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 curiousbooks.com/classicon.html.

Remember to bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ to stay informed about PulpFest 2019 and other pulp-related conventions. Or like the PulpFest facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. You can follow our twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. 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 pulpfest.com 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!)

Announcing PulpFest 2019

Sep 6, 2018 by

The fall pulp con season is getting into full swing. Adventure House’s PULP AND COLLECTIBLES CONVENTION gets the ball rolling on Sunday, September 9. It will be followed by other fine conventions. But what about the main event?

PulpFest 2019 will take place from Thursday, August 15, through Sunday, August 18.  We’ll be returning to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennyslvania’s “Steel City.” PulpFest will be joined by FarmerCon. Hopefully, they’re not too hung over from this year’s Philip José Farmer centennial.

Start making your plans for the 48th convening of PulpFest and its celebration of mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more. Join us for “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories” at “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” Please bring your friends!

Bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ to keep informed about PulpFest 2019. You’ll find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of our plans.

(Doc Savage has been called the first superhero. Created by Lester Dent, the character debuted in the March 1933 issue of DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE, published by Street & Smith. Artist Walter M. Baumhofer contributed the first painted image of “The Man of Bronze.”

About five years later, Superman made his first appearance in the June 1938 issue of ACTION COMICS. Before long, the Man of Steel was joined by many other superheroes.

We hope to see you at PulpFest in 2019 as we explore the many ways pulp fiction and pulp art have influenced writers, artists, film directors, software developers, game designers, and other creators over the decades.)

 

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.)

 

Why PulpFest?

Jul 17, 2018 by

Today, we’re sharing a short essay written by Walker Martin for Steve Lewis’ Mystery*File blog. Walker has been a reader and collector for over sixty years. In 1997, he received the Lamont Award at Pulpcon 26 in Bowling Green, Ohio. We’re proud to have him as one of our own and can think of no one better to answer the question, “Why PulpFest?” Take it away Walker . . .

The last couple days I’ve been thinking about PulpFest, which will be held July 26 through 29 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That’s just ten days away! I’ve been deluged by logical and sane-looking collectors and non-collectors all asking me the same question: why bother attending PulpFest? They have shown up at my house; they have called me on the telephone; they have sent me emails. Enough is enough! Here’s a list of excuses for not attending that I hear all the time, and why none of them are valid:

1 – I have no money! Sorry, but I’ve attended many a Pulpcon in the 1970’s, 1980’s, and 1990’s and I went with very little money. Are there no credit cards? Are there no credit unions? Are there no non-collecting spouses to borrow money from? Even when I had the money, I often blew it before the convention by visiting local bookstores like Bonnett’s and Dragon’s Lair in Dayton, Ohio. If not in the bookstores, then in the hotel rooms of friends who let me see what they were bringing to sell. I learned to go without much cash, but I brought a few boxes of pulps to trade and sell at my table.

2 – I’m in poor health and too sick to attend. Sorry again! I had a friend who had a terminal illness and came to Pulpcon anyway. Another friend actually collapsed at the convention and died soon after. I myself once threw my back out three days before the show and my doctor and chiropractor both told me to forget about making the long drive to the convention. I felt like I was crippled for life, but I managed to squeeze into the car and drive out. I had to stop numerous times near hotels because I thought I was not going to make it. Perhaps I could rent a room and lay there for a couple weeks until I could stand. It took me 16 hours instead of the usual 9 hours, but I made it. I spent the entire convention standing because sitting down caused back spasms.

3 – I have no space or I live in a small apartment. Collectors always make space for the things they love! When I first met Bob Lesser in the 1970’s he had an apartment full of Disney toys. This was New York City and the place was tiny. A path from the front door to the bed and another path to the bathroom. Otherwise, every inch was toys, robots, and paintings. I once ran out of space and I hunted for over a year until I found a bigger house. I went to dozens of open houses and looked at hundreds of houses. I finally found a big house. Unfortunately, I soon filled it up with books. Now I need a bigger place! The old story. . .

4 – My wife is a non-collector and forbids me to go. Tell me about it! I’ve been married over 40 years and I’ve heard it all. I still go and I still collect. Les Mayer told me in 1990 at the Wayne, New Jersey Pulpcon that his wife thought he was at a business meeting. If she knew he was at Pulpcon she might burn his pulps. Collectors have to become masters of deception and great liars to defeat the non-collector. Many a time I’ve lied and many a time I’ve smuggled books into the house in the dead of night while “she who must be obeyed” slept the innocent sleep of the non-collector. Non-collectors exist to be ignored . . .

5 – I can’t get off from work. Sorry, but this is not a valid reason. My employers always knew I was a rabid book collector who took off without exception a week for Pulpcon in the summer. I made sure that my vacation request was in as early as I knew the convention dates. Once they sorrowfully told me I couldn’t go because of some work bullshit. I went anyway and left it to them to ignore my absence without leave or put up with one pissed-off book collector. I realize the employment situation is different nowadays, but which is more important, your job or your collection? Your marriage or your collection? Right, your collection.

6 – Who cares about the convention? I can buy my pulps off ebay. Back in the 1920’s and 1930’s, dime novel collectors existed. But they didn’t have a convention and died off. Now I know of only a few in existence and dime novels are just about worthless. If I had a table full of dime novels priced at a buck apiece, most collectors would scurry away in disgust. We have to support the two big pulp conventions — Windy City in Chicago and PulpFest in Columbus. If we don’t, then one day we will wake up and the pulps will be dead. These shows garner a lot of attention and people keep talking about the pulps because of the efforts of Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Doug Ellis, John Gunnison, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, Chuck Welch, and all the other people who lend a hand.

7 – It’s too late! Like hell. There are hotels with rooms available nearby. What’s the most important thing in a serious collector’s life? His collection, without a doubt. We work, we slave, we march on to the bitter end where we will eat dirt in the boneyard. We live lives of quiet desperation and worry about the afterlife. Go to PulpFestand collect some books and pulps! You only live once . . .

8 – And finally the best reason for attending! They are a hell of a lot of fun. Not only do you get to roam around a gigantic dealers’ room full of books and pulps, but you get to meet and talk to some of the greatest collectors and dealers. These will lead to future deals and contacts. Plus you can eat and drink with them! Though I seem to be one of last of the drinkers. And the panels! All day and all night, we will be discussing pulps and books. What’s cooler than that?

I’ve never met a magazine or book collector who regretted attending PulpFest. I hope to see some of you there!

(And so do we. The convention will take place from Thursday evening, July 26, through Sunday afternoon, July 29, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just outside Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2018. You’ll have a GREAT time!

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can book your room directly through the DoubleTree website. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. 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.

Walker Martin’s essay, “Why Attend PulpFest?” originally appeared — in slightly different form — on Steve Lewis’ Mystery*File blog on August 9, 2015 as the seventeenth segment of “Collecting Pulps: A Memoir.”)

A Birthday Bash for A. A. Wyn

May 21, 2018 by

Tomorrow will be the 120th anniversary of the birth of A. A. Wyn. A one-time proof reader for a printer, Wyn rose to become the publisher of Ace Magazines — which published both pulps and comic books — and Ace Books.

Born on May 22, 1898, Wyn became an associate editor for Magazine Publishers in 1930. He was promoted to editor in 1931. He became the publisher of the firm’s magazines one year later. Based in New York City, Magazine Publishers produced an array of pulp magazines including ACE MYSTERY, LOVE FICTION MONTHLY, SECRET AGENT-X, SKY BIRDS, SPY STORIES, TEN DETECTIVE ACES, TEN STORY LOVE, WESTERN ACES, and WESTERN TRAILS.

Perhaps the publisher’s most successful title was FLYING ACES. It ran as a fiction magazine for 179 issues — from September 1928 through November 1943. The magazine is best remembered for publishing the adventures of Captain Philip Strange. Created by Donald Keyhoe, the flying ace was also known as “the Brain Devil” and “the Phantom Ace of G-2.” He had ESP and other mental powers, and “was so terrifyingly effective as the Allies’ top agent that the Germans were offering a king’s ransom for his death.”

Keyhoe’s stories were a fantastic version of World War I featuring zombies, giant skeletons, exploding heads, invisible airplanes, and more. Strange is believed to have inspired Robert J. Hogan’s adventures of G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES. The Keyhoe series ran for nine years and 64 stories. It is currently being reprinted by Age of Aces Books, a regular exhibitor at PulpFest.

FLYING ACES was converted to a non-fiction aviation magazine at the end of 1943. It became FLYING MODELS in 1947. Sold to Carstens Publications in 1969, the former pulp magazine folded in 2014.

Although we won’t be throwing a birthday bash for A. A. Wyn at this year’s PulpFest, you might want to check out this year’s Monster Bash at our convention’s host hotel. The “International Classic Monster Movie Conference and Film Festival,” Monster Bash celebrates the classic horror and science fiction films of the silent era through the 1960s. It’s a film festival: a place to meet the people in the movies and behind the scenes. It’s also a monster memorabilia shopping gala. This year’s Bash will take place June 22 – 24 at the DoubleTree.

PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers and marketing and programming director Mike Chomko will be at this year’s Monster Bash. They’ll be selling science fiction pulps and related materials. They’ll also be promoting July’s PulpFest to the “Monster Boomers” and their “Monster Kids” who will be attending The Bash.

Why not join The Bash and check out our host hotel? Then start planning to attend PulpFest 2018, the destination for fans and collectors of genre fiction — both vintage and new — pop art and illustration, and much more. It will begin on Thursday, July 26, and run through Sunday, July 29.  Join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War and the centennial of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer will be the focal points of this year’s PulpFest. Click our Programming button just below our home page banner to get a preview of all the great programming we’re planning for July.

To join PulpFest 2018, please click the Register button just below our home page banner. To book a room at the DoubleTree, click one of the Book a Room buttons also found on our home page. Then join hundreds of pulp and genre fiction fans at the pop culture center of the universe. You’ll have a great time, especially if you’re planning to stay at the DoubleTree! We look forward to seeing you in July.

(FLYING ACES was one of the leading war pulp titles. Paul Bissell was one of the magazine’s leading artists (and authors) of the 1930s. He painted covers — including the March 1932 number — for both FLYING ACES and its sister title, SKY BIRDS. They’re just two of the war pulps that PulpFest will be exploring at this year’s centennial celebration marking the end of World War I.)

More Cons! ECOF, REH Days & Classicon

Apr 30, 2018 by

With about ninety days to go until PulpFest 2018, you might be getting a little bit hungry for some pulps or pulp fiction. To whet your appetite for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con,” here are three more conventions that will take place during the next two months.

The 2018 gathering of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship is planned for the weekend of May 18 – 20. Hosted by the Northwest Coast Mangani, it will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, located in Folsom, California. James Rollins, the author of more than 30 science fiction and thriller novels — including the bestselling Sigma Force series — will be the guest of honor. Also appearing will be artists Tom Yeates, Dan Parsons, and Mike Royer; authors Christopher Paul Carey and David Lemmo; legendary book and comic seller Bud Plant; and the folks from Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. For additional information on the 2018 ECOF — including a schedule of events — please visit Bill and Sue-On Hillman’s ERBzine or email Don Gray at dgrayjr@sbcglobal.netYou can also reach Don by calling 916-933-8050.

This year’s Robert E. Howard Days will feature one of the mainstays of Howard Fandom — Bill Cavalier — as its guest of honor. Better known as “Indy,” Cavalier is the long-time Official Editor of the Robert E. Howard United Press Association (REHupa). A participant in the first REHupa visit to Cross Plains back in 1986, Indy was among those responsible for the establishment of the ongoing Robert E. Howard Days tradition.

The 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 REHupa. The convention will celebrate members of all three of these organizations, as well as the hundreds of REH fans from all over the world. The theme will be “Celebrating REH Fans!” Visit the Howard Days home page or Facebook site to learn more about this great event. It takes place in Cross Plains, Texas — Howard’s home town — on June 8 – 9.

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 Saturday, June 9. Admission is $3. For more information, please write to the Curious Book Shop at 304 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, Michigan 48823, by email at curiousbooks@gmail.com, or by telephone at 517-332-0112.

Hopefully, these cons will keep you satisfied while you await PulpFest 2018 —  the destination for fans and collectors of genre fiction — both new and vintage — pop art and illustration, and much more. It will begin on Thursday, July 26, and run through Sunday, July 29.  Join us at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh. The 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War and the centennial of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer will be the focal points of this year’s PulpFest. Our guest of honor will be award-winning author Joe Lansdale. Click our Programming button just below our home page banner to get a preview of all the great programming we’re planning for July.

To join PulpFest 2018, please click the Register button just below our home page banner. To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton — our host hotel — click one of the Book a Room buttons also found on our home page.

Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2018 and join hundreds of pulp and genre fiction fans at the pop culture center of the universe. You’ll have a great time, especially if you’re planning to stay at the DoubleTree! We look forward to seeing you in July.

(Tarzan is a registered trademark of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Representatives from the company will be appearing at this year’s Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship. Although Joe Jusko — the artist who painted this striking portrait of Lord Greystoke and the golden lion, Jad-bal-ja — will not be appearing at this year’s ECOF, artists Tom Yeates, Dan Parsons, and Mike Royer will all be there.)

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.)

Head North Young Pulp Fan

Apr 11, 2018 by

The Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale is celebrating its 22nd year! The show is held annually in the lower level of the Lillian H. Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street in Toronto, Ontario.

A small but terrific show featuring a wide variety of pulp and pulp-related items, you’ll find over twenty-five dealers’ tables crammed with collectible pulp magazines, pulp reprints, vintage paperbacks, posters, and other ephemera. There’s also a half-hour pulp magazine cover slide show. It’s a great time for both serious pulp collectors as well as the casually interested, with lots of great stuff to see!

Admission is only $3, with tickets available at the door. Children under ten are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

So if you reside in the states, grab your passport, and head north to Ontario for the Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 10 AM and running until 4 PM. For additional details, you can email Neil or Leigh Mechem at info@girasolcollectables.com or call 905-820-7572. Please tell them that PulpFest sent you.

(This year’s Fantastic Pulps poster — designed by Neil and Leigh Mechem — features the art of the great George Rozen. It originally appeared on the cover to the July 15, 1934 issue of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE, the Street & Smith hero pulp that started the genre.

Although The Shadow is best known for his exploits as a crimefighter, he is closely tied to the two themes of PulpFest 2018. The convention will honor the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the First World War and will salute the centennial of the birth of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José Farmer.

The Shadow was, in actuality, a man named Kent Allard. With the advent of World War I, Allard enlisted and became a flying ace. He also served as an intelligence agent for the Czar, adopting the alias of The Black Eagle to protect his true identity.

In Philip José Farmer’s THE ADVENTURE OF THE PEERLESS PEER, Allard — using the identity of Colonel Kentov — is assigned to fly Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson on a mission.)

Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention

Mar 5, 2018 by

The Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention returns to the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center beginning with early-bird shopping at 10 AM on Friday, April 6. The dealers’ room will open to all at 11 AM. Additionally, the Windy City hospitality suite will be open on Thursday night, April 5, from 8 PM to midnight. You can pick up your registration materials during this time. The convention runs through Sunday afternoon, April 8, with its dealers’ room closing at 4 PM.

This year’s Windy will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of WINGS and the air war pulps. It will also be honoring the 125th anniversary of the birth of pulp publisher and editor Harold Hersey. As part of its celebration, Windy City has invited the award-winning and bestselling author F. Paul Wilson to be its Guest of Honor.

The Windy is noted for its substantial auctions; its art exhibition, sponsored by Illustration Magazine; and its extensive film program, organized by Ed Hulse of Murania Press. Once again, there will be “new pulp” panels and presentations on Sunday. This year’s Friday night auction will feature material drawn from the estate of Glenn Lord, the literary executor for the Robert E. Howard estate. You’ll find more details on the Windy home page.

Click on the link that starts our post to learn more about the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention or visit the convention’s Facebook pagePulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko and volunteer coordinator Chuck Welch will all be attending Windy City. Stop by Mike’s table right next to the Adventure House booth and pick up a registration form for PulpFest 2018. He’ll be sharing his table with author Will Murray.

Chuck and Mike will be more than happy to answer your questions about this summer’s PulpFest. It starts on Thursday evening, July 26, and runs through Sunday afternoon, July 29. Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Just click the “Book a Room” link on our home page or call 1-724-776-6900. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the convention rate. And we do hope to see you at Windy City!