For any who read my comment on my poll, I had already chosen my first journal topic. The next journal topic will be 'Irkens with Hair' as it is currently the popular choice.
In the Invader Zim fandom there is an armada's worth of characters, the majority of which are Irken, as expected. There are also a growing number of Vortian characters and more Planet Jacker characters popping up while other original species are created and integrated into their owner's head canon.
However, there is one thing that I would like to ask...
Why is it that outside of Irkens and Vortians there are so yes characters made from other canon species in Invader Zim?
Where are the Plookesians? The Screwheads? The Meekroob?
There are some examples out there, and one very memorable specimen of this category is Queen Wisp of the Meekroob, created by
She's based off of a canon species, has a unique twist that makes her different from the average Meekroob and yet she doesn't come off as a Mary Sue in the context of being an IZ OC. Wisp has recently undergone some changes from what I have heard, but retains her core characteristics and every new picture of her is just a joy to look at.
I'd like to get the spotlight on any characters who aren't part of the traditional canon species used in the fandom. PlanetJackers, Meekroob, Plookesians, etc. If you have any characters that are inspired by or directly based off of one of the species witnessed in the cartoon that birthed this wonderful fandom then please, post a link here and share this with others.
I have recently tried my hand at creating a PlanetJacker character (who has yet to be drawn) and believe that I will soon find my character roster having more variety to it because of this. Jhonen Vasquez left us an entire universe that has yet to be fully explained or fleshed out, also leaving some indications of episodes that would have been; I say we take advantage of that and mix his ideas with our own rather than just isolating ourselves to the most popular and well remembered of the lot.
On that note I have another offer for my readers: look up as many of the aliens from the cartoon as you can, ones that weren't given a name or only appeared briefly. Find some random, anonymous alien from even a background in one of the episodes and try thinking of what you would make of that alien and their species. The Resisty had a diverse crew, and we see a lot of unnamed species in the few episodes that take us beyond Earth.
Oh and...I just remembered, there were once Martians in Invader Zim who turned entire planets into spaceships. Now THAT is a story I would want to explore. What were these Martians like? Were they even really Martians or has it just been so long since I have seen that particular episode that I am making a mistake that has hardcore fans tearing their hair out? (If so then I shall simply laugh until I fall out of my chair) And most importantly what other planets did they turn into colossal makeshift starships?
If you want an example of how I've chosen to explore some unknown species, I decided to ponder what I would make Plookesians culture like. In my head canon Plookesians live in a federation that is run more like a business where the creation of weapons, star ships and new technologies are placed as the most important goals of their society. Their bodies are small and weak, however they have mastered the construction of exo suits that both allow them to communicate and interact normally as you or I, but also provide them with protection and allow them to ensure that when they make a deal the other person sticks to their end of the bargain, even if a Plookesians has to jam a plasma blaster up their nostrils first.
As for PlanetJackers I prefer to defer to
on this, as I found her take on their culture fascinating-and the character of Vaelka is probably one of the most beautiful and kickass characters in the fandom, without a doubt.
The only thing that I have decided on about PlanetJackers in my head canon is that most of them are hard wired at birth to follow one function: hijack planets as fuel for their sun...and I mean literally hardwired to the point that if you try and point out the flaw in their logic they have a heart attack.
"Why don't we just move our own planet to another star system rather than hijacking all these planets to be fuel for our dying star?....Reg? Why are you spasming like that? Ref, your mouth is foaming....Reg, you fell over.....Reg? Uh....uh oh."
More importantly I have it that they aren't actually called PlanetJackers, at least not in the way that they would have been designated that by their own scientists in pre-space age. Like we call ourselves Homo-Sapien or Human the PlanetJackers have an actual name for their species, and are just called that by other races. Again, this is all just in my own head canon.
So let's talk about other canon species from the show and your ideas for them. Comment, share, give your opinion, have a ball!