Are you still looking for the perfect X-Mas gift? Well, waiting until the last minute has finally paid off, because if you act before Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020 at 3:40 PM Pacific Time, you could get your greasy fingers on some original Invader Zim art by Aaron Alexovich.
In a Tweet sent December 16th, 2020, Alexovich announced that he was putting original artwork from the production of the “final” episode of Invader Zim, “The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever,” up for bidding on eBay, with proceeds from the auction to benefit the Trevor Project, a crisis intervention organization and suicide prevention hotline for LGBTQ youth.
Ho ho ho! Please help Santa raise money for The Trevor Project by bidding on these luxurious #InvaderZIM production drawings ca. 2002. History can be yours! https://t.co/KckAibPCCW pic.twitter.com/LkzblOAC2v
— Aaron Alexovich (@essrose) December 16, 2020
Invader Zim was the result of a Faustian pact between Jhonen Vasquez (Johnny the Homicidal Maniac; I Feel Sick) and Nickelodeon.
When Invader Zim was cancelled mid-season, the crew was told they could select one of several in-production episodes to complete as a makeshift season finale. They chose “The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever,” which originally aired December 10th, 2002. That episode includes a scene in which Zim, GIR, and Mini-Moose appear in Easter Platypus disguises – and the artwork available through the current eBay auction depicts these shirmp sauce slathered outfits.
While the show was cancelled in 2002, its legacy lives on. In July 2015, Oni Press began releasing a monthly Invader Zim comic, which included work by Vasquez, Alexovich, and other veterans of the original series, like Eric Trueheart. While the Invader Zim monthly comic ended with issue #50, the Invader Zim Quarterly launched in June 2020, with a first issue featuring a story by Trueheart, Alexovich, and Fred C. Stresing.
If you’re interested in watching the original run of Invader Zim, it is currently available for streaming on CBS All Access. Meanwhile, the 2019 follow-up movie Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus is available for streaming through Netflix.
Will you be putting in a bid on the original Easter Platypus Zim artwork? Let The Beat know in the comment section!