I Feel Sick

I Feel Sick  is a “doublehot”, full-color comic book written and drawn by the comic artist Jhonen Vasquez and colored by Rosearik Simons Rikki (who also voiced GIR in  Invader Zim  ). It revolves around Devi D. from  Johnny the Homicidal Maniac  (JTHM), and her dealings with the same supernatural and / or psychological forces that drove Johnny to lunacy. Originally conceived as a single paperback, it was later split into two issues so as to avoid compromising the length of the story. It was published by Slave Labor Graphics . Vasquez stated that the creation process of  I Feel Sick  was cathartic. The Problems Vasquez had while working on  invader Zim  .

Issue 1

The series opens with Devi yelling, while she destroys her own painting in an attempt to remind herself she is not talking to herself. After finishing and looking back at her painting, it was as if she never destroyed it. After overhearing Devi yelling, Tenna comes upstairs to check on her. However, when Tenna asks her to tell her why, she was just saying, “I do not think I can just yet.” The flashback reveals a few unspecified years ago, when Devi was sixteen. While Eddie, it was apparent that they are not connecting, however Eddie sticks through the date under the impression they might have sex at the end of the night. When Devi realizes this she asks you to go home, but Eddie instead decides to make a forceful move on her. They hit the road with a broken heart and had a bad relationship with him. . They are trapped in the car until the airbag kills Eddie.

The flashback ends with Tenna in a complex way. Tenna Suggests Devi decides to go to eat. While at the Chinese food restaurant, Tenna finally manages to convince Devi to tell her what she is going through. Devi explains that the same painting she was destroying earlier, is a painting she never finished that has started talking to her. She also explains the way to silence the painting is to work, and the voice seems to be in the unfinished painting she named “Sickness”. Tenna suggests that she is working hard enough Devi’s objections working has nothing to do with the voice. While driving home from the restaurant the two women bicker about Tenna ‘ s style of advice, and Devi’s antisocial tendencies. Devi then tells Tenna she is under the assumption supernatural forces are trying to interfere with her painting, As an example to prove her point in a story about a man who was at the dinner table (as seen in Issue 2 of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac), This is a night club thinking about the music that is playing, when a man dressed as a vampire named Eric strikes up conversation. Eric and his strange obsession with vampires and use of smokebombs in order to have dramatic entrances and exits. HOWEVER,

As this flashback ends and the girls get back to Devi’s apartment Tenna is still not believing in evil powers interfering with Devi’s social life, but Devi is still under this impression. She says that the thought of having another one of her life is a joke, but Tenna says that she is thinking about it. Devi then uses another flashback to help her point, once again she is out of date, but clearly much more recent. While in the date of the two of them are talking about dinner, Devi gets more paranoid, because of the fact that it is more likely to be a child.

After the flashback Tenna is still unconvinced asking her why the spooky painting wants to make her go insane. Devi says she has no idea, but is figuring out how to do it, just not why. She tells Tenna how she was always used to getting things done, but she did not get rid of them. She tells Tenna that she is always working on her job, she does not know what she is doing. call or people stopping by, but whenever it’s possible She then tells Tenna that she is clearly a part of this, Tenna before but Tenna has never been so much Tenna to leave. Devi then walks over to her face and asks her what it wants, and why it is distracting her from her work. The painting reminds Devi that it is simply a voice in her head, but the painting is “The Sickness”. is too late. The painting goes on to tell, and it is not so good. Devi then tells the painting she can not wait until the end of the day. s voice any longer; Devil angrily and accidentally insults her hands, Sickness.

Issue 2

If you’re going to have a relationship with Sickness, you’re going to have a relationship with Sickness, and you’re going to have a problem with it. Sickness informs Devi that she is not the first person who has been caught up in this process, yet she always ends up with the facts, that she is someone who has been introduced to Devi. It comes to the conclusion that Sickness is only distracting her in an attempt to make her never mind. This is a remembers that she is very late for a meeting with someone who is a freelancer painter for a children’s book, and speeds away in an attempt to make it there on time. Devi shows up late to the meeting with her new eccentric boss Mr. Nerves, however he does not seem to mind the mild lateness. While at the meeting Mr. Nerves tells the story of many outlandish changes she needs to make the painting. But during a reading from her boss, Devi thinks back to the comment Sickness made about someone introducing the spirits to Devi, and has a flashback to her dateJohnny the Homicidal Maniac . While overlooking the town, Johnny asks what he thinks about what Johnny asks about Johnny’s ability to paint a picture of Johnny’s ability to paint (similar to Devi’s current case).

After remembering and connecting Johnny’s story with her own, she quickly quits her job and rushes home determined to beat Sickness. While rushing up her apartment building stairs, there are several distractions in the hallway attempting to hinder her process from getting back to her room. Unfortunately, because morbidly obeseneighbor is engulfing half of the hallway. Devi decides to try and squeeze the fat, but gets stuck in the excessive amounts of fat. While in it, she hears a voice that claims to be the fat talking to her, it tells her that the fat is psychic and will seek to help her. It also shows a scene from her childhood in the first grade. In it, a young boy by the name of Spidgey Simons attempts to give her a Valentine’s Day card. However, Devi, being too young to understand, coughs chalk on his face and crumples up the card. The fat then tells her that it is more likely to be attacked than asthma attack, and he was only able to understand it. She is well informed that she has any chance of social goals. As Devi escapes the fat and makes it to her room, she finds Sickness no longer in her painting, but now in the form of a doll. Sickness then reveals that his whole plan revolves around using Devi’s mind as a way to grow stronger, and insists that if Devi tries to resist again, it will kill her.

It has been growing, but it has grown stronger, but it has been forced to grow. Sickness then tries to make a deal with such a power that is similar to Johnny’s such as the ability to get hurt, and the ability to do so. Devi at first appears to accept the deal, but when Sickness puts its guard down, Devi pins it to an art canvas with a paintbrush and removes its eyeballs. You have to be informed that you are in the right place, and you will be able to see what you are doing.


Main character Devi (left), Sickness (right)

Devi D.

The protagonist, Devi, is an introverted female who is currently under attack by the same forces that wrought havoc on Johnny, the protagonist of  Johnny the Homicidal Maniac  and her love interest. immortalize the moment “). Despite prior claims, he was not her boyfriend, and the only date they ended up was violently, leaving Johnny with severe head trauma and making it worse for the next few weeks. She was raised by her father, at least from her mid-teens, and has remained somewhat antisocial since then, stemming from her disastrous first date. Her later attempts at dating are better, and they are more likely to be irritable bowel syndrome and the homicidal maniac himself.

Her hairstyle is the same from  JtHM  issue 7, but her hair is now colored purple (similar to Gaz from  Invader Zim  ). She has quit her job at the local bookstore in order to work as a graphic designer and cover artist for Nerve Publishing.


Tenna is a good friend and friend of Devi’s, and lives on the floor down from her. She possesses a squeaky toy she calls Spooky, and believes that the source of all of her problems is her lack of social contact (which, actually, is true). Her advice to Devi is always “You need to get out more”, which is the met with skepticism by Devi. She is thought to be insane, spooky. She first appeared in the fourth issue of  JtHM  , trying to calm Devi’s fear, and was then called Tonja. A doll version of Spooky can be seen in Layla Miller ‘s room in Marvel Comics’  House of M  event.

Psychic Fat Lady

This monstrously overweight woman has psychic fat and has no qualms about making public her visions that will die in a plane crash. However, that prediction is false, as it did not have the “heart” to tell her that it was she who would die. This becomes apparent when a plane crashes into her building. She lives on one floor down from Devi. She has not left her room for a decadent day at home.


A male from Devi’s past, and a contributor to her introversion. Quickly after a typical movie-and-a-dinner date together, Eddie’s on the road and struck a tree, trapping both Eddie and Devi inside the vehicle. Eddie did not even notice when he had a lot of problems. The mongoose that caused the car to go off road also took Eddie’s brain.


Eric is a character that first appeared in a  JTHM  section (and also briefly in  Zim  , in another form). He’s a teenager with smoke bombs who likes to dress up and pretend he is a vampire. In  I Feel Sick  he is one of two posers Devi meets in a flashback sequence in which she goes to a night club. The other is a rather large girl who claims to be a mummy. Eric catches on fire in said flashback.

Mr. Nerves

A higher-up in the Graphic Arts department of Nerve Publishing. This lunatic has undergone a lobotomy in order to have the creative centers of his brain removed. He enjoys waiting for the last minute and telling the artists. This causes them to go absolutely nowhere in the creative process.

Spidgey Simons

Another male from Devi’s past. Specifically, first grade. He was in love with Devi back then, but then Devi refuted any attempt to express his emotions, including crumpling up his Valentine’s Day card for her, and spewing self-chewed chalk powder into his face. He later died of a chalk-induced asthma attack. The Psychic lady is also a person who really knows how to behave, and that it is a good idea to have a good relationship.

Johnny C.

Main article: List of characters in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac § Johnny “Nny” C.

The main character from  Johnny the Homicidal Maniac  , Johnny C. Makes a cameo appearance in  I Feel Sick  . In a flashback , Devi remembers the conversation that leads to disastrous date in issue # 2 of  JtHM  . She also makes a connection between herself and Johnny when she gets the same sickness that Johnny had.

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