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Forever 16 - B27 by jbwarner86 Forever 16 - B27 by jbwarner86
It's been a long time since I did a mock-up of a Forever 16 book cover. In the ongoing continuity of the strip, "Aim For The Hair, It's His One Weakness" is the 27th book collection overall, and collects all the strips from December 20, 2010 to October 2, 2011. That includes the latter half of the strips I published daily in my gallery several months ago, everything from Joel's childhood dying at the hands of Yogi Bear [link] to Jocelyn's Sucker Punch fantasy [link] - not to mention that super-long Justin Bieber story that took up most of February, which is where the cover design and the title come from [link] .

But as I've mentioned, I never ever stop thinking up ideas for Forever 16, and even after I quit doing them daily, I kept outlining more stories. Here's everything else I thought up between then and now...

4/4/11 – In a spoof of Arthur, Aaron’s dad sets him up with Lindsay, threatening to cut off his subscription to Maxim magazines if he doesn’t go out with her; Aaron tries to make it look like he’s going out with Kendra so he won’t have to go through with it
4/18/11 – Inspired by Rio, Katy buys a pet macaw, but Tom Servo doesn’t get along with it
4/25/11 – Tina and William get ready to watch the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, but none of the kids think it’s important
5/2/11 – Patricia starts a town-wide campaign among Eden Prairie housewives to convince ABC to uncancel “All My Children” and “One Life to Live”
5/9/11 – Steve dreams himself to be Thor
5/16/11 – Jocelyn’s parents think that the war on terror is won now that Osama Bin Laden is dead, but Jocelyn knows better
5/23/11 – An extended parody of The Hangover: Part II, in which Joel, Steve, and Aaron awaken after a night at the Mall of America with no recollection of what happened; Joel’s hair is dyed purple, Steve has a tattoo of the Batman logo on his chest, and Aaron is in possession of a penguin
6/6/11 – In the wake of the wave of storms that struck the southern and northeastern United States, William turns the basement into a tornado shelter
6/13/11 – Abby tries to get a mystery on film like the kids from Super 8, but nothing interesting happens in Eden Prairie
6/20/11 – Tina takes up “Extreme Couponing”, but Patricia is determined to spend even less money
6/27/11 – Katy gets Joel hooked on “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic”, and he tries to hide it from Aaron and Steve
7/4/11 – Aaron, Joel, and Steve challenge each other to a city-wide planking contest
7/11/11 – William sees Horrible Bosses and decides he wants to kill his boss
7/18/11 – Kendra reverts to a childlike state after seeing Winnie the Pooh
7/25/11 – Lindsay accuses Michelle of hacking into her phone and putting personal information on her Facebook page, in a pastiche of the News of the World scandal; in the end, it turns out Lindsay actually hacked Michelle’s Facebook and tried to frame her
8/8/11 – On the way to see 30 Minutes or Less, Joel gets attacked by a couple of 12-year-old kids who strap a stink bomb to him; the bomb will explode unless he shoplifts an iPad for them in under half an hour
8/15/11 – The Maxwells go on a shopping spree at Borders before the store closes for good
8/22/11 – Steve makes fun of Tea Party candidate Rick Perry, but Jocelyn seriously insists that the man cannot under any circumstances become President
8/29/11 – Patricia takes cues from Kim Kardashian’s wedding and plans a renewal of her vows to Brad, constructing the most extravagant and expensive wedding she can
9/5/11 – Eden Prairie High School introduces a zero-tolerance stance on bullying; Lindsay is threatened with suspension from the cheerleading squad if she torments Abby anymore
9/19/11 – Steve has all his friends over for a weekend-long Star Wars marathon after buying the complete saga on Blu Ray
9/26/11 – Katy tries to sneak into Abduction against Tina’s wishes

It's funny how some of these are already pretty dated, despite happening just a few months ago. Kim Kardashian, I'm looking at you...
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465lps Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student Digital Artist
aww his loves his hair
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FelixToonimeFanX360 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012
THERE IS JUSTIN BIEBER!? lol! (funny)
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LordMazapan Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Hit him in the face, nice draw.
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Josiah-Shockency-JCS Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
WHY DON'T PEOPLE JUST LEAVE JUSTIN ALONE!!!!
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Everybody hates Justin Beav! Coming to Fox 2012 along after a rerun of MST3K! XD
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qwertypictures Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaron with a penguin, or Kendra revisiting childhood? I'm pretty torn on what I wanna see drawn first :XD:

Although the zero tolerance storyline sounds like a good 'un to explore - speaking as a biased Abby fan...
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kaitoyuri Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
lol
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captcho Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2011
lol Watch out Justin Bieber! ( Shhh Not! )
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Likes-2-draw Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011
Dude! They look P.O.ed! I would sleep with my eyes open if I were Justin.
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alexismyname Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Keep em coming, but take your time too. I must say, your work is some of the most impressive stuff I've seen.
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Gabbyg27 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Is that Justin Bieber???
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
It's supposed to be. Celebrity caricature is not one of my strong suits, but I think I did an okay job here.
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COMPUTERMANMIK428 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
i can't blame them for hating jb he's killing rock n roll.
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Aya-Wavedancer Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
I've become more and more tempted to do a spoof story of one of the Kardashians and or Paris Hilton myself.

As my Mom and I say, "WHAT DO THEY ACTUALLY DO!?!?!?" :D
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
My theory is that America is desperate for celebrities to distract us from real life, so desperate that we're willing to put anybody in the spotlight regardless of how talented they are (or, more often than not, aren't.)
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Aya-Wavedancer Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Think about this as well- Some of these pseudo-celebrities are so idiotic and thoughtless that many average people lap that up to remind themselves, maybe they don't have the money like the Kardashians, but at least they have a better home life, a far more loving and functional family, and just maybe might be happier people, even with the bills to pay. I think sometimes your Forever 16 familes and stories reflect that. I still liked the stripe with Miley Cyrus lighting up. :D

Yes, I do need to work on a story with "London Astoria" showing up to work with Vikki Fennec on a movie project, and of course, severe idiocy ensues, and it's not Vikki's fault. :D
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spleen2 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Apperently his other weakness is his upcoming kid.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Nice work
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Doodley Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
It's a shame the deadlines made it hard to make these comics. I really would love reading some of them. Especially the planking. I guess because in a cartoon, it could get visually hilarious.
A suggestion I have is that maybe update the comic every other week. Though unfortunately, you won't be able to get all the ideas you wanted out. But it will allow for your better ideas to shine, and plenty of time to flesh out others.
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USSManhattan Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
I love how you always give Justin these big doe eyes... adds to the sarcasm of the parody.
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Nookslider Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
The Patricia one sounds like what my mom would do. Her craziness over that show drove me nuts for the past months.
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Yeldarb86 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
A lot of those stories I'd love to see!

You have the same initials as Justin Bieber. :)
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Well, I had 'em first. He just copied me. ;)
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cire2 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
The Aurthoe one is the one i'm liking the most, hoping to see some of 'em.
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
The Arthur story actually gave me a huge amount of trouble - I put it through three rewrites and still wasn't satisfied with it, which is yet another reason why I stopped the strip where I did. I didn't want to put up a story that wasn't the best I could make it.

The way I'd written it, the whole thing was much more emotional and involved Aaron doing a lot of soul searching, and it was going to end with a permanent change where Kendra and Aaron actually did start going out - in other words, pretty much exactly like the original Dudley Moore version of Arthur. But then I knew I'd regret that later because I get so much material out of Aaron's chronic datelessness, and Kendra really is not the sort of girl who'd go out with him. And plus, I determined that I can't do a story that leans that heavily on emotion without it feeling sappy and forced, especially in a comedy strip. But I'd already drawn the whole first week of strips and I didn't have time to rewrite it again from the ground up, so I just pulled the plug altogether. Deadlines are a bitch.
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torquesmacky Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Hmm. This isn't the first time this has happened either.

The next time you write a story and you feel it's getting too dramatic to be funny, would you mind sending the script to me so I can make sure? A little drama now and then can actually be good (and even humorous).
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Oh, I don't doubt that I can do genuine drama if I had to - it just doesn't work for me in a comic strip. In the four-panel format, I end up with drama-drama-drama-joke, and that need for a laugh in the last panel always kills it, in my opinion.
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torquesmacky Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Okay, decent point.
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Junitea Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Hahaha!! Aim for his hair!!

That's hilarious!!
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And if attacking the hair doesn't work, they can always kick between his legs.
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VoltronZ1 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student Writer
Hehe, funny.

Hmm..... What is your opinion on My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, as well as Horrible Bosses and Abduction?
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
I actually have not seen any of them. Which is another reason why I stopped doing the strip daily - it was getting harder and harder to familiarize myself with everything I wanted to parody.
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torquesmacky Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Then why plan those stories in the first place if you can never write them?
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
Well, that's another reason why I reconsidered whether or not a comic strip is the best format for these characters - there's just so much I'd want to do and not enough time to do it.

Actually, I had the idea of turning Forever 16 into a series of short comic stories. And if I did that, I was wondering if you'd be willing to host them on your website? I just don't have the time or web savvy to maintain a site of my own, but I still would like to publish my work somehow.
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torquesmacky Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
If you don't mind "platypuscomix" preceding your URL, then sure, I can whip up a site for you....if you want to pursue it further, send me a note.
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NeoPrankster Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like the cover art. This would make a great treasury.
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LoudNoises Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
The My Little Pony one sounds great, although the phone hacking one has me worried about how it might turn out.
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Wakeup14 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Student General Artist
lol XDD
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Darkphantomshadow Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice. I'm a fan of your comics. Have you ever consider of having your own webcomic site?
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torquesmacky Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
He considered it, he did it, and then he abandoned it when he discovered he couldn't keep up the daily schedule. Some of us still hold hope, though.
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Darkphantomshadow Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats understandable.
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Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice! The world's his enemy!
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