Fans of Bronze to Gather for Doc Con XIX

Sep 26, 2016 by

Doc Con XIX (2016)Fans of Doc Savage, the Man of Bronze, will gather for the 19th annual Doc Con on Friday, November 4, through Sunday, November 6, in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix.

The con has grown from the five fans who first got together in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1998, to almost 100 fans who attended last year to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1975 movie DOC SAVAGE: THE MAN OF BRONZE with its star and con Guest of Honor Ron Ely.

This year, fans will have a chance to meet guests Will Murray, pulp historian and author of the “All-New Wild Adventures of Doc Savage,” and Joe DeVito, the artist for Murray’s original Doc Savage books at Bantam and Altus Press. “Attendees will meet Will and Joe in a way that they never have before,” says Jay Ryan, one of Doc Con‘s organizers. “We hope our format will make them more personable and accessible and that we will get to know them as a human being rather than just for their roles as Doc’s author and artist.”

Jay also says that with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson having announced that he’s signed on to play Doc in a new movie, written and directed by Shane Black, this may be the last year for Doc Savage fans to gather before the flood gates of fandom open wide.

Doc Con XIX begins Friday evening with a group dinner, continues Saturday with a day full of programming, and wraps up Sunday morning. Evenings — “Doc Con After Dark” — include a variety of activities and a chance to mingle with fellow fans and their families.

The convention will again be held at the Comfort Suites Glendale, 9824 W Camelback Rd, Glendale, Ariz. A pre-registration web page remains open for a short while longer. For more information, visit the Doc Con Facebook page, or email Jay Ryan at jryands@aol.com.

Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life

May 30, 2016 by

Doc Savage Apocalyptic Life Cover Every year, writers, editors, and publishers choose to roll out new titles at PulpFestAltus PressMurania Press, and Stark House Press have premiered reprints of classics from the past, while Adventures in BronzeAirship 27, and Meteor House have debuted new work inspired by the great fiction of the past. And since PulpFest annually hosts several New Fictioneer readings, you can always expect to meet some of the creators of today’s pulp fiction at the convention.

At PulpFest 2013, Meteor House and Altus Press released a new edition of Philip José Farmer’s biography of the bronze crusader who fought almost 200 separate battles against the forces of evil — DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE. This revised edition features a brand new foreword by Farmer and pulp expert Win Scott Eckert, updates to the “List of Doc Savage Stories” including the latest novels, rare material culled from Mr. Farmer’s notes, and tributes by other Farmer and Doc experts, including John Allen Small, Keith Howell, Rick Lai, Art Sippo, Christopher Paul Carey, and current Doc Savage writer Will Murray, as well as other bonus materials not seen in prior editions.

If you were lucky enough to be in attendance at the 2013 PulpFest and purchased a copy of Meteor House’s hardcover edition of the Grand Master’s classic study of the Man of Bronze, you could have had your copy signed by all of the contributors who were in attendance. Unfortunately, one contributor was missing: Keith Howell.

Doc Savage Apocalyptic Life Name PlateThankfully, Keith will be attending PulpFest 2016. So bring your copy of DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE to this year’s PulpFest and stop by the Meteor House table to obtain that missing signature. It’s just one more reason why you should not miss PulpFest 2016, “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” It will take place July 21 through July 24 in the Columbus, Ohio Arena district at the Hyatt Regency hotel and the city’s spacious convention center. Start making your plans to join us at the “pop culture center of the universe” for PulpFest 2016.

(The revised edition of DOC SAVAGE: HIS APOCALYPTIC LIFE, by Philip José Farmer, was published in 2013 as a joint venture by Meteor House and Altus Press. It featured cover art by Doc Savage artist Joe DeVito. The deluxe hardbound edition includes a signature page.)