Usually when you go to comic book conventions or fan conventions of any sort, you expect to pay for autographs. That’s true even after you have paid for admission. At Stan Lee’s Comikaze, starting its last day on Sunday, you can line up for a free autograph from game show host, author and comedian Howie Mandel.
We looked at the long, but orderly line and saw a smiling Mandel. He was joking with fans and posing for photographs as part of his Help Bring Back Bobby’s World campaign. The 58-year-old Canadian-born actor was the creator and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated children’s animated series that ran for eight season on Fox. Mandel voiced the title character and Bobby’s father, Howard, from 1990 to 1998.
The series was originally known as “The World According to Bobby” as a parody of “The World According to Garp” and was about the day-to-day life of one Bobby Generic. The four-year-old Bobby has an overactive imagination. He believes he came from a world called Bobbyland where he rulled everything and some scenes involve Bobby’s literal translations of popular sayings. Besides Bobby and Howard, the family includes Bobby’s mother Martha (Gail Matthius), his 15-year-old tomboy sister Kelly (Charity James), Bobby’s 10-year-old brother Derek, Bobby’s infant twin brothers Jake and Al and Marth’s sister Aunt Ruth (Edie McClurg) and Martha’s brother Uncle Ted (Tino Insana). The family has a dog named Roger (Frank Welker). Other characters include Kelly’s boyfriend George and Bobby’s girlfriend Jackie.
The theme song was composed by John Tesh with Michael Hanna.
You can check out the website BringBackBobbysWorld.com for more information, but if you want to chance for photos and an autograph, go early on Sunday to Stan Lee’s Comikaze at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Mandel has been busy, serving as one of the judges for NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” with Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howard Stern. He’s received an Emmy nomination as for host of a reality-competition program for “Deal or No Deal” as well as a Daytime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Game Show Host for the syndicated version of the show. You might remember his work as a crazy doctor on the TV program “St. Elsewhere.” He authored an autobiography called “Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me” which revealed his problems with OCD and ADHD. The book made the New York Times Best-Seller list during its first week out.
Mandel lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their three kids–a rich source for material for a new “Bobby’s World.” If you liked the animated series or if you just want to see Mandel, get out to the L.A. Convention Center.
Stan Lee’s Comikaze is Los Angeles’ multimedia pop culture convention that gained momentum when it attracted Stan Lee and Elvira as its hosts.
Sunday, the programming begins at 9:30 a.m. with an official Comikaze stunt show. However, the doors open at 9 a.m. and on Sunday closes at 5 p.m. Mandel is at Booth 1816.
Parking in the Convention Center itself is $15, but runs $20-$25 in the surrounding areas.