Get excited for Cougar Con tomorrow at CHS

MAP-cougar con-WMAPLEWOOD, NJ — Columbia High School’s Comicology Club will present the first-ever Cougar Con on Saturday, June 11. Cougar Con will take place in the Columbia High School Cafeteria from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will celebrate the worlds of comics, anime, manga, sci-fi, fantasy, movies and cosplay. In addition, there will be demonstrations by the CHS robotics and drone clubs and other cool stuff that have blurred and surpassed the lines from science fiction to science fact.

Cougar Con guests include: DC comics writing/editorial legend, Dennis O’Neill, who is famous for his shaping of the Batman mythos as well as many other characters; voice actor Tatyana Yassukovich, who voiced Barriss Offee on “Star Wars: Clone Wars” as well as others on programs, such as “Batman: the Brave and the Bold”; writer, editor and publisher Jim Salicrup; artist Ian Dorian; writer, editor and professor Jack C. Harris; artist Will Torres; toy hunter Steve Savino; author, artist and lecturer Arlen Schumer; artist and promoter Cliff Galbraith; and artist Christian Espiritosantos.

On display in the CHS parking lot will be the 1966 Batmobile, the “Back to the Future” DeLorean and the Bandit from “Smokey and the Bandit” fame. Members of the “Star Wars” fan club the 501st Legion will be on hand, Matt “Marty McFly” Bell — the world’s No. 1 Michael J. Fox lookalike — and cosplayers Joseph and Sonia Garcia will be there to add to the fun as Superman and Wonder Woman. There will be vendors of comics, toys, artwork and other cool pop culture-related items, a no-minimum-bid auction, a costume contest, and guest panels on comic art, writing, diversity in comics and a special panel discussion by Arlen Schumer on the 50th anniversary of the “Batman” TV series.

Admission to the event is charged; all proceeds will benefit the CHS Comicology Club.

For more details, visit, or contact Tom Jeron at [email protected] or

973 626-6620.