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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Jenny Everywhere: An Open Source Character

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
Jenny Everywhere is an Open-Source Character--possibly the very first Open Source Character intentionally developed and created specifically for use by anyone. The only rule about using her is that your work must have this notation:
While most of Jenny's adventures, as well as her various artistic interpretations, are under copyright to their respective creators (including her first appearance) the character and the idea of this character are free for anyone and everyone to use. The image we've included up above has been declared public domain to give creators a starting point in their efforts at interpreting, incorporating or exploring this character in their own creative projects.
Jenny Everywhere was originally developed via the Barbelith online community. She was created by Steven Wintle & the Barbelith.com community in a collaborative effort that is still mostly available for all to see here.  Her first image was composed by 'Moriarty' and declared Public Domain. You can find copies of this image here, here, and here.

The discussion regarding Open Source Comic Book Characters at Barbelith is a very intriguing relic of imagination at work. It has a lot of ideas that might be of use or interest to anyone else who decides to explore this territory.  One such experiment is by no means enough. Not by a long shot. That's why there are other Open Source Characters such as Victory Girl, Selina the Moon Maiden, Captain Atomic, or Captain Prodigy--who you have got to check out for yourself as no one would ever believe it if I told you the origin of this particular Open Source Character.  Wow. Evelyn Ramirez/Captain Prodigy might be a lot of fun to turn over to Inmate93... "By the Power of Nyarlathotep!" Fun stuff.

There is a Jenny Everywhere Clearing House and Update Point at Barbelith which should be handy to anyone seeking to bring Jenny Everywhere into their games, campaigns, settings, comics, fiction or whatever.

The Shifter Archive is your guide to all things Jenny Everywhere, and of course August 13th is Jenny Everywhere Day, so mark your calendars. Netherwerks plans on doing something special for Jenny Everywhere this coming Aug. 13th.  The Jenny Everywhere Day blog also features a very nicely done Who Is Jenny Everywhere page that is worth taking a look at if you're at all interested in this character or the amazing viral-tulpa-like process that produced it, ahem, I mean Her.

You can find more Jenny Everywhere information at this Wiki, and follow her continuing adventures in the Jenny Everywhere Chronicles webcomic produced by Benji Christensen & Scott D. M. Simmons.

Oh and yes, there is already an Anti-Jenny: Jenny Nowhere, who is also an Open Source Character with the same requirements for use as Jenny above. Where Jenny Everywhere remains fairly recognizable from universe to universe, Jenny Nowhere remains only consistent in her name. She makes a great contrasting opponent/antagonist and a very intriguing foil for Jenny Everywhere as they run into one another again and again across all the wide Omniverse...

By this time next year, we here at Netherwerks plan to launch our own Open Source Character into the murksome seas of the Public Domain. It sounds like a fun challenge.

This concept of Open Source Characters may also have some bearing on the nascent revival of shared-world campaigning, and open world gaming that has been getting mentioned over at The Hill Cantons such as here and here...and here.
"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."

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