So who wants some NSFW Robin/Leslie art? Nobody? Okay.
Malaya’s mad because her songs are better.
She is Malaya, Malaya… She’s gonna get her!
Seriously, no big surprise about Jem. Until a few months ago, The Hub was really pushing reruns of the old show. I wondered is Hasbro was testing to see if there’d be interest in a revival, now we know. Still, Jem got her butt kicked by Barbie in the 80′s. I’m not sure she’ll fair any better now.
Also Jem is on Netflix instant play now. Jeez, I remember watching eps on youTube when I was in college, seeing it crop up all over the place just in the last couple years was so weird for me.
I would totally buy dolls if they were, like, cheap dolls. I do not have room in my buget for 100+ dollar collectables atm >.<
AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Samantha Newark (the voice of Gem) is an awesome person, I’m hoping she’ll be at the SDCC signing these!
Is that your actual last name, or are you just as big of a fan of Ranma as I am?
As much of a Ranma fan as I am, isn’t Jin Saotome a no-name Capcom character that got into Marvel vs Capcom 2? I don’t think he has anything to do with the awesome Ranma 1/2 series. (Gotta take a look at the new live action series soon. It might be good.)
And she’s backkk.
…and she’s not happy.
Jem is….. before my time.
Agreed. Doesn’t mean I don’t still know it, though, thanks to the magic of reruns and waking up ridiculously early when I was five.
Jem? More firsty? Hello? Josie and the Pussycats were first. Now get off my lawn, kids.
Everybody sing! *sings* Josie and the Pussycats…long tails and ears for hats….
I recall a Cartoon Network marathon of them from the mid-90s. Despite the fun, I think I recall my brain finally melting out my ear ’round about hour four… x.x
(Also! Is your username from a Mercedes Lackey book? Just wondering.)
Nope. It’s from Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Avalon saga. Dierna was a high priestess of Avalon in “The Lady of Avalon” and she also pops up in “Priestess of Avalon”
Ah! Sadly, I haven’t had the chance to read those. The only copy this household has ever had got itself ruined in a rainstorm/wall leak a good few years back, and the owner never got around to getting a new copy of her omnibus. There’s a Dierna in By the Sword, but she’s nowhere near as awesome as the one you picked is likely to be. >.>;;
Ah, was wondering who your where talking about. I had forgotten that that was her name. I have my doubts about anyone naming themselves after her, though.
True. I could see Kerowyn, since she kicks so much ass, but Kero’s sister-in-law Dierna? Uh no.
Guitars and sharp b flats,
Josie and the Pussycats!
Okay, if we’re doing nostalgia, anyone else remember Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the cartoon version of Jeannie where Jeannie was a teenage girl genie and had a goofy sidekick named Baboo?
Never saw the Filmation-produced Sabrina series, and I’m pretty sure I’ve only seen the Jeannie/Scooby Doo crossover… But I’ll lay down some trivia about the latter anyway. The lead male character in Jeannie (which was produced in 1973) was voiced by a young Mark Hamill, who nobody would have heard of until he was in a certain movie about four years later.
Really, I vaguely remember something called Corvette Winter.
How about actual girl groups? Granted, they weren’t cartoons and dolls of them are pretty obscure…
*Looks in the History of Rock N Roll*…
If there was any justice in the Sixties the Shangri-Las should have been cartoonified. Really, now.
The Beatles were the first band to be cartoonified, which happened around that same time period. The results were apparently beyond horrible. Why would you wish that on other groups?
Hey, Yellow Submarine was awesome.
That it was, but Andrusi is referring to the BEATLES’ TV series, which was pretty awful except for their choices in which songs to make into “videos”.
Now I’m wondering if there actually did used to be a cartoon version of the Monkees or if I’m hallucinating again.
They made a cameo appearance in SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK, at least.
Those girl groups asking the tough questions of the day like “Where will Foot-Foot go? What will Foot-Foot do?”
Foot-Foot, we miss you.
The first cartoon about an all-girl band, yes. But Josie and the Pussycats didn’t have a toy line. There were laws against cartoons being used to sell toys back then. One the other hand, Barbie and the Rockers didn’t have a cartoon, Not even some crappy direct to video movie. Jem had both.
My sister would have LOVED Josie and the Pussycats dolls.
Actually there was a mini-series out in 1987. “Out of this World” and “Rockn Back To Earth”… time travel is involved…lots and lots of time travel…
Well, it’s not like she said Jem was first, only that it was more firsty relative to Barbie. And I guess she just chose those two to compare so that Malaya could have a reference she could actually relate to.
Ooh, ouch! Remind me to never mention my favorite 80s music and movies when Malaya’s around!
Really, I don’t think it’s safe to mention anything when Malaya’s around. She seems to think having a real interest in anything is geeky and worthy of scorn.
EEE!! new Jem dolls!! Awesome sauce!!
Yes. I await!
Aw, but her hair’s so pink and fluffy! How can you resist it, Malaya?
It’s positively cotton candy-ish!
I think you just answered your own question.
JEM???!!?? That’s just… NO.
I am truly outraged.
Truly, TRULY outraged?
…Well SOMEONE had to.
Everyone knows the Misfits’ songs are better.
Well, sure… but what do Danzig and Jerry Only have to do with a mid to late ’80s cartoon to promote one of Hasbro’s toy lines? ;D
If they bring out Misfits’ dolls as well, I’m going to explode from an 80s overload. The Misfits were the best. Better songs, better action, and they always got away with attempted murder. 5+ times no less, never charged!
Storm was my favorite character. I so wanted her doll, but when I finally talked my mom in to getting me one they had no Storm or Roxy … just Pizzas, who I thought was a whiny brat, so I ended up with Jem.
I wonder what you would call hardcore male fans of Jem?
(I’m going to get in trouble for that aren’t I)
Only if it turns out to be untrue.
LOL, exactly what I would have said, if you didn’t beat me to it.
Jeminites? … Wait, does that even sound remotely like a real word, or have I finally gone insane?
Sounds like an obscure tribe out of Israel.
More like the missing Thirteenth Tribe who followed the Lords of Kobol.
Sounds like a mid-season villain from Sailor Moon.
Least I Could Do has his main character declare himself a Jember. Because he likes Jem. And has a member.
I just really don’t like Malaya as a character.
ME. NEITHER. CAPS. LOCK.
Yep, every appearance of Malaya makes me hate her just a bit more.
I find her entertaining as a character sometimes, but I can in no way identify with her and I wouldn’t like her as a person.
Interesting. Malaya’s kryptonite is Jem…
Malaya’s kryptonite is being born too late to appreciate anything her coworkers are talking about. ;P
I was going to say that I’m surprised Robin even tries to engage with Malaya but I’m guessing she was just the first person she saw?
I just mean when you’re genuinely excited about well…anything don’t talk about it with Malaya.
Excitement is for nerds.
Malaya just seems to dislike seeing people happy.
I figured she did it on purpose, just to mess with hMalaya.
Next week, Galasso receives a truckload of RC helicopter “Flying F*cks”.
Yes, they really exist.
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002P4J2P8/?tag=047-20&m=A5KZDQNU0OEW9 <–This is it.
Think Geek has it cheaper: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/rc/b527/
I have absolutely no idea who Jem is, either.
Yea, get off my lawn, dangnabbit.
And pull up your pants!!
When I was your age we had to walk to the toy store uphill! Both ways! In the snow! And we paid for things with our own hard-earned money, too!
I really, really loved Jem as a kid. And then I watched it as an adult and wondered why none of these people had apparently never heard of lawyers and/or restraining orders.
Seriously, in the real world, The Misfits would’ve gone to jail so many times already!
Well, hopefully Stormer would’ve pled out and gone solo by now, but still!
You forgot all the ATTEMPTED MURDERS they could have been charged for. I guess in the 80s, it was okay to try to kill someone as long as it didn’t work and the person was a big-haired rocker. Go fig.
It made sense in the 80′s because cocaine. It’s a hell of a drug.
Y’know…that explains everything. Absolutely everything. Especially those outfits the Holograms were wearing in that one episode where they all looked like they had capes?
Man, there were some sad, sad fashion choices in the 80′s.
I recall that at one point in the pilot miniseries, after one of the Misfits’ schemes to sabotage a performance by the Holograms go awry and endangers people, the police offer to arrest the Misfits, but Jem refuses to press charges and asks that they release them, Why? She wants to beat them fair and square in the Battle of the Bands at the end of the miniseries.
I guess we were supposed to see it as good sportsmanship, but even as a kid it seemed rather foolish.
Thus demonstrating that both bands agree, winning a talent competition is more important than petty “laws”.
0.0 I buy the hell outta Jem dolls. Well only if they kept the Ziggy Stardust look.
I was just saying the other day how I was surprised that hasbro hadn’t done this yet since it’s playing on the hub.
Was not even remotely aware of Jem’s existence until Robot Chicken referenced her in a sketch showing her using a urinal. Later I looked up the theme song or something and was finally informed of what the hell it was when Nostalgia Chick reviewed the series.
I can TOTALLY hear the different spelling of the same pronunciation.
I hope it’s the Robot Chicken “where are they now” version.
Dammit, I drew and linked you naked people under today’s strip and nobody cares. I don’t know you guys anymore.
Oh, yes! The naked people were lovely!
Actually I was kinda hoping someone would ask what Drop 469 meant, so I didn’t feel like a moron. But no one did, so I’ll ask…
What does “Drop 469″ mean?
“Prop 469″? lmgtfy, and…wham! http://www.shortpacked.com/2008/comic/book-6/02-proposition-469/proposition/
It’s not “Drop 469″, it’s “Prop 469″ as in “Proposition”. It’s the Senate bill Robin created to try and get Ethan makeouts. Leslie slipped in a rider that said that if passed, she and Robin had to have sex.
Oops. It was to Ban Cancer. (plus the Leslie+Robin thing). Not sure where I got the Ethan thing. (Probably because Robin is ALWAYS trying to get Ethan laid)
No, you’re right, it was:
* Banning all cancer forever
* Forcing Ethan and Thad to “Totally make-out, licky style”
* Forcing Robin to kiss Leslie
Naked people? To busy reading about JEM!
I for one am very thankful Mr Willis! Naked Robin!!!! *squees*
See, if this is how Prop 469 was campaigned it would have surely passed.
Sorry I was too blotto to check when I got back last night. Very nice! Just out of curiosity Robin’s political career appears to be over, but what about Sydney Yus. She’s up for reelection and I know the last time she was upset that she was stuck in Congress for 2 years. Is she not going to run for reelection so she can menace Shortpacked again?
I’m at work, so I have not yet looked at said naked people, and thus cannot comment.
Those aren’t people. They’re comic strip characters. There’s a difference.
To be fair you’d need the exact opposite picture composition to catch my interest.
Doesn’t your readership skew to penises? I always assumed that was the reason for the improbable number of penises in your strop, given it’s written and drawn by a guy.
Eh, it’s nothing we haven’t seen in the comic before anyway.
As someone who is on the outside looking in when it comes to most nerd phenomena, I like Malaya more with each passing strip. “Gem” on, sister, I had no idea what the hell that was until just now either.
We hate you too, Malaya.
We hate you too.
Robin is so happy she doesn’t mind sharing the hapiness with Malaya even if she doesn’t get it!
Oh Jem you are truly outrageous. Truly truly truly outrageous.
GEM? It’s an operating system. Or at least, a windowing GUI for your OS of choice. It was like Win95 before there was a Win95.
Jem? It’s an originally girls-only, now strangely sorta unisex (in the same way MLP is) cartoon from the 80s.
Also, with that kind of reaction going on from the younger generation, you can bet I’m going to have my windows wide open and volume WAY up for my inaugral playing of my Mysterious Cities of Gold box set (as I *should* have for Dogtanian). The kids in the apartment downstairs will come to hate me. Their parents might, with any luck, come up for a beer and to see a couple episodes based on the siren call of the theme tune alone.
That theme was pretty terific.
Wait, wait, wait! They’re releasing Mysterious Cities of Gold on DVD?
Try “released, a few years ago now, but I only recently had chance to break open the cellophane, at which point life decided to throw a few more curveballs so that it’s since sat unspun in my DVD player’s tray”.
It was about a third of the way down the pile of “things I really should get round to watching before 2012 is out” that I started digging through in January. Which means the rest of it is going to be congested.
Still, it did allow me to refamiliarise with Dogtanian, and become friends with Sherlock Hound, Eden of the East and a couple other things. All of which I can highly recommend. I can only hope MCoG -also- lives up to the same nostalgic expectations.
Full season in one box, btw, with all the mini documentary bits that followed the original airing, hopefully no censorship cuts (the PG-rating SLVO plate does list “brief cartoon nudity, scenes of bullfighting and ritual chicken slaughter”, so signs are good… but it says nothing about “making grenades out of goat manure”), a poster, a booklet and some postcards too. Pricey but so worth it.
I am praying that they will release Jem overseas ;; they never released the Barbie and Ken Toy Story 3 version here and barely released the Monster High dolls AND MLP:FiM x.x
I feel so deprived.
I’ve never heard of this show before.
enlightenment is but an “Alt-D, gee-oh-oh-gee-el-ee-dot-cee-oh-em-slash-question-cue-equals-jay-ee-em, Enter” away
So, I’ve got to ask (though I’ll probably regret it). What in the world did Malaya enjoy as a child?
Kicking smaller children in the heads.
She looks to be early twenties so probably Johnny Bravo and the Star Wars prequels.
Heck with “as a child”. The only thing we’ve seen her enjoy at all is spite and Leslie.
She is about my age, so Dexter’s Lab, the Powerpuff girls and X-men Evolution probably.
Or in other words “if you’re Robin’s age, think of the cool things that were about when you were a teenager, and add a couple of the more annoying kiddie-friendly shows”. I remember Dex/PPG/JB/X-men being very teen-compatible as well.
Though XME sucked, especially compared to the original series :-/
And the Star Wars prequel cartoons were decidedly after my time, Mal would have been a teen herself when that was on.
Also, the creator of Jem is now doing Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld for DC. There was an interview where she said the original Amethyst was all girly and 1980s, and this was going to be more like her gritty independant fantasy comics, and you could almost hear Dan DiDio in the background wailing “But I hired the creator of Jem and the Holograms for a blatant nostalgia cash-in!”
For all of you young Transformerites on the board here, you should know that Jem takes place in the same world as the Sunbow Transformers, G.I. Joe, and Inhumanoids. But you damn kids don’t even know what that last one IS, do you?
Good Lord, that world was fucked up. Between the giant robot brawls, the terrorist superweapon attacks and the primordial monsters from the Earth’s core, how was there enough civilization left to enjoy glam rock?
That is an excellent question…but I sure would love to live in that world
But, you would be lucky to last 15 minutes before something big stepped on you, ate you or blew you up.
I’ve got the whole series on a bootleg DVD set I got at a ‘con. Still haven’t dared to go beyond the pilot though. It’s dumb as hell, but on the other hand, toon Cthulhu, so, y’know.
BTW, it turns out Bionic 6 surprisingly holds up pretty well.
You know what that means, don’t you? The Misfits and Cold Slither should totally tour together.
THEY CAN DO A SHOW AT DANCITRON!
I love you for suggesting that.
You make this claim based on what, exactly? Note I will not take B.O.T. as evidence of anything – aside from the rampant communicable stupidity housed in that show, those were relcolors. And if there is any show where recolors do not mean anything conclusive, it’s Transformers.
Vector Prime said so for one.
Also a Jem poster appears in an episode of Masterforce.
And Hector Ramirez appeared at some point in all four shows.
Yep, Hector Ramirez is the connections between them all.
Also, one of the profile cards on the back of a C.O.P.S. action figure all but says the character is the son of G.I. Joe’s Beach Head. I believe Larry Hama wrote those profiles, too.
WE DEMAND A CROSSOVER
Btw, as a fairly definite 80s child, I’m still not familiar with Inhumanoids other than having seen it’s intro theme video on youtube at some point…
It is on Netflix. I intend to make my kids watch it as soon as they wake up.
I never get excited when stuff from my childhood comes back (but a large part of it was Mario and he never went anywhere).
Imma just throw this out here.
Holograms were the Bangles and the Misfits were the Go-Go’s with Poison’s makeup.
Are you suggesting the Go-Gos are evil?
While I wouldn’t call them exactly evil, they weren’t exactly free of scandal…
All I know of the show is that they are making a new comic off of it. I’m a nineties kid (as I’m guessing Malaya is) so it’s not surprising most don’t know about it.
I’m a nineties kid too but still knew of it anyway. It was recent enough by then to still get shown in reruns.
I first heard about Jem on a Transformers VHS I had as a kid.
My dad would never get me any tapes though…
Swans Crossing … discuss.
Sadly, that’s also before my time. I was born in 1992, which was when it came out. XD
Jem was from 1985 – 1988 actually. And in all actuality Barbie and the Rockers was around the same time as Jem…
Swans Crossing was in ’92.
Wasn’t Sarah Michelle Gellar in it (with brown hair), a few years before the Buffy TV series started?
Yeah. She played the mean, spoiled rich girl. This was 4 years before Buffy, when she was 15. Right before she started doing All My Children, which is what she was doing right before Buffy.
I look forward to the inevitable “the Holograms/Misfits play Budokan and meet Houkago Tea-Time” Jem/K-On fanfics.
You know Sawa-chan used to be a Misfits fan. . .
Sadly, The Misfits could almost be a proto-Death Devil. Still, based on the massive success of K-ON!, if Hasbro somehow managed to let Kyoani do a new animation it would probably do really well. I’d never buy a Jem doll, but a Figma or Nendoroid based on an anime Jem…
Oh, man, I was trying to explain Joan Jett to a college kid the other day… sometimes it sucks to be old.
Dark hair, smoking hot, played guitar…what more is there to explain?
Really? As a college kid… I feel embarased second hand for the other kid
Joan Jett? Hah, how about Suzie Quattro?
Suzi Quatro is awesome! (This coming from a guy born in ’88)
*Rocks out to Never Been in Love, Daytona Demon, She’s In Love With You and If You Can’t Give Me Love*
The other night, one of the pharmacists at work had a pic of Annie Lennox up on her computer. A couple of the younger techs had no idea who she was.
And before that, a few years ago, there was the kid that had no idea who MacGyver was.
What really struck me a few weeks back, though, was the fact that the class graduating high school this year would have never been able to see a first-run episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Some people have no sense of pop culture while others have an enormous sense of pop culture. Not rock-and-roll related, but I was trying to explain the Lone Ranger and his connection to the William Tell Overture to some 20-something the other day. Months before that I was trying to explain classic comedy teams, specifically the Marx Brothers, to a young cook I worked with (note: trying to explain the Marx Brothers makes the explainer sound crazy).
Try explaining the unexpected Spanish Inquisition. *Eyeroll* “Our main weapon is fear! And surprise! Our two main weapons…”
Now try to tell them who’s on first.
i dunno why we bother “explaining” these things when most workplaces will have some electronic device on the scene with the ability to connect to the net and show youtube clips…
“Dude, wait a moment…” *opens YT app, types in Marx Bros, turns up volume* “…here, watch a few of those, and hopefully you’ll get the idea pretty quickly.”
Though if you are stuck without electronic assistance, shouldn’t the explanation be “it’s like live-action Looney Tunes, before there WAS Looney Tunes”.
(and if they ask what LT is … remember, go in upwards from BELOW the ribcage, and claim it was a mercy kill)
Pfft. I had to explain bloody Monty Python to a kid I worked with back in the freaking Nineties. How do you not know about the Spanish Inquisition?!
Because NO ONE expects the Spanish Inquisition!
Man, how is it I get all my toy news from this webcomic?
Bwa ha ha! My boyfriend sat down and watched the first couple episodes of Jem with me (they’re on Netflix now). He thought it was amazing, in an over the top, I can’t believe how bad this is sort of way. And we agreed – can’t believe the Misfits didn’t get thrown in jail in episode one, or how they got around the copyright infringement. I’m guessing Jerry Only and Glen Danzig were too embarrassed to sue?
Sadly I used to watch that show for one reason. Because it was made by the same people who did GI Joe and the Transformers and I kept hoping something awesome would happen. Mo-f-ing show luring in boys with freaking shiny holograms…
Well Malaya the feeling is certainly mutual.
It’s cool, Malaya. People of all ages hate *you*.
I still have my Jem doll that I got in the ’80s. The one where you could pull t he pink hair under a cap and, boom, she was Jerrica. It’s not boxed and it doesn’t have any of it’s original gear, I used to like to make my own clothes, but I’ve still got it. I’ve seen some really awesome repainted customs, but it would be great have a new line. I saw this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/26302735@N05/3990614888/ on flicker and if Hasbro made a Jem doll that really looked like that? I’d be willing to put out some cash for it.
Oh goodie. The bitch is back.
never pegged robin as a Jem fan.and Marla is un happy about Jems being back because the character was way before her time. plus one of the main reasons Jem was created was to compete for girls with Barbie . plus the coolest part of the show as all the changing Jem had to do with Syergy
I love you, demoncat.
You know, the biggest thing I was always confused about in regards to Jem was why she hid her identity from her boyfriend. I mean, its not like Superman, who’s trying to protect Lois from evil. Not to mention, her boyfriend was having an affair with her secret identity, while still dating her Jem identity, which raises all kinds of questions about why she kept dating the jerk. I mean, did she have split-personalities, or is it some kind of role playing fetish that got out of hand?
Also, I always wondered how the Misfits didn’t end up in jail for all the illegal stuff they did. But then again… if you look at Hollywood these days… well…
She hid it from him for a short while while she was figuring out what the heck she was doing, and then learned that he had a compulsive hatred of people who had lied or deceived him. Then came the finale of season one which included events that reinforced that fear. Succinctly she missed her moment to tell him and every month longer of putting it off made it worse.
So… basically, this show was teaching young girls that its okay to lie to you significant other, because its better to be in a relationship than single, even when you KNOW the the guy is basically cheating on you with another person…? Or are they saying its not cheating, if the “other woman” is really you, even though he doesn’t know its you…?
I still watch watch Jem (Netflix) and somewhere I think I have my sisters old Barbie and Rockers…there was actually a cassette tape of their music as I recall…I must be losing it, why the hell do I have my sisters toys? *_*
i love gem. I love the big ole dvd boxset we recently got. I have kept up on some of it recently and noticed they re-copyrighted some names, ect. I expected a new toyline or cartoon, but honestly I expected a cartoon.
Gem dolls could be cool, are conceptually cool at any rate, though yes, I would want to like it’s execution. We’ll see, but it is pretty cool.
And that image was pretty squarely safe for work.
Excessive anger & scowling causes wrinkles, Malaya.
You’d best be careful, or people will think Robin is your younger. (She’s already a fuck-ton less crotchety.)
….does anyone mind if I use the Final GetsugaTensho on Malaya? No jury in the world would convict me!
Willis, are you TRYING to encourage people fapping to your fictional creations, because I’m pretty sure that counts as meta-incestous or something at that level.
Poor poor Malya – go ahead and blame others for your lack of knowledge and inability to grasp or understand the culture that is the source of your employment, thus a source of your food and shelter. Without it you would be just another street urchin [threatened with being kicked out] being angry at everyone else yet unable to sustain yourself.
Has anyone ever suggested Malay become a hermit? She hates people in general, has no connection to culture on any level as far as we can tell. So give her a cave and a subsistence lifestyle and she should be happy … er less annoyed with he world … or starve to death … not sure if she has any survival skills outside of snark. *ponders*
I adore Robin’s face in the second panel.
I love Jem <3
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