Classicon — Fall’s Last Pulp and Paperback Show

Oct 17, 2016 by

Dime Detective 33-11-01As the leaves disappear from the trees, the pulp and paperback convention scene draws to a close. Classicon, one of the oldest pulp and paperback shows, marks the end of the season. Two times each year, Classicon takes place at the University Quality Inn, 3121 East Grand River Ave, in Lansing, Michigan. A one-day show, you’ll find calendar, pin-up, and illustration artwork, plus thousands of rare pulp magazines, paperbacks, vintage comic books, and other collectibles for sale or trade. The fiftieth edition of Classicon will take place on Saturday, November 19 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Although Classicon marks the end of the 2016 pulp shows, there are plenty more events coming up next year. To keep abreast of them all, please bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ and visit often. You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. For those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. Wherever you find PulpFest on the world wide web, you’ll be able to stay informed about all the shows in the pulp universe.

Many thanks to everyone who attended this year’s PulpFest. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2017. We’ll be back next summer for our forty-sixth convening. It will be a celebration of “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and a Few Psychos.” Bring your friends!

(We’re fairly certain that the midget could be a psycho, but the dame in the background is surely dangerous to his well-being. The artist is William Reusswig. He supplied the cover art to the first 37 issues of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE, including the November 1, 1933 issue. Reusswig sold freelance pulp covers to general fiction magazines such as ARGOSY, SHORT STORIES and ADVENTURE and contributed cover art for the detective, war, and western genre magazines.)

More Cons! ECOF, Robert E. Howard Days, & Classicon

May 9, 2016 by

REH Days 2016

With just over 70 days to go until PulpFest 2016, you might be getting a little bit hungry for some pulps or pulp fiction. To whet your appetite for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con,” here are three more conventions that will take place in the next month or so.

Like PulpFest 2016, this year’s Robert E. Howard Days will salute a variety of anniversaries: the fiftieth anniversary of the Lancer Books publication of CONAN THE ADVENTURER and the beginning of artist Frank Frazetta’s celebrated association with the work of Robert E. Howard; the thirtieth anniversary of Robert E. Howard Days; and the twentieth anniversary of the Howard movie THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. Michael Scott Myers, the screenwriter for the film, will be the convention’s guest of honor. Val Mayerik  — who worked for Marvel Comics for more than twenty years and illustrated CONAN THE BARBARIAN, THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, and CONAN THE SAVAGE — will be a special guest of the convention.

This annual gathering of Two-Gun Bob’s fans is presented by Project Pride of Cross Plains and sponsored by the Robert E. Howard Foundation, with help from the members of the Robert E. Howard United Press Association. Visit the convention’s home page or Facebook site to learn more about this great event, taking place in Cross Plains, Texas on June 10 – 11.

On June 11, the Pulp Ark New Pulp Awards will be presented at the River City Comic Expo in Little Rock, Arkansas. Dedicated to promoting awareness of comic books and fandoms to encourage literacy, diversity, and camaraderie within the community, River City annually celebrates the contributions of comics and art to American culture. The convention will be held at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock on June 11 and 12.

Classicon is one of the oldest pulp and paperback shows. Featuring 35 tables and thousands of collectible pulp magazines, paperbacks, vintage comic books, original artwork, and more, it is held in the spring and the fall in Lansing, Michigan. The next Classicon will take place on June 18. Admission is $3. For more information, please write to the Curious Book Shop at 304 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, Michigan 48823 or by email at curiousbooks@gmail.com.

The 2016 gathering of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship is planned for the weekend of June 26 -28. It will be held at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California. Hosted by the  Los Angeles SubERBs and ERB, Inc., the gathering will culminate in an advance screening of the highly anticipated film, THE LEGEND OF TARZAN, on the Warner Bros. studio lot. For additional information on the 2016 ECOF, please visit The Tarzan Files.

Hopefully, these cons will keep you satisfied while you wait for PulpFest 2016 —  the destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction, art and related materials. It will begin on Thursday, July 21, and run through Sunday, July 24.  Join us at the Hyatt Regency Columbus where PulpFest will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of H. G. Wells; 120 years of ARGOSYthe first pulp magazine; a century of genre fiction; ninety years of AMAZING STORIES, the first continuing science fiction magazine; eighty years of The Whisperer and The Skipper, two of the pulps’ superheroes; and much more! Click our 2016 schedule button just below our home page banner to get a preview of all the great programming we’ll have at this year’s convention.

To register for PulpFest 2016, please click the Register for 2016 button just below our home page banner. To book a room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus — our host hotel — click one of the Book a Room Now buttons likewise located on our home page. Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2016 and join hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe. You’ll have a FANTASTIC time, especially if you’re planning to stay at the Hyatt! We look forward to seeing you in July.

(The Robert E. Howard Days 2016 banner was designed by Jeff Shanks and features artwork by the incomparable Frank Frazetta, the artist who helped to popularize Howard’s adventures of Conan the Cimmerian.)

Classicon — Fall’s Last Pulp and Paperback Show

Oct 26, 2015 by

Weird Tales 53-09As the leaves disappear from the trees, the pulp and paperback convention scene is drawing to a close. Classicon, one of the first pulp and paperback shows to be established, marks the end of the season. Twice each year, Classicon features thirty-five tables displaying thousands of collectible pulp magazines, paperbacks, vintage comic books, original artwork, and more. A one-day show, you’ll find calendars, pin-up art, genre books and magazines, vintage comic books, and much more for sale or trade. The 48th edition of Classicon will take place at the University Quality Inn, 3121 East Grand River Ave, in Lansing, Michigan, north of the Frandor Shopping Center and just off US 127. It will be held on Saturday, November 14th from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Although Classicon marks the end of this year’s pulp shows, there are plenty more coming in 2016. To keep abreast of them all, please bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ and visit often. You can also find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. For those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. Wherever you find PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed about all the shows in the world of pulp.

Many thanks to everyone who attended PulpFest 2015. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2016. We’ll be back at the Hyatt Regency Columbus from July 21 – 24, 2016 for the 45th convening of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” Bring your friends! They’ll have an AMAZING time.

(This poor girl certainly picked the wrong place to go trick-or-treating, but PulpFest was still extremely proud to welcome artist and illustrator Jon Arfstrom as its special guest to its 2015 convention. Perhaps the last surviving artist to paint covers for the original run of “The Unique Magazine,” WEIRD TALES, including this one for its September 1953 issue, Mr. Arfstrom was interviewed by pulp art historian David Saunders during the convention’s celebration of H. P. Lovecraft and the magazine that published the bulk of his fiction. Your PulpFest organizing committee is hard at work on next year’s convention, hoping to land more special guests for our 2016 convention. We’ll keep you posted about our plans right here at  http://www.pulpfest.com/.)

Pass the Hors D’oeuvres: Three More Cons

May 5, 2015 by

Howard Days

With 100 days to go until PulpFest 2015, you might be getting a little bit hungry for some pulps or pulp fiction. So pass the hors d’oeuvres and whet your appetite with these three conventions in the the next month or so.

Classicon is one of the oldest pulp and paperback shows. Featuring 35 tables and thousands of collectible pulp magazines, paperbacks, vintage comic books, original artwork, and more, it is held in the spring and the fall in Lansing, Michigan. For further information, write to the Curious Book Shop at 304 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, Michigan 48823 or by email at cbsmail@curiousbooks.com.

The 2015 gathering of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship or ECOF will be held June 4-7 at the Hilton Washington, DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in Rockville, Maryland. The convention will be hosting the Dark Horse distribution launch of JUNGLE TALES OF TARZAN with a special limited edition available; a pre-publication discussion of Lee Strong’s “A Soldier of Poloda,” also being published by Dark Horse; and providing a panel on the making of “The Martian Legion,” featuring Buddy Saunders and Joe DeVito. Artist Tom Grindberg, who draws the Tarzan web-based comic for Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., is the guest of honor.

Along with PulpFest, this year’s Robert E. Howard Days will salute the 125th anniversary of H. P. Lovecraft’s birth. They’ll be examining the celebrated horror writer’s relationship with Robert E. Howard. Artist and illustrator Mark Shultz will be the convention’s guest of honor. This annual gathering of Two-Gun Bob’s fans is presented by Project Pride of Cross Plains and sponsored by the Robert E. Howard Foundation, with help from the members of the Robert E. Howard United Press Association. Visit the convention’s home page or Facebook site to learn more about this great event, taking place in Cross Plains, Texas on June 12-13.

Hopefully, these cons will keep your hunger at bay while you wait for the main course–PulpFest 2015. The destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials will begin on Thursday, August 13th and run through Sunday, August 16th.  Join us at the Hyatt Regency Columbus for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con,” celebrating 125 years of H. P. Lovecraft and Ned Pines’ “Thrilling Group” of pulp magazines! Click here to get a preview of all the great programming we have planned for this year’s convention.

(The 2015 Howard Days banner was designed by Jeff Shanks and features artwork by the convention’s guest of honor, artist and illustrator Mark Schultz.)

 

Fishing for Pulps

Feb 25, 2014 by

its-got-to-be-old-wally by HowittHere in the Northeast, the only fishing that we’ve been doing for the last few months has been through a hole cut in the ice. Thankfully, there’s a thaw in our future and soon we’ll be digging out our tackle boxes and our rods and heading for the “old fishing hole,” hoping to catch us a big ‘un.  But that’s not the only place to catch fish. You’ll find some of our favorite spots below.

Check out the fishing at the 35th annual Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Show. This one-day show on Sunday, March 6th, will feature appearances by over forty-five writers and illustrators including James Blaylock, Christa Faust, Gary Gianni, Tim Kirk, Richard Lupoff, Larry Niven, Tim Powers, and many others. It will be held in the Glendale Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California.

Unfortunately, the creek ran dry for the South’s leading pulp convention, Pulp Ark. This Arkansas-based event was noted for gathering together writers, artists, and fans of “new pulp” fiction. As such, it was home to the movement’s annual award ceremony. But all is not lost, thanks to MidSouthCon. Based in Memphis, Tennessee for over two decades, the convention will be handing out the New Pulp Awards on Sunday, March 23rd.

Grab your flashlight, catch some nightcrawlers, and head for Chicago’s Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention. Now in its 14th year, the Windy will be celebrating the 85th anniversary of Dashiell Hammett’s Sam Spade, one of the best-known detective characters to emerge from the pulps. Noted for its excellent auctions and pulp art exhibition, this Second City convention will be held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center from April 25th – 27th.

Fantastic PulpsLatch on to your oars and start rowing for Canada’s 18th annual Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale at the Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Library in Ontario. A small show featuring twenty-five dealers’ tables crammed with vintage pulps and paperbacks, pulp reprints, posters, and more, it is set for Saturday, May 10th. You can learn more about this entertaining event by visiting the Girasol Collectables website.

If you’d rather fish than cut bait, then Cinevent 46, scheduled for May 22nd -25th, is for you. In addition to 170 tables of movie-related collectibles such as posters, lobby cards, presskits, DVDs, and 16 mm films, Cinevent features an extensive schedule of classic sound and silent films and one of the country’s largest live auctions of vintage posters. It will be held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Cast your line at Adventure Fest, the latest edition of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship Convention. It will be held June 19th – 21st at the Doublewood Inn in Fargo, New Dakota and feature guest appearances by several of the creators of the Burroughs comic strips published by ERB, Inc.

Reel ’em in later this spring at Classicon 45, one of the oldest pulp and paperback shows. Featuring 35 tables and thousands of collectible pulp magazines, paperbacks, vintage comic books, original artwork, and more, it is held twice a year in Lansing, Michigan. For further information, write to the Curious Book Shop at 304 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, Michigan 48823 or by email at cbsmail@curiousbooks.com.

See how the fish are biting on June 13th and 14th in Cross Plains, Texas at Robert E. Howard Days. This annual gathering of Two-Gun Bob’s fans is presented by Project Pride of Cross Plains and sponsored by the Robert E. Howard Foundation, with help from the members of the Robert E. Howard United Press Association. Patrice Louinet, one of the premier scholars in Howard studies, will be guest of honor.

What, you still haven’t caught your limit? Less than a week before summer’s great pulp con, the 2014 Burroughs Dum-Dum will be held at the LaSalle Hotel in Bryan, Texas from July 31st to August 2nd. Guests will be announced at a later date. For additional details, please write to Brad Vinson at bvinson@ag.tamu.edu.

FlyerDon’t let the big one get away! Bring it in, hook, line, and sinker, by attending the destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials, PulpFest 2014. Join us from August 7th – 10th at the Hyatt Regency Columbus for summer’s great pulp con, celebrating science fiction’s golden year of 1939 and 75 years of fantastic fiction, as well as the shudder pulps of 1934!

At the same time he was churning out covers for Popular Publications’ Horror Stories, Operator #5, The Spider, Terror Tales, and other pulps, John Newton Howitt, the subject of David Saunders‘ 2014 presentation, was also contributing cover paintings to slick magazines such as The Country Gentleman, Liberty, and The Saturday Evening Post. He also created covers  for outdoor sporting magazines such as the  painting that leads off our post, entitled “It’s Got to Be Old Wally,” used on the July 1937 issue of National Sportsman.

Robert Harris painted the cover for the October 1937 issue of Doc Savage Magazine, illustrating Lester Dent’s “Repel,” while Graves Gladney contributed the artwork for the July 1939 issue of Astounding Science Fiction, illustrating A. E. Van Vogt’s “Black Destroyer.”