So, about Jenny Everywhere and a “lack of appearance”

fyeahjennyeverywhere:

It occurs to me that a lot of the creative projects that people do involving Jenny Everywhere tend to peter out and fade away. That’s just the way of the internet, probably. There are so many tiny niche projects that don’t really find an audience and just kind of disappear.

Anyway, I hope the thing I’m going to start soon will be an exception. I don’t know if I’m going to keep it up; I’m definitely taking some risks here. I guess we’ll just have to see.

I would assume more than the “romance” of Jenny Everywhere is usually short-lived, unless someone actually has a passionate use for her.

Rarely she is in her own comic for the long haul. When she was first born, she was always just in short stories, and they were perfect snipets.

Where people tend to get the MOST out of her, for longer runs, is when she is a supporting character in an existing property. Whether she is a long-term primary, secondary, or tertiary character, or only around for a single storyline or arc.

My belief in that AND for why she tends to be short lived in other methods, is because she is uncopywritable (overall, though people still own their individual Jenny Everywhere characters), and people probably want something that is moreso their own.

Maybe.

Back to the “romance” thing. There were two major spikes of popularity for Jenny Everywhere… Well, maybe three. This is when there where a larger number of comic creations of her. Not just art.

The beginning, of course, and then when The Shifter Archive came into existence and kicked up a huge amount of space-time dust.

You could also suggest that when Warren Ellis found her and had an art competition with her, but I don’t think any new comics actually came out with her.

I know I’ve essentially stopped doing things with her because I’m so busy with too many things, but I still see her being used in SOMETHING at any given point. Either as an on-hoing character in a comic, or some new random art.

Not to mention the yearly birthday at www.JennyEverywhereDay.com.

While it would be nice to see another spike in actual comic creation using Jenny (and while I have a few plans to try an initiate something, I just don’t have the time/money), she still seems to pop up somewhere now and again by random, and that’s awesome.

Jenny Everywhere Day 2014 is ONE MONTH away!

jennyeverywhereday:

Jenny Everywhere Day is Wednesday August 13th. That’s a month away which means that we’re in the slightly more “official” submission period.

Any artwork, stories, songs, pictures, cosplay, etc. can be sent to benj (at) jennyeverywhereday (dot) com anytime between now and midnight central time on the day of the event.

Please be sure to spread the word, let’s do our best to make this the largest Jenny Everywhere Day ever!

Use #JennyEverywhereDay when talking about the event. Let’s see if we can’t get that trending this year!

(via jennyeverywhere)

jennyeverywhere:

Who is Jenny Everywhere?

Jenny Everywhere (ak.a. “The Shifter”) is an open source comic character.

She is likely the first character created in this way. Jenny Everywhere has been described both as existing in every reality and being able to shift between realities. This gives the character the ability to be inserted into the continuity of any existing or new work, such as various comics or webcomics.

The concept may also be extended to other mediums. She was created by Canadian comic book artist Steven Wintle, who uses the internet alias Moriarty, and originally developed with members of the Barbelith Underground online community in 2002 and 2003.

You can get a more detailed background on Jenny here on The Shifter Archive, the “official, unofficial archive” of Jenny Everywhere, but below is a small cross-section:

The thought of creating an open-source comic book character started on July 25, 2001 here:
http://www.barbelith.com/topic.php?id=3026 — of which Octobriana is mentioned.

On August 13th, 2001Steven Wintle (aka “Moriarty” on the Barbelith.com forums) breathes the idea for “The Shifter” complete with two images which he later deems as “Public Domain” images.. which can still be found on the original site he posted them at [website missing], as well as in the Art section of The Shifter Archive. Still, from here, they all still work out the character. She is not fully born yet. Still developing, but we have a general description, she’s Multi-Dimensional, she has a basic look, and “The Shifter” as the super hero surname. It is deemed that her past is non-important, and keeps her mysterious.

On January 23, 2002, in this thread:
http://www.barbelith.com/topic.php?id=5491 — Her name was also originally pitched as “Julia Everywhere” by Tom Miller aka “Captain Zoom”.

At this point both threads are being used to discuss the Open Source character artistically and practically. Because Jenny Everywhere, aka “The Shifter”, if not just a character, but also an idea…. The Idea, of sorts, cannot be summed up here since it is talked about and fine-tuned by several people in both thread links….. Just know the final result was a huge collaborative effort.

On July 24th, 2002, Moriarty (Steven Wintle) dubs her “Jenny Everywhere, aka ‘The Shifter’”. At this point they start talking about how she needs to be recognizable, so they are developing her look more solidly now. A scarf, goggles on top her head, and short hair. These are the original and most identifiable visual characteristics of Jenny Everywhere. Shortly after this, her favorite food becomes “toast”.

On January 29, 2002, Wintle suggests the first “anti-copyright” notice for The Shifter, which is practically the same to the one used to today. The original:

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

(“All Rights Reversed” is a way of saying that everyone is free to use it.)

After this announcement, there was still some discussion on her official final name, buy “Jenny” stuck. Jenny Everywhere, aka “The Shifter” it remains.

For the past few years, head by Benj ChristensenJenny Everywhere Day (rather, Jenny’s decided birthday), is August 13, 2001. August 12, 2013 will be her 12th birthday. Benj seeks yearly contributions for a big collection of Jenny art and/or comics to be posted on www.JennyEverywhereday.com

Additional Information:
Frequently Asked QuestionsThe Shifter Archive Project

IMAGE CREDITS:
The Late Shift © Rob Cave and Nelson Evergreen
"The Shifter" © Fes Works
Two bottom images drawn by Steven Wintle, and released as public domain.

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.

jennyeverywhere:

Jenny Everywhere Day 2012 recap

Jenny Everywhere’s 11th birthday was Monday, August 13, 2012! You can catch updates as they happened at the Jenny Everywhere Day blog, run by Benj Christensen, starting here for 2012 entries. A total of 14 submissions this year, which is par with 2010′s entries, but 5 entries shy of beating 2012′s (her 10th birthday) submissions.
Though more good news was that The Shifter Archive also had a decent number of updates from an ever increasing back-log. HOWEVER, it is believed the gap become much smaller this year. Once we update the site with the 38 Jenny arts from the Warren Ellis’ White Chapel REMAKE/REMODEL forum project, the gap will be SIGNIFICANTLY smaller. The trouble is mostly in creating new creator profiles for everyone, which includes links to find them. Then archiving the images, making a thumbnails that link out to where they are posted.
Adding artwork is actually easier than adding comics… especially if the comics have more than one creator. While I *did* make the new Shifter Archive much easier to work with, by moving it to a WordPress blog from all HTML, there is still an amount of tediousness. Everything on the site is built to handle hosting Jenny images and comics, should the original ever disappear.

jennyeverywhere:

Jenny Everywhere Day 2012 recap

Jenny Everywhere’s 11th birthday was Monday, August 13, 2012! You can catch updates as they happened at the Jenny Everywhere Day blog, run by Benj Christensen, starting here for 2012 entries. A total of 14 submissions this year, which is par with 2010′s entries, but 5 entries shy of beating 2012′s (her 10th birthday) submissions.

Though more good news was that The Shifter Archive also had a decent number of updates from an ever increasing back-log. HOWEVER, it is believed the gap become much smaller this year. Once we update the site with the 38 Jenny arts from the Warren Ellis’ White Chapel REMAKE/REMODEL forum project, the gap will be SIGNIFICANTLY smaller. The trouble is mostly in creating new creator profiles for everyone, which includes links to find them. Then archiving the images, making a thumbnails that link out to where they are posted.

Adding artwork is actually easier than adding comics… especially if the comics have more than one creator. While I *did* make the new Shifter Archive much easier to work with, by moving it to a WordPress blog from all HTML, there is still an amount of tediousness. Everything on the site is built to handle hosting Jenny images and comics, should the original ever disappear.