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 2020!
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 for Sunbow Productions, Marvel Entertainment and other studios 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, and Conan the Adventurer. With co-writer and husband, Randy Littlejohn, their credits include X-Men, Stargate, and He-Man. In live-action, she wrote for Babylon 5 and Twilight Zone, and was Executive Story Editor/writer on Hypernauts.
She designed adventure games for Sierra On-Line, has written for numerous games, and spent six years at Zynga as a Principal Game Designer/Narrative Designer. She’s written for multiple media and established brands, including the well-known Birds of Prey DC Comics series. In 2000, she was awarded 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 ecstatic to be celebrating the 35th anniversary of Jem by virtually interacting with all the Jem fans for the 16th annual JemCon.
Carla Reiss is the woman behind many of the iconic fashions on the Jem toy line. She credits Jem to helping get her into middle design management back in the mid-eighties. She worked on both soft doll and plush items and later became a real-life Jerrica Benton as a Design Director with seven designers working under her. Her team worked on all the fashions marketed under the Hasbro and Playskool brands (including all the Jem fashions!)
She and her husband (who was the Senior Design Director for boys’ toy design at Hasbro) left to pursue their own design services business, Reiss Design Associates, which continues to this day. Together they have done toy designs for numerous companies and projects, including American Girl, Disney, Rugrats, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Star Trek, The Simpsons, Sesame Street and more.
Carla is very excited to be attending the virtual JemCon this year and can’t wait to interact with all the truly outrageous fans.
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 her own original songs on YouTube’s Cellar Sessions-One On One channel, (along with Mama Human...her mom!), and Norma also performs with satirical wit about world events and political injustice in“Madoff In America (An original Rap Disco Drama).”
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 excited to be able to interact with the Jem community at this year's virtual JemCon.
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 2016, Britta released her long-awaited solo debut album Luck or Magic to heavy acclaim across the music industry. The album featured a mix of original songs and unique covers that Britta put her own distinct take on. This dreamy pop album was a must have for all Jem fans.
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.
Britta is excited to be able to interact with the Jem community at this year's virtual JemCon.
You can find out more about Britta at her website: www.deanandbritta.com