Selling at PulpFest 2020

Jan 13, 2020 by

If your specialty is pulp magazines, genre fiction, 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, Silver, or Bronze Age comic books, then PulpFest is for you.

The people who attend PulpFest are pop culture enthusiasts and lovers of genre fiction and art. So it’s a great place to sell science fiction, 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 BronzeAge 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 William Patrick MaynardFlinch Books, and Meteor House have likewise found PulpFest to be a great event for selling today’s genre fiction.

The exhibition hall at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry will enable PulpFest 2020 to have over 100 six-foot tables in its dealers’ room. Wall tables — which are limited — will cost $100 and island tables will be $90. All dealers and their helpers will also be required to purchase full weekend memberships. Advance memberships cost $35 – 40. You can click here to download the convention’s 2020 registration form. For additional information about registration, please click the “register” button below the PulpFest banner at the top of our home page.

To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton, please click the button that reads “Book a Room.” It’s just below the PulpFest banner at the top of the convention’s home page. Two complimentary breakfast coupons are included in our hotel’s nightly rate as well as free wifi. Parking is free. Rest assured, PulpFest is very appreciative of all the dealers who help to reduce the convention’s substantial costs by staying at the DoubleTree and supporting our host hotel.

Our dealers’ room will be open at 10 AM on Friday and Saturday, August 7 – 8, and remain open until 4:45 PM. It will also be open on Sunday, August 9, from 9 AM until 2 PM. And don’t forget about our early-bird shopping hours on Thursday evening, August 6, from 3 to 7:30 PM. Dedicated fans of popular culture will be there to enjoy more than four hours of shopping.

The convention will be promoted through Internet advertising and post-card giveaways at book and comic shops, collectibles and pop culture events, and other venues. PulpFest will also be advertising in ALTER EGOPAPERBACK PARADE, and other periodicals.

Later this year, we’ll be writing about all of the dealers who will be selling at PulpFest 2020. 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 what are you waiting for? Start planning now to attend PulpFest 2020 as a dealer and sell to hundreds of readers and collectors at the pop-culture center of the universe!

We look forward to seeing you from August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of Pittsburgh in Mars, Pennsylvania. Please join us at PulpFest 2020 — “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” — where your sales will simply be FANTASTIC!

(If you have a display rack and a nice run of pulps for sale, why not create a modern day newsstand such as the one pictured in our post? It’s a photograph of a newsstand from late May 1942, located in Southington, Connecticut. Featured are pulp magazines, comic books, and other publications largely dated June and July 1942.

The original black and white photograph was taken by Fenno Jacobs of the Office of War Information and posted to shorpy.com — the American Historical Photo archive — by Dave, the webmaster and co-owner of Shorpy, Inc. — on December 10, 2013. The image was later colorized by Avi A. Katz and posted to his blog, “Colorizing History,” on October 19, 2014. It is used here with permission.

At this year’s PulpFest, we’ll be celebrating the centennial of author Ray Bradbury’s birth; the 100th anniversary of BLACK MASK — the pulp where the hardboiled detective story took root; and the 120th anniversary of the birth of WEIRD TALES artist Margaret Brundage. “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage” have inspired and continue to inspire creators the world over.

And if three “B’s” aren’t enough for you, how about Burroughs, Brackett, Baum, a couple of “B” movies, plus our special guest: the “B”eautiful Eva Lynd?

Eva was a top model for artists Norm Eastman and Al Rossi, and a frequent collaborator with Doc Savage model Steve Holland.

For more information on selling at PulpFest, please contact Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com or by regular mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305.)