It’s Getting Windy: The Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention

Mar 20, 2017 by

The Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention returns to the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center on Friday, April 21, beginning with early-bird shopping at 9:30 AM. The dealers’ room will open to all at 11 AM. Additionally, the Windy City con suite will be open on Thursday night, April 20, from 8 PM to midnight. You can pick up your registration materials during this time. The convention runs through Sunday afternoon, April 23, with its dealers’ room closing at 4 PM.

This year’s Windy will be celebrating the 90th anniversary of the gangster pulps as well as Martin Goodman’s Red Circle pulps, the forerunner to Marvel Comics. As part of this celebration, Windy City has invited legendary comic artist Jim Steranko 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 readings on Sunday, running from 10 AM until 3 PM.

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 chairman Jack Cullers, volunteer coordinator Sally Cullers, technology director Chuck Welch, and marketing and programming director Mike Chomko 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 2017. Jack, Sally, Chuck, and Mike will be more than happy to answer your questions about this summer’s pulp con, beginning on Thursday evening, July 27, and running through Sunday afternoon, July 30, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2017. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Just click the “Book a Room for 2017” link on our home page or call 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the convention rate. And we do hope to see you at Windy City!

(As pulp historian John Locke has written elsewhere, “In 1929, a new kind of magazine appeared on newsstands: the gang pulps! And nothing that came before gave the pulps a worse reputation. Month after month, the stories luridly recounted the exploits of the most sadistic killers, the most craven squealers, the most coldblooded gun molls, the most corrupt cops, the most ruthless gang bosses, the most brutal mob wars, that ever escaped the realm of the imagination — a genre of extremes. There had been outlaw heroes in crime fiction before, but none like this new breed, who toasted with bootleg liquor while their bloody victims lay dying on the floor. Almost immediately, the gang pulps came under attack from the censors. America’s morals lay dying on the pulpwood pages, they claimed.

Centered in the crosshairs was famed pulp editor Harold Hersey, creator of GANGSTER STORIES, RACKETEER STORIES, SPEAKEASY STORIES and a raft of other gang magazines.” Another Hersey title was GANGLAND STORIES — its January – February 1932 issue pictured here — which often featured cover art by Walter Baumhofer.)

California Here I Come

Feb 20, 2017 by

Although PulpFest 2017 is about five months off, do not despair. There are other collectors conventions fast approaching. For instance, on Sunday, March 19, 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 still the best bargain in town, featuring an admission price of five bucks!

Now in its 38th year, this convention was started by Tom Lesser, who invited dealers, fellow collectors and paperback enthusiasts to his home in Chatworth, California in 1980. Since then, it has grown to be the world’s largest vintage paperback gathering. This year’s show will feature more than 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 30 years of appearances). This year the show will feature nearly sixty guests who will be available to meet the attendees and sign 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 and its Facebook site, or by calling Tom Lesser at 818-855-1786. And while you’re at the show, be sure to pick up a PulpFest 2017 post card to learn more about “Summer’s Hottest Pulp Con,” taking place from Thursday evening, July 27 and running through Sunday afternoon, July 30 at its new location outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This year’s PulpFest will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA. Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2017.

(The Los Angeles Vintage Paperback 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 on his legacy to Tony Gleeson. Pictured here is the convention’s banner for their Facebook page.)

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.

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.)

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.)