ummm, may I ask you for some cute/shy zadr? :3
Well, I finally made a Tumblr. I guess the question to ask myself now is what the heck I'm going to do with it. ^^"
I draw, quite a lot. But since most of the wonderous crap that is spawned inevitably gets shunted over to DeviantArt (it's mostly either dragons, or fanart for the Invader Zim cartoon), yeah... I don't know. Maybe I'll post some of my weird, creepy dragony-Zim stuff eventually XD
For now you can consider this a work in progress, which is fancy slang for 'I don't know what the hell I'm doing'. Just like with the many essays I should be writing for school right now :D
Haha what kind of tips you looking for?
But here’s a general one I’ve got, it’s a two parter.
One: never ever EVER let the ridiculous dialogue/events stop. Even in your heaviest scenes, somebody somewhere should be saying something ridiculous. Not necessarily as off-the-wall as Gir; sometimes you can say a perfectly serious thing but in a ridiculous way. Ex: “Did you honestly think you could get away with killing my dad, Zim?” versus “ZIM! Did you seriously think you could get away with killing my dad? Really? Really? I mean—REALLY? HUH?" The second example says the exact same thing as the first one, but it says it in a way that’s totally ill-suited for the gravity of the situation. Good!
And two: no matter how ridiculous your dialogue/events get, don’t let it slow down the action of the plot. If Zim comes home determined to contact the Tallest about an assassination plot he heard about from the Planet Jackers, and Gir is wrestling with a fifteen-foot anaconda in the living room, don’t let Zim get distracted for three pages dealing with the anaconda. Have him yell at Gir to get rid of the anaconda, and then jump on top of his couch so he can see over the two of them while calling the Tallest on the TV screen. Have Zim try to warn them about the assassination plot while the anaconda’s tail occasionally whacks him in the head. Have one of the Tallest try to get more info out of Zim while the other one is waving hello to the anaconda, which is now watching the TV screen. Have Zim get distracted for ten seconds while the anaconda chases him into the kitchen, during which time the Tallest call up a spy situated on the Planet Jackers’ home world to tell her to verify these rumors of an assassination plot. The nonsense continues, but the plot still moves forward.
So, that’s my best general IZ-writing advice. The story should never stop the ridiculousness; but the ridiculousness should never stop the story.
I realize that this advice wasn’t strictly followed on one-shot you’re referring to, which was rather low on ridiculousness, but whatever.
well not really, as dib has a parent and sibling and while their
relationship is distant and weird, Membrane does feed dib and clothe and
house dib and invite him to be on TV and both gaz and membrane do things
to make sure dib does not get killed.
and membrane at least occasionally expresses love and tries to get gaz
to be nicer to her brother, and in mopiness of doom he was super excited
to have dib express common interests and spend time with him
dib also has the swollen eyeball network, which while not perfect IS at
least somewhat supportive and does do things like entrust him with
spaceships every so often. dib is a legit agent there. he seems to be
viewed as a somewhat-annoying kiddie agent but he’s a real agent. he’s
not a fake agent sent on fake missions that are supposed to kill him, or
anything like that.
plus, dib tends to be annoyed or made sad by people, but no one has ever
gone so far as to sentence him to fast food service jail or exile him to
an alien world where his choices are either a) conquer the planet and
not be any more liked by anyone as a result, or b) die.
aaaannd angry gaz beats dib up, sabotages him or demands that he fix
whatever he did, because dib did something to annoy her (whether she’s
justified or not is a separate issues). angry gir attempts homicide
because he doesn’t think zim deserves to live. even dwicky had good
intentions at some point he was just… a useless jerk and also rly
selfish. he didn’t try to kill dib.
TL;DR i would argue that zim has a far worse social life than dib and
the removal of support from gir would actually make them more different
and not less different. although it does make the interaction with dib way more important to zim because i’m pretty sure dib is the only person zim has an honest relationship with where zim is not in denial and dib is not pretending not to hate him.
While USUALLY I personally go with “the artists changed their minds,” for the sake of this prompt? Let’s polydactyl it up.
Summary: The genesis of Zim’s madness, as caused by two spare fingers and one numb antenna. Or: why he totally had four fingers but then there were only three.