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.)

Many Thanks for Making PulpFest 2017 a Great Success!

Aug 7, 2017 by

Thanks to everyone who made PulpFest 2017 a resounding success. Given that a year ago, the convention was without a home, the PulpFest organizing committee is extremely pleased with the tremendous support that we received from everyone.

Of course we want to thank our regular dealers who have been backing us since we mounted the first PulpFest in 2009. We are also happy about the dealers who were attending the convention for the first time or who were returning after being away for a few years. With 66 dealers in attendance, we set a record for the convention. We hope that every exhibitor had a great show.

We also have to thank all of you who attended the convention as regular members. Without your support, our dealers would have no reason to come to PulpFest. Of course, thank you to all of the usual suspects who attend year after year. Thanks as well to all of those members who came to PulpFest for the first time or who returned after a few years’ absence. The convention’s attendance for this year was 353.

We hope that you’ll all be back next year for PulpFest 2018 and the 47th convening of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” Your PulpFest organizing committee is already starting to plan for the convention. We’ll be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War at PulpFest 2018. Also, it just so happens to be the century mark of a certain Grand Master of Science Fiction named Philip José Farmer. As always, expect a great dealers’ room and superb programming from both PulpFest and FarmerCon.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2018, plese bookmark 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.

(The PulpFest 2017 post card — designed by advertising director Bill Lampkin — featured John Newton Howitt’s cover art for the April 15, 1934 issue of DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE, published by Popular Publications.)

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

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

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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