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Welcome To Paradise by jbwarner86 Welcome To Paradise by jbwarner86
For the past six months, "Forever 16" has had a pretty good run as a comic strip. But really, all my best ideas for my characters end up manifesting themselves in the form of longer stories that can't possibly be contained in a daily four-panel narrative. And without a doubt, the story I'm most eager to tell is the one about Jocelyn's introduction into Aaron's garage band, and the wedge her presence drives between Aaron and Steve. This story is set in the summer of 1994, against the backdrop of Joel's efforts to organize a massive road trip to Saugerties, New York to attend Woodstock '94. And as I've turned the whole thing over and over in my head for the past few years, I realize I can't possibly confine it to a series of comic strips - really, it feels more like a movie.

But getting an animated movie made these days is absolute hell. Instead, I'd much rather turn it into a graphic novel. I'll be attending Anime Boston this year, where I'll be shopping my portfolio around to whoever I can get to look at it, and should I get picked up by a real live comic book company, this is the story I want to tell first. I even redesigned the characters in an image better befitting a teenage garage band from the mid-'90s - dirty, unkempt, and ready to rock the fuck out.

To make this piece feel more like a movie poster, I added voice actor credits. The actors I've included are the real voices I keep in mind whenever I write my characters. For those who don't know, here's "who does what voice":

Aaron - Will Friedle
Steve - Jason Mewes
Jocelyn - Alecia Beth Moore (a.k.a. Pink)
Joel - Jonah Hill
Michelle - Ellen Wong
Abby - America Ferrera
Katy - Ashley Tisdale
Ashleigh - Jenna Von Oy

There are other voices I have in mind, to be sure, but those are the characters who figure most prominently in this story.
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lighteningstorms Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2016
Oh my gosh I forgot about your art.
ThatGuyWithTheTShirt Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist
In real life, having a strand of hair go down your face would be annoying.
legosrcool1000 Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Professional Artist
you were born in 1986,i was born in 2000,and we have the same favorite decade!is it awesome or what?
legosrcool1000 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Artist
you set of this movie is in the 1990s?awesome!
jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
I enjoy doing period pieces, and the 1990s was my favorite decade (due in no small part to the fact that I grew up in it). Forever 16 started as my loving tribute to and/or parody of the '90s, but now it's expanded even further - it's also a tip of the hat/kick in the nuts to the 2000s and 2010s. :)
HelixHartgrove Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
I assume the songs they play are similar to this one:
AlexKuro Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2011
I know it's late, but I gotta that I'd totally go and see a movie like this.

And Ellen Wong would be the icing on the cake (I've been a fan of her's since Scott Pilgrim vs the World).
CaptainMarioIDIOT Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
you've made like a reinvented scott pilgrim comic
which is epic
NeoPrankster Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work once again.
qwertypictures Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
At this point, all I have left to say is:

ROCK ON! And best of luck! You have bags of talent and skills, which'll carry you far with any luck 8-)
Kinggigasmon Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think Jason Mewes would be the perfect choice for Steve, since his known stoner character and Steve's personality go well together. Not too sure about Jonah Hill as Joel, though... But that's just me...

You're going to AB this year? That's awesome!
Tibbayyy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist

I LOVE it. Like for serious--there are no words to describe how awesome this is. I hope it becomes a comic book. I'd spend all my allowance to get it. xD

I would also like to know how Jocelyn is introduced and the building tension between Steve and Aaron. Dramaaa <3
AndyK81 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Awesome! Do it!
Severflame Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Heh! I like Jocelyn's hair.:D
armenian-cartoonist Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
well one question though...if you do actually make a short movie or video will you be telling us...or at least post it to your journal...anyway goodluck hope you succeed...the forever 16 comics are really Awesome!!! :D
spleen2 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
"I even redesigned the characters in an image better befitting a teenage garage band from the mid-'90s - dirty" Some would say that Jocelyn is allready dirty. Heh, heh.
jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
Jocelyn was the most fun to redesign. Her new look is basically a hodgepodge of Liz Phair, Gwen Stefani, and Courtney Love.
jaydeschizo Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
I love F16, hope you get to do both the Graphic novel and the animated movie :)

Just keep some daily F16 coming for your faithful junkies :)
UncleScooter Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
A graphic novel of this would be indeed awesome, my friend! Good luck on the portfolio- wish I had the guts to do what you're doing. Nice cast choices and redesigns, by the way :thumbsup:;)

Seriously, dude, seeing this makes me want to make a mock-up movie-style poster with "Quacktown", along with a dream voice cast =D
"There he goes. One of God’s own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live and too rare to die.”- Raoul Duke (“Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas”, 1998)
supersonichero Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Jocelyn... voiced by PINK?! That is AWESOME. I'd love to see this. Totally.
Yeldarb86 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't blame ya about animated movies. It's not that there aren't any good ones out there, but especially when someone has a truly original idea, it falls victim to the river of formulas, cliches, and repetition that comes with mainstream media.

Just, when you're shopping your products around, make sure you get your characters copyrighted, and arranged so you retain full creative control.
MarviiD Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student General Artist
I would totally read the novel X3
MetalHeadFan2500 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
FLANNEL IS BACK!!!!, Love the designs

Personally I would hire no name young actors that would fit and sounds the part.

Jason Mewes is awesome, but he's pushing 40, he can't voice a kid. Unless you higher pitch the vocals a bit.

Personally I'm tired of celebrities voice actors, there are plenty of great VA's that needs the money.

What would be the soundtrack choices?, a movie of this magnitude needs excellent music.

The perfect road trip song (from my favorite album of 94) is probably this

The end credits should be this song in the concert, (This is enemy territory for me, but such a great song.)

Guest Cameos?
jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
I've given a lot of thought to the soundtrack, actually. It's full of the rock bands that defined the '90s - Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, etc. But the real inspiration is Green Day's Dookie album, since I put about six or seven songs from it in here. We hear Westworld play "Basket Case", "Longview", and "She", while "Pulling Teeth" is used for a montage depicting how Jocelyn treats Aaron during the brief period when they're dating, and "Welcome to Paradise" is the song that Joel needs to hear on the radio in order to win Woodstock '94 tickets. "When I Come Around" plays over the ending credits.

Plus, when the kids finally get to Woodstock '94 in the story's climax, they get caught in the mud fight that erupted during Green Day's set...and then, through a series of extremely unlikely circumstances, they wind up backstage and actually get to meet Green Day themselves. (Just like in The Simpsons Movie, it'd actually be Billie Joe, Mike, and Tre doing their own voices.)
MetalHeadFan2500 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011
So there won't be any metal? :(

What about Megadeth, Slayer, Testament, Sepultra, Pantera, Rage Against the Machine, Cannibal Corpse, and Anthrax, they defined the 90s too. Sometimes I wished I was born early

How Michelle fit in the story, would she be a "recent" character, or where there be some history with Joel?
SuprVillain Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Jason Mewes! Jay!!!!!!
torquesmacky Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Who's Ellen Wong?
jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
She's a newcomer to the acting scene, but she played Knives Chau in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.
bookworm0492 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
XD this would be absolutely awesome too read. A graphic novel? That would just make my year.
THEBEBOP95 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Yeah that sounds pretty good.
AxleGrease-75 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Very Nice Poster design
Candimente Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student Filmographer
Well, this certainly made my morning! I love the movie-poster-style picture, but reading the description made me even more excited. :excited: I say your characters are definitely deserving to make it as a comic book.

Also, is it just me or did you add some extra colour into Jocelyn's hair that wasn't there before? Oh and I like the texture on Joel's jeans. :thumbsup:
Art-in-a-Box Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is my background, just so you know. :3
pharmmajor Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
If you do get this published, Jesse, I promise you I'll buy a copy.
LoudNoises Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Nice! They look awesome! :headbang:

If you did ever make this into a movie (or Forever 16 into an animated series), have you ever thought about what studio you'd love to work with? I always thought Warner Bros. was the best choice, considering your art style resembles that of the Looney Tunes.
BreonteW Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student
Good luck with the portfolio dude! I really would like to see a "Forever 16" graphic novel!
maniacaldude Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student General Artist
"But getting an animated movie made these days is absolute hell."
How so?

Also, good luck with your portfolio!
FoenixHart Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Feeney, Feeney, Fe-he-he-heeeeeney...
is what comes to mind :)
TheCrimsonEmo Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Best of luck, and if you ever do consider turning to animation one day, Flash might be a good place to start.
Though I'm no expert...
sahyr90 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
They looks so epic
Doodley Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Maybe it's different for Anime Boston as opposed to Otakon, but real live comic book companies are usually in comic book conventions instead of anime ones. If there's one of those near your area, I'd recommend going to those instead.

But still, you got massive talent, cool characters, cool art style, and a great sense of humor. You won't have any trouble getting in. The best companies I recommend submitting to is the second high tiers: Dark Horse, Image, or Oni Press. You can even go for third tiers, like Slave Labor Graphics, Fantagraphics, or Ape Entertainment.

Heck, for a lot of these companies, you don't even need to go to cons. It wouldn't hurt to go to one if you can, but the publishers I mention have submission guidelines on their websites.
If you ever need any tips, just PM me. ;)

But for the love of god, don't even bother with Tokyopop. They've screwed many artists over before.
MRottDawgBarks Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I wish the best on this proyect to you... Your comic is pretty well written and developed, with awesome and interesting characters ^^!
cire2 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
..............................I'm dumbfounded. I would kill for this as a comic/graphic novel but an animated movie would blo my mind. I suggest trying to look up some good flash animators if you can't get the comic.
Aya-Wavedancer Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
Good luck with your portfolio. IMHO, you certanily deserve it!

I think you could also do a collection of your four-panels as well, again- in many ways they're reminiscent of Berke Breathed and Frank Cho, two individuals who I find very quirky and funny in their own ways, and I think you have that going for you as well.

This concept could work, I think- hopefully you have some details mapped out and perhaps sketched and storyboarded to further pitch yourself.

I think as well, mentioning you have a fan base of X here and Y hits can't hurt you. Nowadays, they want to see evidence of the fact you've worked to get some positive attention to your work from the normal folks. :)

Go get 'em! :D
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