Sunday, May 7, 2023

May 2023's ToyMan Show was Fun and Full of Great Finds!

I missed the last ToyMan show in March due to my wife, son, and little ol' me being sick with sinus concerns. Thankfully, everyone is currently feeling good in our household so I was able to visit the show today. I'm glad I did as the ToyMan show is always fantastic--and this show I got some stellar comics in addition to enjoying browsing all the cool stuff for sale.

A number of folks at the show that I'm friends with saw my post on Friday announcing our upcoming baby, so a number of people congratulated me and wished Samii and me the best. One of the first of many cool folks I ran into was Jack Thomas from Fortress Comics. He had a ton of silver and bronze age comics for sale at wildly good prices in addition to other neat stuff. I also saw my chum Spike of Lost in Space Toys and Collectibles. Tom from Alliance Comics, Toys, & Games had many cool books as well. I was able to cut a deal with John Chaffee from Bigfoot Comics & Collectibles which resulted in these incredibly cool Batman comics coming home with me:

Toys of Our Youth was present with plenty of goodies as were the good people behind Retro Resale. I also got to meet in-person artist Craig Poddig. I'd seen his work at my local comic shop, Altered State, but hadn't yet put a face to the name--as they say. It was lovely to see him in person and tell him how much I like his work. You can find it here at Poddig's Paintings. I had a chance to talk to my friend, Brian Lan, too and he had some movie recommendations for me. Plus, I did some dealings with Vince of VK Toys which allowed me to acquire these two snazzy Marvel comics:

In the upstairs area, my good friend Jessica Mathews chatted with me about an upcoming book she's hard at work on. Another buddy of mine, Lindsay Hornsby, had her great comics and art for sale too and we discussed how crazy-busy the week had been with many events/occasions. I next saw Debbie Manbe Kupfer, whom I met at the last ToyMan show I was able to attend in January. She had her fantastic books for sale and was a treat to speak with as before. As you can tell from this article, the latest ToyMan show was packed to the gills with tons of great stuff--but isn't it always?

Whether you want comics (like me), vintage toys, Funko Pops, Legos, hot wheels, autographs, wrestling-themed items, anime, or any other fun thing, you will likely find a vendor or creator with it at Toyman. I always bring my little cart-on-wheels with me anytime I go to the show because I end up trading for and buying so much fun stuff. I'd encourage you to plan on visiting for the next show. It takes place on July 9th. You can find all the details via the official website and as long as our baby isn't here yet I'll plan on being there too!

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