Every year JemCon is excited to host special guests and special guest speakers!
We are excited to share with you the special guests for JemCon 2018!
If you’re a child of the 80s and 90s there probably isn’t a cartoon that you watched that doesn’t have Christy Marx’s influence. Christy is an award winning scriptwriter and video game designer who worked at Marvel Entertainment throughout the 80s and 90s as a writer and story editor for many beloved brands. In addition to Jem and the Holograms, she worked on other cartoon hits such as G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Spiderman and His Amazing Friends, X-Men, Conan the Adventurer, and He-Man among others.
She designed adventure games for Sierra On-Line, has written for numerous games, and spent six years at Zynga as a Principal Game Designer and Narrative Director. She’s written for multiple media and established brands, including the well-known Birds of Prey DC Comics series. In 2000, she won the Animation Writers Caucus Animation Award from the Writers Guild of America for her contribution to the field of animation writing. She is the author of Writing for Animation, Comics, and Games. Christy is thrilled to be visiting the “Home of Rock and Roll” for JemCon 2018.
Samantha Newark is best known as the iconic voice of “Jem” and “Jerrica” from the beloved cartoon classic Jem and the Holograms. She is also part of the prestigious Hasbro brand Transformers with guest starring roles as “Ariel,” “Elise Presser,” and “The Zamajon Empress.” She can be heard as the gentle British voice of Peter Pan’s mother in the classic Steven Spielberg feature film Hook and starred in the campy horror flick Summer Camp Nightmare with Chuck Conners as rebel camper Debbie.
She appeared in the 2015 live action adaptation of Jem and The Holograms alongside Juliette Lewis, Molly Ringwald, and Aubrey Peeples in a special cameo role. She’s worked as a singer in Los Angeles for years and her original songs, voice-work, and vocals can be heard on many blockbuster game title such as God of War, Twisted Metal black and Wild Arms 3, Everything or Nothing, as well as movie soundtracks and hit TV shows including Smallville, Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, The Ellen Show, and The Kardashian franchise among others.
She currently resides in Nashville and recently released her third studio Pop/electronica album titled Hologram. Sam is delighted to be attending the 14th annual JemCon and meet all the outrageous Jem and the Holograms fans. Learn more about Samantha at her website.
Keith Tucker is a veteran animation and comic arts professional who worked for studios, including Warner Brothers, Disney, Universal, and Marvel. He’s best known for his storyboard work for hit cartoon shows of the 80s and 90s, including Jem & The Holograms, Pinky & the Brain, Looney Tunes, Animaniacs, X-Men, Spiderman, G.I. Joe, Tiny Toons, Duck Tales, Tom & Jerry, She-Ra, He-Man, Baby Looney Toons, Transformers, Conan the Adventurer, Ghostbusters, and more.
Keith's won Daytime Emmy's for his work on the kid shows Pinky & the Brain & Tutenstein. He’s also worked as a cover artist for Disney comics, penciling Roger Rabbit, Rescue Rangers, Goofy, Little Mermaid Magazine, Disney postage stamps, 101 Dalmatian Book, centerfolds for Tiny Toons Adventures and Looney Toons Magazine, Hero Comics, TSR’s 13 Assassin, Eclipse Comics, 3D Alien Terror, and others.
His film credits include John Carpenter’s The Thing, Robocop 3, Star Trek 2: The Wrath of Kahn, Conan the Barbarian, Hideaway, Addams Family Reunion, Casper: A Spirited Beginning, Casper Meets Wendy, and Richie Rich Christmas. Keith and his wife Suzanne are beyond excited to be coming to JemCon 2018 Click Clash in Cleveland.
Learn more about Keith at his website: tuckertoons.com.
Stefanie is excited to be making her debut appearance at JemCon. She has been a professional doll and girl’s toy designer for almost 35 years. She worked as an in-house designer at Mattel (twice), Hasbro, Playskool, Tonka, Fisher-Price, Spin Master, Toys R Us, and Madame Alexander Doll. She also had her own doll and toy design business for 15 cumulative years, freelancing for such clients as Mattel, Hasbro, MGA, Playmates, Manhattan Toy, Spin Master, DSI, Jazwares, and many others.
Stefanie got her start as an illustrator, specializing in children’s illustration. Finding the toy industry was the perfect career choice for her as it combined her love of children’s art and her love of toys.
Stefanie has loved the variety of toys and dolls she has worked on: everything from fashion dolls, character dolls, baby dolls, accessories, playsets, stuffed animals, mechanical toys, even a few boy’s toys. She considers herself a “toy person”, loving every aspect of designing for children.
Some of the Jem and the Holograms products she was involved with include the second year Holograms, Synergy, Rama Llama, Regine's portfolio, and the Hollywood Jem Star of Fame. Some of the other toy and doll lines she has designed and contributed to are: Rainbow Brite, Popples, My Child, Lady Lovely Locks, Jem, Maxie, Real Baby, Love-A-Bye Baby, Dolly Surprise, Moondreamers, My Beautiful Doll, Little Miss, Polly Pocket, Cabbage Patch Kids, Winnie the Pooh, Disney Preschool, Disney Princesses, Barbie, My Dream Baby, Sky Dancers, Berenstain Bears, Holly Hobbie, My Little Pony, Puzzle Place, Cupcakes, Strawberry Shortcake, Journey Girls, You & Me dolls, and many many more.
Today, Stefanie lives in Utah where she enjoys designing and inventing toys and dolls in her studio overlooking the beautiful Wasatch Front mountains. She has been married to her supportive husband for 40 years, and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren, who often inspire her designs and help her with her market research.