When Christy Marx was a little girl, she took her Batman comics and gave Robin a girl’s hairdo and a little skirt, because she was tired of not having female heroes to look up to. Then she grew up and gave us Jem and the Holograms. This interview with her by The Front is incredible and fascinating.
Seriously, watch the whole thing. It includes how she got into comics—pitching a Conan the Barbarian story from the POV of a woman who meets Conan—and then how she got into animation. She actually worked side by side with Stan Lee in the early 1980s on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, fleshing out Firestar, the newly created female character on the team. And she went on to work on G.I. Joe, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and other cartoons, before doing Jem. Her explanation of all of the creative processes that went into making Jem a cartoon for girls that wouldn’t make boys change the channel is super-interesting, and explains a lot about how this show reimagines superhero archetypes.
And we get to meet her cat... who’s named after one of the Misfits! [via The Front]