Re-Imagination Pt 3: The Misfits

Hi Again!

Hot on the heels of my re-imagining Jem & the Holograms in the late 60s era of mod fashion, now we have the Misfits (and a surprise at the end). 

A brief Misfits history: They are the rival band to Jem & the Holograms and do everything they can to thwart any of their plans, whether it be ruining their concerts, videos, and there was even a time they kidnapped one of the Starlight Girls, yikes. Somehow they were always able to buy themselves out of any legal repercussions, as Pizzazz, the lead singer, is extremely wealthy. Ok, onto the Mod-era "re-imagination" of The Misfits (whose songs were better):

Here is the lead singer, Phyllis Margaret Gabor, aka Pizzazz. She's spoiled, competitive, conniving and ruthless. For some reason, when I started this I knew I wanted to save a "twiggy" type style for Pizzazz with the harsh babydoll lash extensions and hard lines of the fashion. It's been neat seeing how 80s fashion actually often borrowed from the mod-era, too. 

Here is the lead singer, Phyllis Margaret Gabor, aka Pizzazz. She's spoiled, competitive, conniving and ruthless. For some reason, when I started this I knew I wanted to save a "twiggy" type style for Pizzazz with the harsh babydoll lash extensions and hard lines of the fashion. It's been neat seeing how 80s fashion actually often borrowed from the mod-era, too. 

Here we have Roxanne Pellegrini, aka Roxy! Her style has always been kinda wah wah to me, so I wanted to make her more interesting, but I actually thought her original leggings lend themselves to mod fashion well, so I kept them. I saw a reference photo of a FANTASTIC asymmetric bob and thought that it fit Roxy's edginess well. 

Here we have Roxanne Pellegrini, aka Roxy! Her style has always been kinda wah wah to me, so I wanted to make her more interesting, but I actually thought her original leggings lend themselves to mod fashion well, so I kept them. I saw a reference photo of a FANTASTIC asymmetric bob and thought that it fit Roxy's edginess well. 

Now we have one of my FAVORITE Jem characters, Mary Phillips, also known as Stormer! The flower in her hair reminded me of a 60s beach party, so I went a little off script with her and kept it in the 60s but married mod style with 60s beach fashion. And then I gave her a large orange boa, because I thought it went well, and she's giving us a very "laugh in" era look with the flower over the eye. Get it Mary Phillips!! This was probably one of my favorites to create. 

Now we have one of my FAVORITE Jem characters, Mary Phillips, also known as Stormer! The flower in her hair reminded me of a 60s beach party, so I went a little off script with her and kept it in the 60s but married mod style with 60s beach fashion. And then I gave her a large orange boa, because I thought it went well, and she's giving us a very "laugh in" era look with the flower over the eye. Get it Mary Phillips!! This was probably one of my favorites to create. 

BONUS TIME!! Here are some extra characters, just because I was having so much fun:

 

With all the ladies' fashion, I really wanted the opportunity to also show one of the guys, though the cartoon is primarily dominated by the ladies. This was a great addition in the 1980s as the animated landscape was dominated by cartoons aimed at boys (I also loved those cartoons). Here is the love interest of Jem/Jerrica; Rio Pacheco. There was a very weird love triangle going on in the show, as he didn't know that Jerrica was also Jem, but would sometimes fall for Jem, even kissing her... what a SCANDALOUS KIDS' SHOW!!! I actually went with more of the color scheme of his action figure with the yellow shirt and then gave him a 60s casual suit. 

With all the ladies' fashion, I really wanted the opportunity to also show one of the guys, though the cartoon is primarily dominated by the ladies. This was a great addition in the 1980s as the animated landscape was dominated by cartoons aimed at boys (I also loved those cartoons). Here is the love interest of Jem/Jerrica; Rio Pacheco. There was a very weird love triangle going on in the show, as he didn't know that Jerrica was also Jem, but would sometimes fall for Jem, even kissing her... what a SCANDALOUS KIDS' SHOW!!! I actually went with more of the color scheme of his action figure with the yellow shirt and then gave him a 60s casual suit. 

Here's our titular lady herself, only when she's not disguised as Jem. I wanted to really differentiate the two a bit more than the cartoon did. It also gave me the chance to do a less "outrageous" look and something more casual, and I'm pleased with the look. I also really dialed back the makeup. Now Jerrica, tell Rio you're Jem already, jeez. 

Here's our titular lady herself, only when she's not disguised as Jem. I wanted to really differentiate the two a bit more than the cartoon did. It also gave me the chance to do a less "outrageous" look and something more casual, and I'm pleased with the look. I also really dialed back the makeup. Now Jerrica, tell Rio you're Jem already, jeez. 

Is this the end of the Jem "Re-Imagination" series?!! Well... I do have some sketches for a few of the other characters. So you may see a bonus tacked on here with Raya, Jetta, and Clash, or there's still the other rival band the Stingers! I'm not sure if there are many other properties I will dive into with such enthusiasm as this property. 

A HUGE thanks to everyone supporting the blog and giving me great feedback in the comments and on social media. This blog is a labor of love for me and gives me a great creative outlet. If you ever have suggestions on "re-imaginings" please don't hesitate to drop me a line!