PulpFest in the News

Jul 16, 2018 by

Throughout the year, PulpFest tries to maintain a presence on the worldwide web, offering posts about other conventions, honoring important pulp writers and artists on their birth anniversaries, and more. Our posts not only appear at pulpfest.com, but on our Facebook page and Twitter feed as well. You’ll also find us on event calendars like ANSIBLE‘s International EventsLocus Online‘s ConventionsPREVIEWSworld’s Convention Calendar, and Pittsburgh sites such as Popular Pittsburgh and the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE events calendar. This year, PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE has listed PulpFest 2018 in its “Top 10 Things to Do in Pittsburgh in July.”

We also try to get the word out about PulpFest in other ways as well. One is through print advertising. Our ads have appeared in periodicals such as Richard Krauss’ THE DIGEST ENTHUSIASTANTIQUES & AUCTION NEWS, and TwoMorrows Publishing’s ALTER EGO and RETROFAN. We advertise heavily with postcard giveaways at book and comic shops, antique paper shows, and comic book, science fiction, and collectible conventions. Over the last year, we’ve distributed about 16,000 of our PulpFest postcards. Our four-page newsletter also goes out to those who express interest in PulpFest and its partner convention, FarmerCon.

Then there’s our advertising via Facebook — we have one going on right now — and other venues, including THE HORROR SHOW WITH BRIAN KEENE, a weekly podcast hosted by best-selling writer. Our advertisements were featured on episodes 166, 169, and 172. Click the link here or listen to Brian’s show via iTunesSpotifyProject EntertainmentiHeartRadio, or Stitcher.

You’ll find other references to PulpFest on gaming sites such as RPGGeek and BoardGameGeek (thanks to pulp and gaming fan, Rick Thomas) and even the trade show site 10times. Recently, the FanSided Network profiled PulpFest 2018 and its Guest of Honor, Joe Lansdale, on 1428 ELM, the network’s horror movies news and opinions site. And our 2018 New Fictioneers guest Sara Light-Waller talked about PulpFest during an interview with LewisTalk. Sara’s work has been compared to that of some of the great pulp writers.

If that’s not enough, you can listen to yours truly wax rhapsodic about pulps and PulpFest on BEHIND THE BOOKSHELVES. It’s an AbeBooks podcast, hosted by Richard Davies. The show is available via iTunesStitcherTunein, and Google Play. Or simply click on the picture at the bottom of this post and you’ll soon be listening to my musical voice. The PulpFest episode was released on June 30.

(Designed by PulpFest’s advertising director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2018 post card features the work of freelance artist Mel Hunter. His painting was originally used as the cover to the May 1960 number of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION. Philip José Farmer’s “Open to Me, My Sister” was featured on the issue’s cover. PulpFest 2018 has used Hunter’s cover art to promote our convention at book stores, comic shops, and other conventions and fairs.)

 

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Free Stuff at PulpFest 2018

Jul 4, 2018 by

Bring on the fireworks! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s freedom. What better time for PulpFest 2018 to offer thanks for all of the donations we’ve received? They’re all meant for our members who will receive them free of charge. The only requirement is to attend “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry from July 26 through July 29!

In alphabetical order, we’d like to thank Dustin Wright and Chaosium Inc., the publisher of CALL OF CTHULHU and other role-playing games. Chaosium has donated a selection of fiction books and game supplements to be used as door prizes during PulpFest 2018.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. for their generous donation of several hardbound and softcover copies of the new Christopher Paul Carey novel, SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MENInspired by the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Christopher will be reading from his book on Friday, July 27. PulpFest will also be hosting an art exhibition showcasing artist Mark Wheatley’s illustrations for the novel.

The Burroughs organization has also donated four hardbound Tarzan novels from their “Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs series.” These will also be awarded as door prizes during PulpFest 2018.

Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, the award-winning magazine that is celebrating its 69th anniversary in 2018, will again be offering copies of back issues to our members. Gordon’s magazine has been supporting PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for many years. We’re extremely grateful for the long-standing support of F&SF.

Mike Chomko, Books — a longtime dealer at PulpFest, Pulpcon, and other pulp conventions — has contributed a number of new pulp volumes to be offered as prizes to attendees of this year’s New Fictioneers readings.

Tom Brown and Radio Archives — the leading producer of old-time radio collections and pulp audiobooks — for sending six complete audiobooks that will be awarded as door prizes for our members attending selected evening presentations on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Including THE BEST OF ADVENTURE, G-8 AND HIS BATTLES ACES, and Will Murray’s WILD ADVENTURES OF DOC SAVAGE, six lucky attendees will be heading home with some new listening material for the trip.

PulpFest sponsor, AbeBooks.com, as well as Meteor House and FarmerCon for helping to sponsor our hospitality suite. Our host hotel has provided a room off their lobby where our members can socialize after a hearty day of collecting in the dealers’ room and partaking in our evening programming.

You are welcome to join in on the fun. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting and talk about the characters and creators that you love.

We’d also like to thank the many bookstores and comic shops throughout the Pittsburgh area, as well as the many book fairs and conventions throughout the United States that have helped to promote “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” all through the past year. You’ve done a FANTASTIC job and we couldn’t have done it without you! Special thanks to Jim Beard, Martin Grams, Steve Hager, Todd McDevitt of New Dimension Comics, and Rick Thomas for their help promoting us at various conventions and elsewhere.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, today is the last day to receive the special convention rate. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Below our banner and along the right hand side of our home page, you’ll find links that read “Book a Room.” Click on one of these links and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at the DoubleTree. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special rate. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

(From the late thirties through the early forties, August Schomburg — the younger brother of Alex Schomburg — painted many covers for Magazine Publishers’ FLYING ACES, including the August 1942 number. August’s older brother is well known for drawing over 500 comic book covers for CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE HUMAN TORCH, SUB-MARINER, and other Golden Age titles.

During July and August 1942, just months after the United States entered World War II, magazines nationwide featured the American flag on their covers. Adopting the slogan “United We Stand,” some five hundred publications waved the stars and stripes to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day.

For magazine publishers, displaying the flag was a way to prove their loyalty and value to the war effort. For the U. S. government, the campaign was an opportunity to sell bonds and boost morale. The magazines brought home a message of patriotism and ideals worth fighting for.)

AbeBooks.com Welcomes You to PulpFest

Jun 22, 2018 by

PulpFest is very proud to announce that AbeBooks.com has renewed its sponsorship of our convention. Launched in 1996, AbeBooks.com is an online marketplace for books. AbeBooks has a strong focus on rare and collectible books as well as ephemera such as maps, posters, prints and photographs.

Millions of rare and used items are offered for sale through the AbeBooks websites from thousands of sellers around the world. The unique inventory of products for sale from AbeBooks sellers includes the world’s finest antiquarian books, countless out-of-print gems, millions of signed, used and new books,  plus a vast selection of collectible items.

AbeBooks is a company with a passion for books, art and collectibles. Sellers love AbeBooks for helping them sell items to buyers around the globe – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Buyers love AbeBooks for helping them to find and purchase items from its vast online inventory, stretching around the world with six international sites. The AbeBooks blog, Reading Copy, is a valuable daily source of company and book-related news.

PulpFest is extremely pleased to have AbeBooks as a sponsor. Not only has AbeBooks added their name to our growing list of web site sponsors — you’ll find their logo on our home page — they have also asked to sponsor this year’s convention badges, our welcome and hospitality suite banners, and the PulpFest program book. AbeBooks will also be sponsoring our con suite for a night. So the snacks and suds will be on them. You’ll have to bring the pulps and a good sense of humor.

AbeBooks is not only passionate about books, but also a company with a “passion for pulps!” Be sure to watch for their banners at the PulpFest 2018 entrance and outside our convention suite. PulpFest 2018 begins on Thursday, July 26, and runs through Sunday, July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

PulpFest 2018 will also be celebrating the 100th birthday of Philip José Farmer with FarmerCon 100. We’ll be welcoming  Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels, numerous short stories, and more — as our Guest of Honor and hosting a rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley. Additionally, there will be author readings, a great programming line-up, two auctions featuring unique collectibles, and a dealers’ room filled with pulps, digests, and men’s adventure magazines, collectible paintings and illustrations, rare first editions, vintage paperbacks and comic books, unique films and more. All this, plus you can get ten dollars off the daily admission to Confluence. It’s taking place the same weekend as summer’s AMAZING pulp con! All you have to do is show your PulpFest badge at the door to Pittsburgh’s long-running science fiction, fantasy and horror conference.

You can join both PulpFest and FarmerCon by clicking the Register for 2018 button on the PulpFest home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree while you’re visiting the PulpFest site. They’re going fast!

(For a number of years, PulpFest has accepted sponsors for its website. In addition to AbeBooks.com, we’d like to thank DoMyEssay.net and SmartWritingService.com. If you or your organization is interested in discussing a PulpFest sponsorship, please contact Mike Chomko, the convention’s marketing director, at mike@pulpfest.com.)

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Free Stuff at PulpFest 2017

Jul 4, 2017 by

Bring on the fireworks! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s freedom. What better time for PulpFest 2017 to offer thanks for all of the donations we’ve received? They’re all meant for our members who will receive them free of charge. The only requirement is to attend “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry from July 27 through July 30!

Caliban Book Shop, located at 410 South Craig Street in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, is offering a 10% discount to PulpFest members off any purchase from their shop. All you have to do is show your PulpFest badge to receive the discount. Caliban Book Shop features quality used and rare books as well as indie books and ‘zines by local authors. The store is located about 30 minutes from the DoubleTree. This offer is good from Thursday, July 27 through Sunday July 30. Click here for directions.

John L. Coker, III — President of First Fandom and Editor/Publisher of SCIENTIFICTION — THE FIRST FANDOM REPORT — has donated a number of signed, pulp-related trading cards that will be given away during the convention to six lucky badge holders.

Gordon Van Gelder and FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, the award-winning magazine that is celebrating its 68th anniversary in 2017, will again be offering copies of back issues to our members. Gordon’s magazine has been supporting PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for many years. We’re extremely grateful for the long-standing support of F&SF.

We’d also like to offer many thanks to Chaosium Inc., the publisher of CALL OF CTHULHU role playing game. Chaosium has donated a selection of fiction books and game supplements to be used as door prizes during PulpFest 2017.

Larque Press, the publisher of THE DIGEST ENTHUSIASThas donated a run of the first six issues of their exceptional magazine. All six issues — valued at over $50 — will be offered as a single lot during the Saturday night auction. All proceeds from the winning bid will go to PulpFest.

Wyatt Doyle and Bob Deis of New Texture have donated a great book mark to give away to PulpFest members. Please check out their MensPulpMags.com to learn more about New Texture’s The Men’s Adventure Library.

PulpFest sponsor, AbeBooks.com, as well as Meteor House and FarmerCon will be helping to sponsor our con suite. Our host hotel will be providing a room for our members where they can socialize after a hearty day of collecting in our dealers’ room and partaking in our evening programming. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting and talk about the things that you love and collect. If you’d like to volunteer to serve as a host or hostess in the PulpFest con suite or are a dealer, publisher, or other organization that would like to sponsor the con suite for a night, please write to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com.

We’d also like to thank the many bookstores and comic shops throughout the Pittsburgh area, as well as the many book fairs and conventions throughout the United States that have helped to promote “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” all through the past year. You’ve done a FANTASTIC job and we couldn’t have done it without you! Special thanks to Joe Coluccio, president of Parsec, and Harold Forman for spreading our promotional material throughout the Pittsburgh area. We also want to thank Martin Grams, Tommy Hancock, Nathan Madison, and Rick Thomas for their help promoting us at various conventions.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, tomorrow is the last day to receive the special convention rate. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Below our banner and along the right hand side of our home page at pulpfest.com, you’ll find links that read “Book a Room.” Click on one of these links and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at the DoubleTree. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special rate. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

(During June 1942, six months after the United States entered World War II, magazines nationwide featured the American flag on their covers. Adopting the slogan “United We Stand,” some five hundred publications waved the stars and stripes to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day.

For magazine publishers, displaying the flag was a way to prove their loyalty and value to the war effort. For the U.S. government, the campaign was an opportunity to sell bonds and boost morale. The magazines brought home a message of patriotism and ideals worth fighting for.)

AbeBooks Welcomes You to PulpFest

Jul 18, 2016 by

AbeBooks Welcomes You to PulpFestAs we announced in May, PulpFest has a new sponsor. It’s AbeBooks.com, the online marketplace for millions of brand new books, used books, rare books, and out-of-print books from around the world. Just like PulpFest, our new sponsor has a passion for books. Booksellers love AbeBooks for helping them to sell books to buyers around the globe – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Buyers love AbeBooks for helping them to find and purchase books from its vast online inventory, stretching around the world with six international sites. The AbeBooks blog, Reading Copy, is a valuable daily source of company and book-related news.

PulpFest is extremely pleased to welcome AbeBooks as a sponsor. Not only has AbeBooks added their name to our growing list of web site sponsors — you’ll find their logo on our home page — they have also asked to sponsor this year’s PulpFest name tags and program guides. Additionally, AbeBooks will be offering two hardcover copies of the fourth volume in Mike Ashley’s HISTORY OF THE SCIENCE-FICTION MAGAZINE as door prizes at the July convention. Valued at over $100 each, PulpFest will be randomly selecting two members present at this year’s convention to receive hardbound copies of Mike Ashley’s new work of science fiction scholarship.

AbeBooks remains a company with a passion for books as well as a “passion for pulps!” Be sure to watch for the AbeBooks banner at PulpFest 2016 and you may be one of our two lucky winners who take home a copy of Mike Ashley’s SCIENCE FICTION REBELS.

While you’re waiting for the arrival of PulpFest, here’s a little something to help you bide the time, thanks to the generosity of AbeBooks:

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To learn more about this great offer, please click on the picture above. You’ll be directed to AbeBooks.com where you’ll find further details about the coupon as well as a search engine to find your special book. The coupon is good from July 18 – July 29 and can only be used at AbeBooks.com.

We hope to see you at “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con,” taking place from Thursday evening, July 21 and running through Sunday afternoon, July 24 in the Columbus, Ohio Arena district at the Hyatt Regency hotel and the city’s spacious convention center. You’ll have a FANTASTIC time!

Please remember that the Hyatt Regency Columbus is sold out of rooms for July 21 through July 23. At www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.php, you’ll find a list of area hotels courtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Alternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

(Throughout the year, PulpFest has used Frank R. Paul’s cover art from the August 1927 issue of AMAZING STORIES, illustrating H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds,” to publicize the convention. Watch for it again as AbeBooks.com welcomes you to this year’s edition of “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!”)

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Free Stuff at PulpFest!

Jul 4, 2016 by

Amazing Stories 43-08Bring on the fireworks! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s freedom. What better time for PulpFest 2016 to offer thanks for all of the donations we’ve received? They’re all meant for our members who will receive them free of charge. Their only requirement is to attend “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” at the Hyatt Regency in the heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio from July 21 through July 24!

Our newest sponsor, AbeBooks.com, will be offering two hardcover copies of popular culture expert Mike Ashley’s SCIENCE-FICTION REBELS — the fourth volume in the author’s HISTORY OF THE SCIENCE-FICTION MAGAZINE — as door prizes during July’s convention. PulpFest will be randomly selecting two members present at this year’s convention to receive hardbound copies of this new work of science fiction scholarship. It’s a great book — valued at over $100 — to offer at this year’s convention. After all, we’ll be saluting the 90th anniversary of the first continuing science fiction magazine, AMAZING STORIES, at this year’s PulpFest.

We’d also like to offer many thanks to Chaosium, the publisher of CALL OF CTHULHU, one of the most recognized role playing games in the world. Chaosium has donated a selection of both fiction books for door prizes and role playing game supplements to be used as prizes during PulpFest‘s gaming track.

Engle Publishing will be providing copies of THE PAPER & ADVERTISING COLLECTORS’ MARKETPLACE for distribution free of charge at PulpFest. They’ve been doing so since the first PulpFest in 2009.

Gordon Van Gelder and FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, the award-winning magazine that is celebrating its 67th anniversary in 2016, will again be offering copies of back issues to our members. Gordon’s magazine has been supporting PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for many years. We’re extremely grateful for the long-standing support of F&SF.

Radio Archives, the leading producer of old-time radio collections and pulp audiobooks, will be offering a free audiobook to each and every attendee of PulpFest 2016. To celebrate the launch of the new Airship 27 and Pro Se Productions lines of audiobooks, Radio Archives will be offering a free voucher — valued at $15 to $20 — through our registration packets. You’ll be able to choose any Airship 27 or Pro Se audiobook you like, with no restrictions. PulpFest is extremely grateful to Radio Archives, Airship 27 Productions, and Pro Se Productions for this very generous offer.

PulpFest itself will be holding a drawing at the close of our annual business meeting, scheduled for 9:20 PM on Saturday, July 23. Two lucky convention attendees who prepay for their membership, book a room for three nights at our host hotel, and choose to attend our business meeting will receive free memberships to PulpFest 2017. You must provide proof of your stay at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and be present at the drawing to receive your prize.

If you are not from the Columbus area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-888-421-1442 to reach the Hyatt Regency. Perhaps there are rooms still available. Alternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor  or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. Other sites include www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.phpcourtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and the Experience Columbus lodging page at http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/stay Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

We’d also like to thank the many bookstores and comic shops throughout Ohio and other states, as well as the many book fairs and conventions that have helped to promote “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” all through the past year. You’ve done a FANTASTIC job and we couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks so much!

(Joseph Wirt Tillotson, who signed his work “Robert Fuqua,” was AMAZING editor Ray Palmer’s favored cover artist from the get-go. Beginning with the October 1938 issue of AMAZING STORIES through the January 1944 number, Fuqua contributed nearly three-dozen covers — including the patriotic flag cover for the August 1943 issue — to the magazine and its companion title, FANTASTIC ADVENTURES.)

Our Newest Sponsor

May 2, 2016 by

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For a number of years, PulpFest has accepted sponsors for its website. Organizations such as Galaxy Press and EssayScribes.com have made significant contributions to the convention through their sponsorships.

In March of this year, PulpFest added its newest sponsor, AbeBooks.com, the online marketplace for books. Millions of brand new books, used books, rare books, and out-of-print books are offered for sale from thousands of booksellers around the world through the AbeBooks websites. Readers can find bestsellers, collectors can find rare books, students can find new and used textbooks, and treasure hunters can find long-lost books.

AbeBooks is a company with a passion for books. Booksellers love AbeBooks for helping them to sell books to buyers around the globe – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Buyers love AbeBooks for helping them to find and purchase books from its vast online inventory, stretching around the world with six international sites. The AbeBooks blog, Reading Copy, is a valuable daily source of company and book-related news.

PulpFest is extremely pleased to welcome AbeBooks as a sponsor. Not only has AbeBooks added their name to our growing list of web site sponsors — you’ll find their logo on our home page — they have also asked to sponsor this year’s PulpFest name tags and program guides. Additionally, AbeBooks will be offering two hardcover copies of Mike Ashley’s SCIENCE FICTION REBELS, the fourth volume in the author’s History of the Science-Fiction Magazine as door prizes at the July convention. Covering the period from 1981 to 1990, Ashley’s book charts a significant revolution throughout science fiction, much of which was driven by the alternative press, and by new editors at the leading magazines. The period saw the emergence of the cyberpunk movement, and the drive for, what the late David Hartwell called, “The Hard SF Renaissance.”

Amazing Stories 31-05Published by the Liverpool University Press as part of its Liverpool Science Fiction Texts series, SCIENCE FICTION REBELS retails for over $100. PulpFest will be randomly selecting two members present at this year’s convention to receive hardbound copies of Mike Ashley’s new work of science fiction scholarship. An expert in popular culture, Mike has specialized in the history of science fiction and fantasy for over thirty years. He is the author and editor of over sixty books that in total have sold over a million copies worldwide. His seven-part series “The AMAZING Story” ran on the PulpFest website during February and March 2016 and proved to be tremendously popular.

AbeBooks remains a company with a passion for books as well as a “passion for pulps!” Be sure to watch for the AbeBooks banner at PulpFest 2016 and you may be one of our two lucky winners who take home a copy of Mike Ashley’s SCIENCE FICTION REBELSWe hope to see you at “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con,” taking place from Thursday evening, July 21 and running through Sunday afternoon, July 24 in the Columbus, Ohio Arena district at the Hyatt Regency hotel and the city’s spacious convention center. You’ll have a FANTASTIC time!

(Leo Morey’s cover to the May 1931 issue of AMAZING STORIES also served as the cover art for the first volume in Mike Ashley’s acclaimed “The History of the Science-Fiction Magazine.” Originally published by Liverpool University Press in 2000, Ashley’s book is long out of print. Copies however, can still be located via AbeBooks.com.)

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