Name: Jen Laurens
Likes: Sports, Eating, Exercise, Action movies, Rock music, Swimming, Sleeping, Shooting Games
Dislikes: Studying, Math, Romanctic Films, Reading
First JODDAS VAPD strip: Banana Split Flavored Oreo
Jen was one of the first female characters in JODDAS VAPD. I based her on one of my tom boyish friends I had back in Middle school, but later aspects of Jen such as eating habits and Action movies came from my older sister. Her design came from a character I drew back in my Calvin & Hobbes stage of JODDAS VAPD in my middle school years:
Back then I had no idea that this character design would be the basis of Jens design today. Jen never made it to the Life Sucks stage of my high school days, but ultimately was created in Life Stinks as a main female character. The following was the first Life Stinks strip featuring Jen:
In the Life Stinks stage she was heavily stereotypical tom boy character always in competition with Patrick. Some of those traits made it into JODDAS VAPD, but I added a more cynical side to Jen which I think is something I got from basing Jen from my own sisters traits.
Jen is a very strong willed woman who refuses the stereotypes of women. She feels it’s alright to act anyway she feels fit. She’s not a genius, but puts everything she can into her education in order to become the dietitian she hopes to become. She feels special when she’s with her friends as they have all accepted her for who she is and treat her as one of their own.