Bob Johnson started the DC Pen SUPERSHOW in 1992. With his continued vision and dedication in establishing a venue for pen enthusiasts to meet, sell, and discuss their interest in fountain pens, Bob created the largest pen show in the world drawing attendees from numerous countries and states.
Sadly, Bob passed away in September 2020 but his sister, Barbara Johnson, and nephew, Jeff Hancock, both long time pen show helpers, carry on his legacy.
"Register Now" button links to Exhibitor table registration and Weekend Trader ticket purchase page.
PUBLIC ADMISSION TICKETS
Public admission tickets will not be on sale on the dcpenshow.com website until July. Tickets will also be sold at the door - cash, check or credit card.
Friday, August 4 - $25, noon - 5 pm
Saturday, August 5 - $10, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, August 6 - $10, 10 am - 5 pm
Please note - Public admission starts at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday. You may come earlier, but you will stand in line until 10 am.
WEEKEND TRADER TICKETS
WEEKEND TRADER tickets are ideal for people who are new to pens and pen shows because you have more time to talk with exhibitors and look at the products. Serious collectors appreciate having the extra day to visit with exhibitors.
1. Permit attendance at the SUPERSHOW EVERY DAY Thursday - Sunday. Only Weekend Traders and Exhibitors may attend the SUPERSHOW on Thursday.
2. May sit at a table on Thursday - tables are assigned Friday - Sunday.
3. Early entrance Friday - Sunday.
4. Include admission for one non-collecting significant other.
5. Attendance included at any special events.
6. Cost only $50. Purchase now using "Register Now" button above.
ABOUT THE SHOW
2023 SUPERSHOW SPONSORS
PEN SHOW PLANNING
Below are several excellent You Tube links to help you attend a pen show - either as a newbie or seasoned visitor:
1. Mike Matteson, Inkdependence - How to Pen Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWT9YL4nFy8
Mike has You Tube videos of the 2021 and 2022 SUPERSHOWS:
2021 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4H6VDF_Uww
2022 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46PDtKc_lS4&t=539s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z7FTPqWiho&t=12s
2. David Parker, Figboot - Pen Show 101: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJj1FP3YPYw
David will present a seminar at the 2023 SUPERSHOW.
The ever popular ink testing tables will contain ink donations from several SUPERSHOW exhibitors - THANK YOU
GOULET - SAMPLE SETS
ITOYA - SAILOR & TACCIA
LUXURY BRANDS - COLORVERSE & NOODLERS
YAFA - MONTEVERDE & PRIVATE RESERVE
Two special inks for the SUPERSHOW will be available this year:
Anderillium Ink will introduce "POTOMAC"
Special Edition Ink for the SUPERSHOW
Yafa Brands will have "Viva Magenta"
2023 Color of the Year