Countdown to PulpFest 2017

May 28, 2017 by

It’s just sixty days to PulpFest 2017. On Thursday, July 27, be one of hundreds of pop-culture fans who will be arriving at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. Please visit our registration page to learn how to join the annual summertime get-together for fans of pulp art and fiction.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be talking about our dealers, shopping for collectibles at PulpFest 2017, our PULPSTER program book, and much more. You can keep abreast of all these updates by bookmarking pulpfest.com and visiting often or by liking our Facebook page. So be sure to like PulpFest on Facebook and ask for our posts to be delivered to your personal Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting about our home page updates. We’ll also be posting to a variety of Yahoo newsgroups including Pulpmags.

PulpFest is known for its superb programming and the line-up that we’re planning for our 2017 convention is shaping up to be great! PulpFest 2017 will be celebrating the hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, and a few psychos of the pulps. We’ll also be saluting the 100th anniversary of the birth of Robert Bloch and the fantastic artwork of former pulp artist Gloria Stoll Karn, our guest of honor. PulpFest 2017 will feature presentations on DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE and SPICY DETECTIVE STORIES; the many characters of Erle Stanley Gardner and the first hardboiled pulp character; the dangerous dames of Maxwell Grant and Lester Dent; the Domino Lady and Pat Savage; and the psychos of THE SHADOW MAGAZINE and of Philip José Farmer. We’ll also have live theater, author readings, and more.

Our dealers’ room will feature tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to register for PulpFest 2017! There’s no other way for you to be part of “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” While you’re at it, you can reserve a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry by clicking one of the links on the PulpFest home page that reads “Book a Room for 2017.” You can also call 1-800-222-8733 to place a reservation by telephone. However, be sure to mention PulpFest to get the special convention rate. By staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton, you’ll help to ensure the convention’s success. Given its popularity, we urge every member to book a hotel room for PulpFest 2017 as soon as possible. The earlier you place your room reservation for this year’s PulpFest, the greater chance you will have of landing a room at this beautiful hotel.

Although the DoubleTree by Hilton is the ideal place to stay during the convention, we want everyone to be able to make it to the “pop culture center of the universe” and “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con. So if you’re not from the Pittsburgh region, please book a room as soon as possible to be sure you have a place to stay for PulpFest 2017. With the programming line-up that we have and our spacious dealer’s room, we want everyone to have a chance to attend our convention. Rest assured, you’ll have a FANTASTIC time! We look forward to seeing you near Pittsburgh from July 27 – 30 for PulpFest 2017.

Sunday at PulpFest

Jul 24, 2016 by

Dime Detective 34-04-15PulpFest 2016 is drawing to a close, but there is still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM until 2 PM today. With most of our dealers getting ready to head for home, our admission for the day is only $10, which includes a copy of our highly collectible program book, THE PULPSTER. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. There are no programming events scheduled for Sunday.

Although our dealers’ room will be open, buying opportunities may be limited as most of our dealers will be packing up their displays, preparing for their trip home.

If you have not been able to attend PulpFest in 2016, start making your plans right now to join the 46th convening of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” in 2017. Your PulpFest organizing committee is already starting to plan for next year’s convention. We’ll be celebrating “Hardboiled Dicks, Dangerous Dames, and Some Psychos” at PulpFest 2017. As always, expect a great dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2017, 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. You’ll also find us on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/pulpfest/ and Tumbler at http://pulpfest.tumblr.com/. Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of our plans.

Many thanks to all of you who attended this year’s convention. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2017. Please bring your friends!

Your PulpFest Organizing Committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, & Chuck Welch

(One of the anniversaries celebrated by PulpFest 2016 was “A Century of Specialty Pulps.” Beginning with the October 5, 1915 issue of DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE, pulps devoted to a single theme or genre began to blossom on the newsstands across America. “While not the first of the specialized fiction magazines, being preceded by THE OCEAN and THE RAILROAD MAN’S MAGAZINE, it accomplished what they had not by creating a trend that would result in the proliferation of the pulps into western, love, air, science fiction, and supernatural, as well as detective.”

One of the most successful genre magazines was Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE. Among the publisher’s most popular magazines, it debuted in the fall of 1931 and ran for 274 issues. Its final issue was dated August 1953. Pictured here is the April 15, 1934 number, with front cover art by John Newton Howitt.

Start making your plans right now to join PulpFest 2017. You just might meet up with some hardboiled dicks, dangerous dames, or even a few psychos. We look forward to seeing you.)

Countdown to PulpFest

May 22, 2016 by

2016 Post CardIt’s just sixty days to PulpFest 2016! On Thursday, July 21, be one of hundreds of pop-culture fans who will be arriving at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio for the annual summertime get-together for fans of pulp art and fiction. Please visit our registration page to learn how to join the convention that has become summer’s pop culture center of the universe.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be talking about our dealers, this year’s Munsey Award nominees, our PULPSTER program book, and much more. You can keep abreast of all these updates by bookmarking www.pulpfest.com and visiting often or by liking our Facebook page. So be sure to like PulpFest on Facebook and ask for our posts to be delivered to your personal Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting about our home page updates. We’ll also be posting to a variety of Yahoo newsgroups such as Pulpmags and Flearun. And watch for our “100 Covers in 100 Days” posts on Instagram and TumblrWe’ll be running one hundred AMAZING STORIES covers as part of our 2016 salute to the first continuing science fiction magazine.

PulpFest is known for its superb programming and the line-up that we’re planning for our 2016 convention is shaping up to be one of our best. PulpFest 2016 will be paying tribute to the history of the pulps by saluting the 150th anniversary of the birth of H. G. Wells; the 120th anniversary of the debut of the first pulp magazine, THE ARGOSY; the 100th anniversary of the genre pulps such as DETECTIVE STORY and LOVE STORY; the ninetieth anniversary of the creation of the first science fiction magazine, AMAZING STORIES; the 80th anniversaries of the premieres of two exciting hero pulpsTHE SKIPPER and THE WHISPERER; and the tenth anniversary of Sanctum Books, well known for their reprints of THE SHADOW, DOC SAVAGETHE SPIDER, and other hero pulps. Our Guest of Honor will be author, editor, and pulp fan Ted White, the man who ushered in the Golden Age of AMAZING STORIES and FANTASTIC during the 1970s and wrote the Captain America novel THE GREAT GOLD STEAL and many other books. We’ll have all this plus a dealers’ room featuring tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to register for PulpFest 2016! There’s no other way for you to be part of “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” While you’re at it, you can reserve a room at the Hyatt Regency Columbus by clicking one of the links on the PulpFest home page that reads “Book a Room Now.” You can also call 1-888-421-1442 to book a room by telephone. However, be sure to mention PulpFest 2016 to get the special convention rate. By staying at the Hyatt Regency, you’ll help to ensure the convention’s success. Given its popularity, we urge every member to book a hotel room forPulpFest 2016 as soon as possible. The earlier you place your room reservation for this year’s PulpFest, the greater chance you have of landing a room.

Although the Hyatt is the ideal place to stay during the convention, we want everyone to be able to make it to the “pop culture center of the universe” and “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con. So if you’re not from the Columbus area, please book a room as soon as possible to be sure you have a place to stay for PulpFest 2016. With the programming line-up that we have and our great dealer’s room, we want everyone to have a chance to attend our convention. Rest assured, you’ll have a FANTASTIC time! We look forward to seeing you in Columbus from July 21 – 24 for PulpFest 2016.

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Sunday at PulpFest 2015

Aug 16, 2015 by

Amazing Stories 26-04PulpFest 2015 is drawing to a close, but there is still time to get in on the action. The dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM until 2 PM today. With most of our dealers getting ready to head for home, our admission for the day is only $10, which includes a copy of our highly collectible program book, THE PULPSTER. Children who are fifteen and younger and accompanied by a parent, will be admitted free of charge. Other than our gaming track, there are no programming events scheduled for Sunday.

Although our dealers’ room will be open, buying opportunities may be limited as most of our dealers will be packing up their displays, preparing for their trip home.

The PulpFest 2015 gaming track will begin at 10 AM today 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.

If you have not been able to attend PulpFest in 2015, start making your plans right now to join the 45th convening of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con” in 2016. Your PulpFest organizing committee is already starting to plan for next year’s convention. At this writing, it is scheduled to take place July 21 – 24 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2016, 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.

Many thanks to all of you who attended this year’s convention. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2016. Bring your friends!

Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Barry Traylor, & Chuck Welch – your PulpFestOrganizing Committee

(It was hard to miss the first issue of AMAZING STORIES on the newsstand. Letter-size, larger than the typical pulp magazine, with three-dimensional block letters trailing across its masthead and a bright yellow backdrop that framed an alien landscape, a bright red, ringed planet, and a small moon, the magazine certainly stood out on the sales rack. Frank R. Paul was the artist. The issue was dated April 1926.

Within months, the new specialty magazine was selling over 100,000 copies of each issue. In establishing the first specialized science-fiction magazine, Hugo Gernsback had tapped a vein of wonder, shared by lonely individuals prone to “imaginative flights of fancy.”

Next year marks the 90th anniversary of AMAZING STORIES. Please help celebrate this amazing anniversary by joining PulpFest 2016.)

Countdown to PulpFest 2015

Jun 17, 2015 by

2015 Full Page AdIt’s just sixty days to PulpFest 2015! On Thursday, August 13th, be one of hundreds of pop-culture fans who will be arriving at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio for the annual summertime get-together for fans of pulp art and fiction. Please visit our registration page to learn how to join the convention that has become summer’s pulp-culture center of the universe.

In the weeks ahead, we’ll be talking about our dealers, our early-bird special, this year’s Munsey Award nominees, our Pulpster program book, and much more. You can keep abreast of all these updates by bookmarking www.pulpfest.com and visiting often or by liking our Facebook page. So be sure to like PulpFest on Facebook and ask for our posts to be delivered to your personal Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting about our home page updates. We’ll also be posting to a variety of Yahoo newsgroups such as Pulpmags and Flearun.

PulpFest is known for its superb programming and the line-up that we’re planning for our 2015 convention is shaping up to be one of our best. We’ll be celebrating the 125th anniversary of horror master H. P. Lovecraft as well as the Standard Magazines pulp chain. We’ve already covered a lot of our programming plans concerning the Thrilling Group. Stay tuned for more information about our salute to H. P. Lovecraft and WEIRD TALES. And don’t forget about this year’s guest of honor, author Chet Williamson. He became interested in Lovecraft as a kid and has remained a devotee ever since. Chet has been writing in the fields of horror, science fiction, and suspense since 1981.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to register for PulpFest 2015! There’s no other way to be sure to be part of “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” Although all the rooms at our host hotel, the Hyatt Regency Columbus are booked, there are still rooms available in the downtown area. Please visit http://matsuricon.org/hotel-reservations/ to find a room that is close to the convention.

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To book a room, you can also visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PulpFest and click on the post pinned to the top of the page. You’ll be directed to a list of hotels to choose from. If you are not from the Columbus area and want to attend PulpFest 2015, we urge to book your room now and not later. Rooms that are relatively close to PulpFest are disappearing fast during the time frame of our convention. When booking through the Matsuricon site, please be sure to request the Matsuricon group rate.

PulpFest also recommends tripadvisor.com as a way to book a room for our 2015 convention. Although the Hyatt is completely booked, we want everyone to be able to make it to the “pop culture center of the universe” and “summer’s great pulp con. So if you’re not from the Columbus area, please book a room as soon as possible to be sure to have a place to stay for PulpFest 2015. With the programming line-up that we have and our great dealer’s room, we want everyone to have a chance to attend our convention. Rest assured, you’ll be glad you did!

We look forward to seeing you in Columbus from August 13th – 16th for PulpFest 2015.

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Countdown to PulpFest

Jun 18, 2014 by

FlyerIt’s just fifty days to PulpFest 2014! On Thursday, August 7th, be one of hundreds of pop-culture fans who will be arriving at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Columbus, Ohio for the annual summertime get-together for fans of pulp art and fiction. Please visit our registration page to learn how to join the convention that has become summer’s pulp-culture center of the universe.

Over the next three weeks we’ll be posting a new update to our home page every other day. We’ll be talking about our early-bird special, this year’s Munsey Award nominees, our Pulpster program book, and much more. You can keep abreast of all these updates by subscribing to our “email list.” It’s easy to do. Just scroll down to the small gray box near the top of our the home page, fill in your name and email address, click the “join” button, and you will soon be on your way.

Starting on July 10th, we’ll begin a daily update, offering information about our programmingPulpFest is known for its superb programming and the line-up that we’re planning for our 2014 convention is shaping up to be one of our best. We’ll be celebrating science fiction’s golden year of 1939 and seventy-five years of fantastic fiction, as well as 80 years of the shudder pulps, zeroing in on the weird-menace magazines of 1934.

In addition to our home page, we’ll also be posting updates to our Facebook site. So be sure to like PulpFest on Facebook and ask for our posts to be delivered to your personal Facebook page. You can also follow us on Twitter where we’ll be tweeting about our home page updates. We’ll also be posting to a variety of Yahoo newsgroups such as Pulpmags and Flearun.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to subscribe, like, or follow PulpFest! There’s no other way to be sure to have all the goods about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” We look forward to seeing you in Columbus. We’ll be there from August 7 – 10 for PulpFest 2014.

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Happy Holidays from PulpFest

Dec 23, 2013 by

galaxy-1951-12As we approach the new year, the PulpFest organizing committee wishes everyone the happiest of holidays. Here’s hoping that after Santa finishes his pipe and libation, he rockets over to your house, slides down the chimney, and leaves a copy of your favorite pulp magazine tucked under the tree. We’ve heard his elves can restore brown paper to nearly pristine condition!

Although PulpFest‘s websites have been relatively quiet of late, the committee has been busy discussing programming options, adding some social events, and making adjustments to improve everyone’s convention experience. We’re planning to roll out a big update to all of our web pages during the month of January, including a look at our 2014 programming schedule. We’ll be celebrating the 75th anniversary of science fiction’s Golden Age and the 80th anniversary of the weird-menace genre.

After you’re done celebrating the winter holidays, please stop back at www.pulpfest.com as we gear up for “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” Better still, sign up for our email updates via the gray “E-Mail List” box right here on our home page. And while you’re at it, why not “like” our facebook page as nearly 800 others have done. You can also follow PulpFest on Twitter.

We look forward to seeing you all at PulpFest 2014.

 

Horace Gold’s Galaxy Science Fiction debuted with its October 1950 issue. Although the fifties witnessed the demise of the pulp magazine, the science-fiction market actually blossomed during the decade. About forty new magazines–most in the digest format used by Galaxy–found their way to America’s newsstand during that ten-year period.

Beginning with its December 1951 issue, artist Ed Emshwiller began a series of Galaxy covers featuring a four-armed Santa Claus who traveled across the universe, delivering presents to good little girls and boys regardless of whether or not they sported an antennae on top their heads.

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