Open Source

Real Name


First Appearance

CV Comics (Aug. 26, 2008)

Created by

Mark Rudolph & Jerzy


According to the character's co-creator, Jerzy, the villain Open Source came about as such:

This week Mark and I turn on the mic while we build a character from the ground up. We start with a basic premise for a story and a name for a villain, and we go from there.

The premise? A frustrated thirty-something would-be writer working in a book store. Suddenly he’s confronted by characters from some of his favorite novels, who tell him that an evil creature called “Open Source” is out to do them all great harm.

The character? We set out to design the villain, “Open Source”. We let you listen in while we go through all of the various choices we face when creating our characters.

And here’s where things get really interesting. We’re inviting you to try your take on the character. Hence the name–he’s an “open source” character that we’re throwing into the wild as a creative exercise for you all to try out and share the results. This episode is more or less of a modeling session of what we’re proposing you try–it’s by no means the final word on the character. So let’s see what you’d do!

In short, one can follow the schematics for the character of Jenny Nowhere: Creators should be encouraged to come up with an Open Source that actively avoids comparisons with existing versions of the go out on a limb and make up something totally unique.

In a nutshell: Use the name, make up the rest. Of course, one is not required to follow the "Open Source" name and scheme, but it should be a fun idea that people can play with.



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