character from the comic book series Johnny the Homicidal Maniac by Jhonen Vasquez. ... A fictional universe is an imaginary world that serves as the setting or backdrop for one or (more commonly) multiple works of fiction or translatable non-fiction. ...


Meanwhiles

The Meanwhiles are strips unrelated to—but in the same fictional universe as—the main storyline. They are usually only a few pages long. They begin with the title, "Meanwhile..." Jhonen Vasquez himself makes an appearance in several of the Meanwhiles.


While absent in the JTHM: Director's Cut trade paperback (which collected issues one through seven), the Meanwhile strips were later compiled in Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors. This article is about the fictional character in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. ...


Several of these meanwhiles include ads, Wobbly Headed Bob, and Nny's own comic Happy Noodle Boy.


True Tales of Human Drama

Most often in these stories things happen that make little or no sense, such as a baby exploding or a man expelling something out of his nose so evil that a priest command him to jump off a building.


Edited Lines

At least one line was edited for the Director's Cut - in Part 7, while Nny is arguing with Reverend MEAT, his line is changed from "Kill my stomach if I'm hungry!" to "Then I'll forget my stomach if I'm hungry!" However, the original print of the book edited out the text in that area entirely, leaving simply a chunk of white space in place of the dialoge. This has since been fixed, and the edited line appears in subsequent printings of the book.


List of strips by issue

  • 1st issue
    • "Traumatize Thy Neighbor"
    • "A Survey in Hell"
    • Untitled
    • Johnny The Suicidal Maniac - "Another 2 a.m."
  • 2nd issue
    • "Goblins"
    • "Things That Make Noise"
    • Untitled
    • Untitled
    • Johnny The Suicidal Maniac - "2:15 a.m."
  • 3rd issue
    • Untitled
    • "A Bad Person"
    • Untitled
    • "Johnny the You-Know-What"
    • "Johnny the Suicidal Maniac"
    • Untitled
  • 4th issue
    • "Descent"
    • Untitled
    • "A * Call"
    • "A Call?"
  • 5th issue
    • "An Eventful Day"
    • Untitled
    • "Talking To Styrofoam"
    • "Anne Gwish"
    • "The Most Beloved Massive Headwound Recipient in Existence"
  • 6th issue
    • "This Is Heaven"
    • Untitled
    • Untitled
    • "JTRM (The "R" is for Resurrected!!)"
    • Untitled
  • 7th issue
    • "An Admirer of Sorts"
    • Untitled
    • Untitled
    • Untitled
    • "Good Luck, Squee!"
    • Untitled

See also

Jhonen Vasquez (born September 1, 1974), also known by his pseudonyms Mr. ... The characters of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, a comic book series by Jhonen Vasquez, are numerous. ... This article is about the fictional character in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac. ... Fillerbunny is a character created by comic book artist and writer Jhonen Vasquez. ... Main character Devi (Top), Tenna & Spooky (Bottom) I Feel Sick is a doubleshot, full-color comic book written and drawn by the popular comic artist Jhonen Vasquez and colored by Rosearik Rikki Simons (who would later go on to do the voice of GIR in Invader Zim). ... Johnny C. Johnny C., who refers to himself as Nny, is the main character of the comic book series Johnny The Homicidal Maniac. ... Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by comic book writer/artist Jhonen Vasquez and aired on Nickelodeon. ...

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Johnny the Homicidal Maniac - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (4649 words)
Johnny lives amid the urban sprawl on a suburban street in house number 777: a decrepit, single-story house that has an extensive labyrinth of basements and tunnels beneath it that happened to be there before Johnny moved in.
Johnny found the house and moved in some time before the beginning of the series, and uses it as a base of operations for his murderous rampages.
Johnny's wounds are miraculously healed and his neighbor Squee meets the same Satan Johnny did in JTHM's followup.
: RevolutionSF - Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: The Director's Cut : Review (710 words)
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac: The Director's Cut is a collection of the seven issues and a few shorts that introduced the characters of Johnny ("Nny" for short), Squee, Nailbunny, and others to the world (it's available in both trade paperback and hardcover formats).
Johnny is a misanthropic (and more than slightly maladjusted) guy who hates everyone; this works to his advantage, though, because he has a wall that must be kept painted with fresh blood (it becomes the wrong color when it dries), lest a being from beyond breaks through from the other side.
Johnny the Homicidal Maniac shares another common ground with Cerebus: as the stories evolve into a cohesive narrative (as opposed to singular, stand alone shorts), the focus shifts from purely comical to introspective and thoughtful material.
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