Sunday, August 14, 2016

Custom TTM Failure: Pee-Wee Herman

I've always been a big Pee-Wee Herman fan. I loved watching Pee-Wee's Playhouse as a kid, and Pee-Wee's Big Adventure has been one of my all-time favorite movies as long as I can remember. (Thankfully I had kinda grown out of him just before the whole scandal that crippled his career for a while.) Even today I watch the Playhouse on Netflix and enjoyed the recent direct-to-Netflix film, Pee-Wee's Big Holiday.

I read a while back that Paul Reubens is a decent signer (though some say most are "sec" autographs; not really him signing it), so I gave it a shot. I ended up with 3 different customs I liked, all in the 1996 Leaf Signature style, so I sent a strip of all 3, and in my little fan letter asked him to sign the one he liked most (...though, sure, I was kinda hopeful he'd be generous and sign all 3).

Well, several months have gone by with no return (sent back in January), so I'm writing this one off as a failure. Bummer! Maybe I'll give it another try one of these days. Or maybe he'll finally get around to returning it sometime in the future. Fingers crossed.

Here are the cards I had whipped up:

I think the swinging on a vine one is my favorite, but like 'em all.

Somebody emailed me the other day asking for a template I use for the these customs. There's not much to it. You just need a square-ish photo, feather the edges, then add the text. The font I use is Ebrima bold, but I bet Arial would look fine too. Black for the top, grey for the bottom, all caps with extra spacing between letters. That's it.

Anyways, too bad I haven't been able to get these signed. I believe I sent via his agency, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. If anyone has a better address to try for his autograph, please let me know. Thanks!


  1. hopefully mailman mike shows up at your door someday. i just got a return from geoff zahn that was just about 2 years in the making, so don't give up. and don't move.

  2. I just watched the movie Blow again the other night. Paul Reubens was the best thing about that movie.

  3. Too bad. Can't win them all but sometimes it may just take awhile