Lights, Camera Action — Cinevent 2016

May 4, 2016 by

Cinvevent PosterIf you’re a fan of silent and early sound films or a collector of motion pictures and related items, then Cinevent 48 is for you. One of the associated conventions – along with FarmerCon – found on our home page, this year’s Cinevent runs from June 2 through June 5 in the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel on 50 North 3rd Street, just a few blocks from the Hyatt Regency, the PulpFest 2016 host hotel.

For nearly fifty years, Cinevent has featured movie screenings almost continually every day of the convention from morning through evening. The convention was co-founded by Steve Haynes — a big fan and supporter of PulpFest — who passed away in April of 2015.

In addition to over one-hundred tables of movie-related collectibles such as posters, lobby cards, press kits, DVDs, and 16 mm films, Cinevent features an extensive schedule of classic sound and silent films and one of the country’s largest live auctions of vintage posters. For a look at this year’s Cinevent film program, click here, and to keep abreast of the latest details on this fun convention, be sure to like the Cinevent Facebook page.

To book a room at the Renaissance Columbus, visit the Cinevent FAQ page and look for the “2016 Cinevent Hotel Registration” link, or, as a service to our associated convention, click hereIt’s our way of thanking Cinevent for its past and continuing support of PulpFest.

Although PulpFest 2016 will not have its own film program, the convention will still have a lot of great programming, plus 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. So what are you waiting for? Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2016.

(King Vidor’s 1928 film THE CROWD, starring James Murray and Eleanor Boardman, will be one of the silent films shown at this year’s Cinevent. As with all of the convention’s silent films, it will be presented with live piano accompaniment.)

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Classicon — Fall’s Last Pulp and Paperback Show

Oct 26, 2015 by

Weird Tales 53-09As 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 and visit often. You can also find us on Facebook at For those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at 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

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Pulp AdventureCon — Autumn’s Great Pulp Con

Oct 19, 2015 by

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On the first Saturday of November, fall’s great pulp con returns to Bordentown, New Jersey, for another grand convention. At last year’s Pulp AdventureCon, Robert Gould — son of pulp artist John Fleming Gould — visited and brought several magnificent pieces of original artwork for display and sale. Brendan Faulkner had his usual extensive selection of vintage movies, some of which are so rare the actors and crew don’t even remember them! Gary Lovisi, the leader at Gryphon Books and hand-on-the-crank at PAPERBACK PARADE magazine, had his usual fine publications, and John Gunnison of Adventure House had his usual extensive stock of vintage and rare pulp magazines. Mala Mastroberte, our favorite pin-up model, was present — and that’s good enough for us — but Mala also had a selection of photos, books, and postcards.

Located in the Ramada Inn of Bordentown, just off exit 7 of the New Jersey TurnpikePulp AdventureCon is a one-day show that features an afternoon of pawing through boxes of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, vintage movie memoribilia, golden age comics and more! You’ll find fifty tables of swell swag at this show. For further details, sign up for the convention’s mailing list by visiting

Hopefully, conventions such as Pulp AdventureCon will keep you satisfied until the big one — PulpFest 2016 — takes place at the Hyatt Regency Columbus from  July 21 – 24, 2016. We’ll try to keep you posted about such conventions in the months ahead.

(The Pulp AdventureCon banner features the artwork of Robert A. Maguire, the twentieth-century American illustrator and fine artist known primarily for his crime noir paperback cover art. Between 1950 and his death in 2005, Maguire created over 600 covers for such publishers as Pocket, Dell, Ace, Harper, Avon, Silhouette, Ballantine, Pyramid, Bantam, Lion, Berkeley, Beacon and Monarch.)

Have a Bronze October at Doc Con XVIII

Sep 28, 2015 by


This year marks the 40th anniversary of DOC SAVAGE: THE MAN OF BRONZE, producer George Pal’s film adaptation of the Street & Smith pulp hero’s first adventure.

To celebrate, Doc Con XVIII has lined up a very special guest: actor Ron Ely, who starred as the Man of Bronze in the 1975 film. (He also played another pulp character, Tarzan, for two seasons on TV in the 1960s.) Ely will talk about the movie and be available for photos and autographs.

Other guests will include Bob Larkin, who painted more than 50 covers for Bantam’s Doc Savage paperback series; Anthony Tollin, publisher of Sanctum Books, who expects to finish reprinting all of the Doc Savage novels by the end of the year; and sociologist October Surprise, who has studied the readership of DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE through its letter columns.

Doc Con XVIII will be Friday through Sunday, Oct. 9-11, 2015, at the Comfort Suites, 9824 W. Camelback Rd., Glendale, Ariz. You can find out more about Doc Con on its Facebook page, or by emailing Jay Ryan at

Thanks to Everyone!

Aug 24, 2015 by

2015 Postcard FrontYear after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest an enjoyable experience for those who attend “Summer’s Great Pulp Con. The PulpFest organizing committee would like to thank the following people and organizations for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2015 a tremendous success. We could not have done it without you:

Our front desk staff–Maura Childers, Sam Childers, Samantha Childers, Jack Cullers, and Sally Cullers; our panelists and presenters–Jason Scott Aiken, Jon Arfstrom, Jim Beard, Patrick Belk, Ron Fortier, Jeff Fournier, John Gunnison, John D. Haefele, John Hegenberger, Don Herron, Morgan Holmes, Ed Hulse, Mike Hunchback, Tony Isabella, Tim King, Tom Krabacher, Rick Lai, Chuck Loridans, Nathan Madison, Will Murray, Michelle Nolan, Garyn G. Roberts, David Saunders, Frank Schildiner, Philip M. Sherman, Duane Spurlock, Anthony Tollin, J. Barry Traylor, Scott Urban, Chet Williamson, and John Wooley; our technical staff–Chuck and Juliette Welch; Lucy Denunzio, for help with the auction and Renee Thomas for the great PulpFest cakes; and our behind-the-scenes help–Dan Zimmer and the staff of the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Thanks also to the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society for authorizing our showings of THE CALL OF CTHULHU and THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS and to Walker Martin.

Many thanks to Ed Hulse, Greg Ketter, and J. Barry Traylor for helping to arrange the appearances of our special guests–Philip M. Sherman, nephew to Thrilling editor Leo Margulies, fantasy and WEIRD TALES artist Jon Armstrom, and author Chet Williamson.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create THE PULPSTER #24–editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, plus contributors Sean Branney, Jason V. Brock, Ramsey Campbell, Tony Davis, W. Paul Ganley, Cody Goodfellow, John D. Haefele, Monte Herridge, Don Herron, Morgan Holmes, Derick Hussey, Tom Johnson, S. T. Joshi, Marvin Kaye, Tom Krabacher, the late Larry Latham, Nick Mamatas, Will Murray, Michelle Nolan, Fred Phillips, Tim Powers, W. H. Pugmire, Don Ramlow, Garyn G. Roberts, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Darrell Schweitzer, J. Barry Traylor, Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, and Chet Williamson, as well as the magazine’s advertisers–Airship 27, Altus Press, Black Coat Press, Doc Con 2015, Dick and Norma Enos, Rich Halegua Posters & Comic Art, Heartwood Auctions, Mike Hunter, Mike Chomko Books, Murania Press, Pegana Press, Prose ‘n Cons Mystery Magazine, PS Publishing, PULPDOM,  The Pulp Factory, The Pulp. Net, Stark House Press, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Although the new PulpFest gaming track got off to a slow start, we are planning for its return in 2016, albeit on a smaller scale. Many thanks to Rick Thomas for organizing our gaming events and to Bill Adcock, Keith Culbertson, Mark Herbert, Misty Long, Matt McCloud, Justin Ross, Byron Wingate, and Luke Woods for serving as game-masters during the track’s inaugural year.

Many thanks as well to the nominators and Lamont Award, Munsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, Stephen T. Miller. Congratulations to Steve and to all of the nominees for our 2015 award.

Again, we’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: Chaosium, Inc., Engle Publishing and THE PAPER & ADVERTISING COLLECTORS’ MARKETPLACE, Feral House, Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, Paizo, Inc., Pelgrane Press, Tom Brown and Radio Archives, and Chet Williamson. And many thanks to the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for the loan of their sound system. We’d also like to thank our website sponsors, Galaxy Press and

Finally, thanks to Martin Grams, Tommy Hancock, Ed Hulse, Nathan Madison, Michael Neno, Rick Thomas, Scott Williams, and the many conventions, book and paper fairs, bookstores, comic and collectible shops, web sites, magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show by distributing and displaying our advertising materials as well as the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2015. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see you all back next summer along with a good many newcomers for PulpFest 2016, taking place in Columbus, Ohio from July 21st through July 24th. Details will be forthcoming in the months ahead. So please bookmark the PulpFest website or follow us on RSS. You’ll also be able to find information at our Facebook site and through our Twitter account. In the months ahead, we’ll also be adding Instagram and Tumblr accounts.

If we’ve neglected anyone, please accept our apology and our gratitude. Write to and we will correct the oversight.

Your PulpFest organizing committee–Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! It’s PulpFest and FarmerCon!

Aug 11, 2015 by

2015 Postcard FrontWant to hear what PulpFest is all about? Then pay a visit to ArtsReviews’s podcast to hear the convention’s marketing and programming director, Mike Chomko, talk with Art Sippo about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” and this year’s PulpFest in particular.

While you’re there, give a listen to Mike Croteau and Win Scott Eckert, two of the “four horsemen of Farmerdon,” as they talk about FarmerCon X. It will be held in conjunction with Pulpfest 2015 at the Hyatt Regency in beautiful downtown Columbus from August 13th to 16th. Mike, Win, and Art will also discuss the four major publishing events from Meteor House that will be debuting at PulpFest 2015, along with their future publishing plans.

Many thanks to Art Sippo of ArtsReviews’s podcast for the chance to talk about these great conventions. Happy listening.

A direct download of the PulpFest talk:

A direct download of the FarmerCon talk:

(The flyer for this year’s PulpFest features Matt Fox’s cover art for the November 1944 issue of WEIRD TALES. The cover story for the issue is August Derleth’s “The Dweller in Darkness.”)


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Why PulpFest?

Aug 8, 2015 by

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Today, we thought that we would share a short essay written by Walker Martin based on something he had once posted on Yahoo’s Pulpmags newsgroup. Walker, who writes about pulp collecting for Steve Lewis’ Mystery*File blog, has been a reader and collector for over sixty years. In 1997, he received the Lamont Award at Pulpcon 26 in Bowling Green, Ohio. We’re proud to have him as one of our own and can think of no one better to answer the question, “Why PulpFest?” Take it away Walker . . .

Were you at the 2015 Comic-Con in San Diego? Still tired out from that recently concluded media extravaganza?

Will you be attending Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention with Andy Porter, Curt Phillips, and other science-fiction fans? It will be in Spokane, Washington beginning on August 19th.

I guess I better give my ten cents, though it has been over half-a-century since you could buy a fiction magazine for a dime. I hope Andy and Curt have fun in Spokane, but I’ll be heading for PulpFest on August 13th. This is a joyful trip that I’ve been making every year (with a couple of exceptions) since 1972.

During the seventies, eighties, and nineties, it was called Pulpcon and every year I would see fellow pulp collectors, most of them gone now, damn it. Magazine collectors many of you may still remember. Great guys like Rusty Hevelin, Jack Deveny, Richard Minter, Bob Sampson, Bob Weinberg (he’s still with us), Sheldon Jaffery, Harry Noble, Darrell Richardson, Frank Robinson, Mike Avallone, and such amazing guests like pulp artists Norman Saunders, Walter Baumhofer, Rafael Desoto, and so many more.

I used to attend many of the SF conventions before they started stressing costumes and bookless dealer’s rooms with only a few pulps. I’m talking about the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. I remember when Philcon and Lunacon were worth attending if you were a collector of books and magazines. I also went to several of the Worldcons, such as the events held in New York City, Toronto, Washington DC, and Boston.

But then the dealer’s rooms changed and I couldn’t find old magazines except for a couple here and there. FortunatelyPulpcon, PulpFest, and Windy City came along and enabled me to add thousands of pulps to my collection.

If you are big SF fan or writer, then I guess the Worldcon is the place to be I . But if you are a fiction magazine or a book collector, then there is no doubt about it, you have to attend PulpFest from August 13 – 16 in Columbus Ohio. You’ll find all the details at

I’ve never met a magazine or book collector who regretted attending PulpFest. I hope to see some of you there!

—Walker Martin

Please remember, if you have yet to book your room for this year’s convention, do so without delay. PulpFest will be sharing downtown Columbus with Matsuricon this week. However, there may still be a few rooms available at nearby hotels. Please visit and you’ll find a link to a list of hotels to choose from. If you are not from the Columbus area and want to attend PulpFest 2015, we urge you to book your room now and not wait until you arrive.

PulpFest’s New Banners

Aug 5, 2015 by

Remember that beginning this year, PulpFest will be marking its different locations with the three banners pictured below. The SHOP banner will be outside our dealers’ room. You’ll also be able to register at this location. The PANELS banner will be located outside our programming area, located on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency. The PLAY banner will be standing outside our gaming area, also located on the Hyatt’s second floor. Find them and you’re there.

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