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Can a doll compete against an actor in a movie? Can fan-creations compete against official Jem products? In the 2015 annual Rock Jem ballot they can!

Jem fans have voted in 21 categories, on one of the entries in each category, about all things Jem of 2015! The purpose is to acknowledge all of the amazing efforts surrounding Jem, and to summarize the year of Jem's 30th anniversary in an entertaining way. So have a look and see what 2015 had to offer, all the winners and everyone else, who made this an outrageous year in so many ways!

The voting opened on January 15, 2016, and ended on February 1, 2016. And the winners of all categories are now announced.

So who won? Christy Marx was nominated in several categories, did she win them all? Was Jem The Movie more loved now that people have watched it?

1. Best costumes:

Best either new creations, or recreated original, either in art, or for dolls or people.

IDW Publishing takes the very first category. If the cartoon is known for having more changes of clothes than any other show, then these comics probably took it to yet another level. They have really put an effort into giving all the characters new outfits. They show that anyone can look great in fashion, regardless of size. They are giving certain hints to loved styles from the cartoon at times, but they never look back, they just keep on giving us new fashions as if it's one of their unspoken missions. Jem the movie hired a famous fashion designer, Soyon An, and it managed to get them in second place in this ballot. Does that mean Sophie and the other people behind the comics have a future in fashion design aswell? Of course the amazing fashions by Integrity Toys, commemorative yet updated, got some love aswell. Aswell as the professional Jem fan customizer aja_fan21.

Winner:
C. Comic by IDW Publishing.
Issues 1-10, Annual and Holiday Special, by Sophie Campbell, Emma Vieceli, among several others.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
G. Jem The Movie
Stage fashions for the Holograms, aswell as other characters. Costume designer - Soyon An, Assistant costume designer - Joan Lee, Key costumer - Frank Alexander, Set costumer - Angelina Coscuna, Additional costumer - Toni Cunningham.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
A. aja_fan21
Several customized fashions, very recognizable from the cartoon.
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3rd place:
D. Dolls by Integrity Toys
Commemorative dolls with somewhat updated fashions: Techrat, Craig Phillips, Starstruck Jem, Twilight in Paris Jerrica Benton/Jem, Showtime Jem, Anthony Julian, Award Night Jem, Lindsey Pierce, Eric Raymond.
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And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
B. Bryan "kagomesarrow77"
Jem and the Holograms, anime style, with a touch of black.
Offsite link. Offsite link.
E. Gary Anderson "nightwing1975"
He redrew many 80's cartoon outfits aswell as created several of his own.
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F. Giulio Macaione
Jem and Pizzazz in a new style, with some influence from the new comic.
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H. Jenni "Neon jennisis evangelion"
Beautiful cosplay recreations of very recognizable fashions from the cartoon/dolls.
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I. Peach Mork
Jem characters in a new style and outfits.
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J. sunnyday2000
She redrew many 80's cartoon outfits for many characters.
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K. Twinzik Cosplay
Cosplay recreations of outfits from the new Jem comic.
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L. Wizardsmisery
Very recognizable characters in new outfits that fit the Misfits style perfectly.
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2. Best makeup/hair:

Best either new creations, or recreated original, either in art, or for dolls or people. Makeup and hair is combined here, and usually whoever changes one changes the other aswell.

A fan-entry beat out all competition, and took the victory for best makeup and hair. Although it partly has the comics to thank for the outrageous look, which came in second place here. It's incredibly impressive how Twinzik Cosplay managed to make these hairstyle come to life, and in such a perfectly beautiful way. I may know nothing about cosplay, but I've never seen anything like this done before. Third place goes to Integrity Toys, who are always giving us recognizable but updated hairstyles based on the 80's Jem characters, always with new variations for each release.

Winner:
F. Twinzik Cosplay
Unbelievable cosplay recreations of hairstyles aswell as great makeup, all based on the new comics.
Offsite link
2nd place:
B. Comics by IDW Publishing
Issues 1-10, Annual and Holiday Special, by Sophie Campbell, Emma Vieceli, among several others.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
C. Dolls by Integrity Toys
Commemorative dolls with updated makeup and somewhat updated hairstyles: Starstruck Jem, Twilight in Paris Jerrica Benton/Jem, Showtime Jem, Award Night Jem, Lindsey Pierce, Techrat, Craig Phillips, Anthony Julian, Eric Raymond.
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
A. Bryan "kagomesarrow77"
Jem and the Holograms, anime style, with new hairstyles.
Offsite link. Offsite link.
D. Jem The Movie
Head of the Make-up Department - Mary Klimek, Makeup artist - Levi Vieira, hair stylist - Gabby Suarez, key makeup artist - Tifanie White, makeup artist - Gillian Whitlock.
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E. PHATboyArt
This Australian artist made some amazing fanart of several Jem characters late in 2015. The makeup looks quite recognizable, but you have to see the hair on Synergy especially, aswell as Stormer, Shana, and Glitter and Gold Jem. Infact they all look great.
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3. Best update:

Here it's not about makeup/hair, fashion, nor the overall style, but about other specifics changes that altered Jem characters or other products in some way.

The winner is IDW Publishing's Jem comic, with the unexpected new and realistic bodyshapes they presented for the main characters in Jem. This was about a year before Mattel jumped on the train and released their recent Barbie dolls in different bodyshapes. Unlike the Barbie dolls, the shapes of the Jem characters even came with different personalities and an entire concept connected to it. Some Jem fans may prefer the Jem characters as they looked in the 80's, but these new shapes work perfectly for the new comic, and apparently atleast Mattel thought they work for dolls aswell. Maybe we'll see new Jem dolls by Hasbro inspired by the comics some day? Speaking of dolls, second and third place both belong to Integrity Toys. Jem fans love everything about these dolls, even the boxes and the updates in outfits. Surprisingly the very liked character Blaze didn't place higher this time, but then again it's now in 2016 that she really gets a more visible role in the comics.

Winner:
A. Bodyshapes (Jem comic by IDW Publishing)
Each character realisticly having their own bodyweight and heights aswell as shapes of faces that differed more than ever.
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2nd place:
C. Dolls outfits updates (Integrity Toys)
Integrity Toys shows great respect to the original looks of the Jem dolls looks, but adds features from the cartoon aswell as little updates of their own, with new cool fabrics and details.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
B. Doll box design (Integrity Toys)
Especially the Twilight in Paris Jem/Jerrica with an Eiffel tower box presented at the San Diego Comic Con.
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And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
D. Erica Raymond (Jem The Movie)
Erica Raymond being the new, female Eric Raymond, and the mother of Rio.
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E. Instruments (Jem comic by IDW Publishing)
The instruments got a different look compared to the 80's. They have several colors and shapes on them, like a continuation of the characters makeup and clothing style.
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F. Jemboy by Bamfie Art
A male doll customized into a male version of Jem.
Offsite link.
G. Logo (Jem The Movie)
First new logo since the 80's, all in white, with only a touch of the 80's logo with the pink star.
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H. New accessories (Integrity Toys)
Perhaps most noticably: bullhorn for Anthony Julian, drumset for Craig Phillips, and computer for Techrat.
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I. New character Blaze (Jem comic by IDW Publishing)
Sophie Campbell, Kelly Thompson and John Barber added a new colorful main character, the transgender Blaze, who is to have an even bigger part in the comic stories in 2016.
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J. Quick switch for Techrat and extra head with new hairstyle (Integrity Toys)
This was the first male doll of this line to feature the possibility to switch heads for different hairstyles.
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K. Robot Synergy (Jem The Movie)
Synergy being a little robot, that can still project 3D holograms, but not change Jerrica into Jem.
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L. Style of music (Jem The Movie)
Aubrey Peeples singing as Jem, Stefanie Scott as Kimber, Hayley Kiyoko as Aja, Aurora Perrineau as Shana, and Ryan Guzman as Rio, among several others. Nathan Lanier - music, Steve Wilder Blumenthal - composer assistant / composer additional music, Tangelene Bolton - composer additional music, Oliver Hug - music editor, Daniel Kresco - score mixer, Wlad Marhulets - composer additional music, Ian Mohr - composer assistant / composer additional music.
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M. Style of music (Tribute album)
Various artists made a tribute to the 80's Jem, Misfits and Stingers songs, with some recognizable song titles and lyrics, but entirely new music.
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4. Best interpretation:

This is about the total interpretation of Jem, the characters, how they look and act. This year has given us several new looks for Jem, the comic series, movie, slightly new style by Integrity Toys, aswell as many fan interpretations.

IDW publishing takes more than half of the votes in this category! The biggest win of the entire ballot! Which was expected since they did well in both costumes, makeup/hair and best update. Yet again followed by the commemorative Integrity Toys dolls with their more traditional but strikingly fashionable look. In shared third place came the live-action Jem movie, aswell as fanart by Bryan "kagomesarrow77" who recreated the characters' entire look in a way that is seldom seen in fanart. Let me also point out all the other amazing entries in this category, check them out!

Winner:
B. Comics by IDW Publishing
Sophie Campbell changed the look of the characters, and Kelly Thompson changed their personalities and their relationships.
Offsite link
2nd place:
D. Dolls by Integrity Toys
Commemorative dolls with somewhat updated looks: Techrat, Craig Phillips, Starstruck Jem, Twilight in Paris Jerrica Benton/Jem, Showtime Jem, Anthony Julian, Award Night Jem, Lindsey Pierce, and Eric Raymond.
Offsite link
3rd place:
A. Bryan "kagomesarrow77"
Jem and the Holograms fanart, anime style, with new outfits and hairstyles.
Offsite link. Offsite link.
3rd place:
E. Jem The Movie
The live-action movie, with new hair, fashions, makeup, and slightly changed roles. Jem and the Holograms, Synergy, Rio, Erica, and Bailey among others.
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
C. David Lafuente
IDW Publishing comic cover art issue #3. Slightly different hairstyles than seen in the comics, different faces, outfits and kinda robot or doll bodies. He did something of his own with the over all style, this one art piece features a nice view of fashions for Jem and the Holograms, aswell as their own makeup.
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F. Jen Bartel
Jen is her name, and she has done covers for as many as five issues in a row of the Jem comic by IDW Publishing for issues #7, #8, #9, #10 and the Annual, aswell as story art for the annual for the story "Shana Wars" (where Kelly Thompson wrote the story). Her style is almost a mix between the cartoon and the new comics, she does her own fashions, and seems to put so a lot of work into each art piece and even the stories. She has done Jem and the Holograms, The Misfits, Rio, Jerrica, and Synergy. And you don't have to think Synergy should look like Yoda to vote for Jen (you'll know what I mean if you read her Annual story). And she has several Jem comic covers coming up for 2016 aswell.
Offsite link. Offsite link. Offsite link. Offsite link. Offsite link. Offsite link.
G. Marguerite Sauvage
IDW Publishing comic cover art issue #4. She did something of her own with the over all style, a nice view of fashions for Jem and the Holograms, aswell as their own new makeup.
Offsite link

5. Bad guy:

There is no negative category in this ballot, so let's atleast have a negative category in a fun way. This is "bad guy" in a positive and entertaining way. Or it might aswell be who looks the best, that's up to you.

This was a very close call between the live-action movie, the commemorative dolls and the comics. The big three infact got the exact same amount of votes for one entry each. So apparently the movie caught up a little in the bad guy department, by the help of the once oscarnominated actress Juliette Lewis. The movie was after all the first interpretation that dared changing the gender of a main character, which added another leading female character. But Eric Raymond in male doll form was very requested aswell. And the third winner of this category was Techrat of the IDW Publishing Jem comics! Also Techrat by Integrity Toys and Pizzazz by IDW Publishing deserve a mention here.

Winner:
A. Erica Raymond in Jem The Movie
If anyone was to make Eric into a female, who better to do so than Juliette Lewis. Her comic timing, mixed with her talent for badgirl roles, makes this role memorable. Whether you liked the movie or not, she did her job and then some.
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Winner:
C. Eric Raymond doll by Integrity Toys.
A long awaited first release of a very essential character. This badguy comes in an angry looking face sculpt that he shares with the Dracula doll by the same company.
Link.
Winner:
G. Techrat by IDW Publishing
A slightly more androgynous look with longer hair, some makeup, but still a creepy computer genius and a badguy. He is on to Synergy already in the new comics.
Link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
B. Eric Raymond by IDW Publishing
He is introduced in issue #7, and hasn't a gotten a chance to cause so much trouble for Jem and the Holograms yet, but he is working on it with Techrat.
Link
D. Techrat doll by Integrity Toys
A secondary character, it was really cool to see him become a doll for the first time. They choose one of his less common outfits, and changed it somewhat, and the outcome was great. He even came with a computer and an extra head with long hair. They put extra effort into getting his unusual hairstyle correct, so I think everyone is happy with the outcome.
Offsite link.
E. Pizzazz by IDW Publishing
She appears along with the other Misfits, already from the second issue, and is as furious and bossy as she ever was in the cartoon, with perhaps an ever wilder style, and lots of cool new outfits.
Link.
F. Pizzazz in Jem The Movie
The wellknown singer Kesha adds some Pizzazz to the movie, atleast the ending. As the Misfits were originally thought to be completely excluded, this was a very welcome surprise and twist to the end of the movie. Had we gotten to see a little more of her in this movie or a sequel, I think she would have had the chance to do even more with Pizzazz.
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6. Best doll:

Jem was first and foremost a doll line. And since Hasbro released nothing for the movie, this category is all about the Integrity Toys line. But customs work would fit aswell, as long as a doll itself has been created or altered and not just the outfit.

The Comic Con doll Twilight in Paris Jerrica Benton / Jem, is still available directly through Hasbro's own online toy shop, where it's unfortunately impossible for europeans to purchase. Still it managed to get enough votes to win this category. It came with two heads, quick switch feature, two outfits, and a beautiful new exclusive box design. Also Lindsey in second place, and Showtime Jem in third, were understandably very popular dolls. To me it's a big surprise that Techrat didn't win this category though.

Winner:
I. Twilight in Paris Jerrica Benton / Jem
This was the San Diego Comic-Con International exclusive. A recognizable look from the 80's line and cartoon, and came with the Quick Switch feature and an extra head for Jerrica. Even the box was outrageous.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
E. Lindsey Pierce
A very visible character in the cartoon series, as a TV-show host that covers the latest on the music scene.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
F. Showtime Jem
When the Classic Jem doll was released, it was a success. More fans wanted to get their hands on a Jem doll by Integrity Toys in her original outfit, and some who bought the Classic Jem also wanted a version that looked slightly more like the original look in the cartoon. And Integrity Toys made it happen in collaboration with the online store ShopBop.
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
A. Anthony Julian
The movie director made his first ever appearance in a doll line, and comes with a bullhorn and clapboard.
Offsite link.
B. Award Night Jem
An 80's cartoon outfit that was meant to make it into the doll line in the 80's. Also known as "Hollywood Jem". It was announced in 2015 but the official release is yet to come in 2016.
Link.
C. Craig Phillips
Stormer's brother, Aja's boyfriend, and drummer in the Blue Bloods, who was rumored to have been planned for the 80's line, finally gets his release.
Offsite link.
D. Eric Raymond
A long awaited first release of a very essential character. This badguy comes in an angry looking face sculpt that he shares with the Dracula doll by the same company.
Link.
G. Starstruck Jem
A popular golden look from the 80's line aswell as the cartoon, aswell as another doll with both blonde and pink hair.
Offsite link.
H. Techrat
First male doll of this line to come with the Quick Switch feature, and it also came with an extra head with a different hairstyle to switch to, aswell as a computer.
Offsite link.

7. Best merchandise:

Here different merchandise compete against each other, dolls, comics, makeup, clothes, DVDs and so on.

The DVD in second place, aswell as the comics in third, are great! But then again they can be purchased digitally online. While the dolls are an understandable and deserving winner of a category like this, when it comes to holding something in your hands. These dolls are a beautiful tribute to the Jem we loved from the 80's, and several hundreds of fans spend over a hundred dollars for each of these, sometimes doubles. The DVD collection by Shout Factory was re-released in Jem's 30th anniversary year, and is of course a very essential collection and was the only release in English that ever included all episodes of Jem. The Jem comics by IDW Publishing has made it possible for us Jem fans to buy official Jem comics in our own stores, and even sent out alot of bigtime Jem collectors on a hunt for alot of variations of covers, so they are very collectible aswell.

Winner:
B. Dolls by Integrity Toys
Commemorative dolls: Techrat, Lindsey Pierce, Twilight in Paris Jerrica Benton / Jem, Anthony Julian, Craig Phillips, Showtime Jem, Starstruck Jem, Award Night Jem, and Eric Raymond.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
C. DVD collection by Shout Factory
Re-released without extra material like interviews.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
A. Comics by IDW Publishing
Issues 1-10, Annual and Holiday special.
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
D. Haircolors by ManicPanic
Pink, red, blue and purple.
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E. Jewelries and clothing by ShopBop
Exclusive jewelries and expensive clothing like a cashmere scarf and lots more.
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F. Makeup sets by Sephora
Lipstick, Eyeshadow, mirror, and it's not toys!
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8. Best song:

This is the first year in many that new official Jem music is released, official Jem songs from the movie, songs from a tribute album, but also by some of the people who originally were involved in the singing of Jem. Note: None of the songs are referring to the original song from the 80's cartoon, so where the title is the same, it's referring to a remade version which sounds very different.

With all the songs from the movie, and tribute album, and the fact that they were available to purchase online, it's quite amazing how a fan song can beat them all. But this one had the original singing- and speaking voice of Jem singing together for the first time. The most famous song from the movie, came in second, and it was the version of it sung by the actresses/singers themselves. Even a song from the tribute album made it top three. Personally, although nothing can beat the winner of this category, I had hopes for the song "We Got Heart" from Jem The Movie, it is an absolutely beautifully outrageous song, where also Rio sings, definitely worth checking out.

Winner:
X. "What You Got" - Dezmond Meeks featuring Britta Phillips and Samantha Newark
This is an unofficial Jem song by a Jem fan aswell as the original speaking and singing voices of Jem from the 1980's animated Jem series.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
V. "Youngblood" (Jem The Movie)

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3rd place:
M. "Like A Dream" - Madi Diaz (Jem and the Holograms tribute album)

Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
A. "Abracadabra" - Meiko (Jem and the Holograms tribute album)

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B. "All in the Style" - Ben Thornewill (Jem and the Holograms tribute album)

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C. "Alone Together" (Jem The Movie)

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D. "Beat This" - Alice Lee (Jem and the Holograms tribute album)

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E. "Cold Blooded" - Ida Maria (Jem The Movie)

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F. "Destiny" - Barnaby Bright (Jem and the Holograms tribute album)

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G. "Glitter & Gold" - Suzanna Choffel (Jem and the Holograms tribute album)

Offsite link.
H. "Got It" - Mariah Hill (Jem The Movie)

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I. "Hit Me Up" (Jem The Movie)

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J. "I'm Okay" - Skyes (Jem and the Holograms tribute album)

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K. "I'm Still Here" (Jem The Movie)

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L. "Life Of The Party" - Dawin (Jem The Movie)

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N. "Love Myself" - Hailee Steinfeld (Jem The Movie)

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O. "Lovesick" - Chrissi Poland (Jem and the Holograms tribute album)

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P. "Mi Mi Mi" - Serebro (Jem The Movie)

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Q. "Movie Star" - Hayley Kiyoko (Jem The Movie)

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R. "The Real Me" - Amanda Brown (Jem and the Holograms tribute album)

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S. "The Way I Was" (Jem The Movie)

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T. "Truly Outrageous" - Bean (Jem and the Holograms tribute album)

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U. "We Got Heart" (Jem The Movie)

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W. "Youngblood" - Hilary Duff (Jem The Movie)

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9. Best actor:

This category is possible since there was a Jem movie released this year, but also cartoon voices would count if there had been a new cartoon. Also some cameos are included from the movie, for more options. So who's acting ability was the best in your opinion?

No surprise the leading man of the live-action Jem and the Holograms movie wins this, he is a very popular rising star, and he really did Rio as much justice as anyone could do without purple hair. Dwayne Johnson is another very popular actor, who also participated in the G.I. Joe movie by the same director, and he placed second here although he only had a very small role. Third place is the actor who played Emmett, who is mostly seen in projections by the robot Synergy. I think Nathan J. Moore and Nicholas Braun deserve a special mention here aswell.

Winner:
H. Ryan Guzman
In the role of Rio Raymond.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
C. Dwayne Johnson
As himself.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
A. Barnaby Carpenter
In the role of Emmett Benton.
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
B. Chris Pratt
As himself.
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D. Jimmy Fallon
As himself.
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E. Justin Alastair
In the role of Esteban.
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F. Nathan J. Moore
In the role of Zipper.
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G. Nicholas Braun
In the role of Brad.
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I. Ryan Hansen
In the role of the guard.
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10. Best actress:

The main roles were of course the female ones. So who's acting ability was the best?

You would think the main role of Jem would kick ass in this category, but infact Aubrey was outshined by the original speaking voice of Jem/Jerrica, the one and only Samantha Newark, who did a very popular appearance in this movie. Stefanie Scott in second place, is a very experienced actress already before her role in Jem, and had a big role in the huge box office success Insidious: Chapter 3 which premiered before the Jem movie in 2015. While only making a short appearance as Pizzazz in the ending scene, the world famous singer Kesha takes third place in this category. Did you voters forget about Britta in this category?

Winner:
I. Samantha Newark
In the role of the hairstylist.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
J. Stefanie Scott
In the role of Kimber Benton.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
G. Kesha Sebert
In the role of Pizzazz.
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
A. Aubrey Peeples
In the role of Jem/Jerrica Benton.
Offsite link.
B. Aurora Perrineau
In the role of Shana Elmsford.
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C. Britta Phillips
In the role of the stage manager.
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D. Christy Marx
In the role of Lindsey Pierce.
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E. Hayley Kiyoko
In the role of Aja Leith.
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F. Juliette Lewis
In the role of Erica Raymond.
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H. Molly Ringwald
In the role of aunt Bailey.
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11. Best storytelling:

Since Jem dolls got their own category, this is a category respresenting the cartoon, in form of stories. Whether they come as a movie, comics, fanfic, doll action videos, fan comics or something else. It's up to you whether you vote for only the quality of the story or a combination including the style and personalities of the characters.

Guess who won this category? Who better to win this category than the company that has told us more stories about Jem than any other this year, IDW Publishing, of course through the writing of Kelly Thompson which has given the characters personality, and the art of Sophie Campbell who made them come alive. BUT, look who again is in second place, with lots of love aswell from the Jem fans, Jem The Movie. Also third place was a comic, created by a fan, Amanda "Mandygirl78", shared with Elcultodejem for their Jem dolls Halloween movie this year. Those are some great examples of fan-creativity!

Winner:
C. Comics by IDW Publishing
Issues 1-10, Annual and Holiday Special. Story by Kelly Thompson, and somewhat Sophie Campbell.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
B. Jem The Movie
Story by Ryan Landels and Jon M. Chu.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
D. Elcultodejem Jem and the Holograms Halloween Movie
Jem dolls action Halloween movie.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
E. Amanda "Mandygirl78" Fan comic
She actually created her own fan comic, where the characters look like in the cartoon.
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
A. Luthien Luinwe
JemCon fanfic winner.
Offsite link.

12. Best photos:

Pictures posing Jem dolls, yourself in cosplay outfits, or maybe something else. You don't have to have created the things you take pictures of, you just need to have taken the pictures. This is about setting up things and taking the best pictures. Screen captures from a cartoon or movie do not count. Take an extra look at what date certain photographs were uploaded for the entries before voting.

Aaron "screamboy19" in first place, Zyris De'Lat in second, and Aaliyah R. in third, all three really know how to take the most amazingly beautiful photos, posing dolls redressed in different fashion-combinations, hairstylings and even surrounded by creative settings, as if they were snapped right out of a story. The Jem dolls look great in reality, I just wish I could take pictures like this aswell. And oh, I would encourage everyone to take an extra look also at Jenni "Neon jennisis evangelion" and their cosplay photos of the Misfits.

Winner:
B. Aaron "screamboy19"
Photos of Integrity Toys Jem dolls posed almost as storylines, like Rapture with a crystal ball, Riot seducing Rio, and more. Several redressed in either 80's fashions or custom fashions.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
J. Zyris De'Lat
Very cleverly posed Integrity Toys Jem dolls, with angles, light aswell as digital work on the photos.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
A. Aaliyah R.
Photos of Integrity Toys Jem dolls beautifully posed, some even redressed.
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
C. aja_fan21
Integrity Toys in custom fashions are posed with beautiful backgrounds
Offsite link.
D. Dolldiva67
Photos of some Integrity Toys Jem dolls beautifully posed, some even redressed.
Offsite link.
E. Felipe Gautier
He created his own cardboard-based Synergy computer and has some imaginative posing of Integrity Toys.
Offsite link.
F. Jenni "Neon jennisis evangelion"
Except for the cosplay outfits of the Misfits, they are posing like a Misfits music video in very clever ways.
Offsite link.
G. Rich
Very nice posing of Integrity Toys Jem dolls, some in custom fashions, with real aswell as digitally added backgrounds.
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H. scarydollperson
Jem and other Integrity Toys dolls posed in Jem and custom outfits, aswell as alot of creative pieces and entire dollsized environments.
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I. Starbright Jem
Posed Integrity Toys dolls in different fashions.
Offsite link.

13. Best artist:

Here it's about who is the most talented artist, atleast when it comes to drawing Jem characters, or creating customs dolls. Artists who did more than one piece/character in 2015 are preferred.

This was the toughest of all categories to win, with most competition of nominated entries of all categories. No surprise that Sophie wins this category, because she is amazing! And since the comics by IDW Publishing, where Sophie does most of the art, won the category best interpretation. The comics take two top spots here even, with Jen Bartel in shared second place with British fanartist Hayden Williams. Some other favorites of mine in this category are CD77, Will Meugniot and Marguerite Sauvage.

Winner:
W. Sophie Campbell
Comic stories for issues #1-6, aswell as 10 covers for issues #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, and Annual of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
L. Hayden Williams
A British fashion illustrator who has done alot of fashion-style Jem art.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
M. Jen Bartel
4 covers for issues: #7, #8, #9 and Annual of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
A. Agnes Garbowska
3 covers for issue #1, Annual, and Holiday Special of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.
B. Amy Mebberson
Stories for Annual and Holiday Special, and 12 total covers for issue #1, #2, Annual, and Holiday Special of the IDW Publishing Jem comic. No one has done more covers for the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.
C. Amanda Conner
1 cover for issue #1 of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.
D. Arielle Jovellanos
Annual story "Jem Wolf" of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.
E. Bryan "KagomesArrow77"
Jem and the Holograms fanart, anime style, with new outfits and hairstyles.
Offsite link. Offsite link.
F. Caroline "Vitamindy"
One very impressive piece of artwork of Jem herself.
Offsite link.
G. CD77
This italian artist and creator of the Jem fansite JemeleHolograms.it has recreated many wellknown outfits for the Jem characters, even from the new comics and movie, and lets you see them side by side.
Offsite link.
H. Darko Dordevic
This Belgian artist has done two pieces of artwork of Jem herself this year, and he has a beautiful style that makes his pieces look like paintings. But he has also done digital Jem art in the past.
Offsite link.
I. David Lafuente
1 cover for issue #3 of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.
J. Emma Vieceli
Comic stories for IDW Publishing issues #7-9 and 3 covers for issues #7, #8, and #9 of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.
K. Gary Anderson "Nightwing1975"
This UK artist recreates outfits for many characters, and alot of Jem characters, wellknown outfits aswell as his own creations.
Offsite link.
N. Jenevieve Broomall
1 covers for issue #5 of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.
O. Marguerite Sauvage
1 cover for issue #4 of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.
P. Ma. Victoria Robado (Shouri)
1 cover for issue #9 of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.
Q. Tula Lotay
1 cover for issue #7 of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link
R. Will Meugniot
A sketchcover for issue #8. Why hasn't IDW Publishing approached the most known original artist of the Jem cartoon yet to do atleast an official cover?
Link. Offsite Link. Offsite Link.
S. Miriam Leffler
She created art for the JemCon 2015.
Offsite link.
T. Ramon Marquez
Jem and the Misfits characters in the style of the new comics, by a Puerto Rican artist.
Offsite link.
U. Rebekah Isaacs
Annual story "Angry Aja" of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.
V. Sara Richard
6 covers for issues #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6 of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.
X. Stanley Lau "Artgerm"
2 covers for issue #1 of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.
Y. Steven "PHATboyArt"
This Australian artist made some amazing fanart of several Jem characters late in 2015.
Offsite link.
Z. Stephanie Hans
1 cover for issue #5 of the IDW Publishing Jem comic.
Offsite link.

14. Best video/sound channel:

Not just the most watched. But the best in terms of being creative, sharing some interesting information or reviews, providing official material, or just something fun or showing how much of a fan you are.

TheMitigating kicked ass with this category, a very expected win by this talent that has blessed the Jem community with his projects. Also great to see the podcast The Jem Jam do well in second place, and The Front interview with Christy in third. Only one offical, non-fan entry in this category, but it didn't stand a chance against the fan entries this time.

Winner:
F. TheMitigating
Original Jem songs from the animated series, in high quality.
Offsite link
2nd place:
E. The Jem Jam
A podcast commenting on Jem cartoon episodes, comics and more.
Offsite link
3rd place:
D. The Front interview with Christy Marx
Christy Marx doesn't give alot of interviews, but The Front managed to get one, where she reveals alot about the background of Jem.
Offsite link
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
A. allisonroad29
We finally after many years get to hear Britta Phillips sing Jem again, and she still hits those high notes without any trouble. Not sure who to credit for these videos, the filmer, or Britta Phillips, or whoever arranged it. Either way it's nice to see it online.
Offsite link
B. Felipe Gautier
Reviews of dolls in Spanish.
Offsite link
C. JEMcast
A podcast commenting on Jem cartoon episodes and the movie.
Offsite link
G. Universal Pictures
Official trailers and behind the scenes clips and interviews about the movie.
Offsite link

15. Best interactive feature:

Blogs, groups, forums... This is about the most active, most inventive, most updated, and with best functions and so on.

Second place in the category "Best video/sound channel", and now a win for The Jem Jam! A really great and well deserved outcome of this ballot. One of the most visited, popular and most updated blogs Jem Animated came in shared second place, shared with the very active Italian JemeLeHolograms.it facebook group. Great choices, and interesting to see an entry place top 2 even though it's not in English. Europe rocks! Also the Starlight Music blog and Integrity Toys W Club Forum deserve an extra mention.

Winner:
N. The Jem Jam
Blog that belongs to the podcast of the same name.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
G. Jem Animated
A Jem fanblog.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
J. JemeLeHolograms.it facebook
Italian Jem facebook fangroup, often with the latest news.
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
A. All Things Truly outrageous
A Jem fanblog.
Offsite link.
B. Board: Jem (1985) Internet Movie Database
One of the most active Jem fan forums.
Offsite link.
C. Board: Jem and the Holograms (2015) Internet Movie Database
The most popular forum for Jem The Movie.
Offsite link.
D. Integrity Toys W Club Forums: Jem and the Holograms
Perhaps the most popular Jem forum, although it requires login to view, and a purchase of membership which also includes alot of other things connected to the Integrity Toys Jem dolls.
Offsite link.
E. Jem and the Holograms fans on facebook
Popular facebook fan page.
Offsite link.
F. Jem and the Holograms The Movie on facebook
The by far far most popular Jem facebook group according to likes.
Offsite link.
H. Jem Confessions
Jem fanblog with a fun new idea.
Offsite link.
I. Jemcon forum
Forum that belongs to the JemCon and recently had a redesign.
Offsite link.
K. Jem Legacy
Beautiful Jem fan forum.
Offsite link.
L. Jemtourage
The official blog of Samantha Newark's team of fans.
Offsite link.
M. Starlight Music
A Jem fanblog.
Offsite link.
O. Truly Outrageous Jem Mailing List
The longest running interactive Jem feature. Requires registration and login to view.
Offsite link.

16. Best site:

Information-based sites that have been most active and presented Jem news or content. No interactive features here, like blogs or facebook.

This is quite a heavy category, but a slightly dying one since most online Jem content are located on more interactive platforms like blogs these days. So I feel it's important to celebrate the ones we have left, and there were alot of well deserved winners here. First and second place, like expected, were between Totally Jem and Jem Vs. Pranceatron, and it was a close call. Third place was an even closer call, since two sites shared it, the offical Integrity Toys Jem site and the Italian topsite JemeleHolograms.it. JemTheMovie.com original site disappeared and was replaced with a very inferior site before the voting had ended though. What about Rock Jem then? Oh yeah, I didn't nominate it since this ballot is hosted here.

Winner:
G. Totally Jem
Large and long time running Jem fansite that has kept going strong.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
E. Jem Vs. Pranceatron
Large and long time running Jem fansite that has kept going strong.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
A. Jem and The Holograms dolls Official Collectible Doll Site
Official site about the commemorative dolls by Integrity Toys.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
C. JemeleHolograms.it
Impressive fansite in italian, which had a big re-design this year, and recreated many wellknown outfits for the Jem characters, even from the new comics and movie, and lets you see them side by side. It's worth learning Italian for this site, but you can also enjoy it otherwise aswell!
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
B. Jem Comics IDW Publishing
Official site of the Jem comic series by IDW Publishing.
Offsite link.
D. JemTheMovie.com
Official site of the live-action Jem movie, where Jem fans could participate with many kinds of submissions of their own creations, or submit content for official contests.
Offsite link.
F. The Jem Player
A super-duper cool fansite in Spanish.
Offsite link.

17. Best event:

The most exciting event for Jem and Jem fans.

Had Jem The Movie been a little more popular, this could had been a close call with all the events it started for the Jem brand and fans. But JemCon 2015 was no doubt the winner of this category! And there's a new convention for this year aswell, so check our their site. Jem The Movie made alot of noise for a while, and it was enough to reach second place here. And the Comic Con where an exclusive Jem doll was available, came in third.

Winner:
C. JemCon 2015
An annual Jem convention. 2015 with guests like Christy Marx, Britta Phillips, Ari Gold, and Gina Beebe.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
B. Jem The Movie
The premiere and all the Jem fans participation in filming the movie.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
D. San Diego Comic-Con International
The worlds most popular event for fans of comics, TV-series, toys and what not, where the Jem doll Twilight In Paris by Integrity Toys was first made available.
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
A. Integrity Toys convention: Cinematic
An annual event for members of their doll club, where this year Jem dolls like Craig Phillips were first displayed.
Offsite link.
E. Videocon
A convention that in collaboration with the then upcoming Jem movie offered visitors to participate in a miniature holographic projection of themselves on a stage performing as Jem and the Holgorams, among other activies and freebies.

18. Best promotion:

Best promotion of Jem. Spreading the word about Jem the most, doing interviews, creating features or events, attending events, or releasing products that brought attention to Jem. Some entries will be presented in groups because it's hard to pick out who did what or there are too many.

The wonderful Samantha is probably the most active online of the original cast, she appears at alot of conventions and talks to fans and advertises Jem, and always has a lot of fun Jem projects going on. A well deserved win! When it comes to taking the brand into a new time, IDW Publishning in second place and Integrity Toys in third, are doing a fantastic job and are offering the best example so far that Jem is a brand to count on, as long as it's done right and with alot of love.

Winner:
J. Samantha Newark
She is perhaps the most active of all among the people behind Jem, when it comes to keeping in touch with fans, and doing all kinds of fun projects, lots of conventions, interviews, and more.
Youtube channel. Official site. Official blog of her team of fans.
2nd place:
E. Jem comics by IDW Publishing
They put Jem back in people's conscience when they re-invented the concept, with a great response and very well selling comic series. Including artist Sophie Campbell, writer Kelly Thompson, artist Emma Vieceli, editor John Barber, among several others.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
D. Commemorative dolls by Integrity Toys
They are making Jem dolls that even impresses high quality doll collectors. Alain Tremblay is a long time fan of Jem who is the director of marketing designs and does the packaging of the IT dolls aswell as accessories of the Integrity Toys Jem doll line. Vaughn Sawyers is the Senior Designer and designs the Integrity Toys dolls.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
A. Ari gold
He attended Jem Con for the first time and has very visible career as a singer.
B. Britta Phillips
She appearing in Jem The Movie, conventions and many interviews about Jem.
C. Christy Marx
She appeared in Jem The Movie this year, conventions, interviews, and is since many years participating on a Jem mailing list.
F. JemCon 2015
Annual convention that is being held in a new location in the world each year, where Jem fans meet to remember Jem and particiapte in fun acitivites and meet people behind Jem.
Offsite link.
G. Jem The Movie
When a loved animated series becomes a live-action movie, you can bet it's huge news. The producer and director Jon M. Chu, brought together a very wellknown group of talents, like co-producer Jason Blum, Scooter Braun who was in charge of music, and famous new actors/singers like Ryan Guzman, Aubrey Peeples, Stefani Scott, Hayley Kiyoko, Aurora Perrineau, Molly Ringwald, Juliette Lewis among others.
H. Jem Vs. Pranceatron
A large Jem fansite that keeps spreading the word of anything Jem.
Offsite link.
I. Patricia Alice Albrecht
She has been keeping in touch with fans and appearing in interviews, at conventions and other fun Jem-related projects.
K. ShopBop
They introdcued Jem to their market of exclusive jewelries and expensive clothing.
Offsite link
L. Totally Jem
A large Jem fansite that keeps spreading the word of anything Jem.
Offsite link

19. Best dedication to the people behind Jem:

Something Jem-related by or about the people behind Jem.

This was a very open category with lots of possible winners. Samantha and Patricia did a very exciting project by recording their voices for the comic. The great interview with Christy by The Front was of course fantastic. And even third place included Samantha Newark along with Britta Phillips and their music video. Everyone in this category would had been a likely winner though.

Winner:
C. Samantha and Patricia record a CD of the comic
Samantha Newark and Patricia Alice Albrecht took on their roles once again, when they made a CD reading some of your favorite lines from the first 6 issues of the comics.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
D. The Front interview with Christy Marx
Christy Marx doesn't give alot of interviews, but The Front managed to get one, where she reveals alot about the background of Jem.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
A. Dezmond Meeks "What You Got" featuring Britta Phillips and Samantha Newark
This is an unofficial Jem song by a Jem fan aswell as the original speaking and singing voices of Jem from the 1980's animated Jem series.
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
B. Keith Tucker storyboards sketchbook
One of the Jem cartoon storyboard artist released a sketchbook magazine with a collection of the song sequence storyboards from his two years as a storyboard director for Jem, with an original Jem sketch in the back of the book.
Offsite link.
E. Will Meugniot's comic sketch cover
Why hasn't IDW Publishing approached the most known original artist of the Jem cartoon yet to do atleast an official cover?
Offsite link.

20. Honorary award:

Let's not concentrate solely on new things, since it's the original that most of us are first and foremost a fan of. Here it is about combined dedications in the past. This category is likely to keep appearing each year, with any names that hasn't won. This is regardless of what they have accomplished about Jem and toward it's fans this year. Who do you want to honor this year?

In this category only the winner is announced, and that was the queen of Jem, Christy Marx. Christy very deservingly gets the first ever Rock Jem ballot honorary award. All the others have the chance to win it another year if nominated, since this category is not tied to a certain year. Except anyone who wins it, who will not be included again, atleast for several years. So now that Christy has won, next year will probably be a very close call between several people.

Winner:
F. Christy Marx
Main writer of the Jem cartoon, wrote the first 8 episodes and more Jem episodes than anyone else, aswell as created the personalities of the main characters and many additional characters.
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees are:
A. Ari Gold
Singing voice of Ba Nee, and one of the people behind Jem who has accomplished a music career of his own.
Offsite link.
B. Barry Harman
Writer of the song lyrics for the songs of all characters in the cartoon.
Offsite link.
C. Britta Phillips
Singing voice of Jem in the cartoon.
Offsite link.
D. Cathianne Blore
Speaking voice of Kimber and Aja in the cartoon, and additional characters.
Offsite link.
E. Charles Adler
Speaking voice of Eric in the cartoon, and additional characters.
Offsite link.
G. Cindy McGee
Speaking voice of Shana in the cartoon, and additional characters.
Offsite link.
H. Desiree Goyette-Bogas
Speaking voice of Danse in the cartoon, and additional characters.
Offsite link.
I. Ellen Bernfeld
Singing voice of Pizzazz in the cartoon.
Offsite link.
J. Ford Kinder and Anne Bryant
The people responsible for the music of the Jem cartoon.
Offsite link. Offsite link.
K. Hollywood Jem fansite
The greatest Jem fansite of it's time, the late 90's.
Offsite link
L. Linda Dangcil
Speaking voice of Raya in the cartoon, and additional characters.
Offsite link.
M. Louise Dorsey
Speaking voice of Jetta in the cartoon, and additional characters.
Offsite link.
N. Marlene Aragon
Speaking voice of Synergy in the cartoon, and additional characters.
Offsite link.
O. Michael Sheehan
Voice of Rio in the cartoon, and additional characters.
Offsite link.
P. Moonsister
In remembrance of Natalie, a very friendly soul who had one of the biggest Jem sites in the late 90's, infact several.
Offsite link.
Q. Pam Green's Jem website
The very first Jem fansite, and a very good one that if it had still been aroud would stand up even today!
Link.
R. Patricia Alice Albrecht
Speaking voice of Pizzazz in the cartoon, and additional characters.
Offsite link.
S. Roger Slifer
A very talented writer of many great Jem episodes and many other things, who is no longer with us since March 30, 2015.
Offsite link.
T. Samantha Newark
Speaking voice of Jem and Jerrica in the cartoon, and additional characters.
Offsite link.
U. Samantha Paris / Bobbie Block
Speaking voice of Roxy in the cartoon, and additional characters.
Offsite link.
V. Sharon Knettell
Artist of the Jem doll box art.
Offsite link.
W. Susan Blu
Speaking voice of Stormer and Lindsey Pierce in the cartoon, and additional characters.
Offsite link.
X. Wally Burr
Voice director of the cartoon, voice of Emmett Benton and additional voices.
Offsite link.
Y. Will Meugniot
Jem producer and storyboard director who did many of the most amazing music videos.
Link.

21. Most anticipated happening for 2016:

This category will include only a few things that are confirmed, but alot of unconfirmed rumors or pure wishes.

Last category, and it's about 2016, already in advance. With all their wins so far, here is yet another for IDW Publishing and everyone involved in their Jem comics. This is a great sign that Jem fans are looking forward to another year of the Jem comic, and hopegully and likely many more years. Alot of people are very interested in reading a book by Christy aswell. In third place comes JemCon 2016 aswell as a second Jem movie by Jon M. Chu, and only one of those things are likely to happen and already confirmed, the JemCon. Will you be there? A huge surprise is of course the few votes for a new Jem cartoon! Shocking infact. And what about new dolls from Integrity Toys or a live-action movie by Christy Marx? Well, I guess you can't vote for everything, since you had to pick one entry. But then again that's why it's an honor to win a category, because a bunch of people needed to take their only vote and vote for you. So hopefully the winners and top 3 of all categories feel honored, aswell as everyone nominated. And hopefully everyone who participated, had a good time voting and seeing all this great talent being acknowledged by a ballot.

Winner:
G. More issues of the Jem comic by IDW Publishing
It's already confirmed that the comic was so popular it will continue not only beyond the first six issues, but beyond the six additional issues. It even got some special releases. Let's hope it lasts throughout the entire year and long after that.
Offsite link.
2nd place:
A. Christy Marx releasing a book about Jem and her other work
There's been rumors that she might do a book at some point, let's hope it's soon.
Offsite link.
3rd place:
C. JemCon 2016
This annual convention is called "Up 'n Rockin'" in 2016, and is held in Albany, New York, from September 16th to 18th 2016. Will you be there?
Offsite link.
3rd place:
I. Second Jem movie being filmed
Jon M. Chu showed those who us who saw the movie that he did have some love for the original Jem, with the Misfits at the end. Do you want to see what he had planned for a sequel?
Offsite link.
And the additional nominees that placed 4th or below, are:
B. Hasbro releasing a new Jem dolls playline
A new Hasbro line in toystores, with perhaps a new format and updated style. No rumors about anything like this though.
D. Jem live-action movie with script by Christy Marx
Incase Hasbro gives the go ahead to film another Jem film, some fans would like to see it retold from the start by Christy Marx.
Offsite link.
E. More dolls by Integrity Toys
Already comfirmed that the line continues, and Integrity Toys have hinted some nice stuff.
Offsite link.
F. More fashions and jewelry from ShopBop
These exclusive pieces were quite popular, some sold out quickly. Maybe they only did this line because of the movie was coming out, but who knows, maybe more products could come.
Offsite link.
H. New Jem cartoon
Whether it means very recognizable characters in looks and personalities, or whether they get a new style and the story is retold from the start. No rumors about anything like this though.

The voting:

This ballot is only about what was created, first presented or mostly updated in 2015, with exceptions for categories which include earlier years for honorary reasons or predict the upcoming year. The voting has closed for the 2015 ballot. But feel free to send in links to suggested entries that were created in 2016 any time during the year, and they will be noted.

To vote, you were to send an email to:

In your mail:
- Subject: "Jem ballot".
- In your message, the number of each category you wish to vote in, followed be the letter of your choice of entry. Example:1B, 2F, 3L, 4A and so on...

There is no confirmation mail of your votes. But feel free to post any questions in the forum.

Your personal choices are not shared with anyone. All votes are counted together as a total for each entry. For each category, a winner is announced, aswell as second and third place. While the votes for fourth place and below, are not public. This ballot is to honor things, and not to pick out the worst. Some entries are difficult to compare, but all nominees are great in their own way!

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