Last Friday, I went to a really cool event called Oddmall at the John S. Knight Center in downtown Akron. This event began about 6 years ago in Northeast Ohio by Mutha Oith Productions. Since its inception, Oddmall has only gotten bigger and there was even a second event that launched on the west coast.
Many of you may be asking, what is Oddmall? Well, I pulled this from the website because it does a way better job of explaining things.
“Oddmall is part art fair, part craft show, part comic con, part gaming festival, part cosplay extravaganza, part toy show, part antique show, part vintage fashion show, part geeksplosion, part music fest, part magic show, and part various undefinable othernesses. If it’s fun, artsy, geeky, crafty or odd, chances are it can be found at Oddmall. It’s the Emporium of the Weird.” (Source)
I also really liked this part:
“Oddmall is founded on several core tenets:
1. Oddmall is 100% FREE to the public. Sure, we encourage visitor to toss a few clams in the donation jar so we can keep it that way, but Oddmall is, has been, and always will be FREE as belly button lint (belly button lint is usually free; sorry, I failed Anology class in college).
2. Oddmall is open to everyone (except people who infringe upon anybody else’s right to be who they are). At Oddmall there’s no judging people for the things they enjoy. If you like to dress up like a giant action figure and have your picture taken with strangers GO FOR IT! If you dig making life-sized models of your pet cat out of old socks, do your THANG! Are you a collector of unusual art? Is your other car a TARDIS? Do you know Bruce Wayne’s middle name? Do people call you weird, strange, bizarre, nerdy, geeky, artsy-fartsy, or Gertrude? If so, Oddmall is the place for you. ONE OF US! ONE OF US!” (Source)
As a self-proclaimed Nerd Queen, I knew that this was the place for me and I had an absolutely amazing time. I got to meet some really amazing artists and it inspired me so much. I’m really considering getting a booth for their November show.
Anyway, enough of my chattering. Here’s a ton of pictures from the event. Enjoy!
Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School (Akron) run by Bill Lynn
Other Awesomeness (TARDIS!)
(I’m really digging the shirts from Rockeverywear)
Prints I Bought
I hope you all liked the photos and I hope those that are able to would be willing to check out the event this November. There’s more information on the website.
As always, thanks for reading,