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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

*What are you going to do now that EJ is over?
*What's your update schedule?
What are all those abbreviations??? I'm confused!
How did Evil Jim start?
Why isn't EJ funny anymore?
Why did you end EJ?
Will there be an EJ book collecting strips from the internet?

CHARACTER-SPECIFIC:
Who is EP?
Who are CC and LBSJ?
*Did you create CC?
I'm offended by your use of LBSJ.
Who is [insert character]?
Why are most characters never given a proper introduction?
Is Betsy/Pat/Eric like that in real life?
It's confusing that there are two guys named Jim in the strip.
*I want to see more of [insert character].
*Can I be in EJ?

CONTINUITY:
*What is the 400 Series?
How did everyone's clothes change between "War with the World" part III and part IV?

REFERENCES:
I don't understand some of the references.
What are Buyrite Games and RightStuf International, and why did you attack them?
*What is Utena?


What are you going to do now that EJ is over?
Relax. Sleep. Enjoy life. There may be an occasional 400 Series strip, but Evil Jim as a regular series has officially ended and you won't see anything much like it again. I'm moving on to other projects. If you're interested in those projects, I suggest you check out the main site.

What is your update schedule?
Evil Jim has ended, and therefore strips are no longer being updated.

What are all those abbreviations??? I'm confused!

EJ = Evil Jim
EP = Evil Penguin
CC = Crimson Christian
LBSJ = Little Blue Super Jew
IC = Ithaca College, the school EJ attends.
ASIC = Anime Society of Ithaca College
DBZ = Dragonball Z, the stupid anime I used to watch. Betsy likes it too.
STTNG = Star Trek: The Next Generation
MST3K = Mystery Science Theater 3000
DDR = the arcade game Dance Dance Revolution, where  you use your feet instead of your hands
DDE = Dance Dance Evilution, my own version of DDR
*WoMD = Weapon(s) of Mass Destruction. I coined the abbreviation, oblivious that the official government abbv. omits the "o." I like to pronounce it as a word. It sounds less evil that way.
UR = Unfamiliar Reflection, a 12-issue series I made between Jan 2001 and Mar 2004. The production of the final issue is what caused production delays in Evil Jim during October, November, and December of 2003.
727 = Seven to Seven, a 12-issue series I've been working on since mid-2002.
SG = Shattered Genesis, Matt Williams' comic book with original characters, and featuring cameos of CC and LBSJ.
EJ### = This is the code given to each strip. EJ010, for example, is strip number 10.

How did Evil Jim start?

EJ started in September 2002. The original idea was an off-hand comment in a chat conversation I had with a friend, Pat Webster, who is my lackey in Year One. The transcript is available for everybody to read. The first strip was a gag on hyperventilation and how evil geniuses always seem to laugh to much. After the first strip I figured it was high time I tried a 100%-humorous comic, and the resulting series ensued.

Why isn't EJ funny anymore?

Because I'm an idiot. Really. After the first fifty or so strips I decided to shake things up and turn things serious. While EJ is still funny at times, it's become more of a personal exposé, an outlet for me to work out certain complexes I have. Due to this and other things, EJ might not make sense sometimes.

Why did you end EJ?

Because I just couldn't do it anymore. It took a lot of time, and I was constantly burning myself out. I almost stopped after EJ100, but my friends pressured me to continue for another year.

Will there be an EJ book collecting strips from the internet?

Probably never. This April 2, 2004 release should explain everything.

Who is EP?

Pat Webster came up with the name Evil Penguin many years ago as the name of his future graphics/comic company. After Evil Jim began in September 2002, he joined in with his own webcomic, Evil Penguin, with an evil penguin as the main character. During the next year and a half, I tried to work in EP's continuity with EJ. This is why Pat dies for good in EJ102, and EP [the character] causes End of Evil. EP [the strip] is the official continuation of the EJ story, even if EJ is barely in it at all.

Who are CC and LBSJ?

Dave Pratt created the Little Blue Super Jew for a local wrestling federation. Matt Williams made the Crimson Christian in retaliation. Now the two wrestlers are good friends and are members of their own tag-team, the Religious Radicalz. I put them in my strip because they're creations of my friends, and they're really fun to write.

Did you create CC?

Okay, there still appears to be confusion on this topic.
I DID NOT CREATE THE CRIMSON CHRISTIAN.
MATT WILLIAMS DID.
Stop telling people that I created him. I only got permission to use him in Evil Jim. YES, I went and made my own version of the character as I interpereted him, but I did so with Matt's approval and he eventually helped me shape him into a character closer to Matt's original idea. That's the story. The end.

I'm offended by your use of LBSJ.

I'm sorry to have offended you. The use of LBSJ in EJ was never supposed to be seen as an attack on the Jewish religion. Although I am not Jewish, I've been trying to write the character as truly as his creator, Dave Pratt, would write him. For a time, I tried to mask his Jewish heritage by using only the abbreviation and never his full name. However, I eventually realized there was no way I could do the character justice by hiding his religious orientation. LBSJ and CC are used for good, semi-clean fun and I hope everyone gets a few laughs out of watching these guys behave, what with their crazy soliloquies and contradictory threats.

Who is [insert character]?

All you need to know about them is found in the Characters section.

Why are most characters never given a proper introduction?

EJ was originally a strip made exclusively for a pocket of friends. As I've made more friends, that pocket has grown. And because many newer readers do not know some of the characters personally, it's difficult to understand them. Originally, I didn't see the need for introductions because we all knew each other. Now, that is not the case. And due to the fact that I'm making these up as I go along, not knowing what next week's strips are going to be about, the story structure has never been solid. People are introduced and just as quickly dropped for long periods of time (Alex, Brian, CC/Matt). That's just how it happens.

Is Betsy/Pat/Eric like that in real life?

While originally the characters were based 100% off their real-life personalities, I've taken Betsy's character and turned her into a closet evil mastermind. But in reality she's really sweet and a good friend. Pat has never died once in real life, and I hope he doesn't really have a revenge scheme cooked up for me. Eric is pretty much on-character, except for this one strip in the DDR arc that I'm still a little uncomfortable about, but Eric and Jim D. ok'ed it, so there it is. He's not really flaming like that.

It's confusing that there are two guys named Jim in the strip.

I'm sorry our parents named us the same, but what can you do? In real life we're distinguished by Jim Classic (Jim D, president of the Anime Society of Ithaca College), and Diet Jim (me). In EJ, he is either called "other Jim" or "Jim D," and I'm trying to work in the "Jim Classic" nickname.

I want to see more of [insert character].

One flaw with doing a comic with tons of friends in it is, not everyone gets to have equal time in the spotlight. The DDE arc was made to give tons of attention to my friends at ASIC, but with all the goings-on and my obligation to bring Matt into the fray (because he introduced me to DDR in the first place), and my later decision to tie it into Halloween and introduce the shadow later known as Evil Penguin, and...yeah, I screwed it up. End of Evil attempted to bring back everybody for one last time.

Can I be in EJ?

Unfortunately, no. Evil Jim has ended and no new strips are being made.

What is the 400 Series?

These strips are sprinkled into the archives and not listed in the story arc section, making them hard to find unless you know their exact dates. 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, and 425 are the exact numbers of this series. These are, mostly, side-strips made just for the hell of it. 420 was written by my ex-roomie Jon, made while he was high on April 20th, which happened to be Easter that year. (Hence the number of the comic. Subsequent "off-track" strips were given designations following this one.) 421 was made for Pat's 21st birthday, and 422 was made as an April Fools' gag. These strips can either take place in continuity, but as a side-story that doesn't fit with a current running plot (423), based on continuity but never really occured during its storyline (422, 424), or just doesn't fit into continuity at all, anywhere. (420, 425, and 421--the latter of which couldn't possibly have happened because Pat's last clone died when he was 20...and considering it was a clone you can pretty much throw age out the window altogether.) Confused much? Try reading the artists' commentary below each of these strips for more insight.

How did everyone's clothes change between "War with the World" part III and part IV?

It was purely a stylistic choice to change the costumes. For Year Two I fiddled with the character designs primarily out of boredom. However, the wardrobe changes aren't noticed by the characters themselves. (You see EJ beaming out of Jerusalem in his old black V-neck tee in 100 and in 103--seconds later--he beams into his lair with a slightly-decorated version of that shirt.) CC's costume was changed the most, primarily because I had been drawing that model for two years and just got tired of it. However, I didn't like THAT design, either, and so it changes again for End of Evil. I wanted EJ to have a slightly more unique shirt, and something with a militaristic accent to it, so there's the spiky shoulder shapes and such. Alex's hair grew out over the summer hiatus, so I changed his character to reflect that. But none of the changes are noticed by the characters, and if we ever do flashback sequences to Year One, the characters will have their Year Two designs. It's similar to the stylistic changes between Batman: The Animated Series and The New Batman Adventures; Everything looks different, but nobody notices.

I don't understand some of the references.

While doing my best to make the comic funny, I don't always use jokes people everywhere will laugh at.  I've made jokes/comments/references to shows including West Wing, 24, MST3K,  Star Trek, and lots of animé. Naturally, I don't expect everybody to get every joke. But if you do, that's awesome!

What are Buyrite Games and RightStuf International, and why did you attack them?

Pat has had many problems ordering from Buyrite, and at the time I blew up RightStuf I was mad at them for delaying the release of one of my favorite animé, His and Her Circumstances. Sometimes it's good to let out aggression towards others by destroying them in the comic, such as the incident with the Paramount executive.

What is Utena?

Revolutionary Girl Utena is a Japanese animé where a girl comes to a private high school and gets wrapped up in a plot involving a power to "revolutionize the world." She constantly battles the Student Council, which has been receiving orders from an organization known only as "End of the World." The winner of the Rose Deuls, fought in a secret garden at sunset, will be granted the ability to control this revolutionizing power. The series is even more crazy than it sounds, and its episodes are heavily laced with symbolism, lust, and incest. Elements of Utena were incorporated into Parts II and III of "End of Evil," because I felt it would be the best forum in which to explore Evil Jim's dealings with the animé club executive board-turned-Student Council. Things quickly got out of hand, but it ended in a very satisfying way. (To me as a writer, at least.) The special twists are that "End of the World" isn't at all what you see in the Utena series, but most of the catch phrases and situations from the series can still be applied to this new twist in a way like something out of a Kubrick film.

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