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Jem and The Holograms
IDW Comics Issue 1 - cover A
Cover of Jem and The Holograms, Issue 1
Publishing Information
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Publication date: March 25th, 2015
Number of issues: 25 (plus 3 specials)
First Issue: Jem and The Holograms, Issue 1
Creative Team
Created by: Kelly Thompson
Sophie Campbell
Writer(s): Kelly Thompson
Artist(s): Sophie Campbell (#1-6, #11-13)
Emma Vieceli (#7-9)
Corin Howell (#10)

Jem and The Holograms is an ongoing comic published by IDW Publishing. It debuted on March 25th, 2015. It is a 21st century reboot of the Jem 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]

Publication history

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

IDW Senior Editor John Barber 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[2] and knew of her work.[3] Thompson and Campbell's basic pitch was "Classic Jem stories brought into the 21st century",[4] 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[5] or referenced in the cartoon's canon, while others were their own stylistic choices. Also, unlike the '80s cartoon, in one of the last issues Jerrica will finally reveal her secret to Rio.

As of March 30th, 2016, the comic currently includes 13 issues over 3 main story arcs, Showtime, Viral and Dark Jem. 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 Valentine Special, and Jem and The Holograms Outrageous Annual 1.

Character bios

Issues

Showtime

Cover Title Release Date Art Continuity
IDW Comics Issue 1 - cover A Jem and The Holograms, Issue 1 March 25th, 2014 Sophie Campbell Showtime Part 1/6
IDW Comics Issue 2 - cover A Jem and The Holograms, Issue 2 April 27th, 2015 Sophie Campbell Showtime Part 2/6
IDW Comics Issue 3 - cover A Jem and The Holograms, Issue 3 May 20th, 2015 Sophie Campbell Showtime Part 3/6
IDW Comics Issue 4 - cover A Jem and The Holograms, Issue 4 June 24th, 2015 Sophie Campbell Showtime Part 4/6
IDW Comics Issue 5 - cover A Jem and The Holograms, Issue 5 July 29th, 2015 Sophie Campbell Showtime Part 5/6
Jem and The Holograms (comics) - Issue 6 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 6 September 2nd, 2015 Sophie Campbell Showtime Part 6/6

Viral

Cover Title Release Date Art Continuity
Jem and The Holograms (comics) - Issue 7 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 7 September 16th, 2015 Emma Vieceli Viral Part 1/3
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 08 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 8 October 14th, 2015 Emma Vieceli Viral Part 2/3
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 09 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 9 November 18th, 2015 Emma Vieceli Viral Part 3/3

Rio Pacheco, Boy Reporter

Cover Title Release Date Art Continuity
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 10 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 10 November 18th, 2015 Corin Howell Rio Pacheco, Boy Reporter

Dark Jem

Cover Title Release Date Art Continuity
IDW Comics Issue 11 - cover A Jem and The Holograms, Issue 11 January 27th, 2016 Sophie Campbell Dark Jem 1/6
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 12 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 12 January 27th, 2016 Sophie Campbell Dark Jem 2/6
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 13 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 13 March 20th, 2016 Sophie Campbell Dark Jem 3/6
IDW Comics Issue 14- cover A Jem and The Holograms, Issue 14 April 20th, 2016 Sophie Campbell Dark Jem 4/6
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 15 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 15 May 18th, 2016 Sophie Campbell Dark Jem 5/6
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 16 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 16 June 29th, 2016 Sophie Campbell Dark Jem 6/6

Ch-ch-changes

Cover Title Release Date Art Continuity
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 17 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 17 July 20, 2016 Sophie Campbell Ch-ch-changes (Part One)
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 18 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 18 August 24, 2016 Jen Bartel Ch-ch-changes (Part Two)

Enter The Stingers

Cover Title Release Date Art Continuity
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 19 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 19 September 7th, 2016 Meredith McClaren Enter The Stingers
(Part 1)
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 20 - 01 Jem and the Holograms, Issue 20 October 19th, 2016 Meredith McClaren Enter The Stingers
(Part 2)
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 21 - 01 Jem and the Holograms, Issue 21 November 16th, 2016 Meredith McClaren Enter The Stingers
(Part 3)
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 22 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 22 January 4th, 2017 Meredith McClaren Enter The Stingers
(Part 4)
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 23 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 23 January 25th, 2017 Meredith McClaren Enter The Stingers
(Part 5)

Truly Outrageous

Cover Title Release Date Art Continuity
0150604057-full Jem and The Holograms, Issue 24 February 8th, 2017 Sophie Campbell Truly Outrageous
(Part 1)
Jem and The Holograms, Issue 25 - 01 Jem and The Holograms, Issue 25 March 18th, 2017 Sophie Campbell Truly Outrageous
(Part 2)

Specials

Cover Title Release Date Art
Jem-Ann2015-pr-1-0d6ca Jem and The Holograms Outrageous Annual 1 September 30th, 2015 Amy Mebberson, Arielle Jovellanos, Rebekah Isaacs, Jen Bartel, Agnes Garbowska, Sophie Campbell
IDW Comics Holiday Special- cover A Jem and The Holograms Holiday Special December 16th, 2015 Amy Mebberson
Jem Valentines Special - Cover A Jem and The Holograms Valentine Special February 10th, 2016 Jen Bartel

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 It's Showtime (Synergy) At IDW Publishing
  2. ‘Jem’ Fans Take On Campbell’s Truly Outrageous Redesigns
  3. womenwriteaboutcomics.com interview: Jem’s Sophie Campbell Talks Diversity and Revamping Jem for the 21st Century
  4. Westfield Comics Blog : Interview: Kelly Thompson of IDW's Jem and the Holograms
  5. io9: Exclusive Jem & The Holograms Cover Reveal

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