We are VERY excited to announce that PAUL REUBENS will be joining us for his FIRST EVER MONSTER-MANIA appearance at MONSTER-MANIA CON 39 the weekend of MARCH 9-11th in Cherry Hill, NJ!

PAUL has been one of our most requested guests and we listen to our fans! PAUL is an actor, writer, comedian and film producer who is widely recognized for his character PEE-WEE HERMAN. In 1980 PAUL developed THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW that initially debuted as a midnight show at the popular Groundlings theatre in Los Angeles and later at L.A.’s Roxy Theatre. HBO’s television special of the production helped launched PEE-WEE into stardom.

In 1985, a then unknown director named Tim Burton filmed the very popular PEE-WEE’S BIG ADVENTURE, taking the film world by storm. The next year CBS launched the Saturday morning children’s program PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE. The show ran from 1986-1990 and was once again widely popular with fans. In 2010 PAUL rebooted THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW and took it to Broadway. The highly acclaimed production was once again filmed for an HBO special. In 2016 Paul and co-producer Judd Apatow brought a brand new Pee-wee film to Netflix, PEE-WEE’S BIG HOLIDAY.

Of course, PAUL has also starred in a vast number of other projects as well. MONSTER-MANIA fans will surely recognize PAUL for his role as AMILYN in 1992’s comedy horror film BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.

Comic book fans will know PAUL for his role as ELIJAH VAN DAHL, the Penguin’s father in the popular GOTHAM series, a role he also played in Tim Burton’s BATMAN RETURNS. Some of Paul’s other projects include THE BLUES BROTHERS, CHEECH AND CHONG’S NEXT MOVIE and NICE DREAMS, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, MATILDA, PUSHING DAISIES, THE BLACKLIST, BLOW and many, many more!

Please join us in welcoming PAUL REUBENS to his FIRST MM appearance with us at MONSTER-MANIA CON 39 in Cherry Hill, NJ!
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NYC – Songy of Paradise Discussion

Cartoonists Gary Panter and Dash Shaw appear on Wednesday, November 1st at 7:00 PM to discuss Panter’s new graphic novel, Songy of Paradise—a reimagining of Milton’s Paradise Regained, with a hillbilly (Songy) in place of Jesus.

Gary Panter’s books include the comprehensive monograph Gary Panter, and the graphic novels Jimbo in PurgatoryJimbo’s InfernoJimbo: Adventures in Paradise, and Cola Madness. Panter won three Emmy Awards for his production design on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, as well as the 2000 Chrysler Award for Design Excellence. He worked on Songy of Paradise as a Cullman Center Fellow in 2012-2013.

Dash Shaw is a cartoonist and animator whose books include Cosplayers, New School, Doctors, and BodyWorld. He wrote and directed the 2017 independent animated feature My Entire High School Sinking into the Sea. As a Fellow at the Cullman Center in 2014-15, Shaw worked on his forthcoming graphic novel about a Quaker soldier in the Civil War, Discipline.

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum
476 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10018


ME – An Evening with Mimi Pond

Cartoonist Mimi Pond appears on Thursday August 31st at 7:00 PM to present her latest graphic novel The Customer Is Always Wrong.

Mimi Pond is a cartoonist, illustrator, and writer. She has created comics for the Los Angeles Times, Seventeen magazine, National Lampoon, and many other publications. She has also written for television: her credits include the first full-length episode of The Simpsons, “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”, and episodes for the television shows Designing Women and Pee Wee’s Playhouse.

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Osher Hall, Maine College of Art
522 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101