Thanks to Everyone Who Helped with PulpFest 2017

Aug 21, 2017 by

PulpFest welcome banner, with AbeBooksYear after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest an enjoyable experience for those who attend “Summer’s Great Pulp Con. The PulpFest organizing committee would like to thank the following people and organizations for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2017 a success. We could not have done it without you:

Our front desk staff – Maura Childers, Jack Cullers, and Sally Cullers; Lucy Denunzio, Bill Thinnes, and J. Welch, for help with the auction; our panelists and presenters – Fred Adams, Jr., Jim Beard, John Bruening, Wayne Carey, Mike Croteau, Win Scott Eckert, Ron Fortier, John Gunnison, Pete Lutz and the other members of the Narada Radio Company — Austin Beach, Barbi Beach, Keane Lutz, Derek Lutz, Cora Devoir, and Edward Champion — Tom Krabacher, Peter McGarvey, Jeffrey Marks, Walker Martin, Michael Maynard, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, Charles Millhouse, Matt Moring, Will Murray, Michelle Nolan, Garyn G. Roberts, Joseph Saine, David Saunders, Frank Schildiner, Art Sippo, Joab Stieglitz, Gloria Stoll Karn, J. Welch, and Chet Williamson; our technical staff – Chuck and J. Welch; and our behind-the-scenes help – Dan Zimmer and Allyssa Tudor and the terrific staff of the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh — Cranberry.

Many thanks to J. Barry Traylor for helping to arrange the appearance author Chet Williamson. Likewise, thanks to Barry, Jack Cullers, Chuck and J. Welch, and Mike Chomko for all the hours put in to assemble this year’s auction.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create THE PULPSTER #26 – editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, Schuerholz Printing, plus contributors Tony Davis, Douglas Draa, Ron Goulart, Monte Herridge, Walker Martin, Curt Phillips, Bill Pronzini, and Garyn G. Roberts. We’d also like to thank the magazine’s advertisers – AbeBooks, Bear Manor Media, Black Hood Press, Fedogan & Bremer, Freeman’s Auctions, Girasol Collectables, Heartwood Auctions, Larque Press, Mike Chomko Books, New Texture, Pulp Factory Awards, Stark House Press, SleuthFest, ThePulp.Net, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Many thanks as well to the nominators and Lamont Award, Munsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, Phil Stephensen-Payne. Congratulations to Phil and to all of the nominees for our 2017 award. Thank you to 2016 Munsey winner Laurie Powers for presenting this year’s award and Walker Martin for accepting the award in Phil’s absence.

Again, we’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: Chaosium, Inc., John L. Coker, III, Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, Larque Press, Lohr McKinstry, Wyatt Doyle and Robert Deis of New Texture, and the family of pulp author Gordon Young. We would also like to thank Pittsburgh’s Caliban Book Shop for offering a discount to our members who visited their store during the convention, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention and Charley Schuerholz for loaning the convention their sound systems. Thanks as well to our website sponsors: AbeBooks.comEssayscribesCollege Homework HelpSmartWritingService.com, and DoMyEssay.net.

Thanks must also be extended to AbeBooks, Meteor House Press, and the members of the PulpFest organizing committee for sponsoring this year’s hospitality suite at the DoubleTree.

Finally, thanks to Ron Adams and Monster Bash, Jim Beard, Joe Collucio, Keith  Culbertson, Doug Ellis, Harold Forman, Henry Franke and the Burroughs Bibliophiles, Martin Grams, Tommy Hancock, Nathan Madison, Todd McDevitt and New Dimension Comics, Rick Thomas, Ray Walsh and Curious Book Shop, and the many conventions, book and paper fairs, bookstores, comic and collectible shops, web sites, magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show by distributing and displaying our advertising materials.

Special thanks must be extended to Jennifer Baron — who wrote a great little piece about PulpFest for NextPittsburgh, Christopher Bowser of Geek’s Guide to Pittsburgh, Sara Holzer and Mike Robertson from VisitPittsburgh, David Saunders for all of his help identifying cover artists, Mary Thomas of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE for her piece on our guest of honor Gloria Stoll Karn, and Katie Yakovleva of AbeBooks.

Thank you as well to the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2017. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see you all back next summer along with a good many newcomers for PulpFest 2018 when we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Also, it just so happens to be the century mark of a certain Grand Master of Science Fiction named Philip José Farmer.

So please bookmark the PulpFest website at http://www.pulpfest.com/ and visit often. News about the convention can also be found on the PulpFest Facebook site 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.

If we’ve neglected anyone, please accept our apology and our gratitude. Write to mike@pulpfest.com and we will correct the oversight.

Your PulpFest organizing committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2017 welcome banner —  sponsored by AbeBooks.com —  features the work of artist John Newton Howitt. His painting was originally used as the cover for the April 15, 1934 number of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE.)

Free Stuff at PulpFest 2017

Jul 4, 2017 by

Bring on the fireworks! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s freedom. What better time for PulpFest 2017 to offer thanks for all of the donations we’ve received? They’re all meant for our members who will receive them free of charge. The only requirement is to attend “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry from July 27 through July 30!

Caliban Book Shop, located at 410 South Craig Street in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, is offering a 10% discount to PulpFest members off any purchase from their shop. All you have to do is show your PulpFest badge to receive the discount. Caliban Book Shop features quality used and rare books as well as indie books and ‘zines by local authors. The store is located about 30 minutes from the DoubleTree. This offer is good from Thursday, July 27 through Sunday July 30. Click here for directions.

John L. Coker, III — President of First Fandom and Editor/Publisher of SCIENTIFICTION — THE FIRST FANDOM REPORT — has donated a number of signed, pulp-related trading cards that will be given away during the convention to six lucky badge holders.

Gordon Van Gelder and FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, the award-winning magazine that is celebrating its 68th anniversary in 2017, will again be offering copies of back issues to our members. Gordon’s magazine has been supporting PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for many years. We’re extremely grateful for the long-standing support of F&SF.

We’d also like to offer many thanks to Chaosium Inc., the publisher of CALL OF CTHULHU role playing game. Chaosium has donated a selection of fiction books and game supplements to be used as door prizes during PulpFest 2017.

Larque Press, the publisher of THE DIGEST ENTHUSIASThas donated a run of the first six issues of their exceptional magazine. All six issues — valued at over $50 — will be offered as a single lot during the Saturday night auction. All proceeds from the winning bid will go to PulpFest.

Wyatt Doyle and Bob Deis of New Texture have donated a great book mark to give away to PulpFest members. Please check out their MensPulpMags.com to learn more about New Texture’s The Men’s Adventure Library.

PulpFest sponsor, AbeBooks.com, as well as Meteor House and FarmerCon will be helping to sponsor our con suite. Our host hotel will be providing a room for our members where they can socialize after a hearty day of collecting in our dealers’ room and partaking in our evening programming. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting and talk about the things that you love and collect. If you’d like to volunteer to serve as a host or hostess in the PulpFest con suite or are a dealer, publisher, or other organization that would like to sponsor the con suite for a night, please write to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com.

We’d also like to thank the many bookstores and comic shops throughout the Pittsburgh area, as well as the many book fairs and conventions throughout the United States that have helped to promote “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” all through the past year. You’ve done a FANTASTIC job and we couldn’t have done it without you! Special thanks to Joe Coluccio, president of Parsec, and Harold Forman for spreading our promotional material throughout the Pittsburgh area. We also want to thank Martin Grams, Tommy Hancock, Nathan Madison, and Rick Thomas for their help promoting us at various conventions.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, tomorrow is the last day to receive the special convention rate. 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 rate. 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.

(During June 1942, six months after the United States entered World War II, magazines nationwide featured the American flag on their covers. Adopting the slogan “United We Stand,” some five hundred publications waved the stars and stripes to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day.

For magazine publishers, displaying the flag was a way to prove their loyalty and value to the war effort. For the U.S. government, the campaign was an opportunity to sell bonds and boost morale. The magazines brought home a message of patriotism and ideals worth fighting for.)

Thank You to Everyone Who Helped with PulpFest 2016

Aug 8, 2016 by

2016 Post CardYear after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest an enjoyable experience for those who attend “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con. The PulpFest organizing committee would like to thank the following people and organizations for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2016 a tremendous success. We could not have done it without you:

Our front desk staff – Maura Childers, Samantha Childers, Aaron, Jack, and Sally Cullers; our security staff — Sam Childers and Ben Hughes; our technical staff – Chuck and J. Welch; our auction staff — Lucy Denunzio, John Gunnison, Chet Reams, and J. Barry Traylor; our panelists and presenters – Danny Adams, Christopher Paul Carey, Joseph Coluccio, Barbara Doran, Win Scott Eckert, Doug Ellis, Andy Fix, Ron Fortier, Jeff Fournier, John Hegenberger, Ed Hulse, Tony Isabella, Walker Martin, Stephen T. Miller, Laurie Powers, Garyn G. Roberts, David Saunders, Paul Spiteri, and Anthony Tollin; Renee Thomas for the cakes; and the staffs of the Hyatt Regency Columbus and Greater Columbus Convention Center.

Many thanks to our guest of honor for this year’s convention, Ted White, the editor emeritus of AMAZING STORIES and FANTASTIC, as well as Pulpmags newsgroup moderator Curt Phillips, for getting us in touch with Mr. White. Ted’s presentation to the convention was one of the highlights of PulpFest 2016.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create THE PULPSTER #25 – editor William Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, plus contributors J. Randolph Cox, Tony Davis, David M. Earle, Melissa J. Flagstad — the daughter of Howard Browne — John Gunnison, Rog Holda, Barry N. Malzberg, Walker Martin, Elinor Mavor, Patrick L. Price, David W. Smith, Art Sippo, Anthony Tollin, Ted White, and Joseph Wrzos.  We’re also grateful to the magazine’s advertisers – AbeBooks.com, Airship 27, Black Hood Press, Dick and Norma Enos, Flinch! Books, Flying Cars and Food Pills, Heartwood Auctions, Larque Press, MantiCon, Marcon, C. E. Martin, Meteor House, Mike Chomko Books, Murania Press, Pegana Press, Pro Se Productions, The Pulp Factory, ThePulp.Net, Radio Archives, Stark House Press, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Many thanks to Keith Culbertson, Mark Herbert, and, particularly, Rick Thomas for organizing our gaming events. Also to Victor Long and Jaime Myers from Fellowship of the White Star, Don Frick, Justin Ross, and Luke Woods from Pathfinder, and Josh Langley, Misty Long and Byron Wingate from Rogue Cthulhu for serving as game-masters during the track’s second year. Thanks as well to Chaosium for the prizes donated to the PulpFest 2016 gaming track.

Our gratitude to the nominators and Lamont Award, Munsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, Laurie Powers, and our special “retro” Lamont Award winner, David Saunders. Thanks also to Daniel Zimmer of the Illustrated Press for sponsoring our awardsCongratulations to both Laurie and David and to all of the nominees for our 2016 Munsey Award.

Again, we’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: AbeBooks.com, Airship 27, Chaosium, Inc., Engle Publishing and THE PAPER & ADVERTISING COLLECTORS’ MARKETPLACE, Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, Pro Se Productions, and Radio Archives. And many thanks to the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for the loan of their sound system. We’d also like to thank our website sponsors, AbeBooks.com, apamsaconference.org and EssayScribes.comGalaxy Press and PureCostumes.com.

Finally, thanks to Martin Grams, Tommy Hancock, Jeff Harper, Eric Johnson, Nathan Madison, Michael Neno, Rick Thomas, Scott Williams, and the many conventions, book and paper fairs, bookstores, comic and collectible shops, web sites, magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show by distributing and displaying our advertising materials as well as the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2016. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see you all back next summer along with a good many newcomers for PulpFest 2017. Our theme will be “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and a Few Psychos.” Details will be forthcoming in the months ahead. So please bookmark the PulpFest website or follow us via RSS. You’ll also be able to find information at our Facebook site, our Twitter account, and our Instagram and Tumblr sites.

If we’ve neglected anyone, please accept our apology and our gratitude. Write to mike@pulpfest.com and we will correct the oversight.

Your PulpFest organizing committee – Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, William Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch

Free Stuff at PulpFest!

Jul 4, 2016 by

Amazing Stories 43-08Bring on the fireworks! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s freedom. What better time for PulpFest 2016 to offer thanks for all of the donations we’ve received? They’re all meant for our members who will receive them free of charge. Their only requirement is to attend “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” at the Hyatt Regency in the heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio from July 21 through July 24!

Our newest sponsor, AbeBooks.com, will be offering two hardcover copies of popular culture expert Mike Ashley’s SCIENCE-FICTION REBELS — the fourth volume in the author’s HISTORY OF THE SCIENCE-FICTION MAGAZINE — as door prizes during July’s convention. PulpFest will be randomly selecting two members present at this year’s convention to receive hardbound copies of this new work of science fiction scholarship. It’s a great book — valued at over $100 — to offer at this year’s convention. After all, we’ll be saluting the 90th anniversary of the first continuing science fiction magazine, AMAZING STORIES, at this year’s PulpFest.

We’d also like to offer many thanks to Chaosium, the publisher of CALL OF CTHULHU, one of the most recognized role playing games in the world. Chaosium has donated a selection of both fiction books for door prizes and role playing game supplements to be used as prizes during PulpFest‘s gaming track.

Engle Publishing will be providing copies of THE PAPER & ADVERTISING COLLECTORS’ MARKETPLACE for distribution free of charge at PulpFest. They’ve been doing so since the first PulpFest in 2009.

Gordon Van Gelder and FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, the award-winning magazine that is celebrating its 67th anniversary in 2016, will again be offering copies of back issues to our members. Gordon’s magazine has been supporting PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for many years. We’re extremely grateful for the long-standing support of F&SF.

Radio Archives, the leading producer of old-time radio collections and pulp audiobooks, will be offering a free audiobook to each and every attendee of PulpFest 2016. To celebrate the launch of the new Airship 27 and Pro Se Productions lines of audiobooks, Radio Archives will be offering a free voucher — valued at $15 to $20 — through our registration packets. You’ll be able to choose any Airship 27 or Pro Se audiobook you like, with no restrictions. PulpFest is extremely grateful to Radio Archives, Airship 27 Productions, and Pro Se Productions for this very generous offer.

PulpFest itself will be holding a drawing at the close of our annual business meeting, scheduled for 9:20 PM on Saturday, July 23. Two lucky convention attendees who prepay for their membership, book a room for three nights at our host hotel, and choose to attend our business meeting will receive free memberships to PulpFest 2017. You must provide proof of your stay at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and be present at the drawing to receive your prize.

If you are not from the Columbus area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-888-421-1442 to reach the Hyatt Regency. Perhaps there are rooms still available. Alternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor  or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. Other sites include www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.phpcourtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and the Experience Columbus lodging page at http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/stay Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

We’d also like to thank the many bookstores and comic shops throughout Ohio and other states, as well as the many book fairs and conventions that have helped to promote “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” all through the past year. You’ve done a FANTASTIC job and we couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks so much!

(Joseph Wirt Tillotson, who signed his work “Robert Fuqua,” was AMAZING editor Ray Palmer’s favored cover artist from the get-go. Beginning with the October 1938 issue of AMAZING STORIES through the January 1944 number, Fuqua contributed nearly three-dozen covers — including the patriotic flag cover for the August 1943 issue — to the magazine and its companion title, FANTASTIC ADVENTURES.)

Advertise in THE PULPSTER

Apr 25, 2016 by

The Pulpster 2016Editor and designer William Lampkin is hard at work on the next issue of THE PULPSTER, the award-winning PulpFest program book. He’ll be featuring articles on DETECTIVE STORY and WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE, two of the first pulp magazine to specialize in a certain fiction genre; African-American pulp writers; the 110th anniversary of Munsey’s RAILROAD MAN’S MAGAZINE; August Derleth, the founder of Arkham House; the pulps’ paperback legacy; and much more.

To commemorate PulpFest‘s salute to the ninetieth anniversary of AMAZING STORIES, Bill is putting together a round-robin article featuring Barry Malzberg, Elinor Mavor, Ted White, and Joseph Wrzos, editors emeritus of the first continuing science fiction magazine. He’s also hoping to line up both Kim Mohan and Patrick Price, as well as Steve Davidson, the magazine’s current editor and publisher. He’ll also have a piece on Philip José Farmer’s AMAZING stories. So expect a slam-bang issue from the esteemed editor of our highly popular program book.

In addition to the 90th anniversary of AMAZING, PulpFest 2016 will be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of H. G. Wells; 120 years of THE ARGOSY, the first pulp magazine; 100 years of the genre pulp — magazines specializing in detective, romance, western, and other fiction types; eighty years of The Whisperer and The Skipper, two of the “superheroes” of the pulps; and ten years of Sanctum Books, one of today’s leading publishers of pulp fiction. And don’t forget that science fiction author and editor Ted White will be the convention’s guest of honor! With such a wide range of interests represented at the convention, the PulpFest program book will be a great place to advertise. THE PULPSTER‘s readers are serious about pulps, genre fiction, and pulp-related products. So it’s the ideal market for your advertising — whether it’s pulps, pulp reprints, “new pulp” fiction, t-shirts, science fiction, graphic novels, role-playing games, original art, websites, or anything else.

If you’d like to reserve advertising space in this year’s PULPSTER, you have until May 31 to do so. All advertising is sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected immediately upon reserving a space. Please realize that the cover spaces sell very quickly. Our rates are reasonable: color back cover – $200; inside front color cover – $140; inside back color cover – $140; inside color full page – $100; inside black-and-white full page – $80; color half-page – $70; black-and-white half-page – $40; black-and-white quarter page – $30. To inquire about space availability, please write to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. You can also ask Mike about print specifications of our program book. Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER. The magazine has a circulation of 500 copies.

The deadline for submitting your advertisements to THE PULPSTER #25 is June 8, 2016. Please feel free to send material as early as possible to ease production of our magazine. Submission guidelines will be provided upon receipt of your payment. Your space is not reserved until payment is received.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for our giveaway tables. Over the years Chaosium, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, Radio Archives, Stark House Press, and other organizations have donated a variety of materials that were given away free to PulpFest attendees. Your donation will be acknowledged on our website and at the convention. If you’d like to offer something for our giveaway table or something to serve as a door prize, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Sponsorships are also available for our website at a cost of $100 per year. We currently have five sponsors for www.pulpfest.comAbeBooks.com, Galaxy Press, Essayscribes, College Homework Help, and PureCostumes.comIf you or your organization would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities at PulpFest, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

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Thanks to Everyone!

Aug 24, 2015 by

2015 Postcard FrontYear after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest an enjoyable experience for those who attend “Summer’s Great Pulp Con. The PulpFest organizing committee would like to thank the following people and organizations for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2015 a tremendous success. We could not have done it without you:

Our front desk staff–Maura Childers, Sam Childers, Samantha Childers, Jack Cullers, and Sally Cullers; our panelists and presenters–Jason Scott Aiken, Jon Arfstrom, Jim Beard, Patrick Belk, Ron Fortier, Jeff Fournier, John Gunnison, John D. Haefele, John Hegenberger, Don Herron, Morgan Holmes, Ed Hulse, Mike Hunchback, Tony Isabella, Tim King, Tom Krabacher, Rick Lai, Chuck Loridans, Nathan Madison, Will Murray, Michelle Nolan, Garyn G. Roberts, David Saunders, Frank Schildiner, Philip M. Sherman, Duane Spurlock, Anthony Tollin, J. Barry Traylor, Scott Urban, Chet Williamson, and John Wooley; our technical staff–Chuck and Juliette Welch; Lucy Denunzio, for help with the auction and Renee Thomas for the great PulpFest cakes; and our behind-the-scenes help–Dan Zimmer and the staff of the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Thanks also to the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society for authorizing our showings of THE CALL OF CTHULHU and THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS and to Walker Martin.

Many thanks to Ed Hulse, Greg Ketter, and J. Barry Traylor for helping to arrange the appearances of our special guests–Philip M. Sherman, nephew to Thrilling editor Leo Margulies, fantasy and WEIRD TALES artist Jon Armstrom, and author Chet Williamson.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create THE PULPSTER #24–editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, plus contributors Sean Branney, Jason V. Brock, Ramsey Campbell, Tony Davis, W. Paul Ganley, Cody Goodfellow, John D. Haefele, Monte Herridge, Don Herron, Morgan Holmes, Derick Hussey, Tom Johnson, S. T. Joshi, Marvin Kaye, Tom Krabacher, the late Larry Latham, Nick Mamatas, Will Murray, Michelle Nolan, Fred Phillips, Tim Powers, W. H. Pugmire, Don Ramlow, Garyn G. Roberts, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Darrell Schweitzer, J. Barry Traylor, Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson, and Chet Williamson, as well as the magazine’s advertisers–Airship 27, Altus Press, Black Coat Press, Doc Con 2015, Dick and Norma Enos, Rich Halegua Posters & Comic Art, Heartwood Auctions, Mike Hunter, Mike Chomko Books, Murania Press, Pegana Press, Prose ‘n Cons Mystery Magazine, PS Publishing, PULPDOM,  The Pulp Factory, The Pulp. Net, Stark House Press, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Although the new PulpFest gaming track got off to a slow start, we are planning for its return in 2016, albeit on a smaller scale. Many thanks to Rick Thomas for organizing our gaming events and to Bill Adcock, Keith Culbertson, Mark Herbert, Misty Long, Matt McCloud, Justin Ross, Byron Wingate, and Luke Woods for serving as game-masters during the track’s inaugural year.

Many thanks as well to the nominators and Lamont Award, Munsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, Stephen T. Miller. Congratulations to Steve and to all of the nominees for our 2015 award.

Again, we’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: Chaosium, Inc., Engle Publishing and THE PAPER & ADVERTISING COLLECTORS’ MARKETPLACE, Feral House, Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, Paizo, Inc., Pelgrane Press, Tom Brown and Radio Archives, and Chet Williamson. And many thanks to the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for the loan of their sound system. We’d also like to thank our website sponsors, Galaxy Press and PureCostumes.com.

Finally, thanks to Martin Grams, Tommy Hancock, Ed Hulse, Nathan Madison, Michael Neno, Rick Thomas, Scott Williams, and the many conventions, book and paper fairs, bookstores, comic and collectible shops, web sites, magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show by distributing and displaying our advertising materials as well as the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2015. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see you all back next summer along with a good many newcomers for PulpFest 2016, taking place in Columbus, Ohio from July 21st through July 24th. Details will be forthcoming in the months ahead. So please bookmark the PulpFest website or follow us on RSS. You’ll also be able to find information at our Facebook site and through our Twitter account. In the months ahead, we’ll also be adding Instagram and Tumblr accounts.

If we’ve neglected anyone, please accept our apology and our gratitude. Write to mike@pulpfest.com and we will correct the oversight.

Your PulpFest organizing committee–Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch

Free Stuff at PulpFest 2015

Jul 4, 2015 by

Fighting Yank 44-02Bring on the fireworks! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s freedom. What better time for PulpFest 2015 to offer our thanks for some of the donated material that our members will receive free of charge when they join our convention at the Hyatt Regency in the heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio from August 13th through the 16th?

Thanks are owed to the Catalyst Game Labs‘ demonstration team who will not only show our gamers a fun time through their SHADOWRUN adventures, but will also be offering adventure modules and rule books as game prizes.

We’d like to offer many thanks to Chaosium, a publisher of books and games and the creator of CALL OF CTHULHU, one of the most recognized role playing games in the world. Chaosim has donated a selection of books and role playing game supplements to be used as prizes for PulpFest‘s new gaming track.

Likewise, Engle Publishing has generously offered to provide copies of THE PAPER & ADVERTISING COLLECTORS’ MARKETPLACE for distribution free of charge at PulpFest. They’ve been doing so since the first PulpFest in 2009.

Gordon Van Gelder and FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, the award-winning magazine that is celebrating its 66th anniversary in 2015, will again be offering copies of back issues for our members. Gordon’s magazine has been supporting PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for many years. We’re extremely grateful for its longstanding support.

Feral House has generously offered us a pair of exciting new books: PULP MACABRE: THE ART OF LEE BOWN COYE’S FINAL AND DARKEST ERA and a new and expanded edition of IT’S A MAN’S WORLD: MEN’S ADVENTURE MAGAZINES, THE POST-WAR PULPS. Attend our evening programming on Friday or Saturday night and you’ll have a chance to win a copy of one of these two fine books.

Paizo Inc., a leading publisher of fantasy role-playing games, accessories, board games, and novels, will be providing adventure modules and rule books for gaming track prizes. A number of Paizo’s PATHFINDER games will be played at PulpFest 2015run by the Columbus chapter of the Ohio Pathfinder Society.

Another strong supporter of our new gaming track has been Pelgrane Press. publisher of Kenneth Hite’s award-winning TRAIL OF CTHULHU — a role playing game based on the creatures, cults, and gods found in the work of H. P. Lovecraft and other writers — Pelgrane has donated six game modules and several specialty dice that will be used as prizes during PulpFest’s new gaming track. They’ve also provided a couple of game master screens that will be used by those running this year’s games.

Tom Brown and Radio Archives, the leading producer of old-time radio collections and pulp audiobooks, for sending a pair of Will Murray’s DOC SAVAGE audiobooks that will be awarded as door prizes for our members who attend our evening programming on Friday or Saturday.

Finally, we’ll also have a selection of LOCUS MAGAZINE back issues, reporting on the science-fiction and fantasy fields since 1968. These were donated to the convention by our guest of honor, writer Chet Williamson.

We’d also like to thank the many bookstores and comic shops throughout Ohio and other states, as well as the many book fairs and conventions that have helped to promote “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” all through the past year. We couldn’t do it without you. Thanks so much!

(The Fighting Yank first appeared in STARTLING COMICS #10, dated September 1941. The character was given its own book in the fall of 1942, only one of two Standard Comics super heroes to be so honored. A supernaturally created character, he was Standard’s answer to Timely’s Captain America and the many other mainstream Golden Age patriotic heroes. The Yank also appeared in AMERICA’S BEST COMICS. Created by Richard Hughes and artist Jon Blummer, the series ended in 1949.

Many covers for THE FIGHTING YANK — including the 7th issue, dated February 1944 — were drawn by Alex Schomburg, an artist who began contributing covers and interior art to the Thrilling pulp line during the 1930s. Later, he began working for Ned Pines’ Standard Comics, the parent company of Better Publications and Nedor Publishing. He would produce about three hundred covers for Standard Comics as well as two hundred for Timely/Marvel. His best remembered works are his covers for the Timely superheroes Captain America, the Human Torch, and Sub-Mariner.)

Advertise in THE PULPSTER

Apr 20, 2015 by

The-Pulpster-24-coverEditor and designer Bill Lampkin is hard at work on the next issue of THE PULPSTER, the award-winning PulpFest program book. He’ll be featuring articles on Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson, adventure writer and the founder of DC Comics, the Thrilling Group of pulps and comic books, and other topics. The highlight of the issue will be a round-robin article on H. P. Lovecraft and WEIRD TALES. We’re currently expecting contributions from filmmakers Andrew Leman and Sean Branney; game designer Kenneth Hite; Marvin Kaye, the current editor of WEIRD TALES and W. Paul Ganley, founder of WEIRDBOOK; authors David Drake, Cody Goodfellow, Richard Lupoff, John Pelan, Tim Powers, Darrell Schweitzer, Chet Williamson, and Gahan Wilson; pulp scholars Scott Connor, John Haefele, S. T. Joshi, Will Murray, Damon Sasser, and others. So expect a slam-bang issue from the esteemed editor of our highly popular program book. Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.

If you’d like to reserve advertising space in this year’s PULPSTER, you have until June 15th to do so. All advertising is sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected immediately upon reserving a space. Please realize that the cover spaces sell very quickly. Our rates are reasonable: color back cover–$200; inside front color cover–$125; inside back color cover or color full page–$100; inside black-and-white full page–$80; color half-page–$70; black-and-white half-page–$40; black-and-white quarter page–$30. To inquire about space availability, please write to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. You can also ask Mike about print specifications and back issues of our program book. THE PULPSTER has a circulation of approximately 450 copies.

The deadline for submitting your advertisements to THE PULPSTER #24 is July 4, 2015. Please feel free to send material as early as possible to ease production of our magazine. Submission guidelines will be provided upon receipt of your payment. Your space is not reserved until payment is received.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for our giveaway tables. Over the years The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Radio Archives, Stark House Press, and other organizations have donated a variety of materials that were given away free to PulpFest attendees. Your donation will be acknowledged on our website and at the convention. If you’d like to offer something for our giveaway table, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(Join PulpFest 2015 in August at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio, beginning on Thursday, August 13th and running through Sunday, August 16th as we celebrate H. P. Lovecraft and WEIRD TALES, just a few short days before the author’s 125th birthday.)

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Many Thanks

Sep 23, 2014 by

FlyerYear after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest an enjoyable experience for those who choose to attend “Summer’s Great Pulp Con. The PulpFest organizing committee would like to thank the following people and organizations for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2014 a tremendous weekend. We could not have done it without you:

Our all-volunteer front desk staff–Maura Childers, Sam Childers, Samantha Childers, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, and Lucy Denunzio; our panelists, presenters, and auctioneers–Jason Aiken, Ralph L. Angelo, Jr., Jim Beard, Christopher Paul Carey, Mike Croteau, Doug Ellis, Dick Enos, Ron Fortier, John Gunnison, Ed Hulse, Chris Kalb, Dr. Tom Krabacher, Rick Lai, Nathan Madison, Walker Martin, Laurie Powers (who spoke at Ohio State University), Wayne Reinagel, Dr. Garyn G. Roberts, Joseph Saine, David Saunders, Frank Schildiner, Lisa Scott, Dr. Art Sippo, Paul Spiteri, and Barry Traylor; our technical staff–Chuck and Juliette Welch; and our behind-the-scenes help–Ohio State’s Eric Johnson, Dan Zimmer,  and the staff of the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create The Pulpster #23–editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, plus contributors Tony Davis, John Gunnison, Don Herron, Don Hutchison, John Locke, Dwayne Olson, Garyn G. Roberts, Jeffrey Shanks, and Christian A. Vallini Lawson, as well as the magazine’s advertisers–Altus Press, ConnectiCon, Dick Enos, Futures Past Editions, Hang Fire Books, Douglas D. Hawk, Heartwood Auctions, C. E. Martin, Mike Chomko Books, Murania Press, New Texture, Pro Se Productions, The Pulp Factory, The Pulp. Net, Radio Archives (who also provided the door prizes for PulpFest 2014), Ramble House, Stark House Press, Scott Vaughn, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Many thanks as well to the nominators and Lamont Award, Munsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, J. Randolph Cox, and this year’s Rusty Award, J. Barry Traylor. Congratulations to Randy and Barry and to all of the nominees for our 2014 awards.

Again, we’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: Laura Mac and Bags Unlimited, Ben Ohmart and Bear Manor Media, Engle Publishing and The Paper & Advertising Collectors’ Marketplace, Gordon Van Gelder and Fantasy & Science FictionGolden Duck Publishing and author Julia Jones, the Estate of Rusty Hevelin, Tom Brown and Radio Archives, and Chet Williamson. And many thanks to the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for the loan of their sound system.

Finally, thanks to Martin Grams, Tommy Hancock, Nathan Madison, Michael Neno, Scott Williams, and all of the conventions, book and paper fairs, bookstores, comic and collectible shops, web sites, magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show by distributing and displaying our advertising materials as well as the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2014. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see you all back next summer along with a good many newcomers for PulpFest 2015, taking place in Columbus, Ohio from August 13th through August 16th. Details will be forthcoming in the months ahead. So please subscribe to our PulpFest email list through the boxes found to the right of this post. You’ll also be able to find information at our Facebook site and through our Twitter account.

If you’d like to volunteer to help with PulpFest 2015, please email Mike ChomkoJack Cullers, Sally CullersBarry Trayloror Chuck Welch.

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Free Stuff at PulpFest 2014

Jul 2, 2014 by

Skull IslandAs our nation prepares to celebrate its freedom in a few days, it’s time for PulpFest 2014 to offer our thanks for some of the free material that our members will receive when they join us at the Hyatt Regency in the heart of downtown Columbus, Ohio on August 7 – 10.

Laura Mac and Bags Unlimited for contributing a variety of collector supplies that will serve as door prizes.

Ben Ohmart and BearManor Media for donating 100 copies of Hold That Joan, a biography of comedienne Joan Davis.

Engle Publishing for sending copies of The Paper & Advertising Collectors’ Marketplace for distribution free of charge at PulpFest.

The Estate of Rusty Hevelin for its donation of several older back issues of PulpFest‘s program book, The Pulpsterfor our members’ enjoyment.

Gordon Van Gelder and Fantasy & Science Fiction, the award-winning magazine that is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2014, for donating one-hundred back issues for our members.

Tom Brown and Radio Archives, the leading producer of old-time radio collections and pulp audiobooks, for sending seven complete audiobooks that will be awarded as door prizes for our members who attend our afternoon or evening programming.

We’d also like to thank the many bookstores and comic shops throughout Ohio and other states, as well as the many book fairs and conventions that helped us promote “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” all through the past year.

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