If you’re thinking about attending PulpFest 2016, why not bring your spouse or even your whole family? Columbus, Ohio, is a very walkable city with hip galleries, shops, dining, nightlife, sports and hotels just steps from the Hyatt Regency in the Short North Arts District and the Arena District. Other downtown districts — German Village, the Brewery District, and the Theatre District — are within 10 blocks of the hotel, quite reachable on foot or via a short cab ride. You can also utilize Columbus’ free circulator bus, the CBUS, for a quick and easy way to hop from the Short North to German Village. Or take advantage of nice weather and rent a bike for the day through the CoGo bike share program.
The city of Columbus is home to wide range of world-class museums. The Columbus Museum of Art enjoys an international reputation for its distinguished collections of European and American Modernism, while the Wexner Center for the Arts is Columbus’ premier contemporary arts institution. The Center of Science and Industry — COSI — features exhibits and demonstrations relating to the worlds of science and industry. Aimed at both the young and old, with exhibits that tie contemporary times to the historical past, COSI is sure to have something for everyone.
The Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is dedicated to the history of motorcycles and motorized bikes, while the Franklin Park Conservatory features 90 acres of outdoor green space, 400 plant species, 100 butterfly species, 800 feet of model railroad track, 7,000 panes of glass, and 100 years of tradition. Visitors can explore a tropical rainforest, a cool Himalayan mountain, or an inviting Pacific island water garden. Take a free historic and architecturally stunning tour of the Ohio Statehouse downtown or visit the Thurber House, located next to the newly renovated Columbus Metropolitan Library, is a living house museum celebrating James Thurber, author of THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY and other works.
Just north of the city are the top-ranked Columbus Zoo and Aquarium — which hosts a wide variety of land and marine animals including Florida manatees, wildebeests, Masai giraffes, and Burmese pythons — and the Olentangy Indian Caverns where you can beat the heat during the summer months.
If baseball is your thing then the Cleveland Indians AAA affiliate, the Columbus Clippers, play at Huntington Park in the energetic Arena District of downtown Columbus, home to our host hotel, the beautiful Hyatt Regency. For those who like to roll the dice or play the horses, the Hollywood Casino Columbus lies to the city’s west while Scioto Downs is to the south.
If you enjoy fresh food, the North Market, just a few minutes walk from the Hyatt, is the city’s only public market. It’s home to nearly three dozen unique, independent merchants and farmers that sell a wide variety of fresh, local, authentic food. For the shopper interested in some of the nation’s premier retailers, the Easton Town Center is an outdoor shopping area with more than 200 stores, restaurants, a 30-screen AMC and IMAX theatre, a comedy club, and much more. Polaris Fashion Place, located on the north side of the city, offers retail anchors like Saks Fifth Avenue. And don’t forget that Columbus is ranked #3 on the “Fashionable Destinations” list. You can find out why by visiting the shopping page of the Experience Columbus website.
For those who enjoy music and food, the Jazz and Rib Fest will take place along the Arena District’s riverfront in McFerson Commons and North Bank Park from Friday, July 22nd, through Sunday, July 24th. Three stages will host the finest local, regional and international jazz artists, while barbeque pit masters will serve up sizzling ribs, chicken and more. Savor the best ribs from around the country as 23 award-winning barbeque teams compete for the festival’s “Best Ribs” bragging rights. It’s about a 15-minute stroll from the Hyatt Regency Columbus, and admission is free!
These are just a few of the many events and amenities offered by the city of Columbus, Ohio. Below are some resources for conventioneers and their family members to learn more about the many things that PulpFest’s host city has to offer:
Columbus, Ohio, Official Site — welcome to Columbus.
Experience Columbus — visitor’s guide to the city, presented by the convention and visitor’s bureau.
Discover Ohio — quick guide to Columbus attractions.
ColumbusArts.com — your guide to cultural events and organizations in central Ohio.
The Columbus Dispatch — catch up on the local news.
Columbus Alive — a guide to city life, restaurants, the arts and entertainment.
Click here to request a Columbus Visitors Guide by mail.
And for those who would like to experience more of the state of Ohio, below are some resources to help you in your journey:
Discover Ohio — what to do and where to go in the state of Ohio.
Arts in Ohio — a guide to arts and cultural events in Ohio.
Ohio Magazine — beauty, adventure, and fun in the state of Ohio.
Join PulpFest 2016 to be part of a great celebration of American popular culture in a great American city. Start making your plans right now to join the 45th convening of “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” in 2016. It will take place July 21–24 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
(If you have any questions about Columbus, Ohio’s own Jack Cullers is the man to contact. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictured above are views of German Village, the Franklin Park Conservatory, Huntington Park, and the Jazz and Rib Fest.)
It’s called new pulp – stories by modern writers who recreate the style of fiction that appeared in the pulp magazines of yore. Back then, the authors who labored for the rough paper industry liked to call themselves scribes, word-slingers, penny-a-worders, and, perhaps the most favored term of all, fictioneers. Join PulpFest as we celebrate today’s fictioneers — the authors writing the new pulp fiction.
If you’re a writer who has been inspired by the work of yarn-spinners such as Edgar Rice Burroughs, Raymond Chandler, Walt Coburn, Carroll John Daly, Lester Dent, Frederick Faust, Walter B. Gibson, Edmond Hamilton, Robert E. Howard, H. Bedford-Jones, Henry Kuttner, H. P. Lovecraft, Norvell Page, Clark Ashton Smith, Jack Williamson, and countless others who churned out commercial fiction for the pulp market, PulpFest is looking for you!
Every year since 2009, we’ve featured readings by some of the best writers of today’s pulp fiction. Jason Scott Aiken, Jim Beard, Christopher Paul Carey, Win Scott Eckert, Ron Fortier, William Patrick Maynard, Will Murray, Duane Spurlock, and many others have read excerpts from their work, showcasing a wide range of exciting new fiction. Afterward, they’ve talked with their audiences, answering questions, fielding comments, discussing works-in-progress, and selling their books. Both our writers and their audiences have loved these events.
We call these fifty-minute (or less) sessions our “New Fictioneers” readings and we’re hoping to have some great ones at PulpFest 2016. As we have for the last seven years, PulpFest is seeking writers for its New Fictioneers program, scheduled for Friday, July 22nd, and Saturday, July 23rd. If you’re a writer of contemporary genre fiction who would like to participate in our 2016 festivities, please send an email to PulpFest committee member Chuck Welch at email@example.com. Chuck is looking for at least four writers to present their work at our 2016 convention. Tell him the kind of stuff you write, where you’ve been published, when you’d be available for a reading, and anything else that would help you to become one of our celebrated New Fictioneers.
In order to give the convention time to prepare its marketing of the 2016 New Fictioneers, all reader applications for PulpFest 2016 must be submitted by May 1, 2016. Space is limited — only a select number of readers will be chosen for the 2016 convention. If you’re writing contemporary genre fiction — detective, fantasy, pulp hero, science fiction, western, and so on — Chuck Welch is looking forward to hearing from you.
Otto Binder, Manly Wade Wellman, Julius Schwartz, Jack Williamson, L. Sprague de Camp, Dr. John Clark, Frank Belknap Long, Mort Weisinger, Edmond Hamilton, and Otis Adelbert Kline — fictioneers all — gathered for the photograph above outside the offices of Standard Magazines in July 1937. It’s one of over two dozen photographs of pulp writers featured in E. Hoffman Price’s BOOK OF THE DEAD — FRIENDS OF YESTERYEAR: FICTIONEERS AND OTHERS, published by Arkham House Publishers in 2001.
Every year, PulpFest recognizes the efforts of those who work to keep the pulps alive for this and future generations through its Munsey Award (pictured at left). Named after Frank A. Munsey, the man who published the first pulp magazine, this annual award recognizes an individual who has given of himself or herself for the betterment of the pulp community, be it through disseminating knowledge about the pulps or through publishing or other efforts to preserve and to foster interest in the pulp magazines we all love and enjoy. Nominations for the 2016 Munsey are now being accepted. All members of the pulp community, whether they plan to attend PulpFest 2016 or not (of course, we certainly hope that you do attend the convention), are welcome to nominate a deserving person for this year’s award.
You can also nominate someone for the Rusty Hevelin Service Award, designed to recognize those persons who have worked long and hard for the pulp community with little fanfare. It is meant to reward those who work behind-the-scenes, helping us all.
If you have someone in mind that you feel worthy to receive either of these prestigious awards, please let us know. All members of the pulp community, excepting past winners of the Munsey, Hevelin, or Lamont Awards (which had been awarded by Pulpcon, the predecessor of PulpFest), are eligible. Please send the person’s name and a brief explanation describing why you feel that person should be honored to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko, 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542 or to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for nominations is April 30, 2016. The recipient of the Munsey and/or Rusty Hevelin Service Award will be selected through a vote cast by all the living Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Award winners. The award will be presented on Saturday, July 23rd, during the convention’s evening programming.
Our 2015 Munsey Award winner was Stephen T. Miller. You can read about Steve by clicking here. No one was nominated for the Rusty Hevelin Service Award.
(The Munsey Award was created in 2009 by artist David Saunders, the son of legendary illustrator Norman Saunders. Dan Zimmer of The Illustrated Press and publisher of ILLUSTRATION MAGAZINE has produced a limited edition of thirty-six numbered and signed prints. The PulpFest Committee is indebted to both David and Dan for their generous support of our convention.)
Pulpdom lost one of its few surviving pulp fictioneers recently. Charles Boeckman Jr., who wrote as Charles Beckman Jr., died Oct. 12, 2015, just a month shy of his 95th birthday.
Boeckman broke into the pulps in the mid-1940s and continued writing for them through the format’s demise. Among the pulps that he wrote for were DETECTIVE TALES, FIFTEEN WESTERN TALES, DIME MYSTERY MAGAZINE, DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE, STAR WESTERN, and others. Several of his stories were adapted for television in the 1950s and 1960s, including “I’ll Make the Arrest” (MANHUNT, January 1953) for NBC’s “Celebrity Playhouse.”
When he wasn’t writing, Boeckman toured with his jazz band as a clarinetist and saxophonist. He wrote COOL, HOT AND BLUE: A HISTORY OF JAZZ FOR YOUNG PEOPLE in the late 1960s. His autobiography, PULP JAZZ: THE CHARLES BOECKMAN STORY, which recounted his life as a jazzman and pulp writer, was published earlier this year by Bold Venture Press.
Through the efforts of his wife, Patti, Boeckman found new celebrity among pulp fans in the past decade. Bold Venture also published two collections of his pulp stories, while Pro Se Productions put out new works by Boeckman.
Patti Boeckman wrote the entry for her husband at The PulpWiki. There are interviews with Boeckman on David Cranmer’s blog The Education of a Pulp Writer, and in an episode of Texas Standard news program. His obituary appeared in the CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES.
A lifelong Texan, Boeckman was born in Seguin on Nov. 9, 1920. He died in Corpus Christi at age 94.
(The photograph of Charles Boeckman Jr., by George Tuley, originally appeared in the CORPUS CHRISTI CALLER-TIMES.)
As the leaves disappear from the trees, the pulp and paperback convention scene is drawing to a close. Classicon, one of the first pulp and paperback shows to be established, marks the end of the season. Twice each year, Classicon features thirty-five tables displaying thousands of collectible pulp magazines, paperbacks, vintage comic books, original artwork, and more. A one-day show, you’ll find calendars, pin-up art, genre books and magazines, vintage comic books, and much more for sale or trade. The 48th edition of Classicon will take place at the University Quality Inn, 3121 East Grand River Ave, in Lansing, Michigan, north of the Frandor Shopping Center and just off US 127. It will be held on Saturday, November 14th from 10 AM to 4 PM.
Although Classicon marks the end of this year’s pulp shows, there are plenty more coming in 2016. To keep abreast of them all, please bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ and visit often. You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. For those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. Wherever you find PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed about all the shows in the world of pulp.
Many thanks to everyone who attended PulpFest 2015. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2016. We’ll be back at the Hyatt Regency Columbus from July 21 – 24, 2016 for the 45th convening of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” Bring your friends! They’ll have an AMAZING time.
(This poor girl certainly picked the wrong place to go trick-or-treating, but PulpFest was still extremely proud to welcome artist and illustrator Jon Arfstrom as its special guest to its 2015 convention. Perhaps the last surviving artist to paint covers for the original run of “The Unique Magazine,” WEIRD TALES, including this one for its September 1953 issue, Mr. Arfstrom was interviewed by pulp art historian David Saunders during the convention’s celebration of H. P. Lovecraft and the magazine that published the bulk of his fiction. Your PulpFest organizing committee is hard at work on next year’s convention, hoping to land more special guests for our 2016 convention. We’ll keep you posted about our plans right here at http://www.pulpfest.com/.)