Reports and Recordings from PulpFest 2018

Sep 17, 2018 by

“Summer’s Great Pulp Con” returned to Pittsburgh, Pa., for July 26-29, 2018. If you weren’t able to make it — or even if you did — check out these reports and recordings from PulpFest.

Read all about it

  • Lewis Forro writing as “The Supreme Leader” on his blog, The Leader’s Chronicles, provides a photographic report from PulpFest 2018. Expect a bit of tongue-in-cheek elements here.
  • Mike Glyer posts the Munsey Award announcement at his blog, File 770.
  • Ed Hulse, editor at Murania Press, had so much fun at this year’s convention that he had to break his report into part one and part two. His posts include photos by Curt Phillips.
  • Walker Martin reports on his visit to PulpFest, as well as offering his take on the future of the summer’s pulp convention. His is always a lively report, with plenty of conversation in the comments section.
  • Sai Shankar provides a photogaphic report from the convention, including interesting finds in the dealers’ room and the auctions.
  • David Lee Smith posted his PulpFest report on the Pulp Magazines group at Groups.io. (You will have to register and join the group to read the report.)

Also, J. Randolph Cox, editor emeritus of DIME NOVEL ROUND-UP, will have a PulpFest report in the next issue of the zine.

For your listening pleasure

Chris Ryan conducted a series of interviews at this year’s PulpFest for the podcast “Tell the Damn Story”:

This year’s PulpFest may be over, but there’s plenty of time to start planning to attend 2019’s gathering. The convention will be back at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pittsburgh, from Thursday, August 15, through Sunday, August 18. See you then!

(Robert Gould — the son of pulp artist John Fleming Gould — was one of the many presenters who spoke at PulpFest 2018. “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” is highly regarded for its programming. Please join us in August 2019 for “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories.” We’ll be exploring the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have influenced writers, artists, film directors, software developers, game designers, and other creators over the decades.)

Highlights from THE PULPSTER

Jul 6, 2018 by

THE PULPSTER #27THE PULPSTER returns with a battle-scarred 27th issue at PulpFest 2018. As usual, it’s packed with a variety of interesting articles pertaining to the pulp magazines.

Assistant editor Peter Chomko and editor William Lampkin put the issue to bed earlier this week. After the July 4 holiday, our printer got to work on the magazine, readying it for the members of this year’s PulpFest and FarmerCon 100.

Number 27 will offer articles that tie into the themes of this summer’s pulp convention — the war pulps and the depiction of war in popular culture, and Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

Tom Krabacher takes a look at editor Arthur Sullivant Hoffman’s World War I-era ADVENTURE and how it showed that pulps could be more than just escapist fiction. There’s also an article by Hoffman himself where he recounts the creation of the original American Legion in the pages of his magazine. And illustrator and cartoonist George Evans looks back at growing up reading air-war pulps.

There’s a short biography of Farmer, written by the man himself, as well as a piece on Farmer by PulpFest 2018 Guest of Honor Joe R. Lansdale.

But that’s not all:

A letter by author and editor Irene Cumming Kleeberg describes her time as a college intern working summers at Popular Publications in the early 1950s. David W. Smith examines the original Suicide Squad, a team of G-Men who battled crime well before DC Comics’ super-villain team-up took up that name. And Lampkin offers a glimpse at the reading material of Fatty Arbuckle’s cellmate.

Rounding out the issue, are columns by the editor, publisher Michael Chomko, and “Final Chapters,” in which editor emeritus Tony Davis remembers those of the pulp community who have passed away during the last year.

A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of summer pulp cons, THE PULPSTER #27 will be released at PulpFest 2018. Every member of PulpFest — including supporting members — will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.

PulpFest 2018 begins on Thursday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. We’ll be welcoming  Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and more — as our Guest of Honor. The convention will also be hosting a rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley. Additionally, there will be author readings, a great programming line-up, two auctions featuring unique collectibles, and a dealers’ room filled with pulps, digests, men’s adventure magazines, collectible paintings and illustrations, rare first editions, vintage paperbacks, comic books, unique films and more. All this, plus you get ten dollars off the daily admission to Confluence. It’s taking place the same weekend as summer’s AMAZING pulp con! All you have to do is show your PulpFest badge at the door to Pittsburgh’s long-running science fiction, fantasy and horror conference.

You can join both PulpFest 2018 and FarmerCon 100 by clicking the Register for 2018 button on the PulpFest home page.

(The cover art for THE PULPSTER #27 was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.

Following the convention, a limited number of copies of our program book will be available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books. Please write to Mike — who also serves as the marketing and programming director for PulpFest — at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA 18104-6542 to reserve your copy. Mike also has selected back issues of THE PULPSTER. Please write to him to learn about availability.

For questions about submissions to THE PULPSTER or comments about the issue, please write to Bill Lampkin at bill@pulpfest.com. For any questions about advertising in future issues of THE PULPSTER, back issues, or ordering issue #27 of THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.)

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THE PULPSTER Wants You!

Feb 19, 2018 by

In 2018, PulpFest will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The War to End All Wars had been raging in Europe since 1914. Though the Allied Forces and the Central Powers signed an armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, the war was only getting started in the pulp magazines. THE PULPSTER will look at how World War I was reflected in the pulp magazines during and in the decades after the Great War.

A draft cover for this year’s issue of THE PULPSTER is shown at left. French troops rush across no man’s land in artwork by Rudolph Belarski for the April 1940 issue of THRILLING ADVENTURES.

However, World War I is not the only subject we hope to cover in the issue. And that’s where you come in.

THE PULPSTER reflects not only the themes of PulpFest, but also the pulp magazine collecting hobby in general. We’re looking for articles on the pulps, their authors, artists, and editors, pulp history, and collecting itself. If you’ve got an idea, we’d like to hear it!

New material is preferred, but reprinted features — of limited distribution that our readers may not have seen — are also welcome.

PulpFest 2018 will also be saluting the centennial of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. So THE PULPSTER is certainly interested in articles on the celebrated author of TARZAN ALIVE: A DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF LORD GREYSTOKEDOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, the Riverworld and World of Tiers series, and many other works.

Please email editor Bill Lampkin at bill@pulpfest.com with your ideas. We have a number of articles in the works. So the earlier you reach out, the better. The deadline for completed articles is May 1, 2018.

If you’re interested in advertising in THE PULPSTER, please contact publisher Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. He can provide prices for ads and reserve your space. For information on ad sizes, please see the Advertising page at THE PULPSTER website. Cover spaces sell quickly, so order early.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Returning to Sunny Florida: Pulp AdventureCon

Jan 29, 2018 by

Pulp AdventureCon, FloridaTired of all of this cold weather? Why not head to sunny Fort Lauderdale, Florida, for the weekend?

If you’re into pulp magazines, golden-age comics, original art, men’s adventure magazines, vintage paperbacks, and movie memorabilia, then you should make the trip to join the activities at Pulp AdventureCon on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

The annual South Florida convention, sponsored by Bold Venture Press, is a one-day event and runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Universal Palms Hotel, at 4900 Powerline Road. It’s the sister of the long-running Pulp AdventureCon that’s been held in Bordentown, NJ, each November.

Golden-age comics artist Allen Bellman is the Guest of Honor. He started working for Timely Comics (the predecessor to Marvel Comics) in 1942, and was soon inking backgrounds for Syd Shores on CAPTAIN AMERICA, and illustrating the original Human Torch, The Patriot, and other comic-book heroes. He also contributed illustrations to several pulps published by Martin Goodman, who also was behind Timely Comics.

He stayed in the comic-book industry into the 1950s, last working for Lev Gleason Publications.

Bellman will have on hand copies of his recent memoir of working in the golden-age comic industry, TIMELY CONFIDENTIAL: WHEN THE GOLDEN AGE OF COMICS WAS YOUNG, which was published by Bold Venture Press, the sponsor of Pulp AdventureCon.

The con is less than a month away. Not only are tickets available for attending, but you can probably still reserve a table if you’re interested in hawking your pulps or pop-culture-related material. Contact the organizers, Bold Venture Press’ Rich Harvey or Audrey Parente, at boldventure@aol.com.

Write for THE PULPSTER

Sep 25, 2017 by

In 2018, PulpFest will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.

The War to End All Wars had been raging in Europe since 1914. Though the Allied Forces and the Central Powers signed an armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, the war was only getting started in the pulp magazines. THE PULPSTER will look at how World War I was reflected in the pulp magazines during and in the decades after the Great War.

A draft cover for next year’s issue of THE PULPSTER is shown at left. French troops rush across no man’s land in artwork by Rudolph Belarski for the April 1940 issue of THRILLING ADVENTURES.

But World War I is not the only subject we hope to cover in the issue. And that’s where you come in.

THE PULPSTER reflects not only the themes of PulpFest, but also the pulp magazine collecting hobby in general. We’re looking for articles on the pulps, their authors, artists, and editors, pulp history, and collecting itself. If you’ve got an idea, we’d like to hear it!

New material is preferred, but reprinted features of limited distribution that our readers may not have seen are also welcome.

Please email Editor Bill Lampkin at bill@pulpfest.com with your article pitch. We already have a number of articles in the works, so the earlier you can reach out, the better. The deadline for completed articles is May 1, 2018.

If you’re interested in advertising in THE PULPSTER, please contact publisher Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. He can provide prices for ads and reserve your space. For information on ad sizes, please see the Advertising page at THE PULPSTER website. Cover spaces sell quickly, so order early.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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Twenty Years of Doc Con!

Sep 18, 2017 by

Doc Con XX (2017)In fall 1998, five Doc Savage fans gathered together in a hotel in the Phoenix area to celebrate their shared love of a 1930s and ’40s pulp hero and his 181 adventures at the first Doc Con.

This year many more fans will again gather in Glendale, Ariz., for the 20th Doc Con on Oct. 20 – 22 to celebrate the exploits of Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze. (Fifty attended last year’s Doc Con XIX.)

“I am glad that what I started in 1998 has endured for so long,” said Rob Smalley, who organized the original con. “It’s a testimony to the dedication of the core group of people, which by the way gets larger every year. The Doc Con has changed in format and venues over the years, but each and every Doc Con over the last 19 years has been tons of fun no matter where it was held or how many fans attended.”

Jay Ryan, who with Rob has attended all Doc Cons, said, “Twenty years does seem like an accomplishment. The aspect that intrigues me the most is the fact that most of us were in our mid- to late 30s when we started Doc Con. Just a bunch of 30-something guys getting together to talk about a character that we appreciated. Hopefully, Doc Con is still just that except that now it is a bunch of 50-something guys.

“The most important part is still the getting together,” Jay continued, “and apparently we still enjoy that because Doc Con has grown from one day to three and in some cases four days. The die-hards still come in on Thursday and leave midway through Sunday. Of course, Doc Con has also expanded on events and the time is filled to the brim but all of it still revolves around hanging out together.”

The Doc Con XIX (2016) group photo

The Doc Con XIX (2016) group photo

Jay, Rob, and the other Arizona Fans of Bronze who organize and put on the convention have big plans for number 20. “Doc Con XX will be special in the obvious way… a milestone accomplishment reached,” Jay said. “Of course, as special guest, author David Avallone’s attendance will be appreciated by everyone. We had the current Doc Savage novel writer, Will Murray, in attendance last year, and this year it seemed fitting to have the current Doc Savage comic-book writer, Mr. Avallone, meet everyone and have him fill us in on that medium of Doc Savage. We also have some very special things planned for this year and the pre-registration gift is going to knock everyone’s socks off.”

Doc Con XX returns to the Comfort Inn University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. You can register for the con at docfantasycovers.com/Doc-Con/.

“My whole intent for starting Doc Con was to get Doc Savage fans together. Too many of us enjoyed our Doc Savage experience in solitude,” Rob said. He, like other Doc fans, is looking forward to this year’s con. “Every year I enjoy the company of all my Doc friends, and I really enjoy seeing new people attending and joining in the excitement and fun.”

Reviews and Recordings of PulpFest 2017

Sep 11, 2017 by

The dealers' room at PulpFest 2017

The dealers’ room at PulpFest 2017

PulpFest 2017 wrapped up six weeks ago. If you weren’t able to attend, that’s unfortunate. You missed over three days of pulp presentations, pulp deals, and plenty of pulp talk among true fans. But all is not lost.

You can catch a glimmer of what PulpFest is through the post-convention reports, the photos, and the podcasts that are available online.

PulpFest 2017 Guest of Honor Gloria Stoll Karn

PulpFest 2017 Guest of Honor Gloria Stoll Karn

Read all about it

Check out what these folks had to say about this year’s AMAZING summer pulp convention in their reports:

Tuning in

If you’re not in the dealers’ room during the day, you may be attending one of the New Pulp readings or FarmerCon panel discussions. In the evenings, you may be at one of the pulp panels.

Re-live — or listen to for the first time — a selection of the PulpFest 2017 programming:

After you’ve read the reports and listened to the recordings, go ahead and start planning to attend 2018’s PulpFest to experience it first-hand. It will take place over the last weekend in July, beginning on Thursday evening, July 26 and running through Sunday, July 29.

 

Highlights from THE PULPSTER

Jun 28, 2017 by

THE PULPSTER returns with a hardboiled and dangerous 26th issue at PulpFest 2017. As usual, it’s packed with a variety of interesting articles pertaining to the pulp magazines.

The articles are in hand, the advertising is coming in, and assistant editor Peter Chomko and editor William Lampkin are editing the copy, and assembly of the magazine has begun. So now seems like a good time for a tease of what will be jam-packed into the issue.

Number 26 will offer a number of articles that tie into two of the themes of this summer’s pulp convention: dangerous dames and psychos.

Authors and pulp historians Ron Goulart and Bill Pronzini each write about those dangerous dames. Goulart’s piece looks at the few female detectives from the pulps, while Pronzini examines the women authors whose fiction could be found on the pages of the detective pulps.

As for the psychos angle, how about author Robert Bloch? He’s best known these days for writing the 1959 novel that Alfred Hitchcock based his classic movie, PSYCHO, on. But before that, Bloch got his professional writing start in the pulp magazines. His first sale was made to WEIRD TALES, naturally. Professor Garyn Roberts profiles Bloch, and looks at the novel PSYCHO.

Tony Davis, editor emeritus of THE PULPSTER, writes about horror author and poet Mary Elizabeth Counselman, whom he corresponded with during the late 1970s and early ’80s.

In addition to articles about the pulps and their creators, THE PULPSTER will also feature an article by Curt Phillips offering tips on preserving your collection of the aging pulpwood magazines, and articles on DETECTIVE FICTION WEEKLY.

Rounding out the issue, are columns by editor Lampkin, publisher Michael Chomko, and “Final Chapters,” in which editor emeritus Davis remembers those of the pulp community who have recently passed away.

A longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of summer pulp cons, THE PULPSTER #26 will be released at PulpFest 2017. Every member — including supporting members — of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER. Following the convention, a limited number of copies of the program book will be available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books. Please write to Mike — who also serves as the marketing and programming director for PulpFest — at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA 18104-6542 to reserve your copy.

You can also order back issues of THE PULPSTER through Mike Chomko, Books. Please write to Mike at mike@pulpfest.com to learn about availability.

For questions about submissions to THE PULPSTER or comments about the issue, please write to Bill Lampkin at bill@pulpfest.com. For any questions about advertising in future issues of THE PULPSTER, back issues, or ordering issue #26 of THE PULPSTER, please write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover art for the 2017 PULPSTER was painted by Norman Saunders for the July 1949 number of BLACK MASK. The painting appears courtesy of his son, pulp art historian David Saunders. A limited edition poster of the painting is available in the “gift shop” at the Norman Saunders website, normansaunders.com.)

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THE PULPSTER wants you!

Jan 30, 2017 by

The Pulpster logoDo you have an idea for an article? THE PULPSTER would like to hear from you.

Bill Lampkin, the editor of THE PULPSTER, is in the planning stages for the 2017 edition of the annual magazine and is looking for articles related to the pulp magazines. He would welcome articles on the themes of this year’s PulpFest — hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos — or any other pulp-related topic that you’re interested in.

THE PULPSTER has a terrific lineup of articles every year, and you can make it even better by contributing.

If you have an idea for an article, please email Bill at bill@pulpfest.com. Deadline for submitting articles is April 30, 2017.

In addition to articles, THE PULPSTER also accepts advertising for anyone wanting to reach a very dedicated audience of pulp fans. Email publisher Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com for advertising rates and availability. For more details about advertising in THE PULPSTER, please visit THE PULPSTER‘s website.

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Returning to Sunny Florida: Pulp AdventureCon

Jan 16, 2017 by

Timely Comics artist Allen Bellman

Timely Comics artist Allen Bellman

A new year of pulp conventions kicks off with the southern edition of Pulp AdventureCon on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Special guest for the event will be Timely Comics artist Allen Bellman, who contributed to CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS, THE HUMAN TORCH, MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS, SUB-MARINER COMICS, ALL-WINNERS COMICS, and many other Timely titles. (Timely, of course, would morph into Marvel Comics.) Bellman, a longtime South Florida resident, will be on hand to sign autographs and talk about Timely publisher Martin Goodman and his company’s comics and pulps.

Pulp AdventureCon takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Universal Palms Hotel, 4900 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale. But attendees staying at the hotel usually hold informal gatherings Friday night before the show, and Saturday evening afterward, and anyone who’d like to participate is welcome. If you’re planning to stay overnight, use the special codeword “pulp” to receive the $109 room rate.

The Florida con, now in its third year, features pulp magazines, of course, but also a variety of pulp culture collectibles, such as New Pulp books, Golden Age comic books, Big Little Books, old-time radio and movie memorabilia, and more. (It’s also a great way to escape the winter weather; typical seasonal temperatures in Fort Lauderdale in February are highs in the upper 70s and lows in around 60.)

For more information, visit the Pulp AdventureCon website and the con’s blog.