FAQ

Here we’ll try to answer some of the questions we are frequently asked. If you’re still uncertain after scrolling through everything, try one of the email links down at the bottom.

Is that a comic book?

Shadow33-08-01Not at all. It’s a pulp magazine. Pulp magazines are named for the cheap paper on which they were printed. Frank A. Munsey pioneered the format in 1896 with THE ARGOSY. About a decade later, other publishers began to release their own pulp fiction magazines and the industry began to pick up steam, providing one of the primary forms of entertainment during the first half of the twentieth century. After World War II, the demand for pulp magazines waned as a more convenient form of cheap entertainment took hold – paperbacks. These were often just as “pulpy,” since they were often written by many of the same authors. In the fifties, television became the favored form of escapism and the surviving pulps ceased publication. Fiction magazines continued to be published, but in new formats. The science-fiction and mystery digests and “men’s adventure magazines” are considered descendants of the pulps. Comic books were inspired by the pulps — particularly the so-called “hero” pulps such as DOC SAVAGE and THE SHADOW — but pulps are not comic books.

Will material other than pulps be available at your convention?

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

Can I register for PulpFest in advance?

Of course. PulpFest prefers that its members register in advance.

A prepaid, full-weekend membership to PulpFest 2017 will cost $35 for members who will be staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Also, to reward our loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying at our host hotel, PulpFest is happy to offer free early-bird shopping on Thursday, July 27.

For those members who will not be staying at the DoubleTree, a prepaid, full-weekend membership to PulpFest 2017 will cost $40. If such members desire to participate in early-bird shopping on Thursday evening, it will cost an additional $30.

Please visit our registration page for further details.

Is there a cut-off date for advance registrations?

No advance registrations for PulpFest 2017 will be accepted after Monday, July 24. Our Paypal page will shut down at 10 PM eastern time on that day.

It’s 07/25/17 and I’d like to register for PulpFest 2017? How can I do that? What happened to your Paypal page?

The deadline for advance registrations was Monday, July 24. Anyone wishing to register for PulpFest 2017 after July 24 will have to do so at the door. Our Paypal page was shut down on July 24 at 10 PM eastern time.

I have preregistered for PulpFest 2017. Where do I pick up my membership materials?

For those who have preregistered, you will be able to pick up your membership material outside the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry on Thursday evening, July 27, from 4 PM to 8 PM, and on Friday morning, July 28, from 9 AM to 10 AM. During the rest of the convention, you will be able to pick up your materials at the convention’s registration table from 10 AM until the closing of the dealers’ room.

When and how can I register at the door for PulpFest 2017?

Registration will be take place outside the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Early registration will occur 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. Since you are paying at the door, please have your completed registration form on hand to speed up the process. You can download your form by clicking here.

For the rest of the convention, you will be able to register at the entrance as you are entering the dealers’ room. Just stop at the registration desk during normal business hours. You’ll be able to pay for your registration at the door using cash, check, or credit card.

A full-weekend registration at the door will cost $35 if you are staying at the DoubleTree. Early-bird shopping privileges on July 27 will also be provided free of charge. For those staying elsewhere, a full-weekend registration will cost $40. If you desire early-bird privileges, the price at the door will be $70. It will only be available for sale on Thursday evening, July 27.

A Friday or Saturday one-day pass will cost $20. Sunday passes, available only at the door, will cost $10 (to pay for your program book). Please be aware that many dealers will be packing up on Sunday, July 30. So buying and selling opportunities may be limited.

Children who are accompanied by a parent and are fifteen years of age or younger will be admitted free of charge.

Please visit our registration page for further details.

Do kids have to register for the convention?

All PulpFest attendees must be registered for the convention. However, there will be no charge for children who are accompanied by a parent and are fifteen years of age or younger. They will be admitted free of charge. So bring your family!

I can’t attend PulpFest 2017, but I’d like to help. How can I do so?

Supporting memberships for those who cannot attend PulpFest will cost $25. All paying members, including supporting members, will receive a complementary copy of our program book (described below), THE PULPSTER, a $13 value. You can become a PulpFest supporting member via our registration page.

How can I get a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry?

The hotel provides PulpFest with a limited block of rooms. So the sooner you book your room at the DoubleTree, the better chance you have of landing a room. So please book your room as soon as possible.

In order to book a room at the DoubleTree, go to our homepage at pulpfest.com. Along the right hand side of this page you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room for 2017.” Click on this link or copy and paste https://aws.passkey.com/g/51320979 into your address bar and you’ll be redirected to a web page where you can book a room at the DoubleTree for your PulpFest stay.

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 both Friday and Saturday. There is ample free parking surrounding the hotel.

What is the deadline to book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry to get the special convention rate?

You must book your room by July 5, 2017 in order to get the special convention rate of $125 plus tax per night.

What are PulpFest’s regular hours?

Please see the early-bird section below for Thursday’s hours. PulpFest will be open on Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 4:45 PM. There will also be programming held during the evening hours on Friday and Saturday from 7 PM to approximately midnight. The Sunday hours will be from 9 AM to 2 PM, but buying and selling opportunities may be limited. There is no scheduled programming on Sunday.

What about early-bird hours? When are they?

To reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying at our host hotel, PulpFest is happy to offer free early-bird privileges. If you do not plan to stay at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, you can purchase a full-weekend membership with early-bird privileges at the door for $70.

Early birds will be allowed into the dealers’ room on Thursday evening while our dealers are setting up their displays. Due to travel conditions and other contingencies, PulpFest cannot guarantee that each and every dealer will be available during early-bird hours. Early-bird hours will begin at 6 PM and end at 9 PM on Thursday evening, July 27. There will also be programming during the Thursday evening hours from 9:10 PM to 11:30 PM.

Please visit our registration page for further details.

When will dealers be able to set up for the convention?

The dealers’ room will be open for setting up dealer displays from 4 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, July 27. Beginning at 6 PM, the dealers’ room will also be open to early-bird shoppers who will be allowed to remain until 9 PM. The dealers’ room will open to everyone at 10 AM on Friday, July 28.

All dealers are expected to be set up by 11 PM on Thursday evening. There will be one additional hour provided for set-up on Friday morning, beginning at 9 AM. If you are not able to set up your display during these times, please discuss your needs with convention chairperson Jack Cullers by emailing him at jack@pulpfest.com  or writing him at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305.

Our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree is very accessible. It will make unloading and loading for dealers quite easy. Access to the dealers’ room for unloading and loading purposes will be through the ballroom back entrance and the nearby banquet dock. Click here for a map showing the loading area of the hotel and here for a map of the DoubleTree’s Grand Ballroom.

If you need additional help getting to the hotel and/or the loading area, please call or text Jack Cullers at 937.671.1574. If Jack is not available, please text Chuck Welch at 608.406.4774. You can also call Chuck, but text will probably be faster.

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Will PulpFest have any social activities?

PulpFest 2017 will have a convention suite. It will be open during the evening hours, beginning on Thursday, July 27 and running through Saturday, July 29. Details will be announced at the convention.

At this time, PulpFest 2017 is also looking into organizing a group dinner on Saturday, July 29. Eating together on Saturday evening has been a long-standing tradition at summer pulp cons. Currently, we are planning an informal meal in the hotels ember & vine restaurant. However, we are also looking into other possibilities. Details will be announced at the convention.

How can I ship my purchases home from PulpFest ?

There is a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center about a half-mile away from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Located at 19095 Perry Highway in Mars, Pennsylvania, it is open from 8 AM to 6 PM on Saturdays and from 11 AM to 6 PM on Sundays.

Can I ship items that I plan to sell to the hotel?

You can ship items that you plan to sell at the convention to PulpFest Chairman Jack Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, Ohio 45305. Prior to doing so, please write to Jack for instructions via mail at the address above or via email at jack@pulpfest.com.

I will be visiting PulpFest for a day. Where can I park?

For those visiting PulpFest for the day, there is ample free parking surrounding the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

How can I help to promote PulpFest 2017?

Every year, PulpFest prints thousands of post cards to promote the convention. If you are a retailer who would like to distribute our cards to your customers, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com or at 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA 18104-6542. Alternately, if you are associated with a book or collectible show or a fan convention or someone who will be attending such an event, please write to Mike at one of the addresses above if you care to lend a hand. Any help that you provide will be thoroughly appreciated!

How can I have my website listed on the PulpFest website?

Search engines such as Google and Bing really hate “link farms” and actively demote such sites. Therefore, PulpFest has done away with its links page. That said, if you have a website that you feel will be of interest to our membership, please contact the convention’s marketing director, Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.com, about possibly including your site in one of the articles we’ll be composing for our website during the months leading up to the convention.

If you are a dealer with a website who will be selling at PulpFest 2017, please provide Mike Chomko with the address of your site. All registered dealers will be profiled in a series of posts that will run on the PulpFest website during the last week of June. Mike will be sure to include your website in his post.

How can my company be listed on the PulpFest website?

Although we’ve done away with our links page, we do offer businesses the chance to sponsor our website for one year. The cost is $200 for a one-year sponsorship.

Currently, we have several sponsors for our website: AbeBooks — where you can search for books and collectibles offered by independent sellers from around the world — and four sites to help students with their writing: EssayScribes.com, College Homework Help, Smart Writing Serviceand DoMyEssay.Net. If you would like to help sponsor the PulpFest home page for one year, please contact the convention’s marketing director, Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.com.

Will PulpFest 2017 have a program book?

Cover of THE PULPSTER, No. 25THE PULPSTER is a longstanding tradition cherished by attendees of summer pulp cons. This highly collectible and informative program book has been published for over twenty years. All paying members (including supporting members) will receive a complementary copy of THE PULPSTER.

THE PULPSTER invites everyone to submit articles and features related to the pulps, pulp collecting, and pulp history for use in the magazine. Your work should be submitted to the editor of THE PULPSTER, William Lampkin. For further details, click here or write to Bill at bill@pulpfest.com.

The Pulpster also accepts advertising. For further details, please to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Back issues are available through Mike Chomko, Books. Please write to Mike at mike@pulpfest.com about availability. Quantities of all remaining back issues are extremely limited.

Will PulpFest 2017 be handing out any awards?

PulpFest will be presenting The Munsey Award to a person deserving of recognition. This prestigious prize bears the name of the man who published the first all-fiction pulp magazine, Frank A. Munsey. The Munsey is a limited edition art print created by renowned artist David Saunders. The award will be presented on Saturday evening, July 29.

Are there opportunities to volunteer at the convention?

PulpFest was started by individuals who had volunteered at other conventions through the years. So there are definitely opportunities to help out. If you would like to lend a hand at the convention, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Sally Cullers, to express your interest. You can reach her via email by writing to sally@pulpfest.com or via mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, Ohio 45305.

I have a great idea for a programming presentation. Who can I tell?

Mike Chomko is the programming director of PulpFest. He’d love to hear from you. You can reach him via email at mike@pulpfest.com or via regular mail at 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542.

Will PulpFest handle estate auctions?

PulpFest welcomes estate auctions for the simple reason that we would like to see collections stay within the pulp community, helping us to remember the person to whom such pulps once belonged. For further information, please write to Mike Chomko at 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104 or via email at mike@pulpfest.com. Keep watching our website as we add information concerning our 2017 PulpFest auction.

Why is PulpFest considered “the Summer’s Great Pulp Convention?” Are there other pulp cons?

There are other pulp cons throughout the year. We highlight as many as we can through the posts that appear on our website. Check back often.

Is PulpFest a convention for fans of the movie PULP FICTION?

Pulp FictionAlthough fans of Quentin Tarantino’s award-winning film are more than welcome to attend PulpFest, the focus of the convention is pulp magazines and related material. Pulp magazines are so-called because of the cheap paper they were printed on. Please click Pulp History along the right side of our home page for further information.

Will there be role-playing games at the convention?

Due to our move to the Pittsburgh region, Rick Thomas — an Ohio gamer and pulp fan — was not able to organize a gaming track for PulpFest 2017. Although he’s hoping to line up pulp-related role-playing games, board games, and card games for future conventions, there will be no gaming track at this year’s convention. The PulpFest organizing committee regrets that there will be no pulp-related role-playing games — including Call of Cthulhu and Spirit of the Century — at PulpFest 2017.

Will there be a costume contest?

No, but if you’d like to wear a costume to the convention, you are more than welcome to do so.

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(George Rozen’s painting for the August 1, 1933 issue of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE is perhaps one of the most iconic images of Walter Gibson’s “Dark Avenger.” To learn more about the man who was The Shadow’s most renowned cover artist, please visit http://www.pulpfest.com/2015/10/george-and-jerome-rozen-at-120/.

Pulp magazines are not the only collectibles that are featured at PulpFest. Digests magazines, vintage and genre paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden Age — such as CRIME DOES NOT PAY #42, dated November 1945 and featuring cover art by Charles Biro — and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games will also be available.

PulpFest 2017 will be saluting the hardboiled dicks of the pulps — among other things — with a look at DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE. Many of its early issues — including the May 1932 number — featured cover art by William Reusswig. Matt Moring will be discussing the magazine on Saturday evening, July 29.

Although the first costumed pulp heroine appeared in just six stories in rare and obscure mid-1930s pulps, The Domino Lady commanded three covers for those magazines. All three were painted by Norman Saunders, one of the leading artists and illustrators of the pulp era. The Domino Lady and other dangerous dames of the pulps will be profiled during PulpFest’s Thursday night programming on July 27.

The convention will also be examining the psychos of the pulps with presentations and readings on both Thursday and Friday evenings. The pulps were a breeding ground for madness, featuring mad scientists, crazed hunchbacks, and foul cultists on a monthly basis. Eventually, the pulp publishers tested their marketing skills as they introduced “villain” pulps: DOCTOR DEATH — including the February 1935 issue with cover art by Rudolph Zirm — DR. YEN SIN, THE OCTOPUS, THE SCORPION, and THE MYSTERIOUS WU FANG.

The PulpFest dealers’ room banner, designed by the convention’s advertising director William Lampkin — who also edits THE PULPSTER — features the artwork of Arnold Kohn. The art originally served as the front cover for the June 1949 issue of AMAZING STORIES, published by Ziff-Davis.

The PulpFest 2017 post card — designed by advertising director Bill Lampkin — features John Newton Howitt’s cover art for the April 15, 1934 issue of DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE, published by Popular Publications.

The centerpiece of THE PULPSTER #25 is “90 years of AMAZING STORIES,” a collection of essays on the history and legacy of the first all-science-fiction pulp magazine written by many of its editors, including founder Hugo Gernsback, Howard Browne, Joseph Wrzos (Joe Ross), Barry N. Malzberg, PulpFest 2016 Guest of Honor Ted White, Elinor Mavor, and Patrick L. Price. Of course, given its content, the magazine had to feature one of the many great covers from AMAZING. Harold W. McCauley painting graced both the August 1942 number of AMAZING STORIES and THE PULPSTER #25. Write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com to learn how you can order the issue. Very few remain.

That’s Uma Thurman on the poster for Quentin Tarantino’s award-winning film PULP FICTION. Although fans of the movie are more than welcome to attend PulpFest, the focus of the convention is pulp magazines and related material.)