Saturday Night Dinner at PulpFest 2017

Jun 8, 2017 by

For the last few years, PulpFest has organized a group dinner on the last evening of the convention. Dining together on Saturday has been a long-standing tradition at summer pulp cons. It gives everyone the chance to break bread together, while batting the bull about pulps and collecting. This year, PulpFest will be dining informally at ember & vine, located right in the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh — Cranberry. It’s the perfect place to gather, grab a bite, and relax.

The dinner menu takes a simple approach with strong components: salt, pepper, and fire, coupled with carefully selected local ingredients, are the focal points of our classic American cuisine. The wood-fire American cooking is showcased with handcrafted flatbreads and desserts, baked mac ‘n cheese, and butter-roasted oysters with fresh thyme. Regional fare and creative pizzas lead the selection of entrees, while the large assortment of appetizers, small plates, and comfort foods blend taste and nostalgia, allowing guests to customize their dining experience from one day to the next. Upscale wines poured from the wine-preservation system, local craft brews, and signature cocktail and shrub options are in line with the spacious, flexible atmosphere. With the expansive bar, communal tables, and multiple dining options, each visit feels like a new, unique experience enhanced by mid-century modern design.

Although this is strictly an informal gathering at no set price, seating is limited. So be sure to sign up early to assure your participation in this entertaining event. Last year’s dinner was a resounding success. You can sign up when you register for PulpFest 2017 or right at the convention. Just let us know by 1 PM on Saturday, July 29 that you’ll be coming. We will need to give our hotel an estimated head count. We look forward to gathering with you and talking about our wonderful shared interest — the pulps!

(On Saturday evening, July 29, from 5 to 6:50 PM, join your friends — old and new — at ember & vine in the heart of the DoubleTree Cranberry. It’s an opportunity to socialize after a hearty day of collecting in the PulpFest dealers’ room, prior to taking in the convention’s exceptional evening programming.)

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Saturday at PulpFest

Jul 23, 2016 by

Argosy 20-06-12There’s still time to get in on the action. The PulpFest dealers’ room will be open today from 10 AM until 4:45 PM. Located in Battelle South exhibition hall on the third floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, our dealers’ room will feature exhibitors selling and trading pulp magazines and related materials, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first-edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age as well as pulp-related comic books and games. That’s why PulpFest is known as the “pop culture center of the universe!”

Single-day memberships to PulpFest will be available for $20 for Saturday and $10 for Sunday. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. Members will be able to register for the convention at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here. Paper forms will also be available at the door. Those who have prepaid for their memberships, will also be able to pick up their registration packets at our door. Please visit our registration page for further details.

For those visiting PulpFest for the day, you can also use the Chestnut Street Garage for parking. Rates vary based on time, but at this writing, $14 will get you a day’s parking. Additional parking is available at the Convention Center underground garage. Again, rates are time-based and, at this writing, $14 will get you parking for 12 hours with no in and out privileges. Click here for a more detailed look at parking near the Hyatt Regency. Alternately, if you don’t mind walking a few blocks, there are many inexpensive options. Click here for an interactive parking map of Columbus and search near 350 North High Street.

Our Saturday afternoon programming will start at 1 PM with our New Fictioneers readings. Afterward, Ron Fortier will moderate a New Pulp Fiction Panel on “Writing Hero Pulp.” It will be followed by a presentation on Anthony Tollin’s Sanctum Books featuring Mr. Tollin and Doc Savage author Will Murray.

Amazing Stories 70-05For pulp fans who like games, gaming fans who like pulps, or just people who like to have fun, PulpFest 2016 will be organizing a gaming track. Many of the themes found in the world of modern games resonate from the pulps and the stories published in those magazines. There are games based on Conan, the Cthulhu Mythos, space operas such as Doc Smith’s Lensman series, westerns, mysteries and, of course, the pulp heroes. Role-playing games, or RPGs, are especially noted for quick action, cliff-hangers, and adventure.

The PulpFest 2016 gaming track will begin at 10 AM on Saturday and last until 10 PM or thereabouts. All games will be set up in the Clark Room, located on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency. The only requirements to play games at PulpFest 2016 are a PulpFest membership, your imagination, and a desire to have a good time. So if you enjoy pulps and you enjoy games, PulpFest will be the place to be.

Come out to PulpFest 2016 where you can explore our substantial dealers’ room and find exciting pulp fiction and books to read. Then stop by our game room where you can save Earth from aliens, explore new planets circling far-flung stars, or seek out ancient artifacts and knowledge.  You’ll learn how to play a variety of new games and “boldly go where no man has gone before.”

The PulpFest dealers’ room will closing be at 4:45 PM today. This should allow plenty of time for people to prepare for our Saturday Night Dinner at Dick’s Last Resort, a get-together arranged by registration and volunteer coordinator Sally Cullers. Dick’s is located at 343 North Front Street, just a few minutes’ walk from the Hyatt Regency Columbus in the Arena District. If you don’t plan to attend PulpFest‘s group meal, there are plenty of other restaurants close to the hotel. You’ll find a guide to the many fine downtown restaurants by clicking here.

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2016 Business Meeting. Two lucky PulpFest members 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. It will be followed by the 2016 Munsey Award Presentation.

Our programming for Saturday evening will include Our Guest of Honor presentation, featuring science fiction author and pulp fan Ted White. The editor emeritus of AMAZING STORIES, Mr. White will speak about his career, AMAZING STORIES, science fiction fandom, the pulps, and much, much more from 7:30 to 8:15 in the Union Rooms on the second floor of the Hyatt Regency. Pulp collector and scholar Doug Ellis — the co-founder of the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention — will also be on hand with a presentation on 120 Years of THE ARGOSY — The World’s First Pulp Magazine. All PulpFest members are very much welcome to attend.

Our evening will conclude with the annual PulpFest Saturday Night Auction. Featuring material consigned by our membership, any member of PulpFest 2016 can submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number. All lots submitted must have a minimum value of $20. All lots that do not receive a bid of $20 or more will be passed. If you plan to offer an auction lot with a reserve price, your reserve must be $50 or more. No lots with a reserve price of less than $50 will be accepted. PulpFest reserves the right to reject any auction material that is unlikely to meet our minimum bid or reserve price standards as well as our content standards. The convention charges sellers 10% of the selling price for anything sold in the auction.We will begin taking consignments for the auction when our dealers’ room opens at 10 AM. Barry will be accepting material for our auction near the entrance to the PulpFest dealers’ room. The sooner you submit your consignment to our auction coordinator, Barry Traylor, the more likely that it will be included in our auction. All auction lots must be submitted to Barry prior to 2 PM on Saturday, July 23. For additional information, please click on the auction link on our programming schedule.

Spicy Adventure Stories (July 1935)Click on the “Our Auction” link under our homepage banner for highlights of this year’s auction. We’ll have a half-dozen early Arkham House books, including a very collectible copy of H. P. Lovecraft’s THE OUTSIDER AND OTHERS. We’ll also have over two hundred pulps from the collection of the late Woody Hagadish.

You can find additional details about these and all of our presentations by clicking the 2016 Schedule Button found at the top of our home page. Each event on the schedule is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title.

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 has been a cancellation. 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.

PulpFest 2016 will continue tomorrow. Our dealers’ room will be open to all members from 10 AM to 2 PM as our exhibitors pack up. If you are coming just for the day, please be aware that buying and selling opportunities may be limited. Admission to the convention for Sunday, July 24, will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

Please join us in the Columbus, Ohio Arena district at the Hyatt Regency hotel and the city’s spacious convention center for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” You’ll have a FANTASTIC time!

(Although Harold Lamb’s “The Caravan of the Dead” was the cover feature to the June 12, 1920 ARGOSY — featuring front cover art by Fred W. Small — the real highlight of the issue was Murray Leinster’s novelette “The Mad Planet.” Often anthologized, Leinster’s story was called “One of the greatest Munsey scientific romances” by science fiction historian Sam Moskowitz. Pulp scholar Doug Ellis will be discussing such highlights in his presentation on ARGOSY on Saturday, July 23.

Our guest of honor, Ted White, served as the editor of AMAZING STORIES and FANTASTIC from October 1968 until October 1978, upgrading the quality of both magazine’s fiction while showcasing a variety of talented illustrators. One such artist was John Pederson, Jr., whose front cover for the May 1970 AMAZING STORIES was the first original cover painting for White’s magazine. Pederson would paint a half dozen covers for AMAZING and its companion. He also contributed covers to GALAXY, IF, THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, and WORLDS OF TOMORROW.

Granted, the PulpFest auctions are a bit more tame than the sale of a slave girl, painted by the incomparable H. J. Ward’s as the cover for the July 1935 issue of SPICY ADVENTURE STORIES. Nevertheless our auctions are quite exciting. Plan to attend PulpFest 2016 and find out for yourself why it’s called “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!”)

Saturday Night Pulp Pow

Jul 7, 2016 by

Dick's Last Resort

PulpFest 2016 is organizing a group dinner on July 23 from 5 to 6:50 PM. Eating together on Saturday evening has been a long-standing tradition at summer pulp cons. It gives everyone the chance to break bread together, while batting the bull about pulps and collecting. This year PulpFest will be dining at Dick’s Last Resort, located at 343 North Front Street, just a few minutes’ walk from the Hyatt Regency Columbus in the Arena District. Although there are some spots still available, seating is limited. So be sure to sign up to assure your participation in this entertaining event. Last year’s dinner was a resounding success.

Priced at $25 per person — tax and gratuity included — the buffet style menu includes:

House salad, pulled pork, grilled chicken, fiesta corn, smashed taters, country green beans, and brownies. The price also includes soda, lemonade, tea and coffee. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased separately.

Seating is limited. To sign up for this great time, you have to do so by the deadline for advance registrations, Monday, July 18, 2016. Payment is due when you place your reservation. You’ll find a reservation form with our annual newsletter — available from Jack Cullers at the address below or via email at jack@pulpfest.com — or by clicking here.

To pay for your meal reservation, please send your check or money order to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 or use the Paypal Order page accessed through our 2016 registration page. All payments must be received by Monday, July 18, 2016. Thank you for your cooperation.

(On Saturday night from 5 to 6:50 PM, Dick’s Last Resort in Columbus, Ohio  will be “serving up great grub, cold booze, and all the sarcasm you can handle. So loosen yer belts and bring yer sense of humor! Who says nothing fun ever happens in Ohio?”)

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Dining in Style at PulpFest 2016

May 11, 2016 by

Dick's Last Resort

PulpFest 2016 is organizing a group dinner on July 23 from 5 to 6:50 PM. Eating together on Saturday evening has been a long-standing tradition at summer pulp cons. It gives everyone the chance to break bread together, while batting the bull about pulps and collecting. This year PulpFest will be dining at Dick’s Last Resort, located at 343 North Front Street, just a few minutes’ walk from the Hyatt Regency Columbus in the Arena District. Seating is limited, so be sure to sign up early to assure your participation in this entertaining event. Last year’s dinner was a resounding success.

Priced at $25 per person — tax and gratuity included — the buffet style menu includes:

House salad, pulled pork, grilled chicken, fiesta corn, smashed taters, country green beans, and brownies. The price also includes soda, lemonade, tea and coffee. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased separately.

Seating is limited. To sign up for this great time, you have to do so by the deadline for advance registrations, Monday, July 18, 2016. Payment is due when you place your reservation. You’ll find a reservation form with our annual newsletter — available from Jack Cullers at the address below or via email at jack@pulpfest.com — or by clicking here.

To pay for your meal reservation, please send your check or money order to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 or use the Paypal Order page accessed through our 2016 registration page. All payments must be received by Monday, July 18, 2016. Thank you for your cooperation.

(On Saturday night from 5 to 6:50 PM, Dick’s Last Resort in Columbus, Ohio  will be “serving up great grub, cold booze, and all the sarcasm you can handle. So loosen yer belts and bring yer sense of humor! Who says nothing fun ever happens in Ohio?”)

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