PulpFest: The Great Convention

Dec 11, 2017 by

Are you thinking about attending PulpFest 2018? You’re probably wondering what to expect from this year’s convention. PulpFest is known for its great programming and the line-up that we’re planning for next year’s convention is shaping up to be one of our best.

2018 marks the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War. Also called “The War to End All Wars” and “The Great War,” PulpFest — The Great Convention — will be honoring the 100th anniversary of the war’s end by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture.

We’ll explore the work of Leonard H. Nason — who wrote about soldiers and war for ADVENTURE and other magazines — and have presentations on artistic interpretations of war in comic books, pulps, and men’s adventure magazines. Author and anthologist Don Hutchison will moderate a panel on “Fighting Aces of War Skies: The Pulps Take Flight” and Henry G. Franke, III — the editor of THE BURROUGHS BULLETIN — will discuss “Edgar Rice Burroughs and The Great War.” And Robert Gould will talk about his father — John Fleming Gould — the interior artist who illustrated every issue of G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES.

We’ll also be celebrating the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José FarmerPulpFest and its associated convention — FarmerCon — will be saluting the acclaimed author of such works as ESCAPE FROM LOKITHE DARK HEART OF TIME, the classic Riverworld series, and more. Join us for panels and presentations on “World Building and Writing in the Nine Continuity,” “The Dark Heart of Loki: Philip José Farmer Revisits 1918,” and the life and legacy of Philip José Farmer. We’ll also be showing the French documentary MOI, TARZAN, featuring Farmer, George McWhorter, and Francis Lacassin.

And don’t forget about our Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. Winner of the Edgar Award, ten Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many other awards, Joe will be talking with Tony Davis — editor emeritus of THE PULPSTER and winner of the 1999 Lamont Award — on Saturday evening, July 28, in the PulpFest programming room. Mr. Lansdale will also be available at other times during the convention.

To give you an idea about what you’ll encounter from July 26 through July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” — below is the planned schedule for PulpFest 2018. We hope to see you at the convention. You can join PulpFest by clicking the Register for 2018 button on our home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. They’re going fast!


Thursday, July 26

Dealers’ Room

3:00 PM – 11:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Set-Up

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Early Registration

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM — Dealers’ Room Open for Early-Bird Shopping


8:40 – 9:10 PM — Leonard H. Nason — Soldier and Writer (Kurt Shoemaker)

9:20 – 9:50 PM — Edgar Rice Burroughs and The Great War (Henry G. Franke, III)

10:00 – 10:40 PM — Life and Death on the Front Lines: The War Comics (Michelle Nolan)

10:45 – 11:15 PM — World Building and Writing in the Nine Continuity (FarmerCon 100 Panel)

11:25 – 12:30 AM — MOI, TARZAN — French Documentary Featuring George McWhorter, Philip José Farmer, & Francis   Lacassin

Friday, July 27

Dealers’ Room

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM — Early Registration and Dealers’ Room Set-Up

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All


12:30 – 1:10 PM — Violence in Bloom (a New Fictioneers reading by Gary Rabuzzi)

1:15 – 1:55 PM — Allan Quatermain and the Beast Men (a New Fictioneers reading by Wayne Carey)

2:00 – 2:30 PM — Philip José Farmer Interviews Lord Greystoke (featuring Chuck Loridans & Christopher Paul Carey)

2:35 – 3:15 PM — Swords Against the Moon Men (a New Fictioneers reading by Christopher Paul Carey)

3: 20 – 4:00 PM — Landscape of Darkness (a New Fictioneers reading by Sara Light-Waller)

3:30 – 4:30 PM — Friday Night Auction Preview

6:55 – 7:00 PM — Welcome to PulpFest (Convention Chairman Jack Cullers)

7:00 – 7:40 PM — 100 Years of Philip José Farmer: His Influence and Legacy (FarmerCon 100 Panel)

7:50 – 8:20 PM — Life and Death on the Front Lines: The Men’s Adventure Magazines and the Art of War (Bob Deis and Wyatt Doyle)

8:30 – 9:10 PM — Fighting Aces of War Skies: The Pulps Take Flight (Don Hutchison — moderator — Chris Kalb, Bill Mann, Steve Young)

9:10 – 9:50 PM — Special Guest Presentation: John Fleming Gould, Pulp Illustrator (Robert Gould)

9:50 – 10:05 PM — Last Minute Auction Viewing

10:05 – 12:00 AM — Friday Night Auction

Saturday, July 28

Dealers’ Room

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All


12:30 – 2:00 PM — FarmerJam (all members of FarmerCon 100 and PulpFest 2018 are welcome to read from their favorite Philip José Farmer work or reminisce about the author and his work)

2:10 – 3:10 PM — Flinch Books Fest (featuring New Fictioneers John Bruening & Jim Beard)

3:15 – 4:15 PM — FarmerCon Reading Duet (featuring New Fictioneers Win Scott Eckert & Frank Schildiner)

3:30 – 4:30 PM — Saturday Night Auction Preview

5:00 – 6:45 PM — PulpFest Group Meal

7:00 – 7:20 PM — PulpFest Annual Business Meeting (meet the convention organizers)

7:20 – 7:30 PM — Munsey Award Presentation (presented by David Saunders)

7:35 – 8:20 PM — Our Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale (interviewed by Tony Davis)

8:25 – 9:05 PM — Life and Death on the Front Lines: The Art of the War Pulps (David Saunders)

9:10 – 9:50 PM — The Dark Heart of Loki: Philip José Farmer Revisits 1918 (FarmerCon 100 Panel)

9:50 – 10:05 PM — Last Minute Auction Viewing

10:05 – 12:00 AM — Saturday Night Auction

Sunday, July 29

Dealer’s Room

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All (many dealers will be packing up; buying opportunities may be limited)

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2018 post card features the work of artist Gertrude C. Orde. Her painting was originally used as the cover for the January 1932 number of Fawcett Publications’ BATTLE STORIES. It’s based on the poster art for the classic World War I film, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT.)



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