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Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors Paperback – September 14, 1998
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Jhonen Vasquez reluctantly lives in Southern California and is currently developing a cartoon for Nickelodeon. He likes spooky movies, sugary candy, and cool computer games.
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(I bought mine used, and it still came in impeccable quality!)
I also have another problem with Squee. While Jhonen's previous work in JTHM was philosophical and thought-provoking (albeit, in a very messy way), Squee seems to have been created almost entirely for entertainment value. Also, in JTHM I had no problem laughing while Johnny brutally tortured and murdered people, because not only did Jhonen make it funny, but also much of the time the people (even if only in a small way) deserved it. In Squee, the audience is meant to laugh at a perfectly innocent little child going through "unspeakable horrors," which I simply have a more difficult time in doing. Don't get me wrong, Squee is funny, and disturbingly funny at that, but I think JTHM was much funnier while at the same time the audience has less guilt for actually laughing at the horrors he caused, as opposed to the horrors Squee goes through which are entirely out of his control.
If this book only had the Squee comics, I would probably have given it a 3/5. It was funny, but not as funny JTHM or Invader Zim, and many of the jokes reappear in ZIM are actually funnier. (The moronic aliens were especially funny in Invader ZIM. They desperately tried to convince everyone their technology was supieror by "fusing" things together with duct tape).
BUT, there is a saving grace for this book, which bumps it up a star. Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors contains random mini-comics (such as the Meanwhiles, Fillerbunny, Adventures of Wobbly Headed Bob, and so forth), many of which used to be in JTHM but were cut out of the "Director's Cut." These random comics are ridiculously funny, and I found far more entertainment in them than in the issues of Squee. Wobbly Headed Bob, in particular, makes me laugh hysterically in every strip. His comically oversized cranium amuses me, as does his pain because it is always caused by his own provocation, and despite his "superior" intelligence he always fails to realize this. The Meanwhiles, Fillers, and Happy Noodle Boy strips are also very entertaining, and these mini-strips will provide me with far more lasting value than Squee will (especially Wobbly Headed Bob).
I still think Squee would be worth buying without all those extra mini-comics, but it is exactly those mini-comics which sets this collection over the edge and gives it its true value. I definitely recommend this book, but much more-so for the mini-comics than for the Squee issues.
“Squee” still has Jhonen Vasquez's usual dark humor, but it feels like a slightly lighter, more fun collection compared to JTHM, and I'd have to say I found “Squee” to be funnier than JTHM overall. Not to say I didn't enjoy JTHM, it's just that “Squee” is my favorite out of the two. I really love the humor of Squee, and, additionally, for fans of Invader Zim it's super fun to see strange little precursors to characters and alien designs that appear in Invader Zim. Aside from the main Squee-related stories, this collected work also includes the “Meanwhiles” and “Wobbly Headed Bob” side-stories, so if you get this and the Director's cut of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, you'll have the whole collection of side stories.
So, if you like JTHM, then you need to pick this up. If you haven't read JTHM yet, then you should start there since that's the origin of Squee as a character. The best option of all, though, is to get both!
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