Every year JemCon is excited to host special guests and special guest speakers! For 2015 we have three truly outrageous people, two are new and one favorite!
|Christy Marx :: Jem™ Animated Series Creator
Christy Marx has built an impressive career by creating unique worlds through her storytelling. Her work spans many different mediums, including television, film, animation, gaming, graphic novels and non-fiction educational books.
Aside from Jem & The Holograms, some of Christy's outrageous credits include Babylon 5, Spider-Man, G.I. Joe, ReBoot, X-Men: Evolution, Stargate Infinity, He-Man and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Christy Marx has been recognized for her overall body of work with the AWC-WGA Animation Writing Award. Marx has also put together a how-to manual for aspiring authors, titled Writing for Animation, Comics and Games as well as editing and co-authoring the book Write Your Way Into Animation and Games.
More recently, Marx has returned to the world of comic book writing, penning tales for DC's Birds of Prey and rebooting Amethyst for the Sword of Sorcery series. Marx also continues her role as Senior Game Designer of Narrative Design for the social gaming company Zynga.
Visit Christy's official website for much more on her prolific career.
|Ari Gold :: The singing voice of "Ba Nee"
Ari's show-business career begin when he was five; he was discovered singing at his brother's bar-mitzvah. He since went on to record many children's records, along with multiple stints on various television shows such as The Joe Franklin Show and Cabbage Patch Kids, in addition to his work on Jem & The Holograms™. Ari has gone on to become a prominent openly gay recording artist, as well as touring worldwide alongside such diverse musicians as Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, Debbie Harry, and Cyndi Lauper.
Voicing a Starlight girl, Ari learned early on the importance of a good education. Ari attended Yale University and graduated with honors from NYU. He gives talks across the country at community centers, synagogues and universities about growing up gay and orthodox. He is a contributing writer to the anthology YOUTH IN CRISIS, and has been developing an autobiographical musical that had a successful run at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Ari is looking forward to attending his first JemCon, and we are exciting about meeting him for the first time in Philadelphia.
You can find out more about Ari Gold at his website.
|Gina Beebe :: Hasbro Marketing Team of Original Jem™ toy line.
Like her plastic creations, Gina is a real doll. Gina has been a part of the toy industry since 1979. She has a real passion for the toys that she creates. In addition to her outrageous work on the Jem and the Holograms™ line, she also worked on the My Little Pony line during her time at Hasbro. She has since gone on to work at American Girl (where she was the head of design), as well as her current role as the senior vice-president of Girl's Marketing at Playmates Toys.
Gina is ecstatic to finally be attending JemCon. Philadelphia better be ready for her!
|Britta Phillips :: Singing voice of "Jem"™.
Britta's first real job after moving to NYC as a teenager was as the singing voice of Jem. Soon after, she co-starred with Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts in the 80s movie "Satisfaction". She pursued other acting roles before moving to London to pursue music with the band "Belltower".
In 2000, Britta joined the band Luna as bass guitarist. After their work with Luna, she continued to record and perform music with her husband Dean Wareham as "Dean and Britta". The couple have also scored films and toured the world. They were commissioned to produce music ("13 Most Beautiful... Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests") to accompany Andy Warhol's silent film portraits from the 60s. They ended up touring the world as part of this project as well.
In addition to her music work, Britta has also been involved in TV commercials and voice-over work for such shows as "Moral Orel" and "Mary Shelley's Frankenhole" as part of Adult Swim. Recently she has reunited with Luna for a world tour, and has plans to release her first solo album shortly.
You can find out more about Britta at her website: www.deanandbritta.com