Check Out the DoubleTree at Monster Bash

Jun 17, 2017 by

After eight enjoyable years in Columbus, Ohio, PulpFest has a new home. The 2017 edition of “Summer’s Amazing Pulp Con” will take place July 27 – 30 at the newly and beautifully renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Conveniently located at the intersection of three major roadways, the DoubleTree boasts a world-class restaurant in an open air setting. There are many other restaurants nearby — some within walking distance — suitable for a variety of tastes. The more adventurous can discover plenty of dining, shopping, and nightlife just a short drive away in downtown Pittsburgh.

If you are planning to attend PulpFest 2017, you can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Below the banner at the top 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 the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special convention rate of $125 plus tax per night. Included in the room rate are free Wi-Fi privileges in each sleeping room and the hotel’s lobby, plus two complimentary breakfasts per room for Friday through Sunday. There is ample free parking surrounding the hotel. The DoubleTree also offers a 24-hour fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a sauna. You must book your room by July 5, 2017 in order to get the special convention rate.

If you’d like to check out the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, why not give try it out at our associated convention, Monster Bash? The convention is taking place next weekend, June 23 – 25, right at the PulpFest host hotel.

The “International Classic Monster Movie Conference and Film Festival,” Monster Bash celebrates the classic horror and science fiction films of the silent era through the 1960s. It’s a film festival; a place to meet the people in the movies, behind the movies, and fellow fans of the movies; and a monster memorabilia shopping gala.

Monster Bash is a state of mind — a place, like Skull Island, where our imaginations ignite and burn through our everyday jobs and life. The Bash is an appreciation of these fun movies that we love. Whether it’s THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN or THE KILLER SHREWS, if you have fun watching it . . . that’s what Monster Bash is all about.

PulpFest 2017 chairman Jack Cullers and marketing and programming director Mike Chomko will be at this year’s Monster Bash. They’ll be selling science fiction pulps and related materials and promoting next month’s PulpFest to the “Monster Boomers” and their “Monster Kids” who will be attending The Bash.

If you’re planning to attend Monster Bash, please stop by Jack’s and Mike’s tables. If you won’t make The Bash, we hope you are planning to attend PulpFest 2017 and its celebration of pulp fiction and pulp art. Join us July 27 – 30 outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as we explore the “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and a Few Psychos” of the pulps. Please book your room right now and join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry for PulpFest 2017.

(Every once in a while, a toy comes along that captivates the kids of America and becomes an overnight sensation. The Frankenstein Model Kit by Aurora was one of those toys. With sales of over one million, the product caught the industry a bit by surprise. Who expected a plastic model kit of a movie monster from 1931 to suddenly become the hot toy of 1961? But it did, leading to a whole line of Universal monster models.

Why did Aurora’s monster kits sell so well? One reason was their amazing box cover paintings, all done by the incredible James Bama. Of course, the artist is very well known to pulp enthusiasts, due to his tremendous cover illustrations featured on Bantam Books’ Doc Savage paperbacks.)

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More Cons! ECOF, REH Days & Classicon

May 8, 2017 by

With eighty days to go until PulpFest 2017, you might be getting a little bit hungry for some pulps or pulp fiction. To whet your appetite for “Summer’s Hardboiled Pulp Con,” here are three more conventions that will take place in the next month or so.

This year’s Robert E. Howard Days will feature Paul Herman — author of THE NEVERENDING HUNT: A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF ROBERT E. HOWARD — as its guest of honor. Mr. Herman will be the speaker at the “Celebration Dinner” on Friday evening at the convention. He will discuss Howard as leading, “A Mildly Adventurous Life.” Additionally, Mr. Herman will be interviewed by Mark Finn and serve on two panels during the convention.

This annual gathering of Two-Gun Bob’s fans is presented by Project Pride of Cross Plains and sponsored by the Robert E. Howard Foundation, with help from the members of the Robert E. Howard United Press Association. Visit the convention’s home page or Facebook site to learn more about this great event, taking place in Cross Plains, Texas — Howard’s home town — on June 9 – 10.

The 2017 gathering of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship is planned for the weekend of June 8 – 11. It will be held at the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport North Marriott in Irving, Texas. Hosted by Jim Goodwin, the gathering will feature discussions on at least three new books: Buddy Saunders’ TARZAN AND THE CANNIBAL KING, Bob Zeuschner’s new Burroughs bibliography, and Joe Lukes’ THE DESCRIPTIVE BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE GROSSET AND DUNLAP REPRINTS. For additional information on the 2017 ECOF — including a schedule of events — please visit Bill and Sue-On Hillman’s ERBzine or email Jim Goodwin at jimmiecg@PRODIGY.NETYou can also reach Jim by calling 940-704-6499.

Classicon is one of the oldest pulp and paperback shows. Featuring 35 tables and thousands of collectible pulp magazines, paperbacks, vintage comic books, original artwork, and more, it is held in the spring and the fall in Lansing, Michigan. The next Classicon will take place later in June. Admission is $3. For more information, please write to the Curious Book Shop at 304 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, Michigan 48823, by email at curiousbooks@gmail.com, or by telephone at 517-332-0112.

Hopefully, these cons will keep you satisfied while you wait for PulpFest 2017 —  the destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction, art and related materials. It will begin on Thursday, July 27, and run through Sunday, July 30.  Join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh. PulpFest will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Bloch and the work of pulp artist Gloria Stoll Karn, as well as the “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and a Few Psychos” of the pulps! Click our Programming for 2017 button just below our home page banner to get a preview of all the great programming we’ll have at this year’s convention.

To register for PulpFest 2017, please click the Register for 2017 button just below our home page banner. To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton — our host hotel — click one of the Book a Room buttons likewise located on our home page. Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2017 and join hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe. You’ll have a pulp-filled time, especially if you’re planning to stay at the DoubleTree! We look forward to seeing you in July.

(The Robert E. Howard Days 2017 banner was designed by Jeff Shanks and features Howard’s Underwood typewriter, the machine that he used to pound out 2.8 million words.)

3 Rivers Comicon: Putting Comics Back in Conventions

May 5, 2017 by

During the third weekend of May, a couple of Pittsburgh nerds are hoping to make comic con all about comics again. 3 Rivers Comicon — which runs May 20 – 21 in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania — is the latest addition to the many conventions in the Pittsburgh area.

New Dimension Comics owner Todd McDevitt and general manager Jon Engel launched 3 Rivers Comicon in 2016 after hearing complaints from customers about the increasing cost of conventions and how the shift to an array of pop culture has left comics in the shadows. “I felt like we were almost being challenged. No one said it, but we made it our mission to do it,” McDevitt said. “This is going to be a comic convention. If you want something else, go somewhere else.”

McDevitt and Engel both have years of experience under their utility belts, attending and also working at comic conventions. From that involvement, as well as feedback from customers, they have the knowledge for what will work at their own event.

One major goal is to make 3 Rivers Comicon affordable. Admission is $13 per day or $18 for a weekend pass. Tickets are available through the convention’s website or at any of the six New Dimension Comics locations. They will also be available at the door. Guests include KINGDOM COME and DAREDEVIL writer Mark Waid, NIGHTWING artist Scott McDaniel, and SPIDER-MAN and THOR artist Ron Frenz. Weekend events include panels, gaming, photo opportunities and costume contests for kids and adults. Sunday is Family Day at 3 Rivers Comicon, with kid-focused programming all day. There is also the very popular beer party on Saturday evening.

Tickets to the beer party are $50 and include both days of the convention in addition to a bunch of take-home loot including a T-shirt, exclusive comics, graphic novels and two bottles of BEEREDEEMABLE. McDevitt once again convinced Helltown Brewing to create a beer for the convention. This year’s recipe is a Russian imperial stout, a blend of young beer and barrel-aged whiskey. The name is a nod to the comic IRREDEEMABLE, whose artist Peter Krause illustrated the beer’s label.

“I always thought it would be fun to get a comic artist to do a beer label,” McDevitt said. “And if I was going to do it, I wanted it to be for one of our events.”

Krause and IRREDEEMABLE writer Mark Waid will both attend the beer party to autograph bottles.

“The beer party was the aspect we sold the most of last year,” McDevitt said. “We had people who didn’t care for comics and came for the beer, and people who didn’t care about beer, but came for the comics.”

Let’s hope that Todd and Jon save a few bottles of BEEREDEEMABLE to help us celebrate our first Pittsburgh PulpFest from July 27 through July 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” Although PulpFest 2017 will not have its own beer, the convention will still have a lot of great programming. Add to that 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. We’ll also have a con suite. So what are you waiting for? Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2017.

(Our illustration is the banner for the 3 Rivers Comicon home page, featuring a New Dimension Comics’ rack in the background. New Dimension Comics has six stores in the Pittsburgh region, providing the opportunity for feedback as well as year-round promotion of the convention.)

Lights, Camera Action — Cinevent 2017

Apr 24, 2017 by

If you’re a fan of silent and early sound films or a collector of motion pictures and related items, then Cinevent 2017 is for you. One of the associated conventions – along with FarmerCon and Monster Bash – found on our home page, this year’s Cinevent runs from May 25 through May 28 in the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel on 50 North 3rd Street in the heart of Columbus, Ohio.

For nearly fifty years, Cinevent has gathered fans of silent and early sound films, as well as collectors of motion pictures and related items. 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 hosts one of the country’s largest live auctions of vintage posters. The convention also features an extensive schedule of classic sound and silent films. For a look at this year’s Cinevent film program, click here.

To book a room at the Renaissance Columbus, the convention’s host hotel, click here. And to keep abreast of the latest details on this fun convention, be sure to like the Cinevent Facebook page.

Although PulpFest 2017 will not have its own film program, the convention will still have a lot of great programming. Add to that 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 2017. It will be held July 27 through July 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh.

(George Waggner’s 1941 film MAN-MADE MONSTER, starring Lionel Atwill and Lon Chaney, Jr., will be one of the many films shown at this year’s Cinevent. The convention screens 16mm films nearly continually through the entire weekend.)

Head North Young Pulp Fan

Apr 17, 2017 by

The Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale is celebrating its 21st year! The show is held annually in the lower level of the Lillian H. Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street in Toronto, Ontario.

A small but terrific show featuring a wide variety of pulp and pulp-related items, you’ll find over twenty-five dealers’ tables crammed with collectible pulp magazines, pulp reprints, vintage paperbacks, posters, and other ephemera. There’s also a half-hour pulp magazine cover slide show. It’s a great time for both serious pulp collectors as well as the casually interested, with lots of great stuff to see!

Admission is only $3, with tickets available at the door. Children under ten are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

So if you reside in the states, grab your passport, and head north to Ontario for the Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale on Saturday, May 13, beginning at 10 AM and running until 4 PM. For additional details, you can email Neil or Leigh Mechem at info@girasolcollectables.com or call 905-820-7572. Please tell them that PulpFest sent you.

(This year’s Fantastic Pulps poster — designed by Neil and Leigh Mechem — features the art of the great Earle K. Bergey. It originally appeared on the cover to the Winter 1944 issue of CAPTAIN FUTURE, a pulp magazine published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines. Bergey painted many covers for the Thrilling line of pulps, as well as paperback covers for the publisher’s Popular Library. He died in 1952 at the age of fifty-one.)

It’s Getting Windy: The Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention

Mar 20, 2017 by

The Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention returns to the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center on Friday, April 21, beginning with early-bird shopping at 9:30 AM. The dealers’ room will open to all at 11 AM. Additionally, the Windy City con suite will be open on Thursday night, April 20, from 8 PM to midnight. You can pick up your registration materials during this time. The convention runs through Sunday afternoon, April 23, with its dealers’ room closing at 4 PM.

This year’s Windy will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the gangster pulps as well as Martin Goodman’s Red Circle pulps, the forerunner to Marvel Comics. As part of this celebration, Windy City has invited legendary comic artist Jim Steranko to be its Guest of Honor.

The Windy is noted for its substantial auctions; its art exhibition, sponsored by Illustration Magazine; and its extensive film program, organized by Ed Hulse of Murania Press. Once again, there will be “new pulp” panels and readings on Sunday, running from 10 AM until 3 PM.

Click on the link that starts our post to learn more about the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention or visit the convention’s Facebook pagePulpFest chairman Jack Cullers, volunteer coordinator Sally Cullers, technology director Chuck Welch, and marketing and programming director Mike Chomko will all be attending Windy City. Stop by Mike’s table right next to the Adventure House booth and pick up a registration form for PulpFest 2017. Jack, Sally, Chuck, and Mike will be more than happy to answer your questions about this summer’s pulp con, beginning on Thursday evening, July 27, and running through Sunday afternoon, July 30, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2017. 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 we do hope to see you at Windy City!

(As pulp historian John Locke has written elsewhere, “In 1929, a new kind of magazine appeared on newsstands: the gang pulps! And nothing that came before gave the pulps a worse reputation. Month after month, the stories luridly recounted the exploits of the most sadistic killers, the most craven squealers, the most coldblooded gun molls, the most corrupt cops, the most ruthless gang bosses, the most brutal mob wars, that ever escaped the realm of the imagination — a genre of extremes. There had been outlaw heroes in crime fiction before, but none like this new breed, who toasted with bootleg liquor while their bloody victims lay dying on the floor. Almost immediately, the gang pulps came under attack from the censors. America’s morals lay dying on the pulpwood pages, they claimed.

Centered in the crosshairs was famed pulp editor Harold Hersey, creator of GANGSTER STORIES, RACKETEER STORIES, SPEAKEASY STORIES and a raft of other gang magazines.” Another Hersey title was GANGLAND STORIES — its January – February 1932 issue pictured here — which often featured cover art by Walter Baumhofer.)

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