Sunday, September 23, 2012

Night at the Opera: Nabucco

It's that time of year again!  For a review of the season opener of the Minnesota Opera, Nabucco, check it out on my art blog over here.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Jenny Everywhere: The Open Source Character

A version of Jenny as designed by Diana Nock.
Have you heard of Jenny Everywhere, aka "The Shifter"?

In 2001, a group of artists got together to specifically design a character that could be used by anyone, with license or royalty fees. A truly open-source character.

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, fiction, or even live action.

Though the character of Jenny Everywhere is vague enough to allow for many different interpretations, there are a few things that define who she is. Do all these signifiers need to be represented? Absolutely not. But the fewer that you use, the less likely that your character will be recognized as Jenny Everywhere.

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.

There have been hundreds of interpretations of the character, in many styles. You can read almost all available materials of and about her and her adventures at The Shifter Archive.

You can also create your own Jenny Everywhere character or story if:

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.