Pulps, Snacks, and Suds in Our Con Suite

Mar 13, 2017 by

Why do we attend PulpFest? We’re able to find pulps and other collectibles across the Internet. So perhaps it seems foolish to travel hundreds or even thousands of miles to attend a convention dedicated to magazines that most people know nothing about.

But PulpFest is more than a dealers’ room featuring tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips. PulpFest is people — readers and collectors with a common interest in pulp fiction and pulp art. People who realize that the pulps had a profound impact on American popular culture.

Why do we attend PulpFest? According to collector Walker Martin: “They are a hell of a lot of fun! Not only do you get to roam around a gigantic dealer’s room full of books and pulps, but you get to meet and talk to some of the greatest collectors and dealers. These will lead to future deals and contacts. Plus you can eat and drink with these folks!”

The con suite will return at PulpFest 2017. Our host hotel — the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — will be providing a room for our members where they can socialize after a hearty day of collecting in our dealers’ room and partaking in our evening programming.

You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting and talk about the things that you love and collect. “What’s your favorite Doc Savage adventure? Did Joan Randall have a thing for Gragg the Robot? Remember when Conan bit off that vulture’s head in ‘A Witch Shall Be Born?’ How the hell do you say Tsathoggua? Who’d win a knock-down-drag-out between Wu Fang and Shiwan Khan? Would either stand a chance against Doctor Fu Manchu? Why does the Phantom Detective wear that top hat? Who the hell is Pinky Jenkins?”

These are just a few of the mysteries you might clear up with your pals — old and new — at PulpFest 2017. You sure can’t do that on your iPhone!

(If you’d like to volunteer to serve as a host or hostess in the PulpFest con suite or are a dealer, publisher, or other business who would like to sponsor the con suite for a night, please write to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com.

Come celebrate pulps and popular culture over the long weekend of July 27 – 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Just click the “Book a Room for 2017” link on our home page or call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the convention rate. And don’t forget to join us in our con suite. Perhaps you’ll have as much fun as these two Yanks are planning. They were painted by R. A. Burley — who later drew for Fiction House and DC Comics — for the June 1927 issue of Dell Publishing’s WAR STORIES.)

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Visiting Pittsburgh

Mar 6, 2017 by


If you’re thinking about attending PulpFest 2017, why not bring your spouse or even your whole family? The convention will take place from Thursday evening, July 27, through Sunday afternoon, July 30, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. Once the center of America’s steel industry, Pittsburgh ranks among the top places to live, work, and visit in the United States. The city is consistently recognized by major tourism organizations.

Located where the Allegheny and Monongahela converge to form the Ohio River, Pittsburgh was once known as as the “Gateway to the West.” Fort Pitt, a key British fortification during the French and Indian War, also served as the western headquarters of the Continental Army during the American Revolution. By the dawn of the 19th century, roads, canals, and eventually railroads connected Pittsburgh with the major cities of the East Coast. Pittsburgh became a hub of entrepreneurs and skilled craftsmen who created a region seething with the fire and smoke of industry, earning a new nickname, the “Smoky City.” The years following the Civil War saw an unparalleled explosion of creative genius and productivity that attracted enormous capital investment and made Pittsburgh one of the world’s great industrial centers. Steel was king and immigrants in search of a better life eagerly responded to the insatiable demand for labor. Under a mighty cloud of industrial smoke, the “Steel City” prospered and matured, giving birth to philanthropy and cultural institutions that became models for the rest of the United States.

By the 1970s and 1980s, the crippling decline of the steel industry changed the region’s image as well as its economic base. Industries and businesses retooled and diversified. Innovative leaders adapted to this changing world, engineering another remarkable renaissance. By the mid-1980s and again throughout the 2000s, Pittsburgh gained the reputation as one the nation’s most livable cities. Today’s Pittsburgh is a model of adaption, maintaining its work ethic, independence, and inventive spirit while exhibiting an “old world charm” that is cherished by people who care about heritage and preservation. It is a rapidly advancing leader in medicine, education, health care, robotics, software engineering, hi-tech industries, and cultural tourism. With 90 neighborhoods and districts, Pittsburgh is a city to be explored one delightful section at a time. What’s most amazing about the city is the people that make up each of these neighborhoods. They are proud of the heritage reflected on their streets and willing to share their stories of strength, perseverance and triumph.

Pittsburgh’s topography has played a large part in how each neighborhood developed.  Start with the city’s dynamic Downtown and Point State Park. Next, cross one of the three rivers — the Allegheny, the “Mon,” or Ohio — to find unique areas shaped by more than the region’s distinctive and beautiful topography. Natural geographic boundaries such as sloping, wooded hillsides and rivers do their part to define, but Pittsburgh neighborhoods are also known for the clusters of attractions they offer.

Visitors can plan their itineraries by the points of the compass, first focusing on attractions Downtown and in the Strip District (one of the city’s most popular spots for great food and nightlife). Across the Mon is the South Side, Mount Washington — home to the Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines — Station Square and East Carson Street. On the banks of the Allegheny is North Shore — home to the Pirates and the Steelers, the Rivers Casino, Carnegie Science Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Pittsburgh’s East End and Oakland are home to a number of outstanding attractions that owe their existence to the philanthropists who made their fortunes in the city’s early industry. Here you’ll find the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural HistoryPhipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, the 42-story Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus, and more. While in this corner of the city, don’t miss Shadyside and Squirrel Hill, two walkable neighborhoods with an upscale flavor, and plenty of shopping and dining options. More family fun is waiting on Pittsburgh’s East End in Highland Park, home of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, featuring an indoor penguin exhibit and a rainforest exhibit. In nearby West Mifflin, visit Kennywood Park, the century-old “roller coaster capital of the world.” And, just outside of Pittsburgh are stunning examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s amazing architecture, including Fallingwater, called one of the “fifty places of a lifetime.”

Pittsburgh is very walkable with hip galleries, shops, dining, nightlife, sports, museums, and more throughout the city and the surrounding region. So while you’re enjoying yourself at PulpFest — the summertime destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials — your family can be taking in the many sites and sounds of this very vibrant city. You can book your room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry directly through the PulpFest website. Just click the “Book a Room for 2017” link on our home page or call 1-800-222-8733. When calling, please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the convention rate.

Start making your plans now to join in our exploration of “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and a Few Psychos” at the “pop culture center of the universe” called PulpFest 2017. And please consider staying a bit longer in the “Gateway to the West,” the “Smoky City,” and the “Steel City” known as Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 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 (including a couple of sites about the city’s independent booksellers):

The Atlas Obscura Guide to Hidden Pittsburgh — 27 unusual things to do in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Best Indie Bookstores in Pittsburgh — three stores for lovers of the “old-book smell,” hardcover collectors, and bookaholics on a tight budget.

11 Independent Bookstores in Pittsburgh Worth Browsing — Pittsburgh’s neighborhoods are alive with thriving, local booksellers.

Pittsburgh Eventful — provides the most popular Pittsburgh events, concerts, movies, comedy, nightlife, and family events.

Pittsburgh Pirates — although the Bucs will be out of town during PulpFest proper, they’ll be back in town at PNC Park on August 1, facing the Cincinnati Reds.

PlanetWare’s Top-Rated Tourist Attractions in Pittsburgh — ideas on where to go, what to see, and tips for making the most of your trip.

Popular Pittsburgh — information about one of the most livable cities in the USA and links to help you enjoy the experience.

TripAdvisor Things to Do in Pittsburgh, PA — helping you make the most of every trip.

U. S. News’ Best Things to Do in Pittsburgh — Pittsburgh is full of fun things to do, especially for families.

VisitPittsburgh.com — the official site of the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The visitors bureau also offers these more specified pages to help you plan your visit:

Discovering a City of Neighborhoods — with 90 neighborhoods and districts, Pittsburgh is a city to be explored one delightful section at a time.

Pittsburgh: City of Champions — a look at the city’s professional sports teams as well as opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts.

Pittsburgh: A Cultural Phenomenon — called one of the best arts and culture destinations in the country, Pittsburgh has built a stellar reputation for the quality and richness of its art and its cultural offerings.

Pittsburgh is Kidsburgh — Pittsburgh is fun, affordable and packed with family entertainment.

Restaurants and Culinary — choose from casual family spots, upscale and romantic eateries, late-night bites or convenient take-out.

Shopping in Pittsburgh — travel in any direction in Pittsburgh and find great shopping to suit every budget and taste.

Things to Do — find out why Pittsburgh has been named one of the best places in the world to visit.

Visitors Guide — get your one-stop guide for everything to see and do in Pittsburgh.

VisitPA — for those who’d like to check out other Pennsylvania destinations, including the birthplace of liberty, the City of Philadelphia.

What’s Next for Pittsburgh — the must-read Pittsburgh publication about the innovative and cool things happening here.

(Pictured above: a nighttime view of Point State Park and Downtown Pittsburgh from Mount Washington; pouring steel; the Duquesne Incline; Dinosaur Hall, Carnegie Museum of Natural History; and Downtown Pittsburgh from PNC Park on the city’s North Shore.

If you have any questions about Pittsburgh or Pennsylvania, Mike Chomko is the man to contact. You can reach him at mike@pulpfest.com. For questions about the Pennsylvania Dutch, please write to Barry Traylor at barry@pulpfest.com.)

California Here I Come

Feb 20, 2017 by

Although PulpFest 2017 is about five months off, do not despair. There are other collectors conventions fast approaching. For instance, on Sunday, March 19, the annual Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale will take place at the Glendale Civic Auditorium at 1401 North Verdugo Road in Glendale, California from 9 AM to 4 PM. It’s still the best bargain in town, featuring an admission price of five bucks!

Now in its 38th year, this convention was started by Tom Lesser, who invited dealers, fellow collectors and paperback enthusiasts to his home in Chatworth, California in 1980. Since then, it has grown to be the world’s largest vintage paperback gathering. This year’s show will feature more than 80 dealer tables with tens of thousands of vintage paperbacks for sale, from inexpensive filler copies to the most elusive and rare collectibles in the hobby. In addition to collectible paperbacks, you’ll also find pulp magazines, original illustration art, hardbound science fiction and mystery books, and more. There is no telling what might show up! Even with a crowd of collectors around, it’s possible to be the first person to discover a hidden gem during the event. Each year there are great finds reported by folks who attend the show. This year, you could be the person telling the story.

Over the years, an important attraction of the show has been its exciting roster of guest authors and artists. It has included such notables as Robert Bloch (18 years); A. E. Van Vogt , Ray Bradbury, Poul Anderson, and Fredrik Pohl (all for over 10 years); and the show’s champ, William F. Nolan (with over 30 years of appearances). This year the show will feature nearly sixty guests who will be available to meet the attendees and sign their works for free! Click here for a schedule of this year’s guest writers and artists.

You’ll find more information on this great collectors gathering at the convention’s website and its Facebook site, or by calling Tom Lesser at 818-855-1786. And while you’re at the show, be sure to pick up a PulpFest 2017 post card to learn more about “Summer’s Hottest Pulp Con,” taking place from Thursday evening, July 27 and running through Sunday afternoon, July 30 at its new location outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This year’s PulpFest will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA. Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2017.

(The Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Show & Sale’s characteristic poster images were originally designed by the late Glenn Souza, starting in the early 1990s and continued by him through 2007, when he handed on his legacy to Tony Gleeson. Pictured here is the convention’s banner for their Facebook page.)

Will You Join the New Fictioneers?

Feb 13, 2017 by

New Pulp. To the uninitiated, it sounds like a contradiction in terms, but it’s a genre that excels at PulpFest. While we’re a convention dedicated to the magazines published before many of us were born, we’re happy to save space for the authors and publishers who are recreating and reinventing the field.

PulpFest co-founder Mike Chomko once wrote, “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!”

Since 2009, PulpFest has offered the mic to some of New Pulp’s best writers. On Friday and Saturday afternoons we’re hosting readings by some of today’s stars of New Pulp. We call these sessions the New Fictioneers, and we’re making a call for writers to join the ranks of this elite club. If you write genre fiction -– detective, fantasy, pulp hero, science fiction, western, etc –- you could join the New Fictioneers.

As a New Pulp author, we’d like you spend a few minutes reading from a recent work and then take questions from the audience. At press time we have slots available on both Friday, July 28 and Saturday July 29, 2017.

If you’re a writer of contemporary genre fiction who would like to participate in our 2017 festivities, please send an email to me, PulpFest committee member Chuck Welch, at chuck@pulpfest.com. Give me an idea of the theme of your work, where you’ve been published, and whether you’re available Friday, Saturday, or both.

In order to prepare the convention schedule, we need your application submitted by April 15th, 2017. We only have a limited number of slots available, so remember first come is first-served. Send your email as soon as possible.

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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.

Register Now for PulpFest 2017

Jan 9, 2017 by

PulpFest_2017_frontA big thank you to the many folks who took advantage of our PulpFest Cyber Monday Sale. We appreciate your tremendous support of the convention. By staying at our host hotel, you help to defray the convention’s substantial costs. You also help demonstrate to our hotel that PulpFest is a top-notch convention that will help their bottom line. Thanks for helping to make PulpFest look good.

There are still rooms available at the newly and beautifully renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Along the right hand side of our home page at pulpfest.com you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room for 2017.” Click on this link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at our host hotel.

You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the convention rate of $125 plus tax per night. Included in the room rate are free Wi-Fi and two complimentary breakfasts per room for both Friday and Saturday. Parking is free!

If you have yet to register for PulpFest 2017 — taking place place July 27 – 30 — the convention is now accepting advance registrations from all parties. Here’s how . . .

For All Members

All PulpFest 2017 members, including dealers, must register for the convention.

Full weekend membership to PulpFest 2017 if staying at the DoubleTree: $35 (includes free early-bird shopping)
Full weekend membership to PulpFest 2017 if staying elsewhere: $40 (without early-bird shopping)
Full weekend membership to PulpFest 2017 if staying elsewhere: $70 (with early-bird shopping)

Single-day membership for Friday or Saturday: $20
Single-day membership for Sunday: $10 (available only at the door)
Supporting Membership: $25

Additional Details

Children age 15 and younger, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted for free. However, they must be registered.

Early-bird shopping on Thursday, July 27, is free to members staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. The cost is $30 to members staying elsewhere.

An early-bird membership will get you into the dealers’ room from 6 PM to 9 PM on Thursday, July 27, while our dealers are setting up for the convention. Only staff, dealers, and early-birds will be allowed into the dealers’ room during these hours. Please realize that due to travel conditions and other contingencies, PulpFest cannot guarantee that each and every registered dealer will be available during our early-bird hours. Our evening programming will follow our early-bird shopping on Thursday, July 27.

If you register for a Sunday single-day membership, please be aware that many dealers will be packing up and buying and selling opportunities may be limited.

All paying members, including supporting members, will receive a complementary copy of our program book, THE PULPSTER, a $10 value.

Early registration will be held outside the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry on Thursday evening, July 27, running from 4 PM to 8 PM, and on Friday morning, July 28, running from 9 AM to 10 AM. If you are paying at the door, please have your completed registration form on hand to speed up the process. You’ll be able to pay for your registration at the door using cash, check, or credit card.

Please click here to download our 2017 member registration form. To pay for your membership, please see the instructions below.

For Dealers Only

Island-table rental fee: $80 per table
Wall-table rental fee: $90 per table
Electrical outlets (if needed): $20 per outlet

All dealers and their helpers are also required to purchase a membership to PulpFest 2017.

Additional Details

PulpFest 2017 will have over 100 six-foot tables in its 11,328-square-foot dealers’ room. Wall tables and placement within the dealers’ room will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Approximately 44 wall tables will be available in our dealers’ room.

PulpFest 2017 Post Card backThere will be no height restrictions on any tables. Displays will be allowed on tables as long as they can stand safely. Please use common sense and courtesy to design your displays. All members registering as dealers must have material for sale at their tables. If you have any special needs — positioning within the room, unique display requirements, and so on — please let us know when you register.

All registered dealers will be profiled in a series of posts that will run on the PulpFest website during the last week of June. Our marketing director, Mike Chomko, will be contacting you about this.

Although the focus of PulpFest 2017 will be pulp magazines and related materials, genre fiction, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies and serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books can also be sold. Please remember that PulpFest is not a comic book convention. Sexually explicit material, including PLAYBOY, PENTHOUSE, and OUI, will not be allowed.

Dealer set-up will take place on Thursday, July 27 from 4 – 11 PM. Selling to early-bird shoppers will be allowed on July 27, beginning at 6 PM and running until 9 PM. The dealers’ room will be open to dealers on Friday, July 28, beginning at 9 AM. It will open to all PulpFest members beginning at 10 AM. All dealers are expected to be set up on Thursday evening by 11 PM and be open for business on Friday, July 28, at 10 AM. If you are not able to comply, please discuss your needs with convention chairperson Jack Cullers by emailing him at jack@pulpfest.com or writing him at the address noted below.

Please click here to download our 2017 dealer registration form. To pay for your dealer membership, please see the instructions below.

Payment Instructions

The deadline for advance registrations is Monday, 07/24/17 at 10 PM eastern time. To pay for your registration, please send your check or money order to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 or use our Paypal Order page. If you pay via Paypal, you’ll also have to register via email, providing all of the information required on our registration forms to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com.

If you have any questions about member or dealer registrations, please write to Jack Cullers at one of the addresses noted above.

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2017 post card features the work of artist John Newton Howitt. His painting was originally used as the cover for the April 15, 1934 number of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE.

The back of our PulpFest 2017 post card features the work of Norman Saunders. His painting was originally used as the cover for the May 1936 issue of SAUCY ROMANTIC ADVENTUES, a short-lived title published by Fiction Magazines, Inc.)