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Raya was the drummer of The Stingers and is now the drummer for the Holograms as of Issue 23.

Cartoon Incarnation

Cartoon Raya
Raya first appeared in the episode The Talent Search (Part 1) in 1987. She was voiced by Linda Dangcil. She was the daughter of a immigrants who came to the United States from Mexico. Her family ran a plant nursery specialising in exotic plants. Raya's father, in particular, was extremely encouraging and supportive of her. She was a gentle, kind-hearted girl. Raya played drums from a young age. When Shana left The Holograms to pursue a fashion career, the band staged a talent contest to find a new drummer, which Raya entered. Her closest competitor was Craig, but she beat him in a drum duel, and was accepted into The Holograms. When Shana returned, Raya stayed on drums, with Shana playing bass guitar instead.

Raya was the only character outside of The Holograms, apart from the President of the United States, who learned about Synergy, after seeing Jerrica transform accidentally. Her loyalty in keeping Jerrica's secret, despite pressure from the media and Eric Raymond, was a huge part of why The Holograms so readily accepted her.

Redesign

Although Jetta and Raya were introduced in the cartoon at the same time, creators Campbell and Thompson wanted to avoid repeating the stories of the cartoon verbatim. Jetta was added to the comic from it's inception, because her backstory of joining the band was not as essential, but Raya's involvement with The Holograms, in particular her knowing Jerrica's secret, meant they wanted to introduce Raya when the plot had more room to do it justice. [2] In Issue 16 she was revealed to be a part of the European band, The Stingers now with blonde hair instead of pink hair.

Artist Campbell has stated that, when drawing Raya, she visualises her as being of Indigenous Mexican ethnicity. [3]

Trivia

According to her official IDW Profile, Raya loves her brothers, Greece, archery, milkshakes, authentic Mexican food, coffee, young adult novels, horror movies, carnivals, dogs, the ocean, loyalty, and flying. She hates her brothers, drama, fake people, and long car trips. Her prized possession is a custom hand-made bow & arrows.

Her love of Greece comes from her cartoon counterpart's affection for very romantic cities and places, and love of archery and prized possession comes from the episode Renaissance Woman where Raya is shown to be a proficient archer.

References

  1. Kelly Thompson on Tumblr
  2. The Advocate: Campbell and Thompson interview
  3. Sophie Campbell on Tumblr: IDW Jem Ethnicities

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

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