Get Nostalgic at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention

Aug 14, 2017 by

While you’re waiting impatiently for the 47th annual Summertime Pulp Con, we’ll try to keep you posted about other conventions taking place around North America. They just might keep your hunger at bay while you await the main course – PulpFest 2018. We’ll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Philip José Farmer’s birth and the end of the First World War at next year’s convention. We look forward to seeing you at the “pop culture center of the universe.”

The Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention is an annual pop culture event recognizing the by-gone era of classic movies, retro television, old-time radio, pulp magazines and comic books. Hollywood celebrities sign autographs and pose for photos with fans. The movie room features rare films 24 hours a day. Slide show seminars offer insight from museum curators, authors, historians, magazine editors and other authorities on their respective subjects. Over 200 vendor tables offer loads of merchandise. The event is held every September in Hunt Valley, Maryland.

The 2017 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention will take place September 14 to 16 at the Hunt Valley Delta Hotel. For more information call 443-286-6821 or visit www.MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention.comIt’s a great show!

PulpFest 2017 Dealers

Jun 30, 2017 by

Although PulpFest is well known for its excellent programming — and rightfully so . . . click the “programming for 2017” button below the banner on our home page to see all of the great programming we have lined up for 2017 — it is also lauded for its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, July 27, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” — will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more. And remember, for those members staying at the DoubleTree, you’ll be able to partake in free, early-bird shopping on Thursday evening from 6 to 9 PM. For those staying elsewhere, early-bird shopping privileges will cost $30 more.

In addition to Thursday’s early-bird hours, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM on July 28 & 29 and from 9 AM to 2 PM on Sunday, July 30. Note that buying and selling opportunities on Sunday may be limited as dealers pack up for their trip home.

Starting on Monday, July 10, we’ll be profiling our PulpFest 2017 dealers. In the meantime, please refer to the list below to see if your favorite seller is expected to exhibit at this year’s convention. Please remember that some dealers have yet to register for PulpFest 2017:

Adventure House/John Gunnison

Adventures in Bronze/Will Murray

Age of Aces/Chris & David Kalb

Airship 27/Rob Davis & Ron Fortier

Walter & Jim Albert

All-American Comics/Gene Carpenter

Mark Alvarado

Battered Silicon Dispatch Box/George Vanderburgh

Bethlehem Art Gallery/Robert & Loretta Gould

The Bronze Gazette/Chuck Welch

Nick Certo

Mike Chomko, Books/Mike & Peter Chomko

Creepy Classics & Monster Bash/Ron Adams

Jack Cullers

Curious Books/Ray Walsh

L. W. Currey

Dark Star Books/Gary Diedriech

Keith Dilbone

Dearly Departed Books/Scott & Linda Edwards

DreamHaven Books/Greg Ketter

Doug & Deb Ellis

Flinch Books/Jim Beard & John Bruening

Bob Flowers

Harold & Honey Forman

Garcia Publishing Services/Robert Garcia

Larry & Jasper Grubb

Mark Halegua

Rick Hall

Scott Hartshorn

John Hauser

Heartwood Books/Richard Meli & Emma Sloan

Paul Herman

Heroes & Games/Doug Sims & Mark Carbonaro

Mark Hickman

John Knott, Bookseller

Dave Kurzman

Ed Lancaster

Bill Mann

Laurie Mann

Walker Martin

Meteor House/Mike Croteau

Murania Press/Ed Hulse

Narada Radio Theatre/Pete Lutz

William Patrick & Michael Maynard

Ted Miller

Phil Nelson

Jerry Ohlinger’s Movie Materials/Barbara Fister-Liltz & Bill Hunt

OTR Publishing/Martin Grams

Shaun Perkins

Craig Poole

Pulp Era Booksellers/Curt Phillips

R & B Enterprises/Brendan & Robin Faulkner

Rantings of a Wandering Mind/Joab Stieglitz

Garyn & Virginia Roberts

Joseph Saine

Sanctum Productions/Anthony Tollin

Skeptic Collectibles/Tom Skemp

Bill Thinnes

Tim’s Books/Tim Paxton

Barry Traylor/Pulpfest Auction

Sheila Vanderbeek

Jon Wehler

David White

Chet Williamson

David Willoughby

Derek Woywood/Collectors Comics

Ygors’ Books/Larry Hallock

Please don’t forget that July 5 is the deadline to book your room at the DoubleTree and still receive the special convention rate of $125 plus tax per night. 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 convention rate. 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 Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There is ample free parking surrounding the hotel.

Plan to attend PulpFest 2017 and its celebration of pulp fiction and pulp art. Join us July 27 – 30 outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as we explore the “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos” of the pulps. You can join PulpFest by clicking the Register for 2017 button on our home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. They’re going fast!

Shopping for Collectibles at PulpFest 2017

Jun 7, 2017 by

Year after year, PulpFest is a paradise for the fan of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, and other collectibles. The collector will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books in our spacious dealers’ room, located at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh.

For those who simply like to read pulp and genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction hardcovers and paperbacks, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure HouseAge of AcesAltus Press, Meteor House, Sanctum Books, and Stark House Press. Fans of new pulp will have readings by their favorite authors on both Friday and Saturday as well as a panel moderated by Ron Fortier, plus books for sale from Will Murray’s Adventures in BronzeAirship 27, and other purveyors of today’s pulp fiction.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open to all comers from 10 AM to about 4:45 PM on July 28 and 29, and from 9 AM until 2 PM on Sunday, July 30 (although buying and selling opportunities may be limited on our final day as many of our dealers will be packing up for their return trip home). And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, July 27, from 6 PM to 9 PM. For an additional $30 over your regular membership fee, you’ll be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra three hours of shopping. Better still, to reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying at our host hotel, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a very significant savings!

You can book your room at the DoubleTree by clicking one of the Book a Room buttons on our home page. To learn about registering for the convention, click the Register for 2017 button below our home page banner. Remember, if you read or collect pulps, pulp reprints, books, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, golden-age or silver-age comic books, PulpFest is the place to be.

(Perhaps you’ll find one of the early issues of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE — such as the July 1932 issue, featuring cover artwork by William Reusswig — at this year’s PulpFest. Debuting with its November 1931 number, DIME DETECTIVE was one of the leaders in its fiction category and helped to turn Popular into a powerhouse of the pulp magazine industry.

We’ll be celebrating the “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos” of the pulps at this year’s convention. Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2017 and its celebration of pulp fiction and pulp art. Join us July 27 – 30, just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the “pop culture center of the universe” in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry for PulpFest 2017.)

Selling at PulpFest 2017

May 31, 2017 by

PulpFest 2017 dealers

Are you interested in selling at PulpFest 2017? If your specialty is pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers, genre fiction, original art, series books, dime novels, men’s adventure, true crime, digest, or slick magazines, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, or Golden and Silver Age comic books, then PulpFest is for you.

The people who attend PulpFest are vintage pop culture enthusiasts and lovers of genre fiction and art. So it’s a great place to sell science-fiction books, mystery and detective fiction, adventure or western fiction, original artwork, and more. And it doesn’t have to be old! Publishers such as Adventures in Bronze, Age of Aces, and Murania Press do well selling their pulp reprints and related materials. So do resellers such as Mike Chomko, Books and Martin Grams. Authors and new pulp publishers such as Dick Enos, William Patrick Maynard, and Airship 27 have found PulpFest to be a great event to market today’s pulp fiction.

The exhibition hall at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will enable PulpFest 2017 to have over 100 six-foot tables in its dealers’ room. Wall tables — which are limited — will cost $90 and island tables will be $80. If you require an electrical outlet, there will be an additional $20 charge. Dealers will also be required to purchase regular three-day memberships for themselves and their helpers. You can download a copy of our registration form by clicking one of the “Register” buttons on our home page.

To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton, please click one of the “Book a Room” buttons our our home page. Two complimentary breakfast coupons are included in the DoubleTree’s nightly rate — a $30 value — as well as free wifi. Parking is free. Rest assured, PulpFest is very appreciative of all the dealers who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying at the host hotel.

Our dealers’ room will be open at 10 AM on Friday and Saturday, July 28 – 29, and remain open until 4:45 PM. It will also be open on Sunday, July 30, from 9 AM until 2 PM. And don’t forget about our early-bird shopping hours on Thursday evening, July 27, from 6 PM to 9 PM, when dedicated fans of pulp and genre fiction and art will enjoy an extra three hours of shopping.

Throughout the coming months, we’ll be writing about the dealers who will be selling at PulpFest 2017. Our marketing and programming director, Mike Chomko, will be putting these posts together and releasing them through our home page and social media sites. So if you’re planning to attend PulpFest 2017 as a dealer and would like to be included in this advertising campaign, please email Mike at mike@pulpfest.com.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2017 as a dealer and join hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe! You can register for the convention as a dealer by clicking on the link below.

PulpFest 2017 Registration Form

To register by regular mail, send your payment and completed registration form to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. If you’d prefer to register via email, please send all of the information requested on our dealer registration form to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com. You can pay for your registration and table fees via our PayPal Order page.

If you’d like a copy of our PulpFest 2017 newsletter — packed with information about the convention — you can download a copy by clicking here or by writing to Jack Cullers at one of the addresses noted above.

For more information on selling at PulpFest, please feel free to contact Jack Cullers at one of the addresses listed above. We look forward to seeing you from July 27 – 30 at PulpFest 2017, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. Please join us at “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” where your sales will be utterly FANTASTIC!

(Although you can no longer find them on newsstands — such as the one pictured above from Manhattan in late 1935 — the pulps are still with us. You’ll find thousands of them for sale at PulpFest 2017. Please join us July 27 through July 30 for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con,” just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, pictured above.)

Countdown to PulpFest 2017

May 28, 2017 by

It’s just sixty days to PulpFest 2017. On Thursday, July 27, 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 visit our registration page to learn how to join the annual summertime get-together for fans of pulp art and fiction.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be talking about our dealers, shopping for collectibles at PulpFest 2017, our PULPSTER program book, and much more. You can keep abreast of all these updates by bookmarking pulpfest.com and visiting often or by liking our Facebook page. So be sure to like PulpFest on Facebook and ask for our posts to be delivered to your personal 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 and the line-up that we’re planning for our 2017 convention is shaping up to be great! PulpFest 2017 will be celebrating the hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos of the pulps. We’ll also be saluting the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Bloch and the fantastic artwork of former pulp artist Gloria Stoll Karn, our guest of honor. PulpFest 2017 will feature presentations on DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE and SPICY DETECTIVE STORIES; the many characters of Erle Stanley Gardner and the first hardboiled pulp character; the dangerous dames of Maxwell Grant and Lester Dent; the Domino Lady and Pat Savage; and the psychos of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE and of Philip José Farmer. We’ll also have live theater, author readings, and more.

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, 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 2017! There’s no other way for you to be part of “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” While you’re at it, you can reserve a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry by clicking one of the links on the PulpFest home page that reads “Book a Room for 2017.” You can also call 1-800-222-8733 to place a reservation by telephone. However, 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 2017 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 AMAZING Pulp Con. So if you’re not from the Pittsburgh region, please book a room as soon as possible to be sure you have a place to stay for PulpFest 2017. With the programming line-up that we have and our spacious dealer’s room, we want everyone to have a chance to attend our convention. Rest assured, you’ll have a FANTASTIC time! We look forward to seeing you near Pittsburgh from July 27 – 30 for PulpFest 2017.

3 Rivers Comicon: Putting Comics Back in Conventions

May 5, 2017 by

During the third weekend of May, a couple of Pittsburgh nerds are hoping to make comic con all about comics again. 3 Rivers Comicon — which runs May 20 – 21 in West Mifflin, Pennsylvania — is the latest addition to the many conventions in the Pittsburgh area.

New Dimension Comics owner Todd McDevitt and general manager Jon Engel launched 3 Rivers Comicon in 2016 after hearing complaints from customers about the increasing cost of conventions and how the shift to an array of pop culture has left comics in the shadows. “I felt like we were almost being challenged. No one said it, but we made it our mission to do it,” McDevitt said. “This is going to be a comic convention. If you want something else, go somewhere else.”

McDevitt and Engel both have years of experience under their utility belts, attending and also working at comic conventions. From that involvement, as well as feedback from customers, they have the knowledge for what will work at their own event.

One major goal is to make 3 Rivers Comicon affordable. Admission is $13 per day or $18 for a weekend pass. Tickets are available through the convention’s website or at any of the six New Dimension Comics locations. They will also be available at the door. Guests include KINGDOM COME and DAREDEVIL writer Mark Waid, NIGHTWING artist Scott McDaniel, and SPIDER-MAN and THOR artist Ron Frenz. Weekend events include panels, gaming, photo opportunities and costume contests for kids and adults. Sunday is Family Day at 3 Rivers Comicon, with kid-focused programming all day. There is also the very popular beer party on Saturday evening.

Tickets to the beer party are $50 and include both days of the convention in addition to a bunch of take-home loot including a T-shirt, exclusive comics, graphic novels and two bottles of BEEREDEEMABLE. McDevitt once again convinced Helltown Brewing to create a beer for the convention. This year’s recipe is a Russian imperial stout, a blend of young beer and barrel-aged whiskey. The name is a nod to the comic IRREDEEMABLE, whose artist Peter Krause illustrated the beer’s label.

“I always thought it would be fun to get a comic artist to do a beer label,” McDevitt said. “And if I was going to do it, I wanted it to be for one of our events.”

Krause and IRREDEEMABLE writer Mark Waid will both attend the beer party to autograph bottles.

“The beer party was the aspect we sold the most of last year,” McDevitt said. “We had people who didn’t care for comics and came for the beer, and people who didn’t care about beer, but came for the comics.”

Let’s hope that Todd and Jon save a few bottles of BEEREDEEMABLE to help us celebrate our first Pittsburgh PulpFest from July 27 through July 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” Although PulpFest 2017 will not have its own beer, 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, 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. We’ll also have a con suite. So what are you waiting for? Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2017.

(Our illustration is the banner for the 3 Rivers Comicon home page, featuring a New Dimension Comics’ rack in the background. New Dimension Comics has six stores in the Pittsburgh region, providing the opportunity for feedback as well as year-round promotion of the convention.)

Lights, Camera Action — Cinevent 2017

Apr 24, 2017 by

If you’re a fan of silent and early sound films or a collector of motion pictures and related items, then Cinevent 2017 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 25 through May 28 in the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel on 50 North 3rd Street in the heart of Columbus, Ohio.

For nearly 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 2017 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, 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 2017. It will be held July 27 through July 30 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh.

(George Waggner’s 1941 film MAN-MADE MONSTER, starring Lionel Atwill and Lon Chaney, Jr., will be one of the many films shown at this year’s Cinevent. The convention screens 16mm films nearly continually through the entire weekend.)

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Returning to Sunny Florida: Pulp AdventureCon

Jan 16, 2017 by

Timely Comics artist Allen Bellman

Timely Comics artist Allen Bellman

A new year of pulp conventions kicks off with the southern edition of Pulp AdventureCon on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Special guest for the event will be Timely Comics artist Allen Bellman, who contributed to CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS, THE HUMAN TORCH, MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS, SUB-MARINER COMICS, ALL-WINNERS COMICS, and many other Timely titles. (Timely, of course, would morph into Marvel Comics.) Bellman, a longtime South Florida resident, will be on hand to sign autographs and talk about Timely publisher Martin Goodman and his company’s comics and pulps.

Pulp AdventureCon takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Universal Palms Hotel, 4900 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale. But attendees staying at the hotel usually hold informal gatherings Friday night before the show, and Saturday evening afterward, and anyone who’d like to participate is welcome. If you’re planning to stay overnight, use the special codeword “pulp” to receive the $109 room rate.

The Florida con, now in its third year, features pulp magazines, of course, but also a variety of pulp culture collectibles, such as New Pulp books, Golden Age comic books, Big Little Books, old-time radio and movie memorabilia, and more. (It’s also a great way to escape the winter weather; typical seasonal temperatures in Fort Lauderdale in February are highs in the upper 70s and lows in around 60.)

For more information, visit the Pulp AdventureCon website and the con’s blog.

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Pulp AdventureCon — Fall’s Great Pulp Con

Oct 3, 2016 by

Pulp AdventureCon 2016On November 5, fall’s great pulp con returns to Bordentown, New Jersey. At last year’s Pulp AdventureCon, Brendan Faulkner and Martin Grams were selling vintage movies. PAPERBACK PARADE publisher Gary Lovisi had a variety of collectible paperbacks. John Gunnison of Adventure House was there with many great pulp magazines. Pin-up model Mala Mastroberte was on board with a selection of photos, books, and postcards. Ed Hulse had BLOOD ‘N’ THUNDER and other great stuff. Walker Martin completed his run of THE ALL-STORY. It’s probably the only complete collection in the world! What more can you ask for?

Located in the Ramada Inn of Bordentown, just off exit 7 of the New Jersey TurnpikePulp AdventureCon is a one-day show that features an afternoon of pawing through boxes of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, vintage movie memorabilia, original artwork, golden age comics, and more! You’ll find fifty tables of swell swag at this show. You can sign up for the convention’s mailing list at http://boldventurepress.us10.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=895b936a0770f2ab003d81f30&id=ea92fbffc6.

Hopefully, conventions such as Pulp AdventureCon will keep you satisfied until the PulpFest 2017 arrives next year. Visit PulpFest.com to learn about many of the great conventions throughout the year.

(The 2016 Pulp AdventureCon flyer features the work of artist Earle Bergey. He found a ready market for his work at Ned Pines’ Thrilling Group, painting covers for the publisher’s sports and science fiction lines – including this one for the May 1951 issue of STARTLING STORIES. As the pulp market began to shrink, Bergey’s work increasingly found its way to paperback book covers, particularly those published by Pines’ Popular Library. The artist died in 1952 at the age of fifty-one.)

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The Ron Killian Collection

Jul 11, 2016 by

Killian

One of the most exciting posts in our series on the dealers appearing at PulpFest 2016 was the one that appeared on June 29. In that post, we announced that Milwaukee’s John Hauser — who brought to market the Green River and the Curator pedigree comic book collections — would be debuting the Ron Killian collection of pulp magazines and books at this year’s convention.

Ron Killian — who passed away on May 1, 2016 at the age of 78 — was the owner of Milwaukee’s The Turning Page, one of the city’s earliest direct-sales comic book shops. He launched the first comic book shows in the city and was very highly regarded in science fiction and comic book circles.

Longtime customer and friend David Beard, wrote about Killian for ICv2, the Website of Geek Culture:

Ron began selling comics in an antique mall before becoming one of Milwaukee’s earliest direct-sales comics shops.  In the 1980s, he carved a niche by importing Doctor Who toys, books, games and magazines and supporting the local and regional Doctor Who fan clubs.  Ron enjoyed pulp fiction and science fiction, and every Saturday, the shop was filled with the sounds of polka.

Ron’s death is the loss of an anchor to the Milwaukee comics community and to this friend and collector.

To learn more about Ron Killian, please read Beard’s entire eulogy at http://icv2.com/articles/talk-back/view/34370/david-beard-passing-ron-killian-owner-the-turning-page and watch Matthew Curley’s You Tube video on Killian and The Turning Page at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOuHJQFSHeI.

John Hauser has described Ron Killian’s collection to PulpFest as “massive.” Pulpfest 2016 will be the first opportunity for the public to buy part of Ron’s lifetime collection. Below, you’ll find several photographs of the collection that John will be selling at the convention. We hope that you’ll join us July 21 -24 at the Hyatt Regency and the Greater Columbus Convention Center in beautiful downtown Columbus, Ohio for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” It’s the only way you’ll be among the first to see and perhaps own part of Ron Killian’s FANTASTIC collection of books and pulp magazines.

 

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