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

Contributors:
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.

July 24, 2013 | No Comments

Shifter Archive showcase: Jenny Everywhere Day

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Jenny Everywhere Day

Jenny Everywhere Day is Jenny’s birthday. In 2009, it was agreed upon by The Shifter Archive and a few individuals, that Jenny Everywhere’s “birthday” was the 13th of August, 2001. This is when Steven Wintle first proposed the main concept of Jenny Everywhere to the Barbelith Underground. She wasn’t fully realized until a several weeks later, and her first comic appearance, several weeks after that. But that is how it happens in real life: One is born and is then nurtured and grows.

The first year of Jenny Everywhere Day was celebrated in 2009, headed by Fes Works and Benj Christensen. There was a collaborative birthday postcard project, artwork collections, several stories that were presented during the time, and an official trailer premiered for a live action, (yet-to-be-filmed) independent film with Jenny as a character!

In 2010, Benj Christensen headed the project with a new website, and started campaigning and collecting artwork on his own. While a submission is greatly appreciated, the real purpose of the event is to spread the word about Jenny Everywhere and try to inspire people that may not have heard of her to take a look. So please, tell your creative friends about the character and the event. Tell any media outlets you feel would be willing to cover this story.

While a submission is greatly appreciated, the real purpose of the event is to spread the word about Jenny Everywhere and try to inspire people that may not have heard of her to take a look. So please, tell your creative friends about the character and the event. Tell any media outlets you feel would be willing to cover this story.

As of this post, the next Jenny Everywhere Day is August 13th, 2013,
So get those submissions in, and spread the word!

Jenny Everywhere Day website (submit here): 
http://www.jennyeverywhereday.com/

The Shifter Archive source page:
http://theshifterarchive.com/projects/jenny-everywhere-day/

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

Shifter Archive showcase: Steven Wintle

I’m planning on making several showcase posts like this on both this website and our Tumblr account.
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Contributor: Steven Wintle

Often sited as THE creator of Jenny Everywhere, Steven Wintle insists Jenny was a group effort from the Barbelith Underground forums; in the pursuit of a true open-source character.

Steven made his first posts and suggestions on August 13, 2001 for “The Shifter”. A character that would ultimately become the Jenny Everywhere we know today. (More on The Shifter Archive)

He also provided the first two images of The Shifter, and had later released them as public domain.

In Steven’s early description of The Shifter, he is quotes as saying:

She has short, dark hair. She usually wears aviation goggles on top of her head and a scarf around her neck. Otherwise, she dresses in comfortable clothes. She is average size and has a good body image. She has loads of confidence and charisma. She appears to be Asian or Native American. She has a ready smile.

Around the time (or before) other people from the forums started making their own Jenny Everywhere comics (though the precise timeline is unknown), Steven posted an unfinished, six page comic with the title “Cars”. (Which can be read on The Shifter Archive).

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Steven Wintle, and a few other of the early comic creators of Jenny Everywhere, appeared on the 20th episode of The Webcomic Beacon back in 2008. There was much discussed and is a very good listen.

Another comic Steven made is one he made for Jenny’s 10th birthday. It is entitled “Tribute”. (You can read it on Steven’s blog)

Steven’s Webite: http://iwasben.com/

The Shifter Archive Profile Page:
http://theshifterarchive.com/contributors/steven-wintle/

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