Tentacle Session #31   :   Sunday 17 March 2002

Paul Mavrides

Paul Mavrides' illustrated talk

PAUL MAVRIDES' comics, paintings, graphics, performances and writings encompass a disturbing, if laughable catalog of the social pathologies and shortcomings of human civilization. To some, he may be best known for bludgeon-like proselytizing on behalf of J.R. "Bob" Dobbs' Church of the SubGenius, or his work with Gilbert Shelton on the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers.

Mavrides' caustic paintings depict a captivating variety of social and political disasters. He most recently served as Art Director and computer graphics animator on the award-winning documentary GRASS, a history of American marijuana prohibition. In 1996, Mavrides won an important tax battle with the California Board of Equalization establishing that what cartoonists and comic creators trade in are ideas, not pieces of paper. Mavrides' favorite activity is his outdoor play period where he portrays his favorite roles: space alien, anarchist radical or kooky artist. He displays large muscle coordination while running with scissors.

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