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Jem and The Holograms is an ongoing comic published by IDW Publishing. It debuted on March 25, 2015. It is a 21st century reboot of the 1980s Jem and The Holograms cartoon. The comic reimagines the cast and setting of the cartoon to reflect modern fashion trends and is intended to be more reflective of the issues young adults face in the present day. [1] It will end its run sometime in April, 2017. [2]

Publication History

Jem and The Holograms was announced on December 2, 2014 as the latest comic collaboration between IDW Publishing and Hasbro. The creative team behind the comic were writer Kelly Thompson, artist Sophie Campbell and editor John Barber. The title launched on March 25, 2015.

John Barber, at the time senior editor of IDW and head of their Hasbro licenses, stated that when he first came to work at IDW, "Getting a Jem and the Holograms comic going was a top priority for me[1]." Thompson - who was already in discussion with IDW about other projects - was put forward as someone who might be interesting for the comic. When approached, she knew that she wanted Campbell - who was at the time working on IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - involved in co-creating the pitch[1]. Barber had already seen Campbell's Jem fan art redesigns from 2011 [3] and knew of her work[4]. Thompson and Campbell's basic pitch was "Classic Jem stories brought into the 21st century[5]" and they were passionate about giving the cast a diversity that wasn't possible with the constraints of 1980s animation and social attitudes. Some of the changes, such as Jetta being updated to be a black character, were reflections of Christy Marx's original vision [6] or referenced in the cartoon's canon, while others were their own stylistic choices, with an aim of making the cast more reflective of the modern world.

As of January 25th, 2017, the comic currently includes 23 issues over 5 main story arcs, Showtime, Viral, Dark Jem, Ch-Ch-Changes, and Enter The Stingers. In addition to the core series storyline, there have been a number of one-shots and tie-ins. These comprise of a Holiday Special, a Valentines Special, and Jem and The Holograms Outrageous Annual 1.

The Misfits

On 23rd July 2016, it was announced at the IDW Publishing panel at San Diego Comic Con 2016 that IDW Publishing is producing a spin-off comic series within the Jem reboot universe. The comic will focus on The Misfits as the main characters, instead of Jem and The Holograms[7]. It will be written by Kelly Thompson, and illustrated by Jenn St-Onge (interiors) & M. Victoria Robado (covers). For more information, see: The Misfits (comic).

First Arc

  • For the full list of Issues, see the Issues page.

Characters

  • For the full list of characters, see the Characters page.

Jem and The Holograms

Main Button Jem Main Button Kimber Main Button Shana Main Button Aja Main Button Synergy
Jem Kimber Benton Shana Elmsford Aja Leith Synergy

The Misfits

Main Button Pizzazz Main Button Stormer Main Button Roxy Main Button Jetta Main Button Blaze
Pizzazz Stormer Roxy Jetta Blaze

The Stingers

Riot Icon 2 Rapture Icon 2 Minx Icon 2 Raya Icon 2
Riot Rapture Minx Raya

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 | It’s Showtime (Synergy) At IDW Publishing
  2. IDW’s Jem and the Holograms Takes a Bow in April, But an Encore is Planned (January 25th, 2017)
  3. ‘Jem’ Fans Take On Campbell’s Truly Outrageous Redesigns
  4. | womenwriteaboutcomics.com interview: Jem’s Sophie Campbell Talks Diversity and Revamping Jem for the 21st Century
  5. | Westfield Comics Blog : Interview: Kelly Thompson of IDW's Jem and the Holograms
  6. | io9: Exclusive Jem & The Holograms Cover Reveal
  7. Bleeding Cool: The Misfits Get A Spinoff Comic (July 22, 2016)

JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS
Comic AboutCreative TeamCollected EditionsEaster EggsRedesignsUnused Content
Universe SongsLocationsHomes
Issues Jem 1234567891011121314151617181920212223242526
HOLIDAYVALENTINESANNUAL 1ANNUAL 2
Misfits 12345
Infinite Holograms: 135
Misfits: 246
Characters Holograms JerricaKimberShanaAjaRayaSynergy
Misfits PizzazzStormerRoxyJettaBlaze
Stingers RiotRaptureMinx
Other ClashCraigEliseEmmettEricThe FoxGretaJacquiLin-ZMadmartiganMs BaileyRioSilicaTechratThe Starlight GirlsTonyRegine CesaireMr. Alonso

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