Coming Soon to Columbus — PulpFest 2016!!

Jan 4, 2016 by

PulpFest 2016 Post Card FrontAre you thinking about attending PulpFest 2016? You’re probably wondering what to expect from this year’s convention. PulpFest is known for its great programming and the line-up that we’re planning for our 2016 convention is shaping up to be one of our best.

We’ll be saluting a wide range of anniversaries at this summer’s pulp con: the tenth anniversary of Sanctum Books; the eightieth anniversary of THE WHISPERER and THE SKIPPER; the ninetieth anniversary of AMAZING STORIES, the first science-fiction pulp; the hundredth anniversary of the specialty pulp; the 120th anniversary of THE ARGOSY, the original pulp magazine; and the 150th birthday of H. G. Wells!

To give you an idea about what you’ll encounter from July 21st through July 24th at the Hyatt Regency and the city’s spacious convention center in the Columbus, Ohio Arena district, below is the proposed scheduled for PulpFest 2016. We hope to see you at the convention.

Planned Schedule for PulpFest 2016

Thursday, July 21st

Dealers’ Room

4:00 PM – 11:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Set-Up

4:00 PM – 8:00 PM — Early Registration

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Opens for Early-Bird Shopping


9:10 – 9:55 PM — Street & Smith’s Second Stringers — The Whisperer and The Skipper (Will Murray)

10:05 – 10:50 PM — Traveling through Time with H. G. Wells  (Garyn Roberts)

11:00 PM — Pulps in the Pub (join your friends in the hotel bar and talk pulp)

Friday, July 22nd

Dealers’ Room

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM — Early Registration and Dealers’ Room Set-Up

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All


1:00 – 4:15 PM — New Fictioneers Readings — (to be announced)

6:55 – 7:00 PM — Welcome to PulpFest 2016 (Convention Chairman Jack Cullers)

7:00 – 7:40 PM — FarmerCon XI — Collaborating with Philip José Farmer (moderator Paul Spiteri with authors Danny Adams, Christopher Paul Carey, and Win Scott Eckert)

7:50 – 8:35 PM — The Artists of THE ARGOSY —  120 Years of Sensational Pulp Artists (David Saunders)

8:45 – 9:30 PM — The First Science-Fiction Pulp — An AMAZING Story (Joseph Coluccio, president of the Pittsburgh Area Fantasy and Science Fiction Club)

9:40 – 10:20 PM — 100 Years of the Specialty Pulp — LOVE STORY MAGAZINE and its Romantic Sisters (Laurie Powers)

10:30 – 11:15 PM — 100 Years of the Specialty Pulp — WESTERN STORY MAGAZINE and the Pulp Western (Will Murray)

Saturday, July 23rd

Dealers’ Room

10:00 AM – 4:45 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All

10:00 AM – 10:00 PM — Gaming Track (Clark Room, Second Floor of the Hyatt Regency)


1:00 – 1:50 PM — New Fictioneers Readings — (to be announced)

2:00 – 2:50 PM — The AMAZING World of New Pulp (moderator Ron Fortier with authors Barbara Doran, Win Scott Eckert, Andy Fix, and Jeff Fournier on “Writing Hero Pulp”)

3:00 – 3:50 PM — Ten Years in The Shadow’s Sanctum — Anthony Tollin’s Sanctum Books

5:00 – 6:50 PM — PulpFest 2016 Group Meal at a Dick’s Last Resort (Volunteer coordinator Sally Cullers)

7:00 – 7:20 PM — 2016 Munsey Award Presentation (presented by J. Randolph Cox or Stephen T. Miller)

7:30 – 8:15 PM — Our Guest of Honor (Ted White, editor emeritus of AMAZING STORIES)

8:25 – 9:10 PM — 120 Years of THE ARGOSYThe World’s First Pulp Magazine  (Doug Ellis)

9:20 –  9:40 PM — PulpFest 2016 Business Meeting (meet the convention organizers)

10:00 PM – ??— Saturday Night at the Auction (John Gunnison & Joseph Saine)

Sunday, July 24th

Dealer’s Room

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All (many dealers will be packing up; buying opportunities may be limited)

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.

For questions about our programming, please write to our programming director Mike Chomko at

For questions about our New Fictioneers Readings, please write to our afternoon programming director Chuck Welch at

For questions about our dealers’ room, please write to our convention chairperson Jack Cullers at

(Frank R. Paul, the “grandfather of science-fiction art,” painted the cover for the August 1927 issue of AMAZING STORIES, illustrating the first half of the classic H. G. Wells novel, “The War of the Worlds,” serialized by the magazine in two parts.)

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