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 the 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, genre fiction, 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 2018 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 26.

For those members who will not be staying at the DoubleTree, a prepaid, full-weekend membership to PulpFest 2018 will cost $40. If such members desire to participate in early-bird shopping on Thursday evening, it will cost an additional $30.

Please click one of the Register buttons on our home page for further details. If you’d like to pay for your membership via Paypal, you’ll find our Paypal link on our Registration Page.

Is there a cut-off date for advance registrations?

No advance registrations for PulpFest 2018 will be accepted after Monday, July 23. Our Paypal page will shut down at 10 PM eastern time on that day.

It’s 07/24/18 and I’d like to register for PulpFest 2018? How can I do that? What happened to your Paypal page?

The deadline for advance registrations was Monday, July 23. Anyone wishing to register for PulpFest 2018 after July 23 will have to do so at the door. Our Paypal page was shut down on July 23 at 10 PM eastern time.

I have preregistered for PulpFest 2018. 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. Early registration will take place on Thursday evening, July 26, from 4 PM to 8 PM, and on Friday morning, July 27, 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 2018?

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 26, running from 4 PM to 8 PM, and on Friday morning, July 27, 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 26 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.

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 29. 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 click one of the Register buttons on our home 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 2018, 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. Please click one of the Register buttons on our home page to become a PulpFest supporting member.

Are there any discounts available to attend PulpFest?

Members of Confluence 2018 — Pittsburgh’s longest-running literary conference, with a strong focus on science fiction, fantasy and horror — will receive a $10 discount off the price of a daily PulpFest admission with proof of Confluence membership. Confluence is a cooperative effort between the University of Pittsburgh science fiction club and Parsec, a non-profit organization that has been promoting science fiction, fantasy and horror in literature, media and music for over 25 years.

Will PulpFest members get a discount to Confluence?

All PulpFest members will receive $10 off the price of a daily membership to Confluence. The conference runs from 3 PM on Friday, July 27, through 3 PM on Sunday, July 29. It takes place at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel, located at 1160 Thorn Run Road in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. To receive your discount, simply show your PulpFest badge when you register at the door. To learn more about Confluence, please visit http://parsec-sff.org/confluence/.

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. Click one of the Book a Room links and you’ll be redirected to a web page where you can book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry 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 $129 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 each day of your stay. Parking is free. You must book your room by July 4, 2018 in order to get the special convention rate.

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 4, 2018 in order to get the special convention rate of $129 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 and auctions held during the evening hours on Friday and Saturday beginning at 7 PM and running until after midnight. The Sunday hours will be from 9 AM to 2 PM, but buying and selling opportunities may be limited. No programming or auctions will take place 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 5:30 PM and end at 8:30 PM on Thursday evening, July 26. There will also be programming during the Thursday evening hours from 8:40 PM to 12:30 AM.

Please click one of the Register buttons on our home 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 3 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, July 26. Beginning at 5:30 PM, the dealers’ room will also be open to early-bird shoppers who will be allowed to remain until 8:30 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 chairman Jack Cullers. You can reach him by email at jack@pulpfest.com or by 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.

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Will PulpFest have any social activities?

PulpFest 2018 will have a hospitality suite. It will be open during the evening hours, beginning on Thursday, July 26 and running through Saturday, July 28. Further details will be announced at the convention.

The convention will also be organizing a group dinner on Saturday evening, July 28. It will take place at the DoubleTree’s Ember & Vine, the hotel’s world-class restaurant and bar. Further 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 10 AM to 8 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 by 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 2018?

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!

The convention will also be promoted through post-card giveaways at book and comic shops and collectibles events, and through print advertising in various periodicals including ALTER EGO, PAPERBACK PARADE, and WINDY CITY PULP STORIES.

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

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 2018, 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 second week in July. Mike will include your website in one of these posts.

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 $150 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 two sites to help students with their writing: SmartWritingService.com and DoMyEssay.net. If you would like to sponsor the PulpFest home page for one year, please contact the convention’s marketing director, Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.com.

I’ve bookmarked your home page. Is PulpFest on social media?

In addition to our home page at www.pulpfest.com, you’ll also find information on our Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest and our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest.

Will PulpFest 2018 have a program book?

THE 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 write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.comPrint specifications for ads can be found at http://thepulpster.com/advertising/.

Back issues of THE PULPSTER 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 2018 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 28.

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, Chuck Welch, to express your interest. You can reach him via email by writing to chuck@pulpfest.com.

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.

Will there be a live auction at PulpFest 2018?

PulpFest 2018 will hold two live auctions. The convention will be offering pulps and other materials from the estates of Woody Hagadish and Larry Latham. We’ll have pulps and digests from such diverse genres as science fiction, adventure, sports, and the western field. Also included will be some rare premiums offered to pulp readers, over twenty Gnome Press, Shasta, and Avalon first edition hardcovers, rare science fiction paperbacks, British science fiction magazines, and more. The auctions will follow our programming on both Friday and Saturday nights. Keep watching our website as we add information concerning our 2018 PulpFest auctions.

Can members of PulpFest  2018 submit items to sell at auction?

All members of PulpFest  2018 can submit items to sell at auction.  All auction lots must have a $20 minimum value. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that does not meet our standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold at auction. If a reserve price is placed on an auction lot and it fails to sell, there will be no charge applied. All auction lots must be submitted to PulpFest prior to 1 PM on the day of the auction. If you have questions concerning the auction, please contact programming and marketing director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542.

Does PulpFest publish a newsletter? How can I get a copy?

Every year in late March or early April, PulpFest releases its annual newsletter. It offers a great deal of information about each year’s convention. For a copy of our 2018 newsletter, please  click here. To have a copy mailed to your home, please write to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305.

Why is PulpFest considered “Summer’s Great Pulp Con?” 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. Bookmark our home page and visit often to be sure to catch these posts.

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?

Rick Thomas — who organized our gaming track at the Columbus PulpFests — has learned that the World Boardgame Championships will run from July 21 to July 29 at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort located about 75 miles southeast of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Therefore, 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 2018.

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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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 and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games will also be available. Perhaps you’ll find a copy of ACES HIGH #4 — dated October 1955 and featuring cover art by George Evans — at the convention. Published by EC Comics, ACES HIGH ran for five issues. PulpFest 2018 will have a presentation on war comics as part of our series on the art of war, “Life and Death on the Front Lines.”

PulpFest 2018 will be honoring the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War. The convention will focus on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century — such as the November 1928 OVER THE TOP, with cover art by H. T. Fisk — and the depiction of war in popular culture. Published by Street & Smith, OVER THE TOP lasted for twenty-one issues. Harry Thomas Fisk contributed most of the magazine’s covers. After its cancellation, OVER THE TOP was retitled as HIGH SPOT MAGAZINE and ran for ten more issues.

The pulps began to specialize following the introduction of DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE in 1915. There were magazines devoted to fantasy, detectives, love, sports, and other genres. In late 1926, Dell Publishing introduced WAR STORIES, the first magazine devoted to tales of war. It lasted for 107 issues — including the first March 1928 number with cover art by Julius Erbit — running through its June 1932 issue. It was revived for one more issue in early 1936. WAR STORIES was followed by many other war pulps including BATTLE STORIES, DARE-DEVIL ACES, SUBMARINE STORIES, UNDER FIRE MAGAZINE, WINGS, and dozens more. Most disappeared by 1940.

Not only will you find pulp magazines and related materials, you’ll also come across 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 at PulpFest. In addition to presentations of pulps and war comics, PulpFest 2018 will be exploring men’s adventure magazines — such as the December 1963 issue of REAL COMBAT STORIES, with cover art by Norman Saunders — as part of our series on the art of war, “Life and Death on the Front Lines.”

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. It depicts yet another instance of battle, this time featuring a woman warrior.

The PulpFest 2018 post card — designed by advertising director Bill Lampkin — features Mel Hunter’s cover art for the May 1960 issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. In addition to honoring the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War, PulpFest 2018 will be saluting the centennial of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer. The author’s story, “Open to Me, My Sister,” was  featured on Hunter’s cover for the 1960 digest magazine.

This year’s issue of THE PULPSTER will look at how World War I was reflected in the pulp magazines during and in the decades after the Great War. Of course, given its content, the magazine had to feature a pulp cover depicting a scene from The Great War: French troops rush across no man’s land in artwork by Rudolph Belarski for the April 1940 issue of THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Standard Magazine. Write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com to learn how you can order a copy of the issue.

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 including digests magazines, vintage and genre paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, and other collectibles.)