2013: Share a Little Bit in Maine
We Shared a Little Bit in Maine for the 9th Annual JemCon on October 4, 5 & 6, 2013 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Portland, Maine!
JemCon 2013: Share a Little Bit in Maine, was attended by over 50 Jem™ fans from all over the country and all over the world, including attendees from as far away as Holland. Over 20 supporting memberships were also purchased, making this a very successful JemCon!
The convention featured special guests Sharon Knettell (the Jem™ Toy Line Box Artist), Ellen Bernfeld (the singing voice of Pizzazz), Jem song writer, Anne Bryant and the singing Voice of Jacqui Benton, Angela Cappelli. In addition there were fan panels, workshops, dealers, and displays which included the loose Hasbro line, rare prototypes and custom dolls and fashions shown by our members.
Friday evening brought us JemCon Registration and Registration for our first ever JemCon Pageant and Cosplay Contest! Opening Ceremonies and staff introductions led to our catered Meet 'N Greet, with a new twist on our outrageous Jem™ trivia contest; "Synonym Name That Jem™ Tune"!
JemCon 2013 also boasted longer Vendor and Display Room hours and Saturday was no exception with the former opening bright and early at 7:30am, and the latter opening at 9:00am. After a brief "Welcome to JemCon" we held a discussion panel; "The Hologram Dynamic", and a workshop; "Doll Geeking", which were followed by the solo guest panel "Behind The Boxart" with Sharon Knettell. Saturday's second guest panel followed after lunch with Sharon Knettell, Anne Bryant, and Ellen Bernfeld learning a bit about each other as well as educating us in the process! The JemCon Charity auction and autograph session followed soon after and the convention continued throughout Saturday evening with cosplay entertainment with The Jem Project, a very successful Cosplay Pageant and Contest, Jem™ Karaoke, wonderful member performances and disco!
As Sunday dawned, the Jem-fun continued with more shopping followed by a discussion panel; "Integrity Vs Hasbro", and a workshop; "It's Sew Easy". A very moving guest panel, "Music is Magic", came after with Anne Bryant, Ellen Bernfeld and Angela Cappelli composing and performing the first-ever Jem song in over 25 years especially for JemCon 2013! After "composing" ourselves over lunch, yet another discussion panel and workshop took place; "Jem After Dark" and "Hair, Glorious Hair", followed by our final guest panel featuring all four of our lovely guests. Then, the future of JemCon was discussed as Ilana and the gang told us all about how rockin' JemCon 2014 "Truly Outrageous in Toronto" was going to be and we wrapped up the weekend with the traditional JemCon Closing Ceremonies.
The JemCon 2013 Charity Auction raised $1505 for Preble Street of Portland, Maine's Teen Services division, who meets the urgent needs of homeless and runaway youth providing warmth and safety, nutritious meals, clothing, crisis intervention, and overnight shelter.
Sharon Knettell's favorite charity Sheldrick Wildlife Trust earned some much-needed funds this weekend as well. Sharon invited JemCon to hold a special raffle where the winner receives a one-of-a-kind original Sharon Knettell portrait, done in Jem-style, of the winner as the Jem character of his or her choice! This grand gesture earned $1028 towards elephant conservation! Who was the lucky Jem fan? None other than Topher (Mustang7981) from the JemCon Messageboard!
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|Maria O'Connell||Con Chair (messageboard ID = bluehairedgoddess) |
Maria O'Connell aka bluehairedgoddess makes her home in Phippsburg, Maine. Some of her favorite pastimes include crafts of all kinds, expanding her several collections and of course doll customization. Maria's life-long love of Jem began when the cartoon originally aired. She soon acquired her 1st Edition Jem and Aja dolls. Christmas of that year brought many more Jem surprises, further allowing her to expand her imagination. Due to Jem, Maria also adopted a love of music that would lead to a stint in a local band. Her passion for Jem was reignited in 2001 with the discovery of Jem on the web and eBay where the "frenzy" began. Currently, Maria boasts 60+ dolls including 7 original childhood dolls. Her goal is to own all of the produced fashions and dolls to display them. JemCon has quickly become a second home for Maria. Here she has met many amazing friends. Maria hopes to use her creativity and unique personality to bring added excitement and a fresh perspective to an already rich community.
|Sean O'Connell||Co Chair (messageboard ID = Lostin85) |
Sean is from San Jose, CA, makes his home in Phippsburg, ME and is married to our very own bluehairedgoddess and 2013 Con Chair, Maria O. Sean has always loved comic art, cartoons, and toys from the late 70s through mid 80s. He practically grew up backstage as his father was involved in the local Drama/Light Opera group and participated in multiple performances every year. He was even on set during the production of the feature-length film "Kill Squad", that went on to achieve "Cult Classic" status. Sean says, "I remember when Jem first came out and will never forget the cartoon girl group as well as most everything else 80s; the sights, sounds and even the styles. Keep that Jem spirit alive and strong and the world will always be a little bit better place."
|Ilana Pernica||Vice Chair (messageboard ID = forgethead) |
Mitzy (aka Ilana aka Minx) resides in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ilana has been a Jem fan since the show originally aired in the 80s, and enjoyed playing with the dolls in her childhood. Mitzy has made it her goal to collect all of the Integrity dolls, though currently she is still missing Glitter and Gold Rio. A renowned burlesque performer, Mitzy was recently inducted into the Canadian Burlesque Hall of Fame. JEM actually was an inspiration for Ilana to get into Burlesque, as it was the concerts she gave for her grandparents that inspired her to want to perform even more. Ilana is also a fierce cosplayer and can't wait to share her love of dressing up with everybody at JemCon. Since 2008, Mitzy has attended every single JemCon and looks forward to another truly outrageous time in Maine. Mitzy is also a diehard Stingers devotee. She would do anything for Riot, except that.
|Ankur Malhotra||Co-Vice Chair (messageboard ID = unConventionalKimber) |
Ankur Malhotra grew up in Toronto, Canada, watching the show as a small child, but his memories of it were hazy until he re-discovered the show in his early 20s. However, Ankur grew up singing songs such as "Congratulations to Me" and "Alls Right With the World" and it wasn't until he got back into the show that he realized these were JEM songs. Ankur claims that hearing JEM and all of her high notes as a child was a gateway for him to become a lifelong Mariah Carey fan. Though he's never owned a JEM doll, that will soon be rectified with the new release of the Stinger dolls. An avid traveller and photographer, Ankur looks forward to the new locations every year for JemCon. Ankur's favourite part of JemCon is always the masquerade and karaoke, where he gets to sing in costume/character (with his unique twists on cosPlaying), and is looking forward to doing that for the fourth time at JemCon 2013.
|Garth Jensen||Co-Vice Chair (messageboard ID = garth_j) |
Garth Jensen (aka Jumbo Jem) lives near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. This will be Garth's fourth JemCon experience. Garth has been a devoted JEM fan since his childhood. He had an original JEM/Jerrica doll, and has recently begin to collect some of the new dolls from the Integrity line as well. Garth is always keeping himself busy with multiple hobbies and projects, including a love of all things Wonder Woman and Madonna, plus he's a die-hard over-the-air television fan. He's also a renowned remixer, known especially for his Mariah Carey remixes, but over the last few years Garth has put together three JEM remixes along with a STINGERS mix. When in costume, Garth loves to perform as JEM, though his friends will be the first to tell you that he is a Jerrica since he is always wanting to do the right thing, and that makes him a superstar! Check out his websites: tvgarth.blogspot.com and frothypoptreats.blogspot.com
|Beverley Hooton||Web Designer, Developer and Advisor (messageboard ID = Bob) |
Affectionately known as "Bob" by friends and family, Bob has been a dedicated fan of Jem since the age of 7. She started collecting Jem merchandise seriously in 2002 after the discovery of the internet and the realisation that Jem extended beyond the run of season 1 episodes originaly aired in the UK. As webmaster of: www.jemthingsandstuff.co.uk, Bob enjoys being creative and artistic. She credits Jem with sparking her interest in webdesign, which lead to a career move early in 2008. Bob now works as web technician for a Specialist Technology College, while running Focus on Function Web Design, the JemCon mini-website service, and developing web administration tools, such as Fast Edit and Fast Apps, in her spare time. In 2004 Bob made 10 full-sized Holograms and Misfits costumes for her friends to wear on her birthday "Jem Night." She is looking forward to continuing this creative streak and making more costumes for her twin sister Jacki and herself to wear at JemCon 2013!
|Sean G||Staff/Guest Coordinator (messageboard ID = svgbaritone) |
Sean Gaff aka svgbaritone, is from MA and works as a Theatrical Musical Director/Pianist. Sean's obsession with Jem began immediately when it aired in 1985. His late mother was very supportive of his new found love and encouraged his creativity. His collection is a living memorial to her and the bond they will forever share through Jem. After attending and sewing fashions for JemCon 2007 he found himself compelled to devote more time to JemCon and the Jem community, where he's made many amazing friends. Without Jem in his life, Sean doesn't believe he would have ever become a creative person nor a musician/performer.
|David Butz||Treasurer (messageboard ID = trulyoutrageous) |
David has lived in the St. Louis area all his life. David first came to know Jem in the summer of 2008 and was hooked after watching all of the DVD episodes. Since then, David has obtained the entire produced doll and fashion line in unopened condition. He didn't play with dolls as a kid, so he has never felt the need to collect any loose or played-with Jems. He first attended JemCon in 2009 and again in 2010. David says, "I feel it is my duty as a fan and collector to keep the Jem spirit alive. I am very passionate about JemCon because it gives me the opportunity to bring so much happiness to others." With this in mind, he is also an avid supporter of the JemCon mini-website service and all the creative possibilities it offers our community. His favorite song from the cartoon is "Top of the Charts".
|Mike Montanez||Graphics Liaison (messageboard ID = MikeM) |
Mike has been a Jem fan for as long as he can remember. He was drawn to the music and all of the adventures that the Holograms and Misfits went on. Mike began collecting in 2003, when all he wanted was a Stormer to display. That led to the rest of the Misfits, then the Holograms, and his collection grew exponentially. Mike joined the Jemcon website and was inspired to create boxart for characters that weren't produced. He also began to dabble in some OOAK'ing, but his love was always art. Mike was the winning designer for JemCon 2010, Silver 25th Anniversary Fashion Design Contest, chosen by the speaking voice of Jem herself, Samantha Newark. Supporting JemCon with his Battle Of The Bands mini-website, Mike was then approached to join the JemCon staff and is very excited to join us this year. Mike's favorite character is Stormer (although he is a huge Stingers fan) and his favorite episode is "Glitter and Gold."
|Travis Andrion||Graphic Art Liaison (messageboard ID = Travis) |
Travis has been a lifelong Jem fan. He fondly recalls his days of acting out scenes from the show on the playground during kindergarten recess and recording the songs from the TV by holding up a handheld recorder to the speaker of the television. He also remembers seeing girls in his class playing with the dolls and wishing that he too could own one. Unfortunately, his parents never allowed it. The years went by and the Jem series ended but his love of the characters, stories, and music of Jem continued on. He was a natural when it came to drawing and so he spent his teen years creating Jem art and short stories that are today known as "fanfic". He used the money from his first paying job to buy a NRFB Jem/Jerrica doll to complete that old childhood dream. Never really feeling like he fit in with others in the small Missouri town he grew up in, he moved to California where he is now happily married to his husband, Michael.
|Luis Trujillo||Public Relations/Publicity Coordinator (messageboard ID = Luis) |
Originally from Puerto Rico, Luis moved to the United States in 1994 where he now resides in Dekalb, IL. Luis has loved the cartoon since he was a kid, especially the music! Later on, he develop an "addiction" to the toy line, making him an official Jemboy! Luis previously served on the staffs of JemCon 2007 & JemCon 2010 and he is thrilled to be re-joining the staff for JemCon 2013!
|Allison Galland||Public Relations Liaison (messageboard ID = gypsyallie) |
Allie hails from Brooklyn, NY. She has always enjoyed Jem, but experienced a true Jem Renaissance when the show began airing on The Hub. Her favorite episode is "Island of Deception." Allie never had Jem dolls as a child, and always favored the cartoon aesthetic of the characters. This led her to get her first Jem doll (Stormer) and begin repainting and sewing cartoon-accurate custom fashions. Allie also enjoys painting and drawing, and loves all the inspiration from creative people in the Jem community. You can see her work at: www.dearstormer.etsy.com and www.dearstormer.tumblr.com. She loves the Misfits best, and Stormer is her true-blue favorite.
|Rachel Schmitt||Public Relations Liaison (messageboard ID = Summer Stormer) |
Rachel, aka Summer Stormer, lives happily in Indianapolis, IN with her keytar and is not a newcomer to Jem...not by a long shot. As an early 80s child, she grew up watching and singing along with the cartoon. After accidentally stumbling across an episode on the Hub one night after work in 2011, the nostalgia bug and many happy memories were triggered, causing her to dive face-first into the Internet and see if there were others out there like her who remembered and loved the show. Needless to say, she was ecstatic when she found this sanctuary of fellow fans. Rachel's very first JemCon was 2012 and she's both thrilled and honored to be a part of 2013. Her favorite songs include "Universal Appeal", "I Love A Scandal" and "I'm Okay" and favorite episodes are "Island Of Deception", "The Bands Break Up" and "Roxy Rumbles". Music is Rachel's chosen art form and she has played piano off and on since the age of 7. Naturally, her two favorite characters growing up were (and remain to this day) the two keyboard players -- she has an admitted soft spot for fellow keyboardists.
|TJ Schuessler||Vendor/Art Liaison (messageboard ID = Milky Mixer) |
TJ is a fan of all things 80s and has been making art since he was old enough to hold a crayon. He has been a Jem fan since the beginning, when Jem was aired in 10 minute episodes on Super Sundays. The wild colors, mysterious makeup, and rockin' adventure storylines made a vivid impression on him. So much so, that Jem has been influencing his artwork in one way or another ever since. His favorite characters are Stormer and Kimber, the good bad girl and the bad good girl. TJ's favorite episodes are "The Bands Break Up", "In Search of the Stolen Album" and "Adventure In China." Be sure to visit TJ's outrageous website: www.milkymixer.jemcon.org
|Ter Brazier||Display Coordinator (messageboard ID = Ter) |
Ter's first Jem experience was when he was in first grade. His sister rented a Jem VHS from the local Video Watch store and when the first note of the theme song began, he was hooked. Since then it was a snowball effect; Ter began collecting Jem dolls when he was in third grade when he found Jem and Synergy sitting on a shelf at an antique store. Ter begged to take them home. His parents bought them for him, as they always supported his hobbies interests without question. Ter first got into OOAKing when he was 17 with his first OOAK (One Of A Kind) being a "Rock N' Romance" Jem re-paint. Ter's boyfriend, Ryan, has always supported him with his hobby and Ryan helps Ter OOAK frequently (though he’s not a hardcore Jem fan as Ter). Ter focuses mainly on re-rooting and re-painting, though he's currently trying his hand at sewing fashions. Ter says "sewing is a lot harder than it seems!"
|Jamie Rinker||Registration Liaison (messageboard ID = Fairy Dust) |
Jamie, also know as "Fairy Dust", is from Bloomington, Illinois. She has been a fan of Jem since she was four years old. Jem has inspired Jamie a great deal and she was ecstatic when she found out about JemCon '06 in Orlando. She has been to as many JemCons as possible since then and has even made her own costumes for masquerade. Jamie holds Liz (elaineofspain) responsible for the awesome rainbow assortment of shoes that she has collected since Liz introduced her to "shoe-geeking." Jamie's favorite characters are Jem, Jerrica and Aja. Her favorite episodes are "In Stiches", "Hot Time in Hawaii", and "Glitter 'n Gold". Jamie also enjoys "rescuing" re-rooting and re-painting Jem dolls. Jamie loves everything Jem!
|Shevona M-H|| (messageboard ID = shevonabmx) |
Shevona is from MI and is a new full-time mom and part-time Real Estate Agent. She has loved Jem since she was a little girl. This passion for Jem has led her to collect the entire produced line and over 50 custom fashions and dolls. She was honored to be featured in the Jem Fan section of the new DVD release. Shevona's favorite episode is "Mid Summer's Night Madness" and her favorite character is Jerrica. She loves to make OOAK Jem dolls, fashions and accessories. For more info on Shevona's work, check out her website: www.beyondjem.com
|Stefan Spierings|| (messageboard ID = jemboyholland) |
Stefan is currently living in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Stefan became a Jem fan when the series was re-run in 1988 in the Netherlands. Stefan and his cousin Rob taped every show aired and watched them over and over again. By the end of 1989 the dolls were all priced-down so Stefan and Rob tried to find as many as possible, until they had disappeared from the shelves. In 2004 Stefan began collecting again and in 2007 he attended his first JemCon! For Stefan and Rob, JemCon has been THE BEST experience! They've met many fellow fans from all over the world and become part of a very warm family! Stefan's personal JemCon highlight, by far, was meeting Christy Marx! Hosting JemCon 2011 "Makin' it Happen in Holland" was a new highlight for Stefan being part of the Jem community!
JEMCON 2013 TIME & PLACE
JemCon 2013: Share a Little Bit in Maine, was held in Portland, Maine, from October 4th to 6th 2013, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Portland is ideally located two miles from the Portland International Jetport (PWM). This Portland, Maine hotel is just five minutes from all the attractions of Downtown Portland, known as the historic Old Port, featuring shopping, arts and entertainment, fun and historic tours, and a wide variety of food choices. Portland is the home of Portland Sea Dogs baseball at Hadlock Field, Maine Red Claws basketball and also plays host to Portland Pirates Hockey. Visit New England's largest mall, The Maine Mall, right across from the hotel, featuring many shopping choices and a food court. Dine in your choice of restaurants, also within walking distance of the hotel.
JEMCON 2013 REGISTRATION & MEMBERSHIP PACKAGES
|Full weekend membership with souvenir fashion (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all events) |
|Full weekend membership without souvenir fashion (Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all events) |
|Child's full weekend membership (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, all events) |
If a JemCon 2013 fashion is required, please purchase one as part of an accompanying adult membership.
|Saturday and Sunday with souvenir fashion (includes all events) |
|Saturday and Sunday without souvenir fashion (includes all events) |
|Child's Saturday and Sunday membership (daytime events only) |
If a JemCon 2013 fashion is required, please purchase one as part of an accompanying adult membership.
|Saturday only with souvenir fashion (includes all events) |
|Saturday only without souvenir fashion (includes all events) |
|Sunday only with souvenir fashion (includes all events) |
|Sunday only without souvenir fashion (includes all events) |
|Child's single day membership (daytime events only) |
If a JemCon 2013 fashion is required, please purchase one as part of an accompanying adult membership.
Can't attend the convention? No worries! JemCon is offering a non-attending supporting membership that includes the JemCon 2013 fashion, JemCon 2013 program, autographed JemCon 2013 poster, a JemCon goodie bag, and other exclusive JemCon souvenirs!
|Supporting membership |
JEMCON 2013 SCHEDULE
|FRIDAY 4th OCTOBER 2013|
|Time||Ballroom A||Ballroom B|
|4:00pm - 5:00pm||Staff & Volunteer Meeting|
|5:00pm -||JemCon Registration|
|- 8:00pm||Final Registration for Sat. Cosplay Pageant and Contest|
|7:00pm -||Opening Ceremonies|
|- 11:00pm||Meet & Greet Event - Cash bar until 10:00pm|
|SATURDAY 5th OCTOBER 2013|
|Time||Ballroom A||Ballroom B|
|7:00am - 1:00pm||JemCon Registration|
|7:30am - 8:00am||Early-Bird I.D. Access to Vendor Room|
|8:00am - 5:00pm||Vendor Room Open|
|8:30am - 9:00am||Welcome to JemCon|
|9:00am - 7:00pm||Display Rooms Open|
|9:00am - 10:00am||The Hologram Dynamic||Doll Geeking|
|10:00am - 11:00am||Behind The Boxart with Sharon Knettell|
|11:00am - 12:00pm||Super Shopper Hour|
|12:00pm - 1:30pm||LUNCH BREAK |
|1:30pm - 2:30pm||Guest Panel 1 Q&A|
|2:30pm - 3:30pm||Charity Auction - Preble Street Teen Services|
|3:30pm - 4:00pm||Autograph Session|
|4:00pm - 5:00pm||Super Shopper Hour|
|5:00pm - 7:00pm||DINNER BREAK|
|7:00pm -||Masquerade and Disco - Cash bar until 10:00pm|
|Cosplay Pageant and Contest|
|- 11:00pm||Jem Karaoke and 80s Disco|
|10:00pm||Miss Mitzy Cream|
|SUNDAY 6th OCTOBER 2013|
|Time||Ballroom A||Ballroom B|
|7:00am - 9:00am||JemCon Registration|
|7:30am - 8:00am||Early-Bird I.D. Access to Vendor Room|
|8:00am - 3:00pm||Vendor Room Open|
|9:00am - 3:00pm||Display Rooms Open|
|9:00am - 10:00am||Integrity vs Hasbro||It's Sew Easy|
|10:00am - 11:00am||Music Is Magic Guest Panel|
|11:00am - 12:00pm||Super Shopper Hour|
|12:00pm - 1:30pm||LUNCH BREAK|
|1:30pm - 2:30pm||Jem After Dark||Hair Glorious Hair|
|2:30pm - 4:00pm||Guest Panel 2 Q&A|
|4:00pm - 4:30pm||JemCon 2014 & The Future of JemCon|
|4:30pm - 5:00pm||Closing Ceremonies|
JEMCON 2013 PANEL & WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS
Guest PanelsBehind The Boxart with Sharon Knettell - For the first time ever at JemCon, Sharon Knettell gives us the scoop on what it was like to be the Jem™Toy Line Box Artist
Full Guest Panel 1 (Saturday) + Q&A + Autograph Session - Our first open panel where anything goes. Join Sharon Knettell (Jem™Toy Line Box Artist), Ellen Bernfeld (singing Voice of Pizzazz), and Jem song writer, Anne Bryant (with extra-special guest Georgia the Dog) for a Q&A session and autograph session.
Music Is Magic Guest Panel - Join Jem song writer, Anne Bryant, Ellen Bernfeld (singing Voice of Pizzazz), and Angela Cappelli (singing Voice of Jacqui Benton) while they perform a special song for JemCon 2013 composed just moments before! I am getting teary-eyed just thinking of it!
Full Guest Panel 2 (Sunday) + Q&A - Our second open panel. More reminiscing from Sharon, Anne, Ellen and Angela. Like Saturday's panel but without the autograph session.
Doll PanelsDoll Geeking with Liz
Lead = elaineofspain (JemCon Board, JemCon Founder)
Did you ever want to learn all the idiosyncracies and differences between all the Jem dolls and the places they were manufactured? How about the color differences between Jem shoes and hair picks? Have the unique shapes of Jem sunglasses ever boggled your mind? If the answer is 'yes' to any of these questions, Liz's expertise will not let you down!
It's Sew Easy
Lead = svgbaritone (2013 Staff/Guest Coordinator) & gypsyallie (2013 Public Relations Liaison)
Sean and Allie will teach you all about how to sew those small-scale garments for all your dolly needs. Follow the ups and downs of Sean's trusty sewing machine while they both offer up tips to make sewing those little garments that much easier; from fabrics and threads, to patterns and techniques.
Hair, Glorious Hair
Lead = bluehairedgoddess (2013 Con Chair) with special guests ash (JemCon Board) & Mustang7981 (JemCon Board)
Maria will demonstrate doll hair re-rooting techniques including head removal, what tools will make it easier all the way to what type of doll hair to choose for the job. Follow her through all the steps needed to give your doll a fresh head of new hair! Ash will show you the differences between Integrity head removal and your average fashion doll and Chris has a few hair-styling tricks up his sleeve!
Cartoon PanelsThe Hologram Dynamic
Lead = Luis (2013 Staff, Public Relations)
There have been discussions in the past about everyone's favorite rival bands the Misfits and the Stingers. Let's face it, the "bad guys" are always more interesting...or are they? What about the Holograms? What would Jem have done without her bandmates, their relationships and secret-keeping capabilities? Could Jem have survived as a solo act? Join Luis as these questions and more get discussed at The Hologram Dynamic panel.
Jem After Dark
Lead = Luis (2013 Staff, Public Relations)
Join Luis once again as he delves into the "personal" lives of the characters of our favorite cartoon, talking about all those juicy things you can't discuss on the messageboard! Topics such as how many boyfriends Danse really had, why Kimber was so popular with the guys, and our favorite love triangle: Jerrica, Rio, and Jem!
JemCon PanelsJemCon in Toronto - 2014 Discussion and The Future of JemCon
Lead = forgethead (2013 Staff, JemCon Vice Chair), unConventionalKimber (2013 Staff, JemCon Co-Vice Chair) & garth_j (2013 Staff, JemCon Co-Vice Chair)
After a short video getting fan reactions to a Toronto JemCon, Ilana, the 2014 Con-Chair, will give a presentation about Toronto, Ontario, the JemCon 2014 location. It is the capitol of Ontario and Canada's largest city boasting fine modern buildings, a number of interesting old ones, and a vibrant night and cultural life. There will be an open Q&A session for curious attendees regarding traveling to Canada, topics such as cost, obtaining passports, public transportation and lots of other information that will be very helpful to those considering venturing to Canada in 2014.
Entertainment is a major part of any convention and JemCon is no exception; how else would we keep the atmosphere so colorfully fresh to keep visitors coming back time and time again!?
|JemCon 2013 Entertainment :: The Jem Project|
The Jem Project was founded in 2002 by a group of friends who had two common interests: costuming and Jem. Their first cabaret-style performance was for "The Red & White Show" for Anime North 2002 and later that year, they expanded to include The Misfits and entered the masquerade competition at Toronto Trek with "Glitter 'n' Gold" and "Takin' It All". They won four awards that year; "Best Battle of the Bands" for both performances, "Best Prop Work" for the instruments that were created, and "Best Interpretation" of the dresses worn. In 2003, The Jem Project planned their biggest show yet; "The Truly Outrageous Tour!" where all the bands were represented on stage, blending the songs together to play out the story of Jem through a concert format while incorporating live singing mixed with lip sync.
The Jem Project went on a few years of hiatus as the founder, Sandra Cosimano Smiley, worked to find a new venue and new actors to fill characters. With Sandra's husband also into costuming, they worked together to bring The Jem Project back on stage while Sandra made appearances at different conventions in new costumes to advertise the group.
In 2009, The Jem Project came back to the stage at Dragon*Con with their most elaborate costumes. "Welcome to the Mardi Gras!" was a hit with Jem fans. Sandra was interviewed for CNN Radio during the convention, with questions about costuming and The Jem Project. In 2010, they performed for the first time at JemCon, wearing costumes from "Culture Clash" and will be gracing the stage yet again during JemCon 2013 "Share a Little Bit in Maine" reprising the "Glitter n' Gold" costumes.
Sandra, had always wanted to play Jem on stage since she fell in love with the show back in 1985. With her love of costuming and with the support of her husband and friends, these dreams have come true again!
|JemCon 2013 Entertainment :: Garth|
Garth Jensen (aka Jumbo Jem) lives near Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His love of Jem & The Holograms began during childhood where he owned an original JEM/Jerrica doll and took on a whole new life with DVD releases of the show and the discovery of JemCon. He has also recently begun to collect some of the new dolls from the Integrity line as well as keeping himself busy with multiple hobbies and projects.
With a background in drama and english, Garth loves to express himself through writing, remixes and performance and is also a die-hard over-the-air television fan. While he is known especially for his Mariah Carey remixes, he credits Madonna and Jem both as musical influences and JemCon in particular has inspired Garth to experiment with Jem mashups and mixes to give the classic tracks a new twist.
For JemCon 2013, Garth was honored and thrilled to debut his new Jem Megamix with a drag performance during the Saturday evening festivities, using props and wonderful theatrical touches. Seamless song changes, excellent mash-ups and "Pizzazz" galore kept people more than entertained. Garth truly is a "Jem"!
Most of all, Garth would like to give thanks to the amazing folks who work hard to make JemCon a special experience for all attendees! They are truly outrageous!
|JemCon 2013 Entertainment :: Tivia|
Tivia has been sharing her sign language interpretations to music for over 15 years and has been bringing these unique presentations to Jemcon since 2011. Her skills developed while working with both deaf and hearing students in a unique children's theater environment where music and sign language always went hand in hand.
She has won honors in both state and regional competitions for signing to music. This skill also proved useful in a recent karaoke video contest which she won without actually singing a note...just using sign language!
She is a longtime fan and avid collector of all things related to Jem. She has a background in media and creative arts and has used her skills in these areas to direct stage productions, children's theater and has even done some animation voiceover work herself. She loves to make custom creations and credits the Jem series as having an early influence on her and inspiring her creative nature.
Frequently called upon to emcee special events, Tivia has a background in pageants in her home state. She is a whiz on the mic and along with her partner in Jem crime, Allie Galland (gypsyallie), pulled off the amazing and most successful JemCon 2013 Cosplay Pageant and Contest.
Tivia is honored to be showcased at JemCon 2013 to "share a little bit" of her unique talents with all of us fans!
|JemCon 2013 Entertainment :: Miss Mitzy Cream|
Miss Mitzy Cream is Toronto's burlesque sweetheart.
In the past seven years, Mitzy has built a repertoire of 59 different acts. She is an expert tassel twirler as well, leaving crowds in awe. Costumes are very important and she makes sure that every detail is perfect, from the bows in her hair to matching garters gloves and shoes!
Mitzy has performed over Canada and Europe and has been on four tours so far. In 2004, she formed "Miss Mitzy Cream's Kitten Revue" and started producing her own shows which she promptly took on tour to receive much acclaim.
In the same year, Mitzy won first runner-up in the Miss Viva Las Vegas Pageant.
In the 2008 Boston Burlesque Expo™, Mitzy won three out of four legend awards, and this year, one another legends choice title, proving to be a favorite among the judges. She has performed in many festivals including the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival, Montreal Burlesque Festival, and at the prestigious Burlesque Hall Of Fame, Tease-O-Rama Burlesque Convention, target="_blank">Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly weekender, The Great Boston Burlesque Exposition, and The New York Burlesque Festival. Mitzy is also key part of the Toronto Burlesque Festival committee.
JEMCON 2013 GUESTS :: SPECIAL GUESTS
Each year, JemCon is priviledged to play host to some of our favourite Jem voice artists, writers and other influential people directly involved in the making of the Jem animated series, products and merchandise.
These wonderful people are still prevalent in the cartoon, comic, gaming and toy industry today and take time out of their hectic schedules to spend time with us and offer their support.
The special guests currently that attended JemCon 2013: Share a Little Bit in Maine, are listed below.
|Sharon Knettell :: Jem™ Toy Line Box Artist|
The daughter of an advertising executive and a nurse, Sharon was born in Connecticut. In high school, Sharon studied art with Sanford Lowe, the founder and director of the New Britain Museum of Art. She attended the Loomis Chaffee School, majored in Fine Arts at the Boston Museum School, and has also studied in Rhode Island with artist Eugene Tonoff. Sharon is an exibiting artist who has won many awards for her work over the years. She has done editorial illustrations for magazine clients such as Playboy, Cosmopolitan, McCalls, and Ladies Home Journal. In addition, her realistic portraiture has allowed her to work with top names like Warner Brothers, Orion Pictures, Pepsi Cola, and of course, Hasbro.
(Read about Sharon's Jem™ journey...)
After a nationwide search to find an artist who could capture Jem™'s rocker vibe, Hasbro tapped Sharon to illustrate the world of their new rock star doll. She'd previously done several board game packages for the company. "I wanted to get the feel of a performing artist from the head to the turn of the toes- not just a pretty girl in a sparkly costume," says Sharon. In fact, she was so intent on realizing the dolls as true performers in her artwork that Hasbro paid for her to dress and style her human models in custom made wigs and replicas of the dolls' stage costumes. "It was quite a production to do those packages... It was a lot of work to just get the right refrence for each figure."
Though other artists contributed to Hasbro's Jem™ packaging (such as the fashion packs), it was Sharon's work that set the stage for everyone else to follow. Her work graces the boxes of all of the 1st year dolls, many of the 2nd year characters, as well as the Rockin' Roadster. She also created artwork for the New Wave Waterbed which was not used on the released packaging. Though her time working on Jem™ was short, the job allowed Sharon to purchase a truly outrageous home! And as we all know, her illustrations are now iconic touchstones of Jem™, her friends, and her rivals. Sharon says of her Jem experience: "I really loved doing Jem™- those zany costumes. Lady Gaga had not even been born. There were absolutely no role models. I am beginning to think Lady Gaga stole from us!" She just might have, Sharon!
Says Sharon of her work:
"The direct experience in painting from life is almost inexpressable. You are not painting an interpretation of a thin sheet of paper or a digital image but from an interaction with a real live human being. It is difficult, expensive and frustrating. The reward is something that may be light years beyond the original concept, something that takes flight in our imagination..."
Sharon has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and continues to work as a fine artist painting from life. She currently paints colorful ballerinas, as she states in her Blogger profile: "I am painting life sized paintings of rather funky dancers clothed in costumes somewhat reminicient of Degas, but a bit updated. I am not interested in rehashing Degas, but like him I am interested in the dance because I can use pretty costumes and girls." In addition, she has taken up championing the conservation of elephants and has even held a contest in support of this cause - the prize was an original piece of Jem™-style artwork by the artist herself. Sharon plans to continue raising awareness and money for this cause which is so dear to her by holding a raffle at Jem Con in Portland. The winner will receive an original piece of Jem™-style artwork by Sharon!
Read more about Sharon's favored elephant charity, the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. Also follow Sharon's musings on the art world, painting from life, and her own creations on her blog, Painting From Life.
|Ellen Bernfeld :: The singing voice of "Pizzazz"|
Ellen Bernfeld, best known by the Jem community for her role as bad girl singing character, "Pizzazz" from the Jem animated series, now performs as "Norma Human", singing with satirical wit about world events and against political injustice for the masses. Ellen was also "Menage", the 80s disco artist, and the voice of ten different singing characters in "Songs For Dogs" and "Songs For Cats" - writing the songs with her partner, Anne Bryant (also of Jem song writer fame).
A longtime NYC studio singer, songwriter and actress, Ellen has sung popular commercial jingles and sung with major recording artists on their albums, while also releasing her own singles and albums around the world.
Ellen is the President of GloryVision Ltd (website no longer available).
Keep track of Ellen's alter-ego, "Norma Human", at http://normahuman.com/ and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/normahuman
The above text is an adaptation of Ellen's bio available at GloryVision Ltd (website no longer available).
|Anne Bryant :: Song-writer for the Jem™ animated series|
Anne Bryant is a composer, arranger and producer of music for television, advertising and film. She composed the Transformers theme and the theme and songs for the Jem show. Along with partner, Ellen Bernfield, Anne wrote the songs in their albums "Songs For Dogs" and "Songs For Cats".
Anne is a writer and multimedia artist working with film and video, music, art and design. She has created mathematical software for film composers and authored texts on the subject of finite timings.
Anne is the Chairman of of GloryVision Ltd (website no longer available).
The above text is an adaptation of Anne's bio available at GloryVision Ltd (website no longer available).
|Angela Cappelli :: The Singing Voice of "Jacqui Benton"|
Whether it's singing David Letterman's Top Ten list dressed in a space suit, "pigging out" as an Oinker Sister on Sesame Street or performing on jingles, records, TV and movie soundtracks over a thirty year span, Angela Cappelli has done it all.
Her credits include many appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and all the New York-based morning TV shows as a backup singer for artists such as Justin Timberlake, Faith Hill, Darlene Love, Tony Bennett, Snoop Dog, Carole King, Aaron Neville, Marvin Hamlisch, Jackie Chan, and The Righteous Brothers.
She has recorded with dozens of artists including Bette Midler, Mick Jagger, Foreigner, Dionne Warwick, Michael Bolton, Jewel, Sting, Arif Mardin and many more. A generation of children has grown up listening to her sing on Sesame Street TV shows, movies, home videos, LPs, and CDs for more than 25 years. Her jingle credits over the past three decades include GE, Charmin, Bounty, Venus, Jif, KoolAid, Cadbury, Maybelline, Lowes, Coke, Doublemint, Budweiser, Hess, Nexium and hundreds more.
Angela would like to thank all the wonderful people at JemCon for inviting her to join in this year's celebration. Being the singing voice of Jem™'s mother, as well as singing backgrounds on numerous song tracks for the Jem show in the 1980s, was more than just a job back then. It was fun and creative and an honor to be part of the project. To now be included in this "Jem™" family again, is such a wonderful and unexpected surprise! "Thank you!"
JEMCON 2013 VENDORS & DISPLAYSJemCon visitors can expand their collections by buying goods from our vendor and dealer tables.
Our visitors can also expand their knowledge with renewed awareness of the wonderful Jem collectibles and memorabilia on show in our Jem display.
JEMCON 2013 VENDOR INFORMATIONPlease note, pricing is only applicable to people who would like to sell goods at JemCon. Contributing to the display tables is free-of-charge!
|Exclusive! :: Vendor-Member Combi-Deal Discounts! - available until September 12th, 2013|
If you plan on registering for an attending membership, why not get a vendor-member combi-deal discount!
Register for any attending membership along with your vendor membership to enjoy even more savings!
|Standard Vendor Pricing|
1 Table + 2 vendor badges: $50 each
Table size: 6 feet long
|Vendor Room Hours * Times are subject to change|
Saturday - 7:30am - 8:00am: Early-Bird Admittance only.
Saturday - 8:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 5:00pm: Open to everyone.
Sunday - 7:30am - 8:00am: Early-Bird Admittance only.
Sunday - 8:00am- 11:30pm & 12:30pm - 3:00pm: Open to everyone.
(The times below are pertinent to attending vendors only)
Vendor room setup: Friday, October 4th, 4:00pm.
Vendor room additional set-up: Saturday, October 5th, 8:00am.
Vendor room teardown: Sunday, October 6th, 4:00pm.
Besides Jem items, a wide variety of toys and dolls will appeal to JemCon attendees, including:
|JemCon Fan Art Guidelines|
Fan artwork may be sold at JemCon as long as it meets certain guidelines:
Attending Vendor List
Below is a confirmed list of dealers who will be selling goods at JemCon:
JEMCON 2013 DESIGNATED CHARITYThe designated charity for JemCon 2013: Share a Little Bit in Maine, was Preble Street!
The mission of Preble Street is to provide accessible, barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty; and to advocate for solutions to these problems.
In 1975 Preble Street was founded as a neighborhood center to involve and empower homeless and low-income residents. They were also the first agency in Maine to recognize that homeless people needed access to the things that we may take for granted.
Preble Street has Housing Services for the homeless such as Florence House, which provides safe, supported permanent housing to chronically homeless women and Logan Place, which provides efficiency appartments and 24 hour on-site support for 30 adults who had been persistently homeless. They also offer Advocacy Programs founded on the principle that empowering people to speak for themselves gives volume to their voices and ensures that their needs and wisdom are heard. These programs include Homeless Voices for Justice, the Maine Hunger Initiative, and Home For Good.
Due to the items donated by our generous members, we raised $1505 for Preble Street's Teen Services division where they provide shelter and much needed programs for the obstacles facing the homeless youth in the Portland area.
Thanks to our Special Guest Sharon Knettell, elephant conservation got a boost JemCon weekend too! Sharon offered to raffle off her services for a Jem-style portrait to one lucky member to benefit the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and thanks to her lovely offer, the elephants got $1028 and JemCon member Topher (Mustang7981) is getting a portrait of himself in the style of his favorite Jem character!
JEMCON 2013 CONTESTSHere at JemCon, we like to encourage visitor and member participation and what better way to do that (and air your creative streak) than with a selection of fun contests.
JEMCON 2013 OFFICIAL FASHION DESIGNThe winning design was announced on December 31st, 2012. Choosing was hard from so many gorgeous designs but Raya and Jetta "Shared a Little Bit" of fashion-sense in this exciting "HoloMisfits" flip-side design by Dara Connelly (Arashi842).
* The development of the produced boxed fashion.
JEMCON 2013 "STARLIGHT GIRLS" FASHION DESIGNThe winning design was announced on March 4th, 2013. We received 9 lovely entries but the winner overall was Elizabeth R (CE11)! Navy blue, black and silver accents? Very stylish indeed!
* An example of how the final produced fashion backing card art might look.
JEMCON 2013 PRINT DESIGN CONTEST
For this year's print, we wanted to see how well the Misfits could pull off the a Rock N' Curl-style outfit and after receiving 9 lovely entries, they can do it quite well! The other unique thing about this particular contest is that there were three winners for the three Misfits!
The winning designs were announced on May 6th, 2013 and coming in first place was Dara Connelly (Arashi842) with Stormer dressed in leather and tattered silver with red accents. In second place was TJ Schessler (Milky Mixer) with Pizzazz sporting stripes; tiger and otherwise and third place was scooped up by Damon D'Amour (Synthguy) with Roxy adorned with purple and green geometric shapes! Great job everyone!
* This is the lovely painting that will become JemCon 2013's Official Print! Please note: The official prints will not be watermarked.
You can read more about the Print Design Contest and see all the other entries in the 2013 Print Design Contest news article, which is located in the JemCon News & Updates section.
JEMCON 2013 ALBUM ART DESIGN CONTEST
The winner was announced on July 13th, 2013 and a big congratulations to Deena Collender (PrincessJem), whose design showcased the leaders of the three bands "sharing" an album cover in her signature style! Her artwork, along with covers submitted by our two runners up - Laurie (Tivia) and Jessica Center (faejemgrl) - was turned into a one-of-a-kind CD available to our attending and supporting members.
* This is the actual JemCon 2013 procuced CD!
JEMCON 2013 FAN FICTION CONTEST
What was the theme?
Jem and The Holograms and The Misfits are invited to play a benefit concert in Portland, Maine. Neither band is thrilled about sharing a stage with one another, but what they don't know is that they will be sharing backstage too!
We tasked the Jem community to write a story telling what happens when Jem and The Holograms and The Misfits are forced to share a dressing room. To keep things interesting, we wanted you to include the following three things somewhere in your stories; a lobster, a lighthouse, and Clash!
The author of the winning story received kudos and notoriety among Jem fans and the story itself had the pleasure of gracing the pages of JemCon 2013: Share a Little Bit in Maine's official program with special cover art designed by T.J. Schuessler (Milky Mixer).
The fan-fiction entries were read by a special panel of judges chosen for this contest. They were numbered 1-8 based on these criteria:
- Originality, creativity and overall appeal
- Style and ease of reading (grammar, spelling, punctuation)
- Adherence to the theme and the rules of the contest
- Usage of the three things; a lobster, a lighthouse and Clash!
All of the stories entered for this contest were very well received by our judges and according to them, choosing a winner was no easy task! Here are the other stories that are worth much more than an honorable mention in alphabetical order:
- A Call For Nature by JAG (jgagne)
- Click And Then A Clash by StarlightGurl (StarlightGurl)
- Mayhem In Maine by Kimber Rules (Kimber Rules)
- Share A Little Bit Of Your Dressing Room by JemGirl78 (JemGirl78)
- Share A Little Bit Of Yourself by Christian (Riots_Hope)
- Sharing Can Be A Maine Pain by Omar Syed (actionman81)
- The Maine Squeeze by gypsyallie (gypsyallie)
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