PulpFest: The Great Convention

Dec 11, 2017 by

Are you thinking about attending PulpFest 2018? 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 next year’s convention is shaping up to be one of our best.

2018 marks the centennial of the armistice that ended the First World War. Also called “The War to End All Wars” and “The Great War,” PulpFest — The Great Convention — will be honoring the 100th anniversary of the war’s end by focusing on the so-called “war pulps” of the early twentieth century and the depiction of war in popular culture.

We’ll explore the work of Leonard H. Nason — who wrote about soldiers and war for ADVENTURE and other magazines — and have presentations on artistic interpretations of war in comic books, pulps, and men’s adventure magazines. Author and anthologist Don Hutchison will moderate a panel on “Fighting Aces of War Skies: The Pulps Take Flight” and Henry G. Franke, III — the editor of THE BURROUGHS BULLETIN — will discuss “Edgar Rice Burroughs and The Great War.” And Robert Gould will talk about his father — John Fleming Gould — the interior artist who illustrated every issue of G-8 AND HIS BATTLE ACES.

We’ll also be celebrating the century mark of Grand Master of Science Fiction Philip José FarmerPulpFest and its associated convention — FarmerCon — will be saluting the acclaimed author of such works as ESCAPE FROM LOKITHE DARK HEART OF TIME, the classic Riverworld series, and more. Join us for panels and presentations on “World Building and Writing in the Nine Continuity,” “The Dark Heart of Loki: Philip José Farmer Revisits 1918,” and the life and legacy of Philip José Farmer. We’ll also be showing the French documentary MOI, TARZAN, featuring Farmer, George McWhorter, and Francis Lacassin and more.

And don’t forget about our Guest of Honor — Joe Lansdale — the author of over forty novels and numerous short stories. Winner of the Edgar Award, ten Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the British Fantasy Award, the Inkpot Award for Contributions to Science Fiction and Fantasy, and many other awards, Joe will be talking with Tony Davis — editor emeritus of THE PULPSTER and winner of the 1999 Lamont Award — on Saturday evening, July 28, in the PulpFest programming room. Mr. Lansdale will also be available at other times during the convention.

The convention will also be hosting a rare gallery showing of original art by Mark Wheatley. Mark is an award-winning comic book artist, book illustrator, and graphic designer. With a track record that includes FRANKENSTEIN MOBSTER, RADICAL DREAMER, RETURN OF THE HUMAN, HAMMER OF THE GODS, EZ STREET, SKULTAR, and LONE JUSTICE, Wheatley is an Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy, and Eisner award-winning creator. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, designed for Lady Gaga, and contributed designs to ABC’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and other television series.

To give you an idea about what you’ll encounter from July 26 through July 29 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” — below is the planned schedule for PulpFest 2018. Click on the links to learn more about each presentation as we post about it.

If you’d like to access our schedule via your mobile phone or tablet, go to http://www.pulpfest.com/schedule/.

We hope to see you at the convention. You can join PulpFest by clicking the Register for 2018 button on our home page. And don’t forget to book a room at the DoubleTree. They’re going fast!



Thursday, July 26

Dealers’ Room

3:00 PM – 11:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Set-Up

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

5:30 PM – 8:30 PM — Dealers’ Room Open for Early-Bird Shopping


8:40 – 9:10 PM — Leonard H. Nason — Soldier and Writer (Sai Shankar)

9:20 – 9:50 PM — Edgar Rice Burroughs and The Great War (Henry G. Franke, III)

10:00 – 10:40 PM — Life and Death on the Front Lines: The War Comics (Michelle Nolan)

10:45 – 11:15 PM — FarmerCon 100: World Building and Writing in the Nine Continuity (Paul Spiteri with Win Scott Eckert & Frank Schildiner)

11:25 – 12:30 AM — FarmerCon 100: MOI, TARZAN — (George McWhorter, Philip José Farmer, & Francis Lacassin)

Friday, July 27

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

Afternoon Programming

1:00 – 4:00 PM — Mark Wheatley Presents The Art of  SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN

1:00 – 4:00 PM — FarmerCon 100: Memories of Phil (shown on the hour)


12:30 – 1:05 PM — VIOLENCE IN BLOOM (a New Fictioneers reading by Gary Rabuzzi)

1:10 – 1:45 PM — ALLAN QUATERMAIN AND THE BEAST MEN (a New Fictioneers reading by Wayne Carey)

1:50 – 2:25 PMFOGGY SUNSET (a New Fictioneers reading by Peter McGarvey)

2:30 – 3:05 PM — FarmerCon 100: An Exclusive Interview with Lord Greystoke (Chuck Loridans, Christopher Paul Carey, & Win Scott Eckert)

3:10 – 3:50 PM — SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN (a New Fictioneers reading by Christopher Paul Carey)

3:55 – 4:30 PM — LANDSCAPE OF DARKNESS (a New Fictioneers reading by Sara Light-Waller)

Auction Preview

3:30 – 4:30 PM — Friday Night Auction Preview

Evening Programming

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

7:00 – 7:40 PM — FarmerCon 100: 100 Years of Philip José Farmer: His Influence and Legacy (Joe Lansdale, Christopher Paul Carey, Mark Wheatley, & Mike Croteau)

7:50 – 8:20 PM — Life and Death on the Front Lines: The Men’s Adventure Magazines and the Art of War (Bob Deis & Wyatt Doyle)

8:30 – 9:10 PM — Fighting Aces of War Skies: The Pulps Take Flight (Don Hutchison with Chris Kalb, Bill Mann, & Mike Chomko)

9:10 – 9:50 PM — Special Guest Presentation: John Fleming Gould, Pulp Illustrator (Robert Gould)

9:50 – 10:05 PM — Last Minute Auction Viewing

10:05 – 12:00 AM — Friday Night Auction

Saturday, July 28

Dealers’ Room

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

Afternoon Programming

1:00 – 4:00 PM — Mark Wheatley Presents The Art of  SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MEN

1:00 – 4:00 PM — FarmerCon 100: Memories of Phil (shown on the hour)


12:30 – 1:45 PM — FarmerCon 100: Farmer Jam (all members of FarmerCon 100 and PulpFest 2018 are welcome to read from their favorite Philip José Farmer work or reminisce about the author and his work)

1:55 – 2:50 PM — Flinch Books Fest (featuring New Fictioneers John Bruening & Jim Beard)

2:55 – 3:50 PM — FarmerCon 100: Reading Duet (featuring New Fictioneers Win Scott Eckert & Frank Schildiner)

3:55 – 4:30 PM  — THE BLACK SPECTRE (a reading by Roger Alford)

Auction Preview

3:30 – 4:30 PM — Saturday Night Auction Preview

Evening Programming

5:00 – 6:45 PM — PulpFest Saturday Night Dinner

7:00 – 7:20 PM — PulpFest Annual Business Meeting — Discussing the Future of PulpFest

7:20 – 7:30 PM — Munsey Award Presentation (presented by David Saunders)

7:35 – 8:20 PM — Our Guest of Honor — Joe R. Lansdale (interviewed by Tony Davis)

8:25 – 9:05 PM — Life and Death on the Front Lines: The Art of the War Pulps (David Saunders)

9:10 – 9:50 PM — FarmerCon 100: The Dark Heart of Loki: Philip José Farmer Revisits 1918 (Paul Spiteri with Christopher Paul Carey & Win Scott Eckert)

9:50 – 10:05 PM — Last Minute Auction Viewing

10:05 – 12:00 AM — Saturday Night Auction

Sunday, July 29

Dealer’s Room

9:00 AM – 2:00 PM — Dealers’ Room Open to All (many dealers will be packing up; buying opportunities may be limited)

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2018 post card features the work of artist Gertrude C. Orde. Her painting was originally used as the cover for the January 1932 number of Fawcett Publications’ BATTLE STORIES. It’s based on the poster art for the classic World War I film, ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT.)



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