PulpFest Primer

Jul 25, 2017 by

PulpFest welcome banner, with AbeBooksPulpFest 2017 will begin on Thursday, July 27, at 4 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” All members will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM, right outside our dealers’ room. There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 9 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our full programming slate for the evening will begin shortly after 9 PM with a reading by author Chet Williamson. Closing out the evening programming will be an audio drama, staged by the Narada Radio Company and their PULP-POURRI THEATRE.

PulpFest 2017 will be celebrating the “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos” of the pulps.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, you can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Perhaps there is an opening. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.  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.

Early registration for the general membership will take place on Thursday, beginning at 4 PM, at the entrance to our dealers’ room in the Grand Ballroom of the DoubleTree. All members, dealers included, can pick up their registration packets at this time. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here or the link found on our registration page. Look for the SHOP banner to find our dealers’ room. You’ll also see our large welcome banner, sponsored by AbeBooks.com. With its strong focus on rare and collectible books as well as ephemera such as maps, posters, prints and photographs, AbeBooks is a company with a passion for books, art and collectibles.

For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest 2017, Thursday evening will be an ideal time to do so. Full weekend memberships will cost $35 for those staying at the DoubleTree and $40 for those staying elsewhere. There will be no single-day memberships available for Thursday only. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. Please visit our registration page for further details. Members will also be able to register for the convention on Friday morning, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. Single day memberships will be available for $20 for Friday or Saturday and $10 for Sunday.

Please note that advance registrations are no longer available. Our Paypal page was shut down around 10 PM on Monday night.

From 4 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period. Access to the dealers’ room for unloading will be through the ballroom back entrance and the nearby banquet dock. Click here for a map showing the loading area of the hotel and here for a map of the DoubleTree’s Grand Ballroom.

If you need additional help getting to the hotel and/or the loading area, please call or text Jack Cullers at 937.671.1574. If Jack is not available, please text Chuck Welch at 608.406.4774. You can also call Chuck, but text will probably be faster.

Remember that we’ll also be offering early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 9 PM on Thursday evening, an extra three hours of selling opportunities to people who are ready to buy!

Although the focus of PulpFest is 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 are also allowed.

From 9 to 10 AM on Friday, July 28, the dealers’ room will be open only to dealers for set-up. It will open to all at 10 AM and remain open until 4:45 PM. Our afternoon programming will start at 1 PM with the first of our New Fictioneers readings. Our evening programming will begin shortly before 7 PM as PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers offers an official welcome to all attendees. Friday night’s programming will include our FarmerCon XII presentations, plus several discussions of Robert Bloch, psychos, and hardboiled dicks. Once again, the Narada Radio Company and their PULP-POURRI THEATRE will close out our programming. They’ll be performing “Return to the Sabbath,” a WEIRD Audio Play based on a story by Robert Bloch.

On Saturday, July 29, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM. Afterward, all convention attendees are welcome to join an informal Saturday Night Dinner. Details will be announced at the convention. 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 restaurants in the vicinity of the DoubleTree by clicking here.

Our Saturday afternoon programming will start at 12:30 PM with our New Fictioneers readings and a panel on “New Pulp Fiction.” It will be followed by an encore presentation by the Narada Radio Company

Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2017 business meeting, starting at 7 PM. All members of the convention are urged to attend. The 2017 Munsey Award — presented for service to the pulp community — will also be awarded on Saturday evening.

Other programming on Saturday night will include Our Guest of Honor presentation, featuring one of the few living pulp magazine artists, Gloria Stoll Karn. A Pittsburgh resident, Gloria will be joined by fine artist and pulp art historian David Saunders — winner of our 2016 Lamont Award — to discuss her freelance career in the pulps and much more. We’ll also have another presentation on the hardboiled dicks of the pulps.

Our evening will conclude with the annual PulpFest Saturday Night Auction. The convention will be offering about 150 lots of material from the collections of Woody Hagadish and Larry Latham. Included will be several premiums offered to readers of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE and THE SHADOW MAGAZINE, as well as the May 1934 issue of DOC SAVAGE, autographed by cover artist Walter Baumhofer.

Any member of PulpFest 2017 can submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number. We will begin taking consignments for the auction when our dealers’ room opens at 10 AM on Friday and Saturday. The sooner you submit your consignment to our auction coordinator, Barry Traylor, the more likely that it will be included in our auction. We will be accepting material for our auction near the entrance to the PulpFest dealers’ room. Watch for the auction banner. All auction lots must be submitted to Barry prior to 2 PM on Saturday, July 29.

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.

For additional details on all of our afternoon and evening programming events, please click the Programming for 2017 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. Watch for the “panels” banner to find our programming area.

On Sunday, July 30, the dealers’ room will be open to all members from 9 AM to 2 PM as our dealers 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 only will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

We are hoping that this year’s con will be our biggest and best yet. We’ve already registered a record number of dealers. We’ve also been receiving registrations every day, many from people who have never attended PulpFest before. If you’ve been thinking about attending, but have yet to pull the trigger, please book a room without delay. You can try calling 1-800-222-8733 to reach our host hotel. Perhaps there is an opening. Be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive any special convention deals that may still be available.

The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry is located at 910 Sheraton Drive in Mars, Pennsylvania, just outside the city of Pittsburgh. It is easy to find at the intersection of three major roadways: Interstate 79, the Pennsylvania Turnpike, and State Route 19. Please click here for a map of the hotel’s location or click the map along the right side of our home page. There is ample free parking surrounding the hotel.

For those attendees who would like to ship their purchases to their homes, there is a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center about a half-mile away from the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Located at 19095 Perry Highway in Mars, Pennsylvania, it is open from 8 AM to 6 PM on Saturdays and from 11 AM to 6 PM on Sundays.

If you have other questions, please refer to our FAQ page. Hopefully, we’ll have it covered for you there.

The entire PulpFest 2017 organizing committee – Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch – is looking forward to seeing all of you. Have a safe trip to Pittsburgh for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.”

(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.

Robert Bloch’s “Return to the Sabbath” originally ran in the July 1938 issue of WEIRD TALES, featuring front cover art by the great pulp and fantasy artist, Virgil Finlay. The artist got his start during the Great Depression when he sent unsolicited illustrations to his favorite pulp magazine, WEIRD TALES. In addition to “The Unique Magazine,” he also contributed interior illustrations and covers to many other pulps and digests. Even today, Finlay remains one of the most highly regarded and collected artists in the fields of science fiction and fantasy.

DETECTIVE TALES was the number three title in Popular Publications’ detective pulp group. It was preceded by DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE and BLACK MASK, the pulp where the hardboiled detective genre originally took form. Between 1943 and 1945, Gloria Stoll Karn contributed six covers to DETECTIVE TALES, including the July 1945 number.

The cover art for the 2017 PULPSTER was painted by Norman Saunders for the July 1949 number of BLACK MASK. The painting appears courtesy of his son, pulp art historian David Saunders. A limited edition poster of the painting is available in the “gift shop” at the Norman Saunders website, normansaunders.com.)

PulpFest 2017 Dealers

Jun 30, 2017 by

Although PulpFest is well known for its excellent programming — and rightfully so . . . click the “programming for 2017” button below the banner on our home page to see all of the great programming we have lined up for 2017 — it is also lauded for its very substantial dealers’ room.

Beginning on Thursday, July 27, the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” — will be home to thousands of collectible pulp magazines and digests, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers and series books, original art, B-movies and serials, collectible comic books, and more. And remember, for those members staying at the DoubleTree, you’ll be able to partake in free, early-bird shopping on Thursday evening from 6 to 9 PM. For those staying elsewhere, early-bird shopping privileges will cost $30 more.

In addition to Thursday’s early-bird hours, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM on July 28 & 29 and from 9 AM to 2 PM on Sunday, July 30. Note that buying and selling opportunities on Sunday may be limited as dealers pack up for their trip home.

Starting on Monday, July 10, we’ll be profiling our PulpFest 2017 dealers. In the meantime, please refer to the list below to see if your favorite seller is expected to exhibit at this year’s convention. Please remember that some dealers have yet to register for PulpFest 2017:

Adventure House/John Gunnison

Adventures in Bronze/Will Murray

Age of Aces/Chris & David Kalb

Airship 27/Rob Davis & Ron Fortier

Walter & Jim Albert

All-American Comics/Gene Carpenter

Mark Alvarado

Battered Silicon Dispatch Box/George Vanderburgh

Bethlehem Art Gallery/Robert & Loretta Gould

The Bronze Gazette/Chuck Welch

Nick Certo

Mike Chomko, Books/Mike & Peter Chomko

Creepy Classics & Monster Bash/Ron Adams

Jack Cullers

Curious Books/Ray Walsh

L. W. Currey

Dark Star Books/Gary Diedriech

Keith Dilbone

Dearly Departed Books/Scott & Linda Edwards

DreamHaven Books/Greg Ketter

Doug & Deb Ellis

Flinch Books/Jim Beard & John Bruening

Bob Flowers

Harold & Honey Forman

Garcia Publishing Services/Robert Garcia

Larry & Jasper Grubb

Mark Halegua

Rick Hall

Scott Hartshorn

John Hauser

Heartwood Books/Richard Meli & Emma Sloan

Paul Herman

Heroes & Games/Doug Sims & Mark Carbonaro

Mark Hickman

John Knott, Bookseller

Dave Kurzman

Ed Lancaster

Bill Mann

Laurie Mann

Walker Martin

Meteor House/Mike Croteau

Murania Press/Ed Hulse

Narada Radio Theatre/Pete Lutz

William Patrick & Michael Maynard

Ted Miller

Phil Nelson

Jerry Ohlinger’s Movie Materials/Barbara Fister-Liltz & Bill Hunt

OTR Publishing/Martin Grams

Shaun Perkins

Craig Poole

Pulp Era Booksellers/Curt Phillips

R & B Enterprises/Brendan & Robin Faulkner

Rantings of a Wandering Mind/Joab Stieglitz

Garyn & Virginia Roberts

Joseph Saine

Sanctum Productions/Anthony Tollin

Skeptic Collectibles/Tom Skemp

Bill Thinnes

Tim’s Books/Tim Paxton

Barry Traylor/Pulpfest Auction

Sheila Vanderbeek

Jon Wehler

David White

Chet Williamson

David Willoughby

Derek Woywood/Collectors Comics

Ygors’ Books/Larry Hallock

Please don’t forget that July 5 is the deadline to book your room at the DoubleTree and still receive the special convention rate of $125 plus tax per night. 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 convention rate. Included in the room rate are free Wi-Fi privileges in each sleeping room and the hotel’s lobby, plus two complimentary breakfasts per room for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There is ample free parking surrounding the hotel.

Plan to attend PulpFest 2017 and its celebration of pulp fiction and pulp art. Join us July 27 – 30 outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as we explore the “hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos” of the pulps. You can join PulpFest by clicking the Register for 2017 button on our home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. They’re going fast!

Selling at PulpFest 2017

May 31, 2017 by

PulpFest 2017 dealers

Are you interested in selling at PulpFest 2017? If your specialty is pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers, genre fiction, original art, series books, dime novels, men’s adventure, true crime, digest, or slick magazines, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, or Golden and Silver Age comic books, then PulpFest is for you.

The people who attend PulpFest are vintage pop culture enthusiasts and lovers of genre fiction and art. So it’s a great place to sell science-fiction books, mystery and detective fiction, adventure or western fiction, original artwork, and more. And it doesn’t have to be old! Publishers such as Adventures in Bronze, Age of Aces, and Murania Press do well selling their pulp reprints and related materials. So do resellers such as Mike Chomko, Books and Martin Grams. Authors and new pulp publishers such as Dick Enos, William Patrick Maynard, and Airship 27 have found PulpFest to be a great event to market today’s pulp fiction.

The exhibition hall at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will enable PulpFest 2017 to have over 100 six-foot tables in its dealers’ room. Wall tables — which are limited — will cost $90 and island tables will be $80. If you require an electrical outlet, there will be an additional $20 charge. Dealers will also be required to purchase regular three-day memberships for themselves and their helpers. You can download a copy of our registration form by clicking one of the “Register” buttons on our home page.

To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton, please click one of the “Book a Room” buttons our our home page. Two complimentary breakfast coupons are included in the DoubleTree’s nightly rate — a $30 value — as well as free wifi. Parking is free. Rest assured, PulpFest is very appreciative of all the dealers who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying at the host hotel.

Our dealers’ room will be open at 10 AM on Friday and Saturday, July 28 – 29, and remain open until 4:45 PM. It will also be open on Sunday, July 30, from 9 AM until 2 PM. And don’t forget about our early-bird shopping hours on Thursday evening, July 27, from 6 PM to 9 PM, when dedicated fans of pulp and genre fiction and art will enjoy an extra three hours of shopping.

Throughout the coming months, we’ll be writing about the dealers who will be selling at PulpFest 2017. Our marketing and programming director, Mike Chomko, will be putting these posts together and releasing them through our home page and social media sites. So if you’re planning to attend PulpFest 2017 as a dealer and would like to be included in this advertising campaign, please email Mike at mike@pulpfest.com.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2017 as a dealer and join hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe! You can register for the convention as a dealer by clicking on the link below.

PulpFest 2017 Registration Form

To register by regular mail, send your payment and completed registration form to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. If you’d prefer to register via email, please send all of the information requested on our dealer registration form to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com. You can pay for your registration and table fees via our PayPal Order page.

If you’d like a copy of our PulpFest 2017 newsletter — packed with information about the convention — you can download a copy by clicking here or by writing to Jack Cullers at one of the addresses noted above.

For more information on selling at PulpFest, please feel free to contact Jack Cullers at one of the addresses listed above. We look forward to seeing you from July 27 – 30 at PulpFest 2017, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. Please join us at “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” where your sales will be utterly FANTASTIC!

(Although you can no longer find them on newsstands — such as the one pictured above from Manhattan in late 1935 — the pulps are still with us. You’ll find thousands of them for sale at PulpFest 2017. Please join us July 27 through July 30 for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con,” just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, pictured above.)

PulpFest 2016 Primer

Jul 19, 2016 by

2016 Post CardPulpFest 2016 will begin on Thursday, July 21, at 4 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con!” All members will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM, right outside our dealers’ room. There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 9 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our full programming slate for the evening will begin around 9 PM with a look at The Skipper and The Whisperer, two pulp superheroes that debuted eighty years back in 1936. PulpFest will also be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of science fiction author H. G. Wells with a presentation by Garyn G. Roberts, winner of the 2013 Munsey Award. When our programming is over, PulpFest members are welcome to socialize together in the Hyatt Regency’s Big Bar on 2. Talk “Pulps in the Pub!

If you have not yet booked a room for your stay, call 1-888-421-1442 to reach the Hyatt Regency. Perhaps there has been a cancellation. Please book a room for three nights and register now for PulpFest 2016! If you can’t find a room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, you’ll find a list of area hotels courtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center at www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.phpAlternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. 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.

As mentioned above, early registration for the general membership will take place on Thursday, beginning at 4 PM, right outside the dealers’ room in the Battelle South exhibition hall on the third floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center. All members, dealers included, can pick up their registration packets at this time. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here. Look for the SHOP banner to find our dealers’ room.

For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest 2016, Thursday evening will be an ideal time to do so. Four-day memberships will be available for $40. There will be no single-day memberships available for Thursday only. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. Please visit our registration page for further details. Members will also be able to register for the convention on Friday morning, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. Single day memberships will be available for $20 for Friday or Saturday and $10 for Sunday.

Please note that advance registrations are no longer available. Our Paypal page was shut down around 10 PM on Monday night.

Wells War of the Worlds film posterFrom 4 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period. Since our dealers’ room will be located in the Greater Columbus Convention Center, unloading and loading for those selling at the convention will be at the center’s loading dock.

To reach the convention center’s loading dock, go north on High Street until you come to Warren Street.  Turn right on Warren and follow it to Summit Street. Summit becomes 3rd Street.  Stay on this street and pass the exit to I-670.  As soon as you pass the exit, you will see a sign that reads, “Right lane ends.” At this sign there is a ramp that goes off to the right.  Take this ramp and it curls around to the docks. The convention plans to have people there to help dealers unload.  After unloading, follow the ramp away from the dock and it takes you to the Chestnut Street garage area.

Remember that we’ll also be offering early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 9 PM on Thursday evening, an extra three hours of selling opportunities to people who are ready to buy!

Although the focus of PulpFest is 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 are also allowed.

Amazing Stories 47-06From 9 to 10 AM on Friday, July 22, the dealers’ room will be open only to dealers for set-up. It will open to all at 10 AM and remain open until 4:45 PM. Our afternoon programming will start at 1 PM with the first of our New Fictioneers readings. Our evening programming will begin shortly before 7 PM as PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers offers an official welcome to all attendees. Friday night’s programming will include our FarmerCon XI presentation which will feature a panel of writers who will discuss their collaborations with Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José FarmerPulpFest favorite David Saunders starts off our celebration of the 120th anniversary of the first pulp magazine with “The Artists Who Make ARGOSY — 120 Years of Sensational Pulp Art;” our salute to the 90th anniversary of the first science fiction magazine continues when Joseph Coluccio, president of the Pittsburgh Area Fantasy and Science Fiction Club, explores the history of AMAZING STORIES during the pulp era; closing out the evening will be pulp historian Laurie Powers with a look at “LOVE STORY MAGAZINE and the Romance Pulp Phenomenon” and author and pop culture scholar Will Murray examining “WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE and the Evolution of the Pulp Western,” both part of PulpFest‘s remembrance of “A Century of the Specialty Pulp.”

On Saturday, July 23, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM. This should allow plenty of time for people to prepare for people to prepare for our Saturday Night Dinner 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. 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.

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.

Eldritch Horror

For 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. 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.

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. The 2016 Munsey Award — presented for service to the pulp community — will also be awarded on Saturday evening.

Argosy 43-01Other programming on Saturday night 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. Our evening will conclude with the annual PulpFest Saturday Night Auction.

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. 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.

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. For additional information, please click on the auction link on our programming schedule.

For additional details on all of our afternoon and evening programming events, please click the 2016 Schedule button located just below the banner on our home page for further details. Each entry is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title.

On Sunday, July 24, the dealers’ room will be open to all members from 10 AM to 2 PM as our dealers 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 only will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

We are hoping that this year’s con will be our biggest and best yet. For some time, we’ve been receiving registrations every day, many from people who have never attended PulpFest before. If you’ve been thinking about attending, but have yet to pull the trigger, please book a room without delay. 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. You can also try looking for a room at the Experience Columbus lodging page at http://www.experiencecolumbus.com/stay. You’ll also find a list of area hotels at www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.phpcourtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention Center

Ganymede CityThe Hyatt Regency is located at 350 North High Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The hotel is south of I-670, just 15-20 minutes from Columbus International Airport. In the heart of the active Arena District, the Hyatt Regency is just a few minutes’ walk from the trendy Short North Arts District. There are shops and restaurants galore right outside the hotel’s entrance. Click here for map & directions.

For those who will be staying at the Hyatt Regency during the convention, parking is free at the Chestnut Street Garage, one block south of the hotel. The garage is connected to the hotel via an enclosed and covered walkway. 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.

For those attendees who would like to ship their purchases to their homes, the Hyatt Regency offers a paid shipping service for its guests. Please inquire at the hotel’s front desk to learn more about this service.

The entire PulpFest 2016 organizing committee – Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch – is looking forward to seeing all of you. Have a safe trip to Columbus for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.”

(Most of our promotional materials for PulpFest 2016 featured Frank R. Paul’s cover art from the August 1927 issue of AMAZING STORIES, illustrating H. G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds.”

Pulp magazines are not the only collectible that you’ll find at PulpFest. Although there will be thousands of pulp magazines for sale at the convention, other things will be available as well. Perhaps you’ll even find some of the artwork used to publicize George Pal’s THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, released in 1953. Unfortunately, the creator of the publicity art is not known.

In 1938, Ziff-Davis took over AMAZING STORIES and Ray Palmer became the magazine’s editor. Toward the end of his editorial reign, Palmer started “The Shaver Mystery,” a hoax involving an evil race that causes all of mankind’s problems from their home in underground caverns.  The June 1947 issue featuring cover art by Robert Gibson Jones was a special “Shaver Mystery” issue.

By popular demand, one of the PulpFest gaming tables will be running ELDRITCH HORROR, a board game featuring a band of investigators battling entities from the Cthulhu Mythos. From game designers Corey Konieczka  and Nikki Valens, it is published by Fantasy Flight Games and features cover art by Anders Finer.

One of the events that PulpFest will be saluting in 2016 will be the 120th anniversary of the first pulp magazine, THE ARGOSY. Originally founded by Frank A. Munsey in 1882 as a children’s weekly, it was converted to an all-fiction pulp magazine with its December 1896 number. During its long history, it was merged with other pulps, sold to Popular Publications, converted to a bedsheet magazine, and later, to a men’s adventure magazine. ARGOSY for January 1943 — with cover art by Peter Stevens — was one of the magazine’s last issues in the large pulp format. With its September 1943 issue, Popular Publications converted ARGOSY to a slick magazine.

It might not be quite as hospitable as beautiful downtown Columbus, Ohio, but according to pioneering science fiction illustrator Frank R. Paul, the city of Gatos on Ganymede — Jupiter’s largest moon — seemed to be a pretty hopping place! “Gatos, crater city of Ganymede is built at the magnetic pole, and  uses the magnetism of the planet for power, heat, light. Its people — tiger-like — are masters of its animal world, and ride giant lizards.” Frank Paul imagined life on Ganymede for the back cover to AMAZING STORIES for February 1942. This year, PulpFest will celebrate the 90th anniversary of the debut of AMAZING, the first continuing science fiction magazine.)

Dealers’ Tables Are Still Available!

Jun 13, 2016 by

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With about six weeks remaining before PulpFest 2016 begins, convention chairman Jack Cullers reports that a great deal of exhibit space has already been booked. However, with our large dealers’ room in the Battelle South exhibition hall on the third floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, we can still accommodate more sellers. Wall tables are extremely limited and positioning within the dealers’ room cannot be guaranteed. So if you’ve been waiting to reserve your space in the PulpFest hucksters’ hall, now is the time to do it!

Since all dealers must be registered as prepaid members of the convention, any PulpFest member can attend as a dealer. PulpFest 2016 will charge $70 for island tables and $80 for wall tables. We are also happy to supply a third table free of charge for every two tables rented in our hucksters’ room to all PulpFest 2016 exhibitors. The large confines of the Battelle South exhibition hall enable us to provide extra exhibit space to all PulpFest dealers who support the convention. Each table will be six feet in length. The PulpFest’s dealers’ room will be open for all dealers to set up their exhibits on Thursday, July 21 from 4 – 11 PM.

Accommodating at least 120 tables, our dealers’ room will be open to all comers from 10 AM to about 4:45 PM on July 22 and 23, and until 2 PM on Sunday, July 24 (although buying and selling opportunities may be limited on our final day as many of our dealers will be packing up for their return trip home). And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, July 21, from 6 PM to 9 PM. To reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying three nights at our host hotel, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. For an additional $10 over our regular membership fee, buyers who are not staying at the Hyatt Regency will be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra three hours of shopping. The price will increase to $25 on July 2 and to $30 on July 21. So act right now to get in on the savings!

Although the focus of PulpFest 2016 will be pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first edition hardcovers, science-fiction, detective, Western, and other genre books and magazines, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies and serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, Golden and Silver Age comic books, and pulp-related games and comic books can also be sold.

The people who attend PulpFest are vintage pop culture enthusiasts. So it’s also a great place to sell science-fiction books, mystery and detective fiction, adventure or western fiction, original artwork, and more. And it doesn’t have to be old! Publishers such as Adventures in Bronze, Age of Aces, and Murania Press do well selling their pulp reprints and related materials. So do resellers such as Mike Chomko, Books and Martin Grams. Authors and new pulp publishers such as Dick Enos, William Patrick Maynard, and Airship 27 have found PulpFest to be a great event to market today’s pulp fiction.

The convention has been widely promoted through post-card giveaways at book and comic shops and collectibles events. It will be marketed in various periodicals and through the convention’s website, Facebook site, Twitter feed, and via Internet newsgroups, event calendars, Instagram and TumblrPulpFest also plans to use its website to publicize its dealers. For further information about our website and its dealer promotion, please contact marketing director Mike Chomko at 2217 West Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104 or via email at mike@pulpfest.com. You can also write to Mike if you are interested in advertising in THE PULPSTER, the convention’s program book.

Dealers interested in selling at PulpFest 2016 should get in touch with Jack Cullers as soon as possible. You can reach him via email by writing to jack@pulpfest.com or by regular mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. You can also request a copy of our annual newsletter, which also contains information about dealing at PulpFest. Don’t forget to ask for your free table if you will be renting two or more tables.

You can also learn about registering for the convention as a dealer by clicking the Register for 2016 button below our home page banner. Please remember that the Hyatt Regency Columbus is sold out of rooms for July 21 through July 23. At www.columbusconventions.com/thearea.php, you’ll find a list of area hotels courtesy of the Greater Columbus Convention CenterAlternately, you can search for a room at tripadvisor or a similar website to find a hotel near the convention. 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.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2016 as a dealer and join hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe! And to make things even easier, you can download a PulpFest 2016 dealer registration form by clicking on the link below.

PulpFest 2016 Dealer Registration Form

(This Boston newsstand — photographed in September 1965 — would not have featured any pulp magazines. By that time, the pulps were gone, killed off by television, comic books, and most prominently, paperback books. However, a buyer still might be able to find copies of AMAZING STORIES — in its digest format — and ARGOSY — in its men’s adventure format — somewhere on its racks.

We’ll be saluting the 90th anniversary of AMAZING STORIES’ birth, and the 120th anniversary of the birth of the first pulp magazine — ARGOSY — at PulpFest 2016. Please join us July 21 through July 24 for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” in the Columbus, Ohio Arena district at the Hyatt Regency hotel and the city’s spacious convention center.)

Selling at PulpFest

May 6, 2016 by

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Are you interested in selling at PulpFest 2016? If your specialty is pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers, original art, series books, dime novels, men’s adventure, true crime, digest, or slick magazines, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, or Golden and Silver Age comic books, then PulpFest is for you.

The people who attend PulpFest are vintage pop culture enthusiasts. So it’s a great place to sell science-fiction books, mystery and detective fiction, adventure or western fiction, original artwork, and more. And it doesn’t have to be old! Publishers such as Adventures in Bronze, Age of Aces, and Murania Press do well selling their pulp reprints and related materials. So do resellers such as Mike Chomko, Books and Martin Grams. Authors and new pulp publishers such as Dick Enos, William Patrick Maynard, and Airship 27 have found PulpFest to be a great event to market today’s pulp fiction.

The spacious confines of the Battelle South exhibition hall on the third floor of the Greater Columbus Convention Center will enable PulpFest 2016 to have over 100 six-foot tables in its dealers’ room. Wall tables –which are limited — will cost $80 and island tables will be $70. Dealers will also be required to purchase regular three-day memberships for themselves and their helpers. For those dealers who will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, PulpFest is pleased to offer a third table free for every two tables that they rent, a tremendous savings. That’s buy two and get one free to thank such dealers for helping to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying at the host hotel.

We’ll also be holding a random drawing for two free memberships to PulpFest 2017. Two lucky convention attendees — including dealers — who prepay for their membership, book a room for three nights at the Hyatt Regency, and choose to attend our business meeting will get free memberships to next year’s convention.

Our dealers’ room will be open at 10 AM on Friday, July 22, and remain open until 4:45 PM. We’ll also have hours on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24. Please click the schedule button just below the PulpFest banner on our home page for more details. And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, July 21, from 6 PM to 9 PM, when dedicated fans of pulp and genre fiction and art will enjoy an extra four hours of shopping.

Throughout the coming months, we’ll be writing about the dealers who will be selling at PulpFest 2016. Our marketing and programming director, Mike Chomko, will be putting these posts together and releasing them through our home page and social media sites. So if you’re planning to attend PulpFest 2016 as a dealer and would like to be included in this advertising campaign, please contact Mike by writing to mike@pulpfest.com.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2016 as a dealer and join hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe! You can register for the convention as a dealer by clicking on the link below.

PulpFest 2016 Dealer Registration Form

To register by regular mail, send your payment and completed registration form to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. If you’d prefer to register via email, please send all of the information requested on our dealer registration form to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com.

For more information on selling at PulpFest, please feel free to contact Jack Cullers at one of the addresses listed above. You can also request a copy of our annual newsletter, which also contains information about dealing at PulpFest. We look forward to seeing you in Columbus, Ohio from July 21 – 24 for PulpFest 2016. Join “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” where your sales will be utterly FANTASTIC!

(This 1965 newsstand — probably located in Boston, based on the newspapers displayed — would not have featured any pulp magazines. By that time, the pulps were gone, killed off by television, comic books, and most prominently, paperback books.

Although you can no longer find them on newsstands, the pulps are still with us. You’ll find thousands of them for sale at PulpFest 2016. Please join us July 21 through July 24 for “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” in the Columbus, Ohio Arena district at the Hyatt Regency hotel and the city’s spacious convention center.)

PulpFest Primer

Aug 12, 2015 by

2015 FlyerPulpFest 2015 will begin on Thursday, August 13th, at 4 PM, as our dealers begin to erect their displays for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” All members will be able to register for the convention from 4 to 8 PM, right outside our dealers’ room. There will be early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 10 PM for loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel. The cost is $30 for those who stay elsewhere. Our full programming slate for the evening will begin at 8 PM with a rapid-fire presentation on Walter Gibson’s use of real-world counterintelligence and espionage secrets in his Shadow novels. There will also be presentations on the detective and western heroes of the “Thrilling Group,” Street & Smith Comics, and sports pulps. Closing out the night will be a showing of OUT OF MIND: THE STORIES OF H. P. LOVECRAFT, one of the most admired films to be inspired by the master of the cosmic terror tale. We will also be featuring “Pickman’s Model,” a short film made for ROD SERLING’S NIGHT GALLERY and based on the Lovecraft work of the same title.

If you have yet to book your room for this year’s convention, please do so without delay. Remember that PulpFest will be sharing downtown Columbus with Matsuricon this week. However, there may still be a few rooms available at nearby hotels. Please visit www.pulpfest.com/2015/06/16872/ and you’ll find a link to a list of hotels to choose from. If you are not from the Columbus area and want to attend PulpFest 2015, we urge you to book your room now and not wait until you arrive.

As mentioned above, early registration for the general membership will take place on Thursday, beginning at 4 PM, right outside of the dealers’ room located in the Regency Ballroom on the hotel’s third floor. All members, dealers included, can pick up their registration packets at this time. To help things move smoothly, please bring along a completed registration form. You can download a copy by clicking here. You only need to bring the last page of the form.

For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest 2015, Thursday evening will be an ideal time to do so. Four-day memberships will be available for $40. There will be no single-day memberships available for Thursday only. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. Please visit our registration page for further details. Members will also be able to register for the convention on Friday morning, beginning at 9 PM, and at any time during regular dealers’ room hours. Single day memberships will be available for $20 for Friday or Saturday and $10 for Sunday.

Please note that advance registrations are no longer available. Our Paypal page was shut down around 10 PM on Monday night.

Startling Comics 48-01From 4 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period. While unloading and transporting your goods should be very easy – there’s a back entrance to the hotel for loading and we have been granted exclusive use of a freight elevator – there is bound to be a certain amount of disorientation as folks negotiate their way around the Hyatt. Remember that we’ll also be offering early-bird shopping in the dealers’ room from 6 to 10 PM on Thursday evening, an extra four hours of selling opportunities to people who are ready to buy!

Although the focus of PulpFest is 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 are also allowed. Please remember that PulpFest is not a comic book convention. Sexually explicit material, including Playboy, Penthouse and Oui, is not allowed.

Call of Cthulhu One-SheetFrom 9 to 10 AM on Friday, August 14th, the dealers’ room will be open only to dealers for set-up. It will open to all at 10 AM and remain open until 4:30 PM. Our afternoon programming will start at 1 PM with the first of two New Fictioneers readings — by Jason Scott Aiken and John Hegenberger — followed by a presentation on the Pulp Magazines Project. Our evening programming will begin at 7 PM as PulpFest chairman Jack Cullers offers an official welcome to all attendees. Friday night’s programming will include a discussion of Standard Magazines’ managing editor, Leo Margulies, featuring Philip Sherman, the nephew of the “Little Giant of the Pulps.” Our guest-of-honor, author Chet Williamson, will discuss his career and explain how “the old gentleman” of Providence influenced him in his writing as well as the writing of his peers in the world of modern horror fiction. Our special guest from the world of art, Jon Arfstrom, the last of the artists who painted covers for the original run of WEIRD TALESwill also talk briefly with pulp art historian David Saunders. We’ll also have our friends from FarmerCon X on hand for a discussion of the weird tales of Philip José Farmer, while a panel of popular culture historians will discuss the development of the Cthulhu or Lovecraft Mythos. Our final panel, Thrilling Heroes of Standard’s Pulps and Comics will feature pulp and comic book scholars Matt Moring, Will Murray, Michelle Nolan, and Garyn Roberts. We’ll close the night with a showing of THE CALL OF CTHULHU and COOL AIR, part of our Lovecraft at the Movies film series.

On Saturday, August 15th, the PulpFest dealers’ room will be open from 9 AM to 4:30 PM. This should allow plenty of time for people to prepare for our Saturday Night Dinner at Buca di Beppo, a get-together arranged by registration and volunteer coordinator Sally Cullers. If you don’t plan to attend, there are plenty of other restaurants close to the hotel. You’ll find a guide to the many fine downtown restaurants by clicking here as well as a map to find them by clicking here.

Air War 1944-SummerOur Saturday afternoon programming will start at 12:30 PM when author Duane Spurlock will read from AIRSHIP HUNTERS and FIGHTING ALASKA. Afterward, Ron Fortier will moderate a New Pulp Fiction Panel on “The Heirs of WEIRD TALES.” It will be followed by a presentation on WEIRD TALES artist Lee Brown Coye and another New Fictioneer reading featuring the weird poetry and prose of Scott Urban. Saturday evening’s events will include the PulpFest 2015 Business Meeting beginning at 7:10 PM, where two lucky members who had booked a stay at the Hyatt Regency will receive full membership refunds. It will be followed by the 2015 Munsey Award Presentation. Our programming for the evening will include Weird Editing at “The Unique Magazine,” The Thrilling Adventures of Rudolph Belarski, and a showing of THE WHISPERER IN DARKNESS and PROFESSOR PEABODY’S LAST LECTURE, part of our Lovecraft at the Movies film series. Tucked in before our movies start will be our Saturday Night Auction, featuring material consigned by our membership.

Any member of PulpFest 2015 can submit items to the auction. Your PulpFest badge number will be used as your auction bidder and/or seller number. We will begin taking consignments for the auction when our dealers’ room opens on Friday, August 14th. The sooner you submit your consignment to Mike Chomko, the more likely that it will be included in our auction. Mike’s tables will be along the wall, just inside the entrance to the PulpFest dealers’ room. All auction lots must be submitted to Mike prior to 2 PM, Saturday, August 15th. 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. For additional information, please click on the auction link on our programming schedule or contact Barry Traylor via email at barry@pulpfest.com.

For pulp fans who like games, gaming fans who like pulps, or just people who like to have fun, PulpFest 2015 will be introducing 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.

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The PulpFest 2015 gaming track will begin at 10 AM on Friday and Saturday and last until 10 PM or thereabouts.  On Sunday, games will begin at 10 AM and continue until the end of the convention. 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 2015 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. If you have questions about our gaming track, please write to PulpFest programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

For additional details on all of our afternoon and evening programming events, please visit click the red schedule button on our home page for further details. Each entry is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title.

On Sunday, August 16th, the dealers’ room will be open to all members from 10 AM to 2 PM as our dealers 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 only will be $10, the cost of our annual program book, THE PULPSTER.

Thrilling Sports 36-09We are hoping that this year’s con will be our biggest and best yet. For some time, we’ve been receiving registrations every day, many from people who have never attended PulpFest before. If you’ve been thinking about attending, but have yet to pull the trigger, please book a room without delay. Click here and you’ll find a link to a list of hotels to choose from. There may still be some rooms available at nearby hotels. Alternately, we suggest that you search for a room at tripadvisor and similar websites as soon as you possibly can.

The Hyatt Regency is located at 350 North High Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The hotel is south of I-670, just 15-20 minutes from Columbus International Airport. In the heart of the active Arena District, the Hyatt Regency is just a few minutes’ walk from the trendy Short North Arts District. There are shops and restaurants galore right outside the hotel’s entrance. Click here for map & directions.

For those who will be staying at the Hyatt Regency during the convention, parking is free at the Chestnut Street Garage, one block south of the hotel. The garage is connected to the hotel via an enclosed and covered walkway. For those visiting PulpFest for the day, you can also use the Chestnut Street Garage. Rates vary based on time, but $16 will get you a day’s parking with in and out privileges. Additional parking is available at the Convention Center underground garage or the Center’s east lot. Again, rates are time-based and $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.

For those attendees who would like to ship their purchases to their homes, PulpFest 2015 has arranged for a local UPS provider to be available at the hotel on Sunday, August 16th. He will be arriving between 11 AM and noon and will stay as long as his services are needed. Further information is available on our FAQ page.

The entire PulpFest 2015 organizing committee – Mike Chomko, Jack and Sally Cullers, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch – is looking forward to seeing all of you. Have a safe trip to Columbus for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.”

(Most of our promotional materials for PulpFest 2015 featured Matt Fox’s cover for the November 1944 issue of WEIRD TALES, one of about a dozen covers he painted for “the unique magazine.”

Alex Schomburg contributed substantially to Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines and Comics, including the January 1948 issue of STARTLING COMICS.

American painter, illustrator, graphic designer, web designer, poster artist and painter of book jackets, comic books, games and pin-ups Lee Moyer has created many Lovecraftian works of art, including the film poster for THE CALL OF CTHULHU, produced by the H. P. Lovecraft Historical Society in 2005.

Rudolph Belarski’s cover to the Summer 1944 issue of AIR WAR is one of many covers that the talented artist painted for Ned Pines’ “Thrilling Group” of pulp magazines.

Besides RPGs, there will be a number of board and card games that will be demonstrated and played at the convention. These games can last from twenty minutes to several hours. One board game that will be featured during PulpFest‘s new gaming track will be Fantasy Flight’s ARKHAM HORROR.

The first issue of THRILLING SPORTS was dated September 1936 and featured “The Hurdling Hurricane,” credited to Arthur William Rickard, as its cover story. The cover art for the issue was by Earle K. Bergey, who, along with Rudolph Belarski, created many cover paintings for Standard’s sports pulps.)

Dealing at PulpFest 2015

Apr 12, 2015 by

Doc Savage Meets the ShadowInterested in selling at PulpFest 2015? If your specialty is pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, first edition hardcovers, original art, series books, dime novels, men’s adventure, true crime, digest, or slick magazines, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, or Golden and Silver Age comic books, then PulpFest is for you.

The people who attend PulpFest are vintage pop culture enthusiasts. So it’s a great place to sell science-fiction books, mystery and detective fiction, adventure or western fiction, original artwork, and more. And it doesn’t have to be old! Publishers such as Adventures in Bronze, Age of Aces, and Murania Press do well selling their pulp reprints and related materials. So do resellers such as Mike Chomko, Books and Martin Grams. Authors and new pulp publishers such as Dick Enos, William Patrick Maynard, and Airship 27 have found PulpFest to be a great event to market today’s pulp fiction.

PulpFest 2015 will have over 100 six-foot tables in its 15,800 square-foot dealers’ room. Wall tables will cost $80 and island tables will be $70. Dealers will also be required to purchase regular three-day memberships for themselves and their helpers. For those dealers who will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Columbus, PulpFest is pleased to offer a third table free for every two tables that they rent, a tremendous savings. That’s buy two and get one free to thank such dealers for helping to defray the convention’s substantial costs by staying at the host hotel.

We’ll also be holding a random drawing for two full membership refunds to PulpFest 2015. Two lucky convention attendees, including dealers, who prepay for their membership, book a room for three nights at the Hyatt Regency, and choose to attend our business meeting will get full refunds of their membership payments.

Our dealers’ room will be open at 10 AM on Friday, August 14th, and remain open until 4:30 PM. We’ll also have hours on Saturday and Sunday, August 15th & 16th. Please click the schedule button on our home page for more details. And don’t forget about our early-bird hours on Thursday evening, August 13th, from 6 PM to 10 PM, when dedicated fans of pulp and genre fiction will enjoy an extra four hours of shopping.

Throughout the coming months, we’ll be writing about the dealers who will be selling at PulpFest 2015. Our marketing and programming director, Mike Chomko, will be putting these posts together and releasing them through our home page and social media sites. So if you’re planning to attend PulpFest 2015 as a dealer and would like to be included in this advertising campaign, please contact Mike by writing to mike@pulpfest.com. You can also reach Mike by calling 863-606-8878 and leaving a message. Be sure to include your contact information.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2015 as a dealer and join hundreds of pulp fiction fans at the pop-culture center of the universe! You can learn more about becoming a dealer and register for the convention by clicking on the link below for a download of our 2015 dealer newsletter & registration form.

PulpFest 2015 Dealer Newsletter & Registration Form

To register by regular mail, send your payment and completed registration form to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. If you’d prefer to register via email, please send all of the information requested on our dealer registration form to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com.

(Pictured above is Joe DeVito’s painting for the front cover of the Kenneth Robeson novel, “The Sinister Shadow,” the latest entry in “The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage,” forthcoming from Altus Press and Adventures in Bronze.”

 

Presenting Our 2014 Dealers!

Aug 1, 2014 by

PulpFest will have more than fifty dealers and their partners filling well-over one-hundred tables at our 2014 convention. Seven of our dealers will be brand new to PulpFest. We’ll also be hosting a number of dealers returning to the convention after a few years absence. So please give them all a hearty welcome to “Summer’s Great Pulp Con!” We’d like them back again for many conventions to come.

You’ll find a list of all the dealers who will be attending PulpFest 2014 by clicking here. Please pay our dealers’ page a visit to see what our sellers will be offering at this year’s convention. And don’t forget, we’re also planning a great auction for Saturday night featuring seventy-five lots of pulps, twenty-five lots of material from the estate of Weird Tales author Everil Worrell, and other surprises.

The PulpFest 2014 dealers’ room will be open on Thursday night, August 7th, from 6 to 10 PM for early-bird shopping. To reward loyal attendees who help to defray the convention’s costs by staying three nights at our host hotel–the Hyatt Regency in the heart of Columbus–PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. Due to the proximity of our convention, the Hyatt’s online reservation system is now closed, but you may still be able to get a room by calling 1-888-421-1442. Be sure to mention PulpFest when placing your reservation.

For those who will not be staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ll be able to purchase early-bird privileges for an extra four hours of shopping on Thursday evening by paying a nominal fee of $30. However, please be aware that no advance registrations for PulpFest 2014 will be accepted after Monday, August 4th. Our Paypal page will shut down at 10 PM on that day.

For those who have preregistered, you will be able to pick up your membership material at the entrance to the dealers’ room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus on Thursday evening, August 7th, between 5 and 9 PM, and on Friday morning, August 8th, between 9 and 10 AM. During the rest of the convention, you will be able to pick up your materials at the registration desk starting at 10 AM.

Our dealers’ room will be open to all registered PulpFest 2014 members beginning on Friday, August 8th, at 10 AM. It will remain open until 5 PM on Friday.

Our Saturday dealers’ room hours on August 9th will be from 10 AM until 4:45 PM. We’ll be shutting down fifteen minutes early for people to get ready for our Saturday night group dinner at Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant, just a few minutes walk from the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Unfortunately, we can’t take any more reservations for this event as all seats have been taken.

Sunday’s dealers’ room hours will be limited as many of our dealers will be packing up for their trips home. Limited buying and selling opportunities will be available from 9 AM until 2 PM on Sunday, August 10th. Bargains may be available, but please do not come expecting to find  many sellers who are not occupied with packing their wares as they prepare to depart Columbus.

Dealers will be able to set up their displays for the convention on Thurday afternoon, August 7th, beginning at 4 PM. We will remain open until 11 PM for sellers to complete their preparations. All dealers are expected to be set up by 11 PM on Thursday evening. If you are not able to comply, please discuss your needs with convention chairperson Jack Cullers by emailing him at jack@pulpfest.com  or writing him at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305.

PulpFest 2014 is shaping up to be one of the biggest and best pulp cons of all time. Please join us at the Hyatt Regency located at 350 North High Street, in the heart of the active Arena District, just a few minutes’ walk from the trendy Short North Arts District in Columbus, Ohio. Come and enjoy “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” from August 7th – 10th. We’ll be waiting for you!

Dealers Tables Are Going Fast!

Jun 24, 2014 by

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With only six weeks remaining before the 2014 PulpFest begins, convention chairman Jack Cullers reports that most available exhibit space has already been booked, and that dealers who have not yet registered for the convention should reserve their tables immediately lest they risk being shut out.

Although our huckster room at the Hyatt is quite spacious–almost 16,000 square feet–given the many dealers who have found PulpFest to be a great venue to sell their wares, the space fills up fast.  This is especially true given our generous offer for dealers who stay at the Hyatt Regency Columbus during the convention. They receive one free table for every two that they rent. So our remaining space is shrinking fast.  Wall tables are almost all gone. As of this writing we can still accommodate more exhibitors, but the time to book is now!

Although the focus of PulpFest 2014 will be pulp magazines and related materials, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first edition hardcovers, science-fiction, detective, Western, and other genre books and magazines, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies and serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books can also be sold.

Dealers interested in selling at PulpFest 2014 should get in touch with Jack as soon as possible. You can reach him via email by writing to jack@pulpfest.com or by regular mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305. Please visit our registration page and take advantage of our downloadable registration form and, if you like, our Paypal Order page to reserve your table space today! Please remember to ask for your free table if you will be staying at the Hyatt Regency Columbus and will be renting two or more tables.

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