Happy Independence Day from PulpFest!

Jul 3, 2020 by

In a normal year, PulpFest would take the time today to say thanks for all of the donations received. Over the years, Chaosium Inc.Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, Radio Archives, and other generous organizations have donated their products as free giveaways to PulpFest attendees.

We’ve also used this day to thank the many bookstores and comic shops from the Pittsburgh metropolitan region where PulpFest is based, as well as book fairs and conventions throughout the United States that have helped to promote “Summer’s Pulp Con.” Although our promotional efforts were drastically reduced earlier this year, we’d still like to thank Books from the Crypt, Martin Grams, Jeff Harper, New Dimension Comics, Mike Chomko, Books, and Curt Phillips for helping to promote PulpFest during the last year.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 virus threw a monkey wrench into all of our plans. Given the substantial risks involved and our desire to maintain the health and well-being of our many supporters, the PulpFest organizing committee voted unanimously to postpone this year’s convention until August 18 – 21, 2021.

Although there will be no PulpFest in 2020 and no items donated to give away to our attendees free of charge, we’d still like to celebrate freedom by offering our PulpFest 2020 postcards free to anyone interested as long as supplies last. Designed by the convention’s advertising director, William Lampkin, our postcards have become collector’s items in and of themselves. Bill has been creating these cards each and every year since 2011.

If you’d like a few copies of our PulpFest 2020 postcard, please send a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Michael Chomko, 2217 W Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542. Requests from outside the United States will be honored, but it’s up to the sender to provide the correct United States postage.

(Our PulpFest 2020 postcard features Margaret Brundage’s cover painting for the October 1933 issue of WEIRD TALES. Brundage’s work — one of the most iconic images ever created for “The Unique Magazine” — illustrates the first segment of Edmond Hamilton’s four-part serial, “The Vampire Master.” The back of the postcard highlights the work of Norm Eastman. His painting — featuring models Eva Lynd and Steve Holland — was used for the cover of BLUEBOOK for October 1966.)