INCLUDICON SPOTLIGHT: Oddmall

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.

Oddmall is founded on several core tenets:

1. Entry is FREE. We appreciate your donations ($5 is suggested) but nobody will be turned away if they can’t afford it.

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!

The Oddmall Art and Craft Fair

Oddmall is more than just an ordinary craft show. It’s a celebration of uniqueness, creativity, imagination, and wonder where artists, crafters, and like-minded sorts gather to offer their unusual creations for public consumption. It’s a forum for creative expression, a classroom for esoteric wisdom, a soapbox for wild ideas, a miraculous marketplace of the unconventional, a metaphorical Serengetian watering hole where the zebras and wildebeests of inspiration and artistry congregate amidst the snapping crocodiles and scorching sunbeams of originality and ingenuity. …umm yeah. Anyway, it’ll be fun. Trust me.

The Oddmall Comic, Game, & Toy Exposition

It’s an overflowing cornucopia of raw, burning geekiness! This amazing combobulation of toys, games, comics, books, and all things fun and geeky is a HUGE part of Oddmall. There will be special guests, superheroes, a costume contest, dozens of vendors, and all sorts of other snazzy jazz. At most our shows the Comic, Toy, & Game Exposition and the Art Show are best friends, sharing the same space. At Emporium of the Weird (our May show) the large room upstairs is reserved for the Oddmall Art and Craft Fair while the rest of the space is open to vendors of all sorts (including artists and crafters).

Oddmall hosts several shows throughout the year in Northern Ohio and the Pacific Northwest.  Each show has its own flavor and special events (costume contests, car shows, eyeball races, camping, etc…). Visit www.oddmall.info for more information.