Thursday, August 28, 2014

This Week at the Market: Saturday, August 30

Is it already Labor Day weekend?! Man, the summer went by fast! Come see us at the market this Saturday to soak up some of the last bits of summer sun, sip your favorite lemonade and let your kids unwind with some yoga and music after this first week of school. We're closed next Saturday, September 6th, so be sure to come see us this weekend for your weekly dose of handmade awesomeness.

Thanks to everyone who entered our Market Pup 2014 Contest last weekend! See all the furry contestants on our Instagram page and see the winner right here! Pup and bandana by Bozie's Bags.

Joining Us:

ThunderKid Manga is back with his Japanese styled original comic book! Get to know the artist and this great read in this week's Vendor Profile.

Be sure to catch the last weekend of Bespoke Not Broke's Summer Sale - 50% off only at Fenton Street Market!

Chesapeake Creative joins us again with their awesome greeting cards and books.

Pick up a new print from Larry Stevens ART.

Community Programming:

10:00am - 1:00pm: Show Silver Spring Incorporated where you think the unincorporated morass known as Silver Spring begins & ends. (Ages 3-5)

10:30am: Free Toddlers Music Class by Bach to Rock - featuring dynamic music and movement-based activities, playing with live instruments and musical inspired story-time.

10:30am - 11:30am: Free Mixed Level Flow Yoga Class with Sky House Yoga

11:30am - 12:30pm: Free Kids Yoga Class with Sky House Yoga

We'll see you at the market!
Saturday, August 30, 2014
10am - 4pm
Veteran's Plaza, Silver Spring

Coming Up at the Market:
Saturday, September 6: MARKET CLOSED for Silver Spring Jazz Fest
Saturday, September 13: FSM's 5th Birthday Party at the Market!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vendor Profile: ThunderKid Manga

Meet Reuel - the author and illustrator of kids Japanese comic book ThunderKid Manga. Reuel has been selling his manga and ThunderKid swag at the market for a few years now and it's one of our go-to gifts for the kids in our life. Get to know this very talented artist AND Engineering Ph.D. Candidate in this week's Vendor Profile.

1. Who are you, where are you from and what do you sell? 

My name is Reuel Smith from Gaithersburg Maryland! I’m a graduate student doing his PhD in reliability engineering at the UMD and a local comic author who writes and draws an all-ages comic book called ThunderKid! My main property is the first printed volume of my comic, but I also sell button pins, posters, and apparel like bags and t-shirts.

2. How did you get started in your business and what is your future vision?

I’ve been drawing nearly my whole life and I love comics and cartoons! In 1999 I had first come up with the idea for a character called ThunderKid and eventually in 2006 I began work establishing him as an online webcomic for all ages which went online in late 2007. By 2010 I had done enough chapters to print my first volume and my business officially began. Originally I tried selling at anime conventions exclusively because it’s done in the manga style (Japanese for comic). But I wanted to do more to reach more kids as they are my primary target audience, so I started attending more local fairs and markets since late 2011. I ultimately want to introduce ThunderKid to many, many kids across the nation so they may grow up with a comic done like manga that they can pick up and read without too many worries from the parents.

3. Tell us why you do what you do. What is so special about your business?

First of all I love to draw! God’s given me a love for drawing and creativity. It’s something that I’ve loved doing since I was a little kid. Most of all I want to put that love to good use. I believe that very few webcomics and manga are targeting kids these days, and this is why I chose the manga format for my series. The audience that manga caters to is predominantly skewed towards older teens and young adults with very little that is either targeting or savory for younger teens and children. This is what I like to think makes us special as a business because ThunderKid was made with kids of all ages in mind. I love to see a child take interest in ThunderKid and most of all get into it. It lets me feel like I’m putting my talent to good use and giving back to the community.

ThunderKid Figurine

4. What is your favorite thing about FSM?

I’ve only been to a few, but right now dad and I are loving the community, not only between the local visitors but also among the vendors. It’s very tight knit group all together!

Keep up with ThunderKid on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, plus come see him at the market this Saturday.

Read more Vendor Profiles here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Market Moments: Market Pup 2014

It's official - Congratulations to Kaiser and Sylvia for winning this year's Market Pups Contest with a whopping 58 likes on Instagram! You may have seen them and their owner Mike at the market before. They visit almost every Saturday to hunt for some Fenton Finds and pose for pictures with cute babies.

Congratulations to our Runners Up!
In second place, Holly with her great bandana and 38 likes.
In third place, Perry with 27 likes.

See all of this year's contestants on our Instagram page! Thanks to everyone who entered and Happy National Dog Day!