Thanks for Helping with PulpFest 2020

Jul 20, 2020 by

Year after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest such a great show. Although this year’s PulpFest has been postponed until August 18 – 21, 2021, the PulpFest organizing committee is very grateful to the following for their generous assistance over the last year:

Jim Beard, Steve Ericson of Books from the Crypt, Martin Grams and the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention, Jeff Harper, Tom Lesser and the Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show, Sara Light-Waller, Todd McDevitt and New Dimension Comics, Heidi Ruby Miller, Curt Phillips, and the conventions, websites, magazines, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show by distributing and displaying our advertising materials. We should also mention Christopher Bowser of Geek’s Guide to Pittsburgh and Mike Robertson of VisitPittsburgh.

Our website sponsors, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., For the Love of All Things Edgar Rice Burroughs, and SmartWritingService.com.

Although they were not able to offer their presentations at PulpFest 2020, our presenters worked with PulpFest Programming Director Mike Chomko throughout 2019 and 2020 to assemble a great programming schedule. These volunteers included Matt Betts, John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, Wayne Carey, Bob Deis, Wyatt Doyle, Win Scott Eckert, Doug Ellis, FarmerCon, Henry Franke of The Burroughs Bibliophiles, Martin Grams, Geary Gravel, John Gunnison, Ed Hulse, Sara Light-Waller, Craig McDonald, Walker Martin, William Patrick Maynard, Will Murray, Daniel Ritter, David Ritter, Garyn Roberts, Frank Schildiner, Don Simpson, Joab Stieglitz, Albert Wendland, Cathy Willibanks of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., John Wooley and our very special guest of honor, Eva Lynd. Many of our planned 2020 presenters will be contributing to this year’s expanded PulpFest program book, THE PULPSTER #29.

Mike Chomko and Barry Traylor devoted many hours assembling, cataloging, and photographing this year’s auction material. They’ll be at it in the months ahead, adding more auction lots to our 2021 estate auction, scheduled for Saturday morning, August 21, 2021.

PulpFest Advertising Director Bill Lampkin logged countless hours putting together our postcards, web images, newsletter, print advertisements, and new and improved convention banners, not to mention managing the PulpFest homepage. Mike Chomko, Sara Light-Waller, William Patrick Maynard, and a number of guest writers contributed a great deal of interesting content to our homepage.

Jack and Sally Cullers devoted a great deal of time and energy to registrations, newsletter mailing, and many other tasks completed behind the scenes.

Kate Knecht, the Director of Sales & Marketing for the DoubleTree by Hilton – Pittsburgh Cranberry was very helpful throughout the year, taking care of the hotel’s reservation page and helping with the difficult decision to cancel this year’s convention.

The various people who put forward the names of the fourteen individuals who have been nominated for the 2020 Munsey Award and the previous winners of the Lamont Award, Munsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award who elected the winner of this year’s award. We will be announcing our 2020 Munsey Award winner on Monday morning, August 3, on the PulpFest homepage. So please stay tuned.

Those individuals and organizations who are helping to create the forthcoming PulpFest 2020 program book, THE PULPSTER #29: editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, Schuerholz Printing, and contributors Delinda Stephens Buie, Tony Davis, Bob Deis, Wyatt Doyle, Henry Franke, Martin Grams, Brooks E. Hefner, Stuart Hopen, Don Hutchison, Sara Light-Waller, John Locke, Sam Maronie, Craig McDonald, Will Murray, Garyn Roberts, Christopher Ryan, Darrell Schweitzer, Michael Christian Shaw for the excerpt from Milton Shaw’s book, JOSEPH T. SHAW: THE MAN BEHIND BLACK MASK, David Walker, Albert Wendland, and John Wooley. Also, the magazine’s advertisers – The Burroughs Bibliophiles, Camille Cazedessus, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., Fantasy Illustrated, First Fandom Experience, Heartwood Books, Larque Press, Lucina Press, Meteor House Press, Mike Chomko Books, Murania Press, Garyn Roberts, Don Simpson, New Texture, the Pulp Era Amateur Press Society, the Pulp Factory Awards, ThePulp.Net, Recoverings, Stark House Press, Titan Books, Scott P. ‘Doc’ Vaughn, Well-Stacked Books, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Finally, the dealers, members, and supporting members who registered for PulpFest 2020. It is your encouragement and support that truly makes our convention what it is. We hope to see all of you next year — along with a good many newcomers — for PulpFest 2021.

If we’ve neglected anyone, please accept our apology and our gratitude. Write to mike@pulpfest.com and we will correct the oversight.

Your PulpFest organizing committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, William Patrick Maynard, and Barry Traylor

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2020 postcard image features the work of artist Norman Saunders. His painting was originally used as the cover art for the March 1950 SUPER SCIENCE STORIES, published by Popular Publications subsidiary, Fictioneers, Inc. The issue featured Ray Bradbury’s short story “Outcast of the Stars.”

You’ll be able to learn more about Ray Bradbury by purchasing a copy of THE PULPSTER #29, our annual program book. We’ll have more details about our forthcoming issue in the weeks ahead. So please stay tuned to www.pulpfest.com.)