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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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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?
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legosrcool1000 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012  Professional Artist
you set of this movie is in the 1990s?awesome!
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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. :)
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HelixHartgrove Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011
I assume the songs they play are similar to this one:
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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).
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CaptainMarioIDIOT Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
you've made like a reinvented scott pilgrim comic
which is epic
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NeoPrankster Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nice work once again.
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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-)
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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!
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Tibbayyy Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
GAH! EVERYONE IS SO DIFFERENT ARGH.


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
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