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Johnny the Homicidal Maniac
JtHM
Author: Jhonen Vasquez
Publisher: Slave Labor Graphics
Original run: August 1995 - January 1997
Volumes: 7

Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, often abbreviated as JtHM, is a black-and-white comic book series created by Jhonen Vasquez, and was his first work. It began as a series of short strips published in the goth magazine Carpe Noctem, and was later published in seven issues by Slave Labor Graphics. After the initial run, the series was collected in a trade paperback entitled JTHM: Directors Cut.

The series follows the life of Johnny C., nicknamed Nny (pronounced "knee"), who is a psychopathic murderer, and Squee, his next door neighbor.

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IssuesEdit

Issue 1Edit

Main article: JtHM (first issue)

Issue 2Edit

Main article: JtHM (second issue)

Issue 3Edit

Main article: JtHM (third issue)

Issue 4Edit

Main article: JtHM (fourth issue)

Issue 5Edit

Main article: JtHM (fifth issue)

Issue 6Edit

Main article: JtHM (sixth issue)

Issue 7Edit

Main article: JtHM (seventh issue)

SettingsEdit

The series is set in the mid-1990s in an unspecified city; the city resembles the same one seen on Invader ZIM. Decaying urban streets, shadowed back alleys and filthy convenience stores serve as the series' backdrop. Crumbling and covered with litter and graffiti, everything is in a state of bleak decay, overlit by the neon signs of trashy consumer capitalism.

Johnny lives in a decrepit, single-story house with the street address 777. The house has an extensive labyrinth of tunnels underneath. Johnny uses the subterranean rooms as dungeons and torture chambers, as well as a storage place for corpses, though he also buries the remains of his victims. The tunnels also provide him with a network to various locations, such as his neighbor Squee's residence. Johnny perceives the layout of the house as constantly changing, though he does not state if this shifting is the result of the supernatural forces at work within the house or his own psychosis. Johnny states that he found the house and moved in some time ago. He also constructed an unidentified flying object landing pad on the roof. Throughout the series, there is no case where the authorities or the police are looking for Johnny, and seem unaware of his existence.

A later part of the story takes place in the afterlife. After accidentally shooting himself, Johnny journeys first to Heaven and then to Hell, and both turn out to have more in common with Earth than he expected.

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