California Here I Come

Feb 18, 2019 by

The LA Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale

Although PulpFest 2019 is still six months off, there are other collectibles conventions fast approaching. For instance, on Sunday, March 24, the annual Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale will take place at the Glendale Civic Auditorium at 1401 North Verdugo Road in Glendale, California from 9 AM to 4 PM. It’s the best bargain in town, featuring an admission price of five bucks!

Now in its fortieth year, the convention was started by Tom Lesser in 1980. Since then, it has grown to be the world’s largest vintage paperback gathering. This year’s show will feature over 80 dealer tables with tens of thousands of vintage paperbacks for sale, from inexpensive filler copies to the most elusive and rare collectibles in the hobby. In addition to collectible paperbacks, you’ll also find pulp magazines, original illustration art, hardbound science fiction and mystery books, and more. There is no telling what might show up! Even with a crowd of collectors around, it’s possible to be the first person to discover a hidden gem during the event. Each year there are great finds reported by folks who attend the show. This year, you could be the person telling the story.

Over the years, an important attraction of the show has been its exciting roster of guest authors and artists. It has included such notables as Robert Bloch (18 years); A. E. Van Vogt , Ray Bradbury, Poul Anderson, and Fredrik Pohl (all for over 10 years); and the show’s champ, William F. Nolan (with over 33 years of appearances). This year’s show will feature about sixty guests greeting attendees and signing their works for free! Click here for a schedule of this year’s guest writers and artists.

You’ll find more information on this great collectors gathering at the convention’s website, its Facebook page, or by calling Tom Lesser at 818-855-1786. While you’re at the show, pick up a PulpFest 2019 post card to learn more about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” The convention will begin Thursday evening, August 15, and run through Sunday afternoon, August 18. It will take place just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA. To learn how to join PulpFest 2019, click the register button below our home page banner.

(The Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale’s characteristic poster images were originally designed by the late Glenn Souza, starting in the early 1990s and continued by him through 2007, when he handed the job to Tony Gleeson. Pictured here is the convention’s 2019 poster, featuring the artwork of the prolific and talented painter and illustrator Robert McGinnis.)

Going, Going, Gone! PulpFest Auctions

Jan 28, 2019 by

PulpFest auction bannerAre you thinking about selling off part or all of your pulp collection? Has a relative left a pulp or book collection that you want to offer for sale? Do you have a collectible magazine or perhaps a cover painting that you’d like to sell? Over the last few years, PulpFest has sold three major collections of pulps, books, fanzines, and related materials. Please consider using PulpFest‘s annual auction to reach an enthusiastic group of collectors, willing to bid on your memorabilia.

Our convention has the buyers you seek. PulpFest is attended by collectors of pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, newspaper adventure strips, and other pop culture collectibles.

If you’d like to learn more about PulpFest‘s auction services, please write programming director Mike Chomko, at You can also reach him at 2217 West Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104. Although the convention welcomes the selling of large collections through our auction, smaller accumulations are also welcome. PulpFest will help you reach many collectors of pop culture memorabilia, the sort of people who will treasure and appreciate your collection or unique collectible.

All members of PulpFest 2019 are also invited to submit items to sell in our auctions. The convention charges all sellers ten percent of the gavel price for items sold at auction. Please write to programming director Mike Chomko for additional details.

PulpFest 2019 will take place from August 15 through 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” in the town of Mars. You can click here to download the convention’s 2019 member registration form. For additional information, please click the “register” button below the PulpFest banner at the top of our home page.

You can also book a room at our host hotel through our website. Just below the PulpFest banner at the top of the convention’s home page,  you’ll find a button that reads “Book a Room.” Click it and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can place your reservation.

(Bill Lampkin, the convention’s advertising director, designed the PulpFest auction banner.)

Pulp Adventurecon Returns to Sunny Florida for a Fifth Year

Jan 14, 2019 by

Pulp Adventurecon, Florida 2019Pulp Adventurecon celebrates its fifth year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

The one-day event will be held at the Fort Lauderdale Grand Hotel (formerly the Universal Palms Hotel), 4900 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.

Bold Venture Press, run by Rich Harvey and Audrey Parente, has also hosted the Pulp Adventurecon in New Jersey each November for nearly 20 years. Both shows feature collectors and vendors of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, Golden Age comic books, movie memorabilia, and related paper collectibles. Pulp Adventurecon focuses on material from the 1900s through 1959, which includes a significant portion of the pulp era.

Scheduled to appear at the Florida con are:

  • Allen Bellman, Golden Age illustrator of Timely Comics and Lev Gleason Publications. He is best-known for his contributions to Captain America, The Human Torch, Sub-Mariner, and The Patriot. Allen created the one-page “Let’s Play Detective” feature, which appeared in Marvel Comics in the 1940s.
  • Bold Venture Press, the show hosts and publishers of New Pulp and classic pulp fiction, including Zorro: The Complete Pulp Adventures and Primal Spillane: Early Stories 1941-1942 by Mickey Spillane.
  • Dick Kulpa, caricaturist, cartoonist, and former publisher of CRACKED magazine.
  • Glaister “Silverback” Ormsby, author and artist.
  • The Luscious Ladies, a social group of ladies who cherish and live a retro lifestyle. Meet the women of The Luscious Ladies and join them on their pinup adventures.
  • Stuart Hopen, New Pulp author and artist.

Events like Pulp Adventurecon may keep you satisfied until the next PulpFest. So stay informed. Bookmark to learn about all things pulp! Then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

PulpFest 2019 will take place from August 15 – 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Click the register button below our home page banner to join us.

(The Pulp Adventurecon banner is designed by Rich Harvey of Bold Venture Press. Check them out!)

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Classicon — Fall’s Last Pulp Con

Oct 8, 2018 by

As 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 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. Although a date has not yet been set for this fall’s Classicon, you can learn more about the convention by visiting

Remember to bookmark to stay informed about PulpFest 2019 and other pulp-related conventions. Or like the PulpFest facebook site at You can follow our twitter feed at Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date.

Many thanks to everyone who attended this year’s PulpFest. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2019. Please join us for “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories” at our 48th summertime pulp con. We’ll be celebrating mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more.

PulpFest 2019 will take place from August 15 – 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

(We hope you’ll get to this fall’s Classicon. It’s a great show. Then join PulpFest in 2019 as we explore such stories as the 150th anniversary of the birth of Robert H. Davis. The editor of THE ALL-STORY — including the October 1912 issue with cover art by Clinton Pettee — Davis discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs, A. Merritt, Max Brand, and other writers.)

New Jersey’s Pulp AdventureCon

Oct 1, 2018 by

Pulp AdventureCon returns to New Jersey on November 3. What’s there? Rare pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, golden age comic books, movie memorabilia, and more! It’s in Bordentown, just off exit 7 of the New Jersey Turnpike. Check out their website.

Pulp AdventureCon is a pop culture paradise. If you like cloaked crimefighters, tough gunslingers, damsels in distress, hardboiled detectives, space pirates, or weird monsters, you’ll love Pulp AdventureCon! What more do you want?

Events like Pulp AdventureCon may keep you satisfied until the next PulpFest. So stay informed. Bookmark to learn about all things pulp! Then like us on facebook and follow us on twitter.

PulpFest 2019 will take place from August 15 – 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

(The Pulp AdventureCon banner is designed by Rich Harvey of Bold Venture Press. Check them out!)

Get Nostalgic at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention

Aug 13, 2018 by

Bookmark We’ll keep you posted about related conventions while you await next summer. They might satisfy your hunger until PulpFest 2019.

Martin Grams hosts the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. It recognizes movie classics, old-time radio and television, and more. Hollywood celebrities sign autographs and pose for photos. The movie room features rare films and TV shows. This year’s con will celebrate film noir.

There are lectures by pop culture authorities. Over 200 vendor tables feature loads of collectibles. There’s also Friday’s annual charity auction.

The 2018 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention will be September 13-15. It’s at the Hunt Valley Delta Hotel. For more information call 443-286-6821 or visit www.MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention.comIt’s a great show!

Introducing the Adventure House Pulp and Collectibles Convention

Aug 9, 2018 by

Longtime pulp dealer and publisher John Gunnison is holding a collectibles show for the Mid-Atlantic region. It’s called the MID-ATLANTIC PULP AND COLLECTIBLES CONVENTION.

Located off I-95, just south of the Baltimore Beltway, the fire hall is 5-10 minutes from BWI Airport and Amtrak. It has two large parking lots and a snack bar on its premises. About fifteen minutes from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and thirty minutes from Washington, DC, you can combine your pulp interests with some sight-seeing.

Please visit the Adventure House website for additional details, including how to register as a dealer. You’ll also find a map of the area. The convention is Sunday, September 9, from 10 AM to 4 PM.

(The Adventure House flyer for the first Mid-Atlantic Pulp and Collectibles Show is based on the May 1929 number of ACES, published by Fiction House. It features the artwork of H. C. Murphy.) Welcomes You to PulpFest

Jun 22, 2018 by

PulpFest is very proud to announce that has renewed its sponsorship of our convention. Launched in 1996, 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, we’d like to thank and If you or your organization is interested in discussing a PulpFest sponsorship, please contact Mike Chomko, the convention’s marketing director, at

Countdown to PulpFest

May 28, 2018 by

It’s just sixty days to PulpFest 2018. On Thursday, July 26, be one of hundreds of pop-culture fans who will be arriving at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. Please click one of the Register buttons on our home page to learn how to join the annual summertime get-together for fans of popular fiction and art.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be talking about our dealers, our terrific programming, our PULPSTER program book, the PulpFest auction, and much more. You can keep abreast of all these updates by bookmarking or liking our Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting about our home page updates. We’ll also be posting to a variety of Yahoo newsgroups including Pulpmags.

PulpFest is known for its superb programming. The presentations that we have planned for this year’s convention will be great! PulpFest 2018 will honor 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 and the depiction of war in popular culture. We’ll also salute the centennial of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José FarmerJoin PulpFest 2018 and FarmerCon 100 for panels and presentations on the celebrated author of TARZAN ALIVE: A DEFINITIVE BIOGRAPHY OF LORD GREYSTOKEDOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, the Riverworld and World of Tiers series, and many other works. Also planned is a rare gallery showing of original art by acclaimed writer-illustrator Mark Wheatley.

The convention’s guest of honor will be award-winning author Joe LansdaleThe author of over forty novels and many short stories, Lansdale has also written for comics, television, film, Internet sites, and more. Joe will be talking with Tony Davis on Saturday evening, July 28, and be available at select times during the convention. We’d like to thank our sponsor for helping to bring Mr. Lansdale and his wife to PulpFest 2018.

Our dealers’ room will feature tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, genre fiction, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to register for PulpFest 2018! There’s no other way for you to be part of our convention. While you’re at it, you can reserve a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Simply click one of the links on the PulpFest home page that reads “Book a Room.” Alternately, you can call 1-800-222-8733 to book a room by telephone. When calling, be sure to mention PulpFest to get the special convention rate. By staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton, you’ll help to ensure the convention’s success. Given its popularity, we urge every member to book a hotel room for PulpFest 2018 as soon as possible. The earlier you place your room reservation for this year’s PulpFest, the greater chance you will have of landing a room at this beautiful hotel.

Although the DoubleTree by Hilton is the ideal place to stay during the convention, we want everyone to be able to make it to the “pop culture center of the universe” and “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” With our terrific programming line-up and our spacious dealer’s room, we want everyone to have a chance to attend PulpFest. Rest assured, you’ll have a FANTASTIC time! We look forward to seeing you at the DoubleTree from July 26 – 29 for PulpFest 2018.

(PulpFest 2018 will focus on the “war pulps” as part of its celebration of the centennial marking the end of World War I. The first magazine devoted to tales of war — WAR STORIES — was introduced by Dell Publishing in late 1926. About a year later, Fiction House issued the first aviation fiction magazine, AIR STORIES. The two genres were combined about half a year later when Dell’s WAR BIRDS hit the stands.

The pilots who flew and fought over Europe’s Western Front were naturals to a public starving for heroes and escape. Their exploits were told again and again in the magazines that followed the debut of WAR BIRDS: BATTLE BIRDS, DARE-DEVIL ACES, FLYING ACES, SKY FIGHTERS, WAR ACES, WINGS, and many others.

One of the more successful of the “air war” magazines was ACES. Published by Fiction House, it debuted at the end of 1928 and lasted for 74 issues. The May 1929 number featured cover art by H. C. Murphy. The artist — best remembered today for his BLACK MASK covers — painted many covers for the Fiction House line of pulps. His work can be found on ACES, ACTION STORIES, AIR STORIES, DETECTIVE BOOK MAGAZINE, FIGHT STORIES, LARIAT, WINGS, and other Fiction House titles.)

Lights, Camera Action — Cinevent 2018

Apr 23, 2018 by


If you’re a fan of silent and early sound films or a collector of motion pictures and related items, then Cinevent 2018 is for you. One of the associated conventions – along with FarmerCon and Monster Bash – found on our home page, this year’s Cinevent runs from May 24 through May 27 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel on 50 North 3rd Street in the heart of Columbus, Ohio.

For fifty years, Cinevent has gathered fans of silent and early sound films, as well as collectors of motion pictures and related items. The convention was co-founded by Steve Haynes — a big fan and supporter of PulpFest — who passed away in April of 2015.

In addition to over one-hundred tables of movie-related collectibles such as posters, lobby cards, press kits, DVDs and 16 mm films, Cinevent hosts one of the country’s largest live auctions of vintage posters. The convention also features an extensive schedule of classic sound and silent films. For a look at this year’s Cinevent film program, click here.

To book a room at the Renaissance Columbus, the convention’s host hotel, click here. And to keep abreast of the latest details on this fun convention, be sure to like the Cinevent Facebook page.

Although PulpFest 2018 will not have its own film program, the convention will still have a lot of great programming. Add to that a dealers’ room featuring tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, genre fiction, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips. So what are you waiting for? Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2018. It will be held July 26 through July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh.

(Started 50 years ago by a few folks who had a shared interest in watching films on 8mm and 16mm, Cinevent has grown into a Memorial Day tradition for hundreds of attendees who gather together every year. Movie screenings are available nearly continually every day of the convention from morning through evening, with a few hours off for sleep.)