2023 Special Events
All Special Events held in Junior Ballroom, Ground Floor
7:30 - 9 pm
The Black Pen Society and The Pen Notes Project present
VINTAGE PENS FOR THE MODERN PEN USER: EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK
Panelists: Paul Erano, Myk Daigle, and Trevis Young
Moderated by: Joshua Lax
The world of vintage pens offers an incredible opportunity to add fascinating, beautiful, and functional pens to your collection for relatively low costs. But where to start? What should you look for? Is it all about flex? What if the nibs are scratchy? Is it hard to clean and polish the pens? Is it annoying to fix them? Where can I learn more if I am curious?
The Black Pen Society and The Pen Notes Project invite you to a panel discussion offering an overview of what you need to get started in the right direction buying, repairing, and using vintage fountain pens. The program is geared to all fountain pen enthusiasts and makers of all levels and interests. The program is the inaugural event of The Pen Notes Project, a new YouTube channel devoted to presenting and preserving information about vintage fountain pens.
After the success of last year's Nib Wars event, Esterbrook wanted to bring the community together again -- and this time, you're invited to play along!
What's better than a good ol' fashion board game? And maybe some friendly competition along the way. During the D.C. Pen Show, we will be hosting a puzzle challenge! Teams of four will race the clock -- and each other -- to finish the puzzle in time. Whether you're a puzzle master or just want to hang out and share in some laughs with friends, everyone's welcome to this event!
To register, click here to fill out the form. You can sign up as a group of four, or individually and we will assign you a team prior to the event.
4 SOCIAL MEDIA STARS AT SUPERSHOW SEMINARS
Saturday 11 AM
David Parker aka FIGBOOT
Figboot will discuss the process and business of
reviews, YouTube, and social media in general......
plus Q & A.
Check out Figboot's Pen Show 101
Plus visit both Galen Leather and Studyo Agackagan as well as
Jonathan Brooks at the SUPERSHOW!
Watch this brilliant interview with David and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, a fountain pen collector.
Saturday 3 PM
Mike Matteson - INKDEPENDENCE
HAVE YOU SEEN MY BAG?
We all love great pens, inks, and papers and we want to take them with
us! Are you interested in learning about great bags and backpacks?
Mike “Inkdependence” Matteson has been collecting backpacks, messenger
bags, slings, pouches, and other things for years, and he’ll be bringing bags
and packs from at least 10 different great carry brands. We’ll talk about what
makes a bag great, how you can find a great bag for your needs, and whatever
else you might have questions about. We’ll have time for you to get hands-on
with a bunch of great bags after the talk and Q&A.
Come and discover something you’ll want to carry with you for years!
Mike is a blogger, YouTuber, Twitch streamer, and (when he's not doing that) he is a philosophy teacher at a University in North Carolina. He has been accumulating pens for as long as he can remember, and he's been talking about them on the internet since 2012. He is also a little too into cool bags and backpacks.
Here are Mike and Audrey discussing doing THIS seminar on their popular Friday Chat on 7/14/23.
Mike will be live streaming the SUPERSHOW so be on the lookout to say hi!
Mike will also be walking around the SUPERSHOW doing a live stream - be sure to say HELLO.
Sunday 11 AM
Brian Goulet and Drew Brown
THE GOULET PENCAST: LIVE RECORDING AND MEET AND GREET!
Join Brian Goulet and Drew Brown in-person for a live recording of the 100th episode of The Goulet Pencast - a casual and informal, tangential and extraneous, superfluous and extemporaneous fountain pen show where they talk about what’s going on at The Goulet Pen Company and in their fountain pen lives! Brian and Drew will attempt to do a shortened version of the show so that there's plenty of time to hang out and say hi afterwards!
Brian Goulet presents What is a Fountain Pen? Fountain Pen 101 Part One
A recent Brian and Drew Pencast "Things We Wish We Knew BEFORE Getting Our First Pen!"
Go to table of each Exhibitor for the Activities and Raffles
Pilot Pen Survey
Your opinions matter to us! Participate in our quick survey about fountain pens and receive an exclusive Pilot postcard as a thank-you gift. Don't forget to visit the Pilot table at the DC SUPERSHOW to claim your special reward. Take the survey now: https://42bpof5po7s.typeform.com/to/p6eu69tp.
See you at the show!
Visit the following exhibitors for special raffles. At their table, the exhibitors will post the date and time for the raffle.
Many other exhibitors will also have specials for the SUPERSHOW.
LITTLE PEN DESIGNS
One custom made pen on each day Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Platinum #3776 Century Black Diamond Broad rhodium nib, Black translucent body
with rhodium trim. MSRP $300.00
Waldmann Tuscany Lines This exquisite fine writing instrument is 3-micron 24kt gold plated with 18kt gold nib EF. MSRP $720.00
Waldman Sterling Silver “two-in-one” A ballpoint and fountain pen together. The top unscrews
and the nib is an 18kt gold nib. MSRP $ 450.00
PEN BOUTIQUE special pen collaboration with LEONARDO at Leonardo table on Saturday
One Pilot Ishime on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. MSRP $800
PLEASANT VALLEY TEXTILES
One Took Roll hand-crafted, lined felt roll holds 7 pens
One custom pen giveaway
Conklin Classic 125 limited edition fountain pen designed by Dante Del Vecchio and made in Italy. MSRP $1,249
The SUPERSHOW thanks all of the exhibitors for providing raffles and specials for you to enjoy during the pen show.