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A Spin-Off from Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Squee ran four issues and followed the titular next-door-neighbor-of-aforementioned-maniac as he encounters aliens and all other manner of paranormal activity, gets abused by his silhouetted parents and demonic teacher, has adventures with the Antichrist, daydreams, and desperately clings to his sanity.

Titmouse and the comics' author Jhonen Vasquez were at one point announced to be collaborating on a short film about Squee, which would've seen the poor kid get sold to a fast food restaurant as meat and lead other imprisoned children on an escape mission. Despite some script pages arising on Vasquez's Twitter, the project seems to have been abandoned.

Definitely not to be confused with the identically titled trope. There's very little to Squee about in Squee.

Squee provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Squee's parents are of the horribly neglectful variety. His dad openly despises him (and is not shy of telling him this) and his mom can't even remember he exists most days.
  • Adults Are Useless: The only adults in Squee's life are apathetic/evil/corrupt/stupid/Satan/dangerously psychopathic, etc. So you can imagine they're not much help.
  • Anal Probing: When the wheelchair-bound aliens try to abduct Squee again, one of the two aliens goes to his parent's room and subjects Mr. Casil to this.
  • The Antichrist: Pepito, and not trying to hide it: he has horns, and his father is not in disguise when Squee comes to visit. And then there's "Stand back, amigo! This looks like a job for... THE ANTICHRIST!"
  • Back for the Finale: Two examples:
    • The idiotic aliens that appear in the first issue visit Squee's house again in the final one, this time choosing to abduct his parents instead.
    • Johnny C., after spending the entire rest of the comic lurking around in the background, finally gets a speaking role during the last few pages of the final issue, where he sees Squee off right as he's about to begin his new life as a lab monkey.
  • Bathroom Control: At the beginning of the second issue, Squee is in the car for a road trip with his parents, who apparently haven't let him use the bathroom in two days. His parents then pull over by a restaurant because they don't want him to use a bag of Fritos as an emergency urinal.
  • Bedlam House: Squee! has the "Defective Head Meat Institute". There's talk of a new phrenology department, lobotomies, using patients as "lab monkeys" and a random nurse walking by thinking "Whoa! I'm the angel of death!". The staff is so incompetent that they keep Squee as a patient and let Johnny go free.
    • That last sentence crosses over into Fridge Brilliance when you keep the former things in mind: an Ax-Crazy person doesn't make a very good lab monkey.
  • Blatant Lies: Squee's reaction to having his parents abducted is "I am full of guilt". While watching movies and eating snacks.
    • The idiot aliens lying about their wheelchairs.
  • The Cameo:
    • Johnny can be spotted sporadically throughout the series, either as a drawing in Squee's room or causing chaos during crowd shots. He actually appears, with dialogue and everything, in the final issue, where it's revealed he went to an institution (where Squee is now) and was being used for a "sleep study", which he leaves despite the doctors showing interest in his dreams..
    • The man who is forced by aliens to mate with a chicken in one "Meanwhile" is Vasquez's assistant letterer (and later Invader Zim staff writer) Rob Hummel.
  • Character Title: The main character is Squee and his name is the comic's title.
  • The Chew Toy: Squee just can't catch a break.
  • The Cloudcuckoolander Was Right: In the first issue of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, Johnny argues with Shmee the teddy bear as if he was sentient and stabs him. As we find out, Shmee actually is sentient, and it's possible he was talking to Johnny.
  • Crapsack World: The setting is shown to be a pretty terrible place to live.
  • Deal with the Devil: Offered, but averted. Squee politely turns down the Devil's offer to join him.
  • Determinator: How can Squee stand to even get up most mornings?
  • Downer Ending: The series ends with Squee's parents sending him to a mental institution.
  • Dream Sequence: Well, closer to nightmare sequence—any pleasant fantasies Squee have collapse quickly, and each issue ends with a terrifying "Dreamtime" Splash Panel akin to Nny's "dear die-ary" entries.
  • Evil Teacher: Ms. Bitters. Yep, that one.
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Aliens abduct Squee and his parents on two seperate occasions, The Antichrist is in Squee's class, his dad invites him over for dinner, his teddy bear's possessed by something, who knows what Miss Bitters is, and Vasquez himself wants to blow up the earth sci-fi style.
  • Fire and Brimstone Hell: Located in Pepito's basement.
  • Funny Background Event: Plenty. Most notably, several panels have Johnny terrorizing various people.
  • Gruesome Grandparent: Squee already has horribly abusive parents to contend with, but his grandfather comes over in one issue with the sole purpose of eating him for his youth.
  • Happily Married: Pepito's parents seem to be this...despite the fact that his father is Satan. Subverted with Squee's parents, who are still together but with obvious instability between them.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Pretty much Squee's life story, though it's not always hilarious.
  • I Have Many Names: How Pepito begins his introduction.
    Pepito: Son of the dark prince, child of darkness. Some call me the altar boy of doom. Others will know me as the second coming of damnation. My mom calls me Pepito.
  • Improbable Weapon User: At the "Defective Head Meat Institute", Johnny says to a dream-studying scientist that he dreamed about killing her with a bag of ramen noodles.
  • Interspecies Romance: Señor Diablo and his wife (Pepito's mother) could count as this. Also, one of the Meanwhile comics features a guy forced to mate with a chicken so that his aliens captors can research human sexual encounters. To make matters worse, it's revealed that the man eventually marries the chicken and has kids with her.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Squee tends to be bullied mercilessly by every kid he ever meets for no apparent reason. The only exception is Pepito, who's fairly nice to Squee. Too bad he has a nasty habit of melting his other classmates faces' off, but at least he's nice to Squee.
  • Lighter and Softer: Less paranoia and debilitating mental disorders and serial killings than in JTHM. Ok, I tell a lie, but here it's all Played for Laughs. It's worth noting that this series is what convinced Nickelodeon exec Mary Harrington that Jhonen Vasquez should be put in charge of a children's program.
  • Mad Eye: As per a Jhonen Vasquez production, Squee is depicted with one after Pepito blows up the school to save Squee from zombies.
  • Mistaken for Insane: In the fourth issue, Squee's parents come home after they've been captured by aliens. Squee asks if the aliens have hurt them, and since they don't remember being abducted, they don't believe him and think he's gone insane. They then send him to the Defective Head Meat Institute because they're more concerned about the fact that his "insanity" is supposedly spreading to them.
  • My Little Panzer: The first issue has an ad for a Tickle-Me Hellmo, which does nothing but torment, kill, or seriously injure the children that play with it.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Once every issue, there's a page devoted to "Dreamtime", which is basically a page of Squee's horrific nightmares.
  • No Name Given: The character that would later be transplanted as Ms. Bitters on Invader Zim appears here, but is never given a name.
  • One-Man Army: Pepito, who takes down an entire school of evil zombie children by himself.
  • Only Sane Man: Squee himself.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: Squee arranging for his abusive parents to get kidnapped by aliens.
    • Although before that he seemed quite convinced that hurting them would be wrong.
    • But yet..."I am full of guilt."
  • Ping Pong Naïveté: Closer to ping-pong innocence. How aware Squee is of how screwed up his world is and how much he's willing to do something about it tends to vary from storyline to storyline.
  • Production Foreshadowing: Posters of Zim can be seen around Squee's room.
  • Resentful Guardian: Squee's dad, to the point wherenote  in his spare time he watches Squee's birth video in reverse.
  • Shout-Out: On Squee's room is a poster of Se7en The Animated Series.
  • Take That!:
    • One of the Meanwhiles (in issue two) is a clear jab at Rob Liefeld. The story depicts a man and woman who are scantily clad and have grotesquely detailed body structures with ludicrous proportions. They try to stop a bank robbery and instead end up killed and mocked by the robbers.
    • In the first issue, one of the kids in Squee's class wears a T-shirt reading "Power Rangers Zeo sucks".
  • Take That, Audience!: Jhonen Vasquez takes a jab at fans of Johnny the Homicidal Maniac who adore Nny through the rantings of Squee's teddy Shmee.
    Shmee: Why, if sickness were a socially acceptable thing, those degenerative loons would be writing your neighbor fan-mail, telling him how "cool" he is! They would admire his illness and aspire to it!
  • Toilet Humor: Tons of it. Special mention goes to the unseen man in the restaurant bathroom stall in Issue Two. Holy shit.
  • Transplant: The stupid, wheelchair-bound aliens show up to abduct Zim, whose teacher (Ms. Bitters) is also Squee's teacher. The horned, purple aliens are established in Invader Zim to be residents of the planet Vort, which is conquered by the Irkens. The big one, however, is Zim himself, who shows up on various posters in Squee's room.
  • Unnamed Parent: Both of Squee's.
    • Pepito's mother.
  • We Can Rule Together: Señor Diablo offers Squee a position in Hell. He politely declines.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Squee.