May 17th, 2009, 3:00 pm
Joel Maxwell: Video game aficionado. Guitar player for garage band Westworld. Follows the movie and TV scene with great enthusiasm.
Michelle Hsien: Joel's girlfriend. Comes from a family rich in Singaporean culture. Devoted computer science student. Loves Joel more than anything.
Aaron West: Joel's best friend. Star athlete around school; divides time between baseball and basketball teams. Also founder and lead singer of Westworld.
Steve Nelson: Aaron's friend. Drummer for Westworld. Quiet, contemplative, and possesses an encyclopedic knowledge of comic book culture.
Jocelyn Stafford: Steve's girlfriend. Bass guitarist for Westworld. Heavily pierced, and just as heavy into alternative culture. One of the so-called "tough girls".
Katy Maxwell: Joel's younger sister. Has terrible taste in music, movies, and TV, but doesn't know it. Can't survive without her cell phone.
Ashleigh Mello: Katy's best friend. Overaccessorized fashion nut. Once this girl starts talking, it's almost impossible to shut her up.
Abby Morgenstein: Nerdy freshman with an unrequited crush on Joel. Completely out of the loop in regards to all mainstream culture. Gets picked on constantly, usually by Jocelyn.
Tina Maxwell: Joel and Katy's mother. Elementary school teacher. Devoted censor of her family's sources of entertainment.
William Maxwell: Joel and Katy's father. Insurance company drone. Believes whatever the newspapers tell him. Hasn't missed a single Minnesota Twins game in 20 years.
Anyone who follows me on DeviantArt (and if you don't, feel free to start) will notice that "Forever 16" was originally called "Maxwell Silver Hammer". The name change was a result of my gradual decision to shift the focus away from the Maxwell family and onto the clique of teenage characters. It seems that entertaining teenagers are in short supply in the comic and cartoon world - hopefully, I can do my part to improve upon that situation.