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More Doom, Final Doom: The Next (and Last?) InvaderCon

posted May 6, 2013, 5:36 PM by Douglas Sun

An email from Green Mustard Entertainment came in over the transom this morning with word that they have launched a Kickstarter in support of InvaderCon III, their next "Invader Zim" fan convention. tentatively set for next summer.

This came as something of a surprise to me, as I left DoomCon last summer with the distinct impression that the next InvaderCon was a done deal; I recall Richard Horovitz announcing to shrill cheers that InvaderCon III would take place in the summer of 2013 in Pontiac, Michigan. Pleased as I was for the people who would go, you could not color me impressed by the news — as much as I like "Zim," a fan con is just not enough reason to get me to go to Pontiac. But it was comforting to think that the show would go on for someone else.

Between then and the end of Doom Con, however, something seems to have changed — perhaps someone at Green Mustard said, "Dear God, what have we just promised everyone?" And they reversed course, apparently, announcing at the closing ceremonies that there would be no more Zimmy goodness from them.

But then, as after the original InvaderCon, the post-event clamor seems to have persuaded them to plunge into the collective madness of "Invader Zim" fandom yet again. In response, they've done what strikes me as the most sensible thing: They put InvaderCon III on Kickstarter, effectively saying to the fanboys and girls, "If you want another one, pony up enough to make it worth our while."

So if you want another InvaderCon, go to the Kickstarter within the next few weeks and vote with your pocketbook. As for myself, I wish all involved the best, but I will pass. If Green Mustard were to bring it back to Southern California, that would be one thing. For me, the highlight of the con far and away was the script reading, and it was well worth the drive from Glendora to Torrance just to see most of the principal cast and the inimitable Eric Truehart do their stuff one more time. But to fly to Austin or St. Louis — not so much. Don't let me discourage you, however, if it's something that interests you — DoomCon had a lot to offer, and if you're a true fan it's worth going at least once.

And to the good folks at Green Mustard Entertainment, good luck and Heaven help you. Just when you think you've gotten out, they keep pulling you back in.