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.
Will material other than pulps be available at your convention?
Although the focus of PulpFest is pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage 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 are also allowed. Please remember that PulpFest is not a comic book convention. Sexually explicit material, including Playboy, Penthouse and Oui, is not allowed.
Is there a cut-off date for advance registrations?
No advance registrations for PulpFest 2013 will be accepted after Monday, July 22nd. Our Paypal page will shut down at 10 PM on that day.
It’s 07/23/13 and I’d like to register for PulpFest 2013? How can I do that? What happened to your Paypal page?
The deadline for advance registrations was Monday, July 22nd. Anyone wishing to register in the days leading up to the convention will have to do so at the door. Our Paypal page was shut down on July 22nd at 10 PM.
I have preregistered for PulpFest 2013. Where do I pick up my membership materials?
For those who have preregistered, you will be able to pick up your membership material at the entrance to the dealers’ room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus on Thursday evening, July 25th, between 6 and 9 PM. On Friday through Sunday, you will be able to pick up your materials, including your PulpFest badge, prior to entering the dealers’ room. Just stop at the registration desk.
When and how can I register at the door for PulpFest?
Early registration will be held at the entrance to the dealers’ room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus on Thursday evening, July 25th, running from 6 PM to 9 PM. On Friday through Sunday, you will be able to register for the convention prior to entering the dealers’ room. Just stop at the registration desk. A three-day registration at the door will cost $35. A Friday or Saturday pass will cost $15. Sunday passes, available only at the door, will cost $5. Children who are accompanied by a parent and are fifteen years of age or younger will be admitted free of charge.
Do kids have to register for the convention?
All PulpFest attendees must be registered for the convention. However, children who are accompanied by a parent and are fifteen years of age or younger will be admitted free of charge. So bring your family!
What are PulpFest’s hours?
Loosely speaking, PulpFest will be open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM. There will also be programming held during the evening hours from 7 PM to 1 AM. Please visit our Convention Hours page under The Details section for more specific information. Programming information is available on our Programming page.
When will dealers be able to set up for the convention?
The dealers’ room will be open for set-up from 4-11 PM on Thursday evening, July 25th. The dealers’ room will open to everyone at 9 AM on July 26th. All dealers are expected to be set up by 11 PM on Thursday evening.
How can I ship my purchases home from PulpFest?
A UPS provider will be at the Hyatt Regency Columbus on Sunday, July 28th. You’ll be able to package your purchases with materials available through the provider and arrange for shipment to your home or business.
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 Jack Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, Ohio 45305. Prior to doing so, please write to Jack for instructions via mail or via email at email@example.com.
How can I help to promote PulpFest 2013?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 want to lend a hand. Any help that you provide will be thoroughly appreciated! Please visit our Promotion page for further details.
How can I have my web site listed with PulpFest 2013?
Almost all of the links on the PulpFest web site are for dealers and/or pubishers who will be attending our show or for sites that have linked to our home page. Additionally, there are a few sites listed that we’ve found to be irresistible. If you meet any or all of these criteria, your site will be linked to the PulpFest website. Please contact Barry Traylor or Mike Chomko if you have any link-related questions.
Will PulpFest 2013 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, please visit our Program Book page.
Will PulpFest 2013 be handing out a Lamont Award?
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. A second award, The Rusty Hevelin Service Award, is reserved for those individuals within the pulp community who have worked long and hard for the pulp community with little thought for individual recognition. Please visit our Awards page for our criteria and nominate a candidate for either or both of these awards. The award or awards will be presented on Saturday evening, July 27th.
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 visit our Saturday Night Auction page or write to J. Barry Traylor at 1767 Crooked Oak Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 or via email at email@example.com.
Why is PulpFest considered “the Summer’s Great Pulp Convention?” Are there other pulp cons?
There are other pulp cons throughout the year. Several are listed on our links page.
Is PulpFest a convention for fans of the movie Pulp Fiction?
Although 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 visit our Pulp History page for further information.
Will there be role-playing games at the convention?
At this point in PulpFest’s evolution, there are no plans to organize such activities. However, the PulpFest organizing committee is aware that there are several pulp-related role-playing games. Perhaps the best known of these is Call of Cthulhu. There are conventions that focus on such activities. At this time, these would seem to be a better fit for gaming.
Will there be a costume contest?
Still searching for answers?
Here’s who to contact….
- Registration, hotel, Columbus, membership and dealer questions: Jack Cullers at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Press and programming questions: Ed Hulse at email@example.com
- Website, links, promotion, Pulpster, and Rusty Award questions: Mike Chomko at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contributions to The Pulpster: William Lampkin at email@example.com
- Auction and link questions: Barry Traylor at firstname.lastname@example.org
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