Behind the scenes: Secret notes and Kenny: A History

In March(according to my backups) or February(judging by an early-March story arc being scheduled for after April 1st & the fact that I changed Kenny’s fate in February), I laid out the plot for the rest of the year. In this blog post, I will reveal my private notes on what was to happen and when it was to happen. There are even ideas that never happened for one reason or another. First, I will show you the oldest copy of my plans, from March 27th. Considering this is the date given by Google Docs, and I originally wrote it using OpenOffice, I’d say this version is older than that. It’s just when I moved it to Google Docs so I can edit it anywhere, like on my iPhone.

First, here’s the original layout of the events from March-November with notes on stuff that happened before, with my notes in parenthesis…

Tarnation Timeline!

0 (years in the future)
First Tarneki is created

18 (years in the future)
Tarnekis start to rebel

75 (years in the future)
something about Midnight Jackson

111 (years in the future)
Kenny has first job making levitation devices for small electronics. He was 11, but wasn’t the youngest worker.

115 (years in the future)
Lollipop is considered a new ship.
Kenny is kidnapped
Rufus likes robotics class
Kenny & Rufus are dropped off at Little Tarnation. Unsure if they’ve been there before. Rufus prefers government, Kenny is afraid of police.
Is mentioned that Kenny’s mom’s dad is dead. Probably a long time ago.

118 (years in the future, so, comics from April 2011 to the end)
April 1st: Friday. If you have a comic today, switch the Spanish and English versions & put the address as “Geocities.com/KennyChron… oh wait that can’t be right”.
Fuego finds that he can eat meat.
Kenny graduates this year at the end of May. Mom will urge him to move out on his own. There will be discussions between various characters about what they and Kenny are going to do with their lives. (originally planned to be more than one comic, but that’s all that was needed)
Kenny will rudely interrupt a discussion between Guy and Aber, not knowing that it was a business meeting.
Kenny has some other run-in with dodgeballs. (Basically, Aber threw a dodgeball at him for being Kenny)
Guy will have his last problems with ship security before deciding on his ultimate location.(well, he decided to not set the business up there, at least)
Death is getting more controlling, and this is where the “Here, Kenny Kenny Kenny” comic shows up. (referencing a comic idea I had written in my looser “comic ideas.txt” file)
Kenny decides to break up with Death, but as he’s about to tell her, she reveals happily that she’s pregnant!
Mom urges Kenny to move out. He’s 18 and engaged! Home search ensues.
Kenny is fired. Can’t get free pizza anymore. Wait, he can get free pizza? “Not anymore!” D’oh!
Death has them move to Ook Island, but they find that it’s abandoned.
Kenny and Death get married, with vows being the lyrics to Never Gonna Give You Up. (Now you know how long I’ve been waiting to do that)
Death and Guy fight on Ook Island. (Yeah, I wasn’t sure what order the last things would happen in)
Kenny is nearly killed by falling dodgeballs. (I recall this being an edit, hence the emphasis on “nearly”. Maybe I was typing this up when I mentioned Kenny’s fate to my mom, which spurred the reconsideration of why I was killing Kenny.)

 

And now for the last version of this file, still with unchanged early versions of ideas. The actual file has stuff for 2012 in it, too, so that’s excluded to avoid spoilers. I tried to have a complete timeline of events for continuity checking, so it’s rather long.

0

First Tarneki is created

18

Tarnekis start to rebel (never established in-comic, but still likely to be when they defeated the scientists who created them)

75

something about Midnight Jackson (mentioned in ONE comic, never expanded upon like I planned, he was a notable cat in Tarnation history)

108

On Kenny’s birthday, Guy tells Kenny, “That’s one of life’s great mysteries. I can’t answer that for you, with a straight face.” (referenced twice)

109

Kenny had been working in the levitation device factory. That’s when Guy last saw Kenny before coming back 7 years later.

111

Kenny still has first job making levitation devices for small electronics. He was 11, but wasn’t the youngest worker. As you see above, this job lasted a couple years.

115

Lollipop is considered a new ship.

Kenny is kidnapped by Funky

Rufus likes robotics class(also kidnapped)

Kenny & Rufus are dropped off at Little Tarnation. Unsure if they’ve been there before. Rufus prefers government, Kenny is afraid of police.

Is mentioned that Kenny’s mom’s dad is dead. Probably a long time ago.

116

Guy shows up.

Guy mentions his days as a custodian. I don’t know when he was a custodian, though.

118

April 1st: Friday. If you have a comic today, switch the Spanish and English versions & put the address as “Geocities.com/KennyChron… oh wait that can’t be right”. (April 1st didn’t line up with my update schedule this year. Next April 1st update is 2013, so I don’t know if I’ll do this, so I might as well leave this in.)

Fuego finds that he can eat meat. (Now we get into the detailed notes!)

Mom is cooking hamburgers. Offers Fuego one, now that he eats them. Patrick is looking at them weird for a while, then suddenly asks who Fuego is and what he’s done with his brother’s friend.

At restaurant, Kenny asks Fuego how long he’s been eating ONLY meat and chocolate, to which Fuego replies proudly, “6 days!”(or more?). Kenny says, “You know that’s unhealthy, right?” Fuego hesitates, then changes the subject- “Rabbit fight!”
“Dead bodies everywhere” can be title. Fuego grabbed a rabbit from somebody else’s table. (I went with “Change The Subject” for that comic, since it wound up only having one dead bunny)

Guy is surprised to learn that Fuego is omnivorous.

Guy, Kenny and Fuego might start hanging out. Kenny & Fuego eat some alligator(or crocodile?) tail in one comic. Guy surely wants to sell Fuego some sausage. (*ahem* The choice of meat is an inside joke, because I know somebody who has a pet alligator… whose name coincidentally is Kenny)

Guy to Fuego: “Want some rye? ‘Course ya do.” (Reference to the Return To Zork video game. That guy was stinkin’ drunk.)

Cat appears in Kenny’s room when he least expects it. Maybe on Flatty? (Oh, right, LOL! I never said what Kenny named that robot! You can call it Flatty.)

Cat hops on toilet as Kenny’s about to use it.

Holographic walls are revealed. The cat got in via a hole in the physical wall.

May

May Kitso is introduced as Death’s friend.

Aye-aye is shown on bridge saying, “Aye-aye!” (bonus points to those who were able to identify that creature as an aye-aye)

Ms. Kitso is shown on bridge. Eventually cap’n says “May Kitso!”, and someone asks, “Make what so?” (This was tricky to translate to Spanish. I don’t like “Hág Alo” because it looks like you’re calling her a hag, but “Hágalo” is what Captain Picard says in the Spanish Star Trek. I plan on setting a no-translate policy on her and MAYBE Death’s names for Ferrets Vs Lemmings. Sure, a name change could confuse some who read the Spanish version, but the pun only works well in English. Plus I’m opening the new comic to volunteer translators for other languages and I want non-Trekkies to be able to do that. I’m also implementing a no-translate policy on Fuego Hare’s name. In Spanish, his name was Fuego Hare. Oh wait, I guess that policy was already in place, silly me.)

Kenny graduates this year at the end of May. Mom will urge him to move out on his own. There will be discussions between various characters(Rufus should be one) about what they and Kenny are going to do with their lives. Kenny might stay with the pizza place, although the next comic will shed light on why this could be annoying.(edit: OR maybe just the last panel)(all parenthesis’d comments in this paragraph were in the original file)

Comic with customer trying to figure out the pizza place’s “complicated” options. Why does the 3-meat pizza cost more than the cheese pizza? It’s the same amount of pizza! “Do you want to upsize your drink to a large?” “For more money?!” (Inspired by an actual customer, idea never used)

Kenny asks customer what he can get for them. The customer says they’d like a pizza. What kind? Customer looks at menu again and “um”s some more. (Another idea that wasn’t used, and was inspired by an actual customer or two or hundred. And no, I never worked at a pizza place, I work at some other kind of restaurant, but I didn’t want Kenny to work at the same place as me.)

There’s a small conference on how to spend less money. The last tip given is to bitch & moan until the store gives you a discount. Okay, now let’s go eat. Last panel is them showing up all together in front of Kenny. (I loved this idea, which as you guessed is also inspired by actual customers from multiple jobs, but the point of Kenny having a sucky job only needed one comic and I wanted to move the story along. I might still use this idea, but I’ll leave it here anyway.)

Kenny graduates. He runs naked up to get his diploma. Person handing them just rolls their eyes and says, “of course”.

June

Kenny will rudely interrupt a discussion between Guy and Aber, not knowing that it was a business meeting.

Kenny has some other run-in with dodgeballs.

Guy will have his last problems with ship security before deciding to continue his search.

Now might be a good spot for Kenny to walk into a war zone in his and Patrick’s bedroom(Patrick is playing with holographic soldier toys)(That idea never went anywhere)

Kenny’s listening to the radio. The lyric “Baaaaaaabyyyyy…” plays(“erg, tired of that song”), he switches the station. The lyric “Baaaaaaabyyyyy…” plays, he switches the station again. “We’re gonna play a song you haven’t heard in several years” “Oh good-” “Baaaaaaabyyyyy…” RAAAAAGH!

Kenny tells Patrick that Death thinks his butt is hot. Patrick agrees, which makes Kenny say that’s kinda weird, but Patrick is turning on the stove that Kenny is sitting on.

(This is when I started planning out the days SPECIFICALLY. Time was running out for the plot, so I had to increase the planning level so everything fits in nicely. This calendar method didn’t stay to the end, but it helped. It also got changed after the fact anyway, but at least I knew where things were going.)

2: Graduation

6: Kenny sees Aber

9: Guy was making business contract

13: Aftertalk & goodbye

16: Kenny deals with loss by listening to the radio

20:Patrick says that Kenny’s butt is hot. Title this comic “Brotherly Love” (I titled it “Not Creepy”)

23:Enhance!

27: Handblock

30: Mugger comes out of wall. Death disables him, May runs away, Kenny likes May’s tactics.

July

Another attack on Death and Kenny, Death fends them off with something. Maybe the “She’s holding something. That can’t be used as a weapon, can it?” idea. (This idea was going to end with “Oh my god! You killed Lenny!”, but I only needed one attack and preferred the next idea)

Death was talking about how they agreed that-”SHE agreed that-” “That wall looks kinda weird”*handblock!* Death pulls a mugger out of the wall.

“Hey, Death! Look! I can make ordinary objects into weapons too!” *slings pizza cutter around*
“Care to test it against my ___?” Kenny hesitates, then backs down. (weapon might be a banana peel)(And it WAS!)

Death is getting more controlling, and this is where the “Here, Kenny Kenny Kenny” comic shows up. (Yeah, I reference ideas from other idea files sometimes. This file was only meant to be understood by me anyway.)

Kenny and Death walk in front of a dance club. Kenny wants to go in, Death doesn’t. “…But they’re putting giraffes up in the air!” “We’re shopping for shirts for you and that’s final. I’m tired of not being able to wear my boyfriend’s shirt because he doesn’t have any. (Idea split up and redistributed)

(added late)Another guy with a bell sees Kenny & his bell. Feels his pain.

1st panel: “We’re buying you some shirts.” “But I don’t wear shirts!” “Oh, silly foxy. The shirt is so I can wear my boyfriend’s shirt!” (still deciding how I want this/these comics to go)(Oh btw, some parenthesis statements were originally in the file before posted to this website, like that one. Notes such as these have a new note added after them.)

Kenny talks to Fuego about Death getting more controlling. They could be outside under something as it’s raining hard, with the sound effect “pitter patter” going on as foreshadowing. (oh crap, I forgot to read this note before doing that comic) (Yes, that note was in my file. I accidentally set the comic at those seats along the curvy wall. If I had read this file before drawing that, it would have been set outside. Still, I like how Fuego responded with “Where’d YOU come from?” as soon as Kenny talks.)

Kenny decides to break up with Death, even wears a cup, but as he’s about to tell her, she reveals happily that she’s pregnant! Let’s get married! She also feels the hard bulge in his pants. Maybe. (Yeah, I decided that her noticing the cup would distract from the gravity of the situation, especially if she thinks it’s him being aroused, not noticing that it’s actually as hard as plastic)

How did this happen? You kno- yeah yeah. But we used the best birth control products! There’s only one birth control method that’s 100% effective. Abstinence. “heh, we certainly didn’t try that!”

4: I can turn random things into weapons too!(remember bells)

7: Death is chewing on Kenny’s ear. Kenny says ouch! Death gives puppy dog look.

11: Heeere, Kenny Kenny Kenny!(remember… well, bells are integral to this one anyway)

14: Death dragging Kenny around to stores. Final panel he’s on a leash & choking.(remember bells)

18: Kenny gets prepared to break up(remember bell)

21:Break up fail. PREGNANT!(he might be holding his bell)

25:How did this happen? You know how.(remember bells)

28:Fuego almost talks to Death(remember fire eyes)

(Yeah, since the bell is a sign of her control over him, it was crucial that they had the bells this month. Other times I forgot his bell, I could wave it off as him either forgetting the bell or Death not being around to force him to wear it, but not this month.)

August

Fuego almost talks to Death. Wonders why she’s smiling, decides against talking to her. He should try to plank in the first panel. Might fall off when he sees Death. (I decided against planking in this comic, but at least I included it in “Tanked And Planked”)

Kenny and Fuego are currently acting like the other used to act. Fuego is hyped up, Kenny is more subdued. (This idea never went forward. Their personalities aren’t different enough for this to even be noticeable.)

Death has Kenny on a leash.

Kenny finds out that Death was born without a left arm. Worries it’s genetic. (NEVER BECAME CANON, still up in the air how she has no left arm. This idea was originally before him finding out she’s pregnant, but it would make him look like a jerk if he wanted to break up with her because of her disability. Afterward, it’s useless filler that doesn’t need to be there.)

Mom urges Kenny to move out. He’s 18 and engaged! Home search ensues. Realizes how expensive it is to rent. Stressed out. (might have a Screaming Hairy Armadillo poster on his wall)(That’s an actual species name, btw. I decided to instead have Kenny talking to Death outside, and the poster would just be too distracting. I hope to include the poster somewhere in Ferrets Vs Lemmings.)

Kenny tries a new soft rock station to relax. It’s working, then after he’s relaxed, suddenly a loud commercial comes on. In this one or next, cat might be licking Kenny’s fur. (I came up with the dream sequence on short notice and through the cat in that way instead. Right at the “laser pointer”.)

Kenny’s alarm clock keeps going off, but Kenny keeps smacking the snooze button. Eventually Patrick starts imitating the alarm clock, and he gets smacked.

Eventually Kenny realizes he’s late for work! He rushes off after hitting snooze one more time. Later, the alarm clock cock-a-doodle-does one more time and somebody outside comments about him keeping live food in there.

Kenny is fired for being late too many times! Can’t get free pizza anymore. Wait, he can get free pizza? “Not anymore!” D’oh!

September

Death has them go to Ook Island, her childhood home, to search for a home. She doesn’t know anybody there, and there’s no time to check online for home listings. They take Flatty with them to carry stuff. Maybe just Death’s stuff. (…and then I decided that the entire island would have no power, instead of just small parts of it, and thus Flatty the robot wouldn’t have had any screentime anyway, so it was cut. The reasoning for not calling anybody was cut, too, because I instead decided to just put it in front of their faces and not have them consider moving there yet.)

“I don’t have any Boat Rent credits. What’s your account look like, Kenny?” “It’s over 900″ “Over 900?” “Yeah, feel like keeping it a full year?”(worked fine without that last sentence, and I didn’t think Kenny would actually suggest keeping it for a full year.)

They find that it’s abandoned. “Well! I guess that means it’s ours now!” says Kenny.

Kenny is amazed at how smooth the sand is. Death says it’s just a fake sand mat as Kenny puts his foot down on it hard and just gets a thud. Not sure when I want to do the joke about the dirt roads. (They didn’t even go across the fake sand. I started to do a comic where they did, but I decided against it after it was already sketched. They never went across the sand in-comic and I doubt they did out-of-comic before Kenny’s concussion. The joke referenced has Kenny noticing the dirt roads on the island[I decided against putting dirt roads on the island, especially since I cut this joke] and mentioning that there’s a country song lamenting how there are no dirt roads in the ocean, and that the guy would LOVE this island. Death then says that the dirt is fake as Kenny tries to kick up some dust.)

Some store in the background is named “Tower of terra” & sells terra cotta pots. Also; “Scuffy” garbage bin, Aardvark Asylum, Mek’s Lumberyard. (Um, yeah, they did less exploring than I planned. I needed to focus on the story and not on modeling more stuff. “Scuffy” is an in-joke. Somebody had spray painted “Scuffy” on a recycle bin that a friend saw and I want to use that idea. Be on the lookout for “Scuffy” brand garbage bins. As for Aardvark Asylum, asylums are no longer used because they were too cruel, so an asylum is just out of place in the future. I may still make a business NAMED Aardvark Asylum, though. Maybe the arcade or an aardvark supply store.)

Kenny comes across a speed detector that says he’s standing at 38 MPH. He kicks(or resets) it & fixes it. (hmm, upon research, that actually IS a common sprinting speed for wolves!)(note was added prior to that comic)

idea added oct 5: speed detector is for docks to tell people if they’re bringing their boats in too fast. It fell over, which allows Kenny to set it up facing them. This also allows it to get power from their boat. Number is in knots. Other detectors had fallen into ocean over time. Speed limit is 10 knots, which would be rather fast today, but I’m sure boats will have better control. Okay, maybe 5. It is a parking area with possible hazards in the water, after all, like fallen folks. (In the written ideas, Kenny comes across the speed detector in passing & kicks it to reset it. This was to be setup for the NEXT time he comes around to it, kicks it, but it goes up in speed instead as a wolf jumps at him. Instead, I decided to just have one experience with the speed detector, especially since until October 5th, after they arrived at the dock, I wasn’t sure where the speed detector would be.)

As they’re investigating, Death calls her mom. Mom says to get out of there.(Nope, change of story)

Mom tells the story of Ook Island.(Yeah, right. No loving mother would go into a long story when their lemming daughter might have a hungry wolf behind her. Good thing the story led them into a room with the story written out for them.)(Note added sometime around the comic where the story was told by the paper)

Cats might be 3D. Have a bunch of cats in a bathroom staring at a female monkey taking a bath. Might be able to get away with all black cats, so I can use the same model. They are inspired by our outside cats, after all. Adds some shadowy-ness, too.(Needed to move the story along faster, only needed one comic to show the cats.)

October

Wolves

Kenny comes across the speed detector that says he’s standing at 13 MPH. He kicks it & it goes up to 31. It’s actually measuring the wolf coming at him. The civilian port might be the best place for this, as well as Hertz Donut. (nope, changed it to be close to their boat)(Also I moved “Hertz Donut” to be written on a container next to Kenny’s dodgeball incident, since I had a zoom-in here but a zoom-out there.

Hertz Donut is a store in the background as Kenny is attacked by wolf or wolf is attacked by Death.(nope, it’s a company whose containers are on Guy’s ship)

Death might defeat the wolf with a thrown rock. Trombone! From the performance hall next to them. Google “dangerous-looking instrument” to see if you can improve that.(…and then I realized at the last minute that Death was holding a big bag of solid gold coins from the island’s treasury, otherwise the trombone would have been PERFECT!)

Kenny eats wolf for dinner.

They hide in the government building, since it’s close. There, they discover the governmental vault. They’ve already found out that the place was abandoned 10 years ago & the officials that stayed were eaten by wolves, so that money is free to scavengers.(Wow, the last story arc of the series got changed quite a bit as I was planning it! Their trip got re-routed, they already found the vault.)

Death and Guy fight on Ook Island. He might call her “Veggieburger”.

Death tells Guy that there are wolves. Guy doesn’t believe her. He hears a scream in the background & exclaims, “Wilhelm?!”

Guy orders his security ferrets to kill that wolf.

Death might throw a loose buckle from her life vest at Guy’s eye. (She wound up tearing Kenny’s collar off accidentally, and throws that instead. It’s not very clear what that blue thing is, actually, since you can’t see it well in the comic before.)

Kenny is nearly killed by falling dodgeballs. (emphasis stayed from the beginning)

November

Death wants to rush Kenny to the medical ward on their ship, but Guy offers his team of doctors from his ships.

Death and Guy begrudgingly make up for the sake of Kenny.

Kenny and Death discuss child names. What’s a good name for a prince or princess? If it’s a girl, Death suggests “Buttercup”(princess from Princess Bride). If a boy, Kenny suggests Kenny Jr. Death suggests he stop being so full of himself. “I’m only thinking of the best interests of our child, and we can’t call it anything less than awesome.” (They had this conversation off-comic. I simply didn’t have time to fit this conversation in.)

There’s a bass-balalaika at Kenny & Death’s wedding. (It’s a large stringed instrument. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any close-ups in the wedding comic that would show such a large instrument clearly. I instead went with a slow zoom-out from the beach. I’ll try to put a bass-balalaika in another comic.)

Kenny and Death get married, with vows being the lyrics to Never Gonna Give You Up.

“I now pronounce you, husband and wife. You may kiss the bride.” THE END (panning out on scene)

December

Bonus features! Reveal original ending & why I decided against it. Show this file.(check)

Reveal the gender of the baby? If comic time is real-time, they wouldn’t know until December.(Um, not sure when I want to reveal her gender. I might wait until she actually shows up in- Oh wait… damnit.)

Does anybody have questions?(that’s part of the listing of things to post this month, but if anybody has questions right now, that would be fine, too.)


And there you have it. The entire behind-the-scenes notes from March(labelled as April) to the end. It’s good to be able to reveal what I originally planned for these. I still deleted a few things that are likely to be used at a later time, like Aber and Lulz showing up once more. They had a scene that simply didn’t fit anywhere, and really, it’ll work better in Ferrets Vs Lemmings.

This looked like it would just be copy and paste, but there were several hours of editing and commenting. I may be a day late with this bonus feature, but I’m glad it’s finally up.




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