You know, that band who are inevitably featured somewhere near the top of Comics Alliance, every single time you go to it? Jem and The Holograms, created by Christy Marx, are an incredibly enduring phenomenon, having started in the 1980s and built an increasingly passionate fanbase with each subsequent year. And now IDW have the license for new Jem comics, mixing in new creative team Kelly Thompson and Ross Campbell for an ongoing series in March.
That’s a really good cover.
Campbell is best known, perhaps, for his concise run on Glory over at Image, where he and Joe Keatinge both broke into the spotlight and made a name for themselves amongst comics fans. Thompson, for her part, is known mostly as a writer-about-comics (she’s actually going to show up on The Spire next week in that capacity!) but has been making a recent move into fiction with the release of two Kickstarter novels and some work across at Dark Horse – I believe there’s a graphic novel lurking somewhere in 2015 which has her name on it.
Together, they make a pretty strong creative team, and it’ll be interesting to see how they take on a very eighties concept and bring it – or don’t bring it – into the present day. Jem and the Holograms is about a band who’re on the verge of breaking into the big time, but just need that one little edge to push them over into the mainstream – and Jem herself stumbles upon a fairly unexpected way of finding that edge. I SHALL SAY NO MORE, SIR!
From the press release:
Getting a JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS comic going was a top priority for me when I started at IDW,” says Senior Editor John Barber. “It took three years, but Kelly and Ross came in with a style and attitude that really got Jem. They understand Jem’s appeal—I can’t overstate the impact Jem has had on generations of fans and readers.
The series will begin in March next year – just before a planned movie comes out in Autumn – and will feature covers from people like Spire-favourite Amy Mebberson.