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

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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.

 

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

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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.

Shifter Archive showcase: Nelson Evergreen, Rob Cave, and Joe Macaré

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Artist Nelson Evergreen with writers Rob Cave and Joe Macaré

While the aviator goggles and scarf are a staple of Jenny Everywhere from the beginning, it is arguable that Nelson Evergreen helped to solidify the aviator coat look.

In addition to that, Nelson drew the single page comic with writer Rob Cave, known as The Late Shift. It was a simple, to the point, introduction to Jenny Everywhere. Being one page, that made it quite easy to share and be seen by many. It would not be surprising if you have heard of Jenny Everywhere, that you may have also heard of Nelson Evergreen (and vice versa).

But this was not Nelson’s first comic with Jenny. Actually, Nelson Evergreen, with writer Joe Macaré, are credited with having the first complete comic story featuring Jenny Everywhere. This comic was Names Not Down. This comic really solidified the portrayal of the “rebellious Jenny”, other artists and writers have used in several other comics in later years. (we’ll discuss other “types” of Jennys in a future post.)

Several of the early comics were produced by members of the Barbelith Underground forums, where Jenny Everywhere was created. Many of the early comics were only

about 8 pages, and were one-off stories. Nelson and Joe ended up working together again to bring a 2-part comic set, totaling 20 pages.

This was A Damn Fine Hostile Takeover part 1 and part 2. And I believe it to be in the same continuity as Names Not Down. In the early days, it was stated that Jenny exists in multiple realities at once, making it so that technically she could be in continuity with all of her comics, from varying creators.

At the end of A Damn Fine Hostile Takeover, part 2, there was the first appearance of Jenny Nowhere. Nelson talks about his time with Jenny Everywhere, and a little bit about Jenny Nowhere, on the 20th episode of The Webcomic Beacon podcast(another post will be made about Jenny Nowhere, in the future)

Since these comics, Nelson has made various artwork for Jenny, and even added her as a small cameo in a comic Damienne Hobbes Reflects. But aside from this, Nelson has moved on to other comic properties and illustrations.

Nelson’s Website: http://www.nelson-evergreen.com
Joe’s website: http://flyboy.blogspot.com/

The Shifter Archive Profile Page:
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/nelson-evergreen/

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.