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A duo of comic books by Jhonen Vasquez, the guy who did Invader Zim. It's a spin off of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, exploring Devi's life after the main series and the start of her own mental sickness at the hands of a deranged painting of hers known as Sickness, as well as the start of serious anti-social behaviors as a result of stress from her work for a publishing company.

I Feel Sick contains examples of:

  • Art Initiates Life: With demonic assistance feeding off your brain.
  • Atomic F-Bomb: Devi curses a lot throughout the comic, but the biggest one of all is when she realizes Sickness tricked her into shredding her own hands on a broken jar, thereby preventing her from painting.
  • Bad Boss: Devi's is both stupid and... um... well. Good thing she quits.
    Jhonen Vasquez: You wanted to see me, Mr. Nevers?
    Mr. Nevers: I'm going to rape you up the butt and then throw you out the window!
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  • Black Best Friend: Tenna, who goes above and beyond as Devi's only friend.
  • Call-Back: "He shit in his fucking pants! It was practically shooting out of every orifice! It was like watching an outhouse explode! It ruined dinner!"
    • Also, to Devi's date with Johnny. We get to see (via flashback) Devi and Johnny's conversation on the hill immediately preceding the part we see at the start of Johnny volume 2.
    • And Sickness appears to be Psychodoughboy and Mr. Fuck brought back in a new form to do to Devi what they once did to Johnny. One has to wonder about what happens after the series ends with that in mind...
  • The Cameo: Eric the vampire (pre becoming an actual vampire) shows up as the impetus for one of the unfortunate social incidents in Devi's flashbacks in the first issue.
  • Can't Get in Trouble for Nuthin': Sickness offers this ability to Devi in exchange for her mind.
  • Character Blog: In-universe, as each volume starts with Devi's journal writings charting the events that lead up to the comic proper. Doubles as an Info Dump.
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  • Cloudcuckoolander: Tenna.
  • Crapsack World: Shared with Johnny and Squee.
  • Creator Cameo: Jhonen Vasquez appears briefly in the second issue, then suffers Death by Cameo when Devi's boss throws him out a window.
  • Creepy Doll: Sickness.
  • Determinator: Devi will not give up her mind to Sickness. Period. Even if she has to quit her job and nearly be smothered by a morbidly obese fat lady. Also, her dating attempts.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Look what Devi caught from her one-time date!
  • Executive Meddling: In-universe. Devi finally quits in protest.
  • Fate Worse than Death: At the climax of the comic, Devi impales Sickness on a paintbrush and tears their eyes out. She then drops them in the bottom of her backpack, implying that Sickness is stuck there. Forever.
    Devi: Because you're mine now, you fuckin' idiot.
  • Filler: Fillerbunny, and to a lesser extent the bad date flashbacks. (The word "Meanwhile" even pops up in reference to the latter.)
  • Good Parents: Shockingly enough, a flashback reveals that Devi's dad actually cared about her and was nervous about his little girl dating. Around here, that probably makes him Parent of the Year.
  • Imagination Destroyer: Devi's artist's block is caused by Sickness siphoning off her creativity for its own use. It also implies that the similar consumption of the creative talent of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac is what originally caused him to go crazy.
  • Imagine Spotting: "That's bullshit! And why the fuck am I wearing a bear suit?!"
  • Meaningful Name: Sickness.
  • Meanwhile, in the Future...: Devi's flashback to her youth is labeled "meanwhile some years back."
  • Mr. Exposition: Sickness is this entirely against her will. No matter how hard she tries, she just can't stop. The exposition tends to double as a Motive Rant, making things worse.
  • Mythology Gag: "Meanwhile some years back" nods to the filler stories Vasquez would pepper issues of JTHM and Squee with, all of which had titles invariably starting with the word "meanwhile" (and are even grouped as Meanwhiles in the Squee anthology.)
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Sickness accidentally reveals too much to Devi via their inability to stop talking, leading to her realizing what her fate will be if she doesn't fight back. She's in the middle of a meeting with her Bad Boss when she figures everything out out.
    Sickness: Your friend thought he could fight it too.
  • Only Sane Man: Devi, the character who spends the story fighting off a mental breakdown at the hands of a demonic brain parasite and a job specializing in Executive Meddling. Yeah.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Sickness.
  • Touched by Vorlons: Apparently, Sickness was introduced to Devi through her interaction with Nny.
  • Vampire Vannabe: Eric the Vampire. Since this is a flashback, we know he gets his wish granted in one of the Meanwhiles.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Devi is one. Tenna lampshades this.
  • Your Answer to Everything: "You need to get out more" is Tenna's.


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