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PulpFest is organized by a committee of five: Jack and Sally Cullers, Barry Traylor Mike Chomko, and Bill Lampkin. Below is a little about these folks  . . .

Jack Cullers

CowboyChairman Jack Cullers was born on a ranch in Montana (or maybe it was a farm in Ohio) where he grew up wrestling pet dogs and garter snakes. It was there that a steady diet of Frank Gruber westerns turned him into the rough and tumble character we all know and love. Now a resident of Bellbrook, Ohio, Jack has turned in his six-guns for volunteer work with the Greene County Public Library System. He lives with his charming wife Sally and their rambunctious dogs. Jack is well known in convention circles for his organizing skills. He has also been known to ask people to “step outside” if they desire an exceptionally nice copy of WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE that he needs for his collection. Generally, these miscreants are taken away in a cardboard box. “While parts of my bio may be a bit of an exaggeration, there is something about this committee that is not. I really enjoy working with the other members. While we sometimes disagree, we are able to discuss problems and move on. There is no ‘I am the Boss’ feeling here. We are all looking forward to an exciting and well-attended PulpFest this year.” In 2012, Jack and Sally Cullers were recognized for their outstanding service to the pulp community by being named the recipients of the first Rusty Hevelin Service AwardIn addition to his chairmanship, Jack also serves as the convention’s business manager and membership director.

Barry Traylor

BatgirlAlthough he spends every October preparing his yard for his “Halloween Haunt,” J. Barry Traylor’s enjoyment of pulps matches his love for that holiday. Barry has been breathing pulp flakes for longer than most people spend in the workaday world. He has been organizing book and pulp auctions for just about the same amount of time, almost single-handedly putting together a couple hundred items for sale in a single night’s auction. In 2008, Barry quickly mastered the art of digital photography and stunned the convention crowd with his wonderful images of pulps ranging from rarities like FAR EAST ADVENTURE STORIES to more common titles such as AMAZING STORIES. Retired from the printing industry, Barry makes his home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in a relatively uncluttered home with his lovely and understanding wife Lynn. His biggest delights are his two granddaughters, Ajilon and Zoe — who also likes Edgar Allan Poe as they share the same birthday.   During their visits, Barry usually removes his high-grade copies of TERROR TALES from display. His favorite pulp is WEIRD TALES, something he began to enjoy while learning at the feet of his pulp mentor, the late Richard Minter. In 2014, Barry’s outstanding service to the pulp community was recognized by his peers when he was named the winner of the Rusty Hevelin Service AwardBarry currently serves as the PulpFest goodwill ambassador.

Mike Chomko

PirateMike Chomko, the winner of the 2010 Munsey Award,  has been a regular at pulp cons since the early nineties. Somewhere along the way, he started helping his friends, Jack Cullers and Barry Traylor, with the auctions held at Pulpcon. In September of 2008, Jack, Barry, and Mike joined with Ed Hulse to launch PulpFest, the convention that has become the summer show to attend in the pulp community. A former member of the Pulp Era Amateur Press Society, Mike was the publisher of PURPLE PROSE, a highly respected pulp fanzine that ran for seventeen issues in the late nineties and early 21st century. Mike’s former PulpFest partner, Ed Hulse, once told him that PURPLE PROSE helped to inspire the launching of BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER. In real life, Mike is a registered nurse, working in the operating room of one of Allentown, Pennsylvania’s several hospitals. He is also a well-known bookseller of pulp reprints and related reference materials. He has been married to Dianne for forty years and is the father of two adult children. Mike’s pulp-related book catalog is posted every other month at his  Mike Chomko Books website. You can also receive Mike’s catalog via email by writing to him at mike@pulpfest.com. Mike serves as the marketing and programming director for PulpFest. He is also the publisher of THE PULPSTER.

Sally Williams Cullers

dominoladySally attended her first pulp convention in 1983, soon after she started hanging out with Jack Cullers. She and Jack’s son, Aaron, would spend convention weekends helping out wherever they could. Although she never fell in love with the hobby of collecting pulps, she did fall for Mr. Cullers (and Aaron). Pulp conventions became an annual thing. Soon Sally was helping Mary Ramlow run the registration desk at Pulpcon. Then  came a daughter, Samantha, and somewhere along the way, Sam and her mom started selling baked goods to help occupy the time during the convention. Sally and Samantha continue to run the registration table at PulpFest.

PulpFest has become a Cullers family tradition. Aaron still comes to PulpFest from Austin, Texas from time to time. Samantha and her husband, Sam Childers, also attend. Sam’s mom, Maura Childers, has also helped at the convention’s registration desk. “The pulp community is a tight group of wonderful people,” Sally comments. “We look forward to connecting and catching up with our pulp friends every year at PulpFest.”

Sally serves as PulpFest‘s registration desk coordinator. In 2012, Sally and her husband received the Rusty Hevelin Service Award for outstanding service to the pulp community.

William Lampkin

ReporterA freelance writer/editor and publication designer, Bill Lampkin has spent much of his work life in the newspaper field, much like Rambler Murphy (but without the cool nickname and crime-solving). Like many from his generation, Bill discovered the pulps through paperback reprints of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E. Howard, The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Spider. He bought his first actual pulp in the seventies. Bill runs ThePulp.Net, which he created in 1996, and also writes the Yellowed Perils blog. A resident of Florida, he has designed THE PULPSTER, the PulpFest program book, since 2008 and served as its designer/editor since 2013. In late 2013, Bill began to design PulpFest‘s print advertisements. In 2018, he was the winner of the Munsey Award. Bill currently serves as the convention’s director of advertising and manages our website.

If you’d like to reach any committee member via email, simply type their first names followed by “@pulpfest.com” or use the form at the bottom of this page.


Committee Members Emeritus

Ed Hulse

ChineseFor decades now, Ed Hulse has been scouring the back alleys and deserted farmhouses of his home state of New Jersey, searching for old pulps and 16mm prints of vintage motion pictures. Not content with what he was finding in Jersey, he can now be found rummaging through boxes of old pulp magazines in places as far away as Singapore and Kodiak, Alaska, trying to find a pulp that measures up to his lofty standards. Retired from the journalism field, Ed has been helping to organize pulp and film conventions for many years. He’s the guy who runs the movie projector at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention. In 2007, Ed was presented with the Lamont Award for his exceptional work within the pulp community.

The editor and publisher of the now-defunct BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER, Ed still publishes Murania Press books. Ed’s publications are available through Amazon.com and other fine booksellers. Ed has also written extensively about both the pulp and motion-picture fields. His THE BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER GUIDE TO PULP FICTION should be on the bookshelves of every pulp collector. Ed formerly served as the convention’s public relations and programming director.

Chuck Welch

DocAlthough some may believe he is old enough to have purchased pulps off the newsstand, Chuck Welch is a mere whippersnapper. Chuck publishes two of the longest-running Doc Savage fan resources, the Hidalgo Trading Company and the Flearun. He is also the editor of THE BRONZE GAZETTE, the longest continuously published Doc Savage fanzine.

As one of the original Internet Fans of Bronze, Chuck started attending the summer pulp convention in the late 1990s. After meeting his future wife at one of those conventions, Chuck took some time off to start a family. At the behest of Bill Mann, he returned to attend PulpFest. As is his wont, Chuck immediately started volunteering and making suggestions to the organizing committee. Having enough of his puppy-dog eyes, Chuck was asked to join the team. He served valiantly through the summer of 2018.

Chuck now resides in Canada with his wife and daughter. Though the youngest Welch — who has accompanied her dad to PulpFest and has helped with the convention’s auction and technology needs — has access to three complete collections of Doc Savage novels, she has not developed her parents’ love for the character.

A generalist by heart, Chuck won’t claim an expert’s knowledge in any area of pulps or pulp collecting. However, he did bring a great deal of technical expertise in the fields of social media, new and dinosaur journalism, and organization to the convention.


And helping . . .

Chris Kalb

Designer and cartoonist Chris Kalb is known in pulp circles for his hero pulp websites, like The 86th Floor and The Spider Returns. He is also the lead designer for Age of Aces Books, a pulp reprint house that specializes in air war fiction. In 2010, Age of Aces received two National Indie Excellence Awards for Chris’ work on the bestselling THE SPIDER VS. THE EMPIRE STATE. Out in the real world, Chris is a website designer and freelance artist, illustrating books such as ‘SCUSE ME WHILE I KISS THIS GUY AND OTHER MISHEARD LYRICS by Gavin Edwards (Fireside), UP YOUR (SAT) SCORE (Workman), and COOKING ROCKS! RACHAEL RAY’S 30-MINUTE MEALS FOR KIDS, a NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller in 2004. Chris has continued to work with Rachael on EVERYDAY WITH RACHAEL RAY magazine and with the 2008 cookbook YUM-O! More years ago than he cares to mention, Chris’ comic strip in the YALE DAILY NEWS won him the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Charles M. Schulz Award for the nation’s most promising college cartoonist. You can sample his comics at breakupgirl.net. For more about Chris, please visit Chris Kalb’s Pop-Up Portfolio. Chris was the designer of PulpFest‘s original website and for many years, put together the convention’s print advertisements.

Garyn G. Roberts

Green GhostProfessor Garyn G. Roberts has written extensively about the pulps, both professionally and as a fan. He has edited or co-edited some of the best collections from the pulps including A CENT A STORY: THE BEST FROM TEN DETECTIVE ACES, MORE TALES OF THE DEFECTIVE DETECTIVE IN THE PULPS, THE COMPLEAT ADVENTURES OF THE MOON MAN, THE MAGICAL MYSTERIES OF DON DIAVOLO, and THE COMPLEAT GREAT MERLINI SAGA. His anthology, THE PRENTICE HALL ANTHOLOGY OF SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY, a college level textbook, is notable for the attention paid to the pulp magazines. Additionally, Garyn has helped other researchers with various pulp-related projects and often serves as a presenter and panelist at conventions. In 2013, Professor Roberts received the Munsey AwardHe has often helped the convention with its programming needs and serves as an advisor to PulpFest programming director Mike Chomko.


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