Shifter Archive showcase: Scott D. M. Simmons

Contributor: Creator Scott D. M. Simmons

I know I said we went through all of the “Early comics”, but we’ve got one more, and that’s Scott D. M. Simmons! Let’s start off with a look back at a comic previously suggested: Soulless Mate

Soulless Mate had an interesting relation with John Miers and David Barnett‘s My Bloody Valentine comic. Scott D. M. Simmons worked with a Alex Hernandez to create a “spiritual sequel” to Soulless Mate, and focuses on one of the boyfriend’s from My Bloody Valentine, including his Valentine’s Day gift, a Necronomicon… and a shifting misstep.

This is a great example of linking continuities between different comics. Though I remind people that they need to still obtain permission to take or “borrow” elements/characters from other people’s comics. Because, yes, Jenny Everywhere is an open source character, but everyone can still maintain the copyrights on their own Jenny designs, stories, art, and other characters.

Scott also demonstrates a common thing for Jenny Everywhere artists, and that is relatively maintaining the same Jenny Everywhere design across multiple projects. Scott’s design was also the subject of the first photographed Jenny with Zuperiority Complex. Unfortunately there is only one page, and a headshot.

In trying to bring together a collaborative comic creation project, Scott started the Miss Adventure Comic Jam. Only four artists got in on this, where it was designed as a round-robin effort to draw a new page to the comic, based only on the previous ones drawn.

Later on, Scott was invited by Benj Christensen, to be the artist for his comic, The Jenny Everywhere Chronicles. More on Benj and Chronicles in a future post!

Lastly, as with a few other early creators, Scott also appeared on the Jenny Everywhere episode of the Webcomic Beacon podcast!

Image Credits:
© Scott D. M. Simmons

Scott’s website: http://www.scottdmsimmons.com/

The Shifter Archive Profile Pages:
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/scott-d-m-simmons/
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/alex-hernandez/
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/benj-christensen/

The character of Jenny Everywhere is available for use by anyone, with only one condition. This paragraph must be included in any publication involving Jenny Everywhere, in order that others may use this property as they wish. All rights reversed.

August 2, 2013 | No Comments

Shifter Archive showcase: David “Sax” Barnet, John Miers, Catherine Wright, and David LoTempio

Contributors: Writer David “Sax” Barnet; Artist John Miers, Artist Catherine Wright; Creator David LoTempio

Wrapping up the “Early Comics” (as originally posted on the original Jenny Everywhere website), let’s revisit John Miers, as mentioned last time.

John Miers also worked with writer David “Sax” Barnet to create My Bloody Valentine, where Jenny mentally leaps between her other selves in other universes, seeing her other selves’ boyfriends.

An interesting thing about My Bloody Valentine, is that Alex Hernandez worked with artist Scott D. M. Simmons (more on him in a future post) to create a “spiritual sequel” to it, called Soulless Mate. Soulless Mate focuses on one of the boyfriend’s from My Bloody Valentine, including his Valentine’s Day gift, a Necronomicon… and a shifting misstep.

This is a great example of linking continuities between different comics. Though I remind people that they need to still obtain permission to take or “borrow” elements/characters from other people’s comics. Because, yes, Jenny Everywhere is an open source character, but everyone can still maintain the copyrights on their own Jenny designs, stories, art, and other characters.

David “Sax” Barnet also worked with Catherine Wright to create the first Jenny comic to REALLY experiment with the multiverse with their comic The Death of Jenny Everywhere. This comic brought up the idea of different types of Jennys, including her as a black person, a cat, and even a transgendered person. She is, after all, capable in existing in all realities at at once, so the possibilities of her are technically infinite!

The Death of Jenny Everywhere also inspired future creators Benj Christensen and Gwen Patton with their comic endeavors, but more on that in a future post!

Special note: David Barnett also wrote about his early experience with Jenny Everywhere, as well as his discovery in 2008 when he found out that people were still talking about and creating comics with Jenny. You can read his article on The Guardian.

The last one of the “Early Comics” is by David LoTempio with his Mrs. Zirma comic, which brought up more of a supernatural element into it than most of the other early comics.

Image Credits:
1st image © John Miers
2nd image © Catherine Wright

John’s website:  http://www.johnmiers.com/

The Shifter Archive Profile Pages:
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/john-miers/
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/david-barnett/
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/catherine-wright/
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/david-lotempio/

The character of Jenny Everywhere is available for use by anyone, with only one condition. This paragraph must be included in any publication involving Jenny Everywhere, in order that others may use this property as they wish. All rights reversed.

 

August 2, 2013 | No Comments

Shifter Archive showcase: Alex Hernandez, Andres Allocco, John Miers, Mario Torres II, Nico Bovoso, and Tony Wolf.

Contributors:
Writer Alex Hernandez, with artist Andres Allocco and artist John Miers.
Plus artist Mario Torres IIartist Nico Bovoso, and artist Tony Wolf.

Let’s take a look at one of the busiest writer in the early days of Jenny Everywhere; Alex Hernandez. If you look at the first 13, complete Jenny Everywhere comic stories (technically 14, but I’ll get to that below), Alex had written SIX of them.

I don’t have a lot of information about Alex himself, so I can only look at the comics he has done, and the artists that he has worked with.

Alex worked with artist Andres Allocco on three (3) different comics including:

  • Holiday Pandemonium, where Jenny goes on holiday and ends up getting gender swapped by trickster Pan.
  • Graveyard Shift, where Jenny meets a hapless hapless inspector that just doesn’t get it.
  • Beauty as a Beast, is Jenny finding herself within the story of Snow White and doing things her own way.

There is another comic that was drawn by Andres Allocco and written by Daniel Bocchiglier. This is that “14th” early Jenny Everywhere comic I mentioned earlier. On the original Jenny Everywhere website, it was listed, but later removed.

That comic is New York Chaos. (possible trigger warning: terrorism) Now most of the reason for the removal was that Jenny… portrayed as a revolutionist… ended with exploding a USA landmark in New York, and inadvertently killing to government agents. While many would agree that is “questionable” material, many people argued that it just didn’t fit Jenny’s character. Which is a great example of how the character of Jenny, if someone’s take on her, can be judged by the invested community, even though she is an open source character.

MOVING ON! 

Alex Hernandez also worked with artist Mario Torres II and colorist Nico Bovoso to create the most notable example of the multiverse concept, often used with Jenny: Makeshift Multiverse. Makeshift Multiverse has Jenny, meeting four other Jennys

from various universes. I believe this is the first Jenny Everywhere comic to directly tackle this concept. We’ll talk about more in the future.

Alex also worked with artist John Miers to create Bacterial Lunarversity, in which Jenny is up to no good on a lunar station, and we get an interpretation on her survivability.

Another comic, not included with the listed early comics on the original website (but would have likely been close to #15 or #16), is Say The Word, with art done by Tony Wolf. Here Jenny meets… “god”… possibly an alien that would have the Earth believe he is god. Tony also has several pieces of artwork of Jenny on his Shifter Archive profile.

So this was a major focus on Alex Hernandez and his multiple, early writing contributions to Jenny Everywhere (Almost HALF of the early works). I’ll be looking at the last few contributors and comics from the early years, for the next post.

John’s website:  http://www.johnmiers.com/
Tony’s website: http://www.tonywolfactor.com/

The Shifter Archive Profile Pages:
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/alex-hernandez/
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/andres-allocco/
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/john-miers/
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/nico-bovoso/
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/mario-torres-ii/
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/tony-wolf/

The character of Jenny Everywhere is available for use by anyone, with only one condition. This paragraph must be included in any publication involving Jenny Everywhere, in order that others may use this property as they wish. All rights reversed.

July 24, 2013 | No Comments