Sort of like the person who asked before about the content, the visual’s would very likely be something different, still distinctly Johnny and world, but still different.
The funny thing about going dark for a while, having made my living on a fishing trawler since stopping work on ZIM, is that it kind of locks your audience down, freezes them in time in a way. People much younger than me find the books and think that, somehow, I am that same person who made those books or that cartoon from over a decade ago now, and in the case of the comics, DECADES. People much older also find those same books and THEY also think much the same thing because there’s nothing past a certain point to compare to, visually or on the narrative front.
That’s the trouble with not continuing to provide a frame of reference throughout time for people to update their idea of you or what you do. It’s like getting up every morning and finding the paperboy has been delivering you the same newspaper from 1996 because he thinks that’s where you’re from and can never escape.
Visually, it would HAVE to be different because those old comics are fun for what they are, but they were never intended to move, and they were especially not written with actual human beings speaking those lines in mind.
19 year old me from back then was just having fun, but he was also something of an idiot.
I hope I’m a far more capable, proficient idiot now, and I’d want the animation to reflect that. So it’d likely not look like the comics and it wouldn’t just look like JTHM in the ZIM universe.
Let’s just wait and see!