Pittsburgh’s Convention Scene Shuts Down

Jun 5, 2020 by

Like dominoes, Pittsburgh’s pop culture conventions have shut down for the summer.

First, it was the Three Rivers Comicon, scheduled to take place May 30 – 31 at the spectacular David L. Lawrence Convention Center overlooking the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh.

Founded by a couple of Pittsburgh nerds who were hoping to make comic con all about comics again, Three Rivers was postponed until May 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Next came Confluence, the region’s longest-running literary conference. Slated for the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, the conference was postponed until July 23 – 25, 2021.

Organized by Parsec — a non-profit organization that has been promoting science fiction, fantasy, and horror in literature, media, and music for over 25 years — Confluence features award-winning authors, editors, artists and songwriters. With panel discussions, concerts, and talks that broaden and deepen appreciation of the genres, Confluence gives attendees a unique opportunity to meet and chat with the writers and artists who create the science fiction, fantasy, and horror of today, helping to shape those genres for the future.

The PulpFest organizing committee canceled this summer’s conference on Memorial Day. Postponed until July or August 2021, you can read about the cancelation of PulpFest 2020 in our post, “There Is Nothing Wrong with Your Television Set . . .

The last domino to fall was Monster BashLike PulpFest, the “International Classic Monster Movie Conference and Film Festival” was to be held at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania. Realizing that their attendees wouldn’t be able to enjoy the usual Bash experience, Ron and Ursula Adams decided to cancel their June show shortly after PulpFest 2020 had met a similar fate.

Monster Bash celebrates the classic horror and science fiction films of the silent era through the 1970s. It’s a film festival; a place to meet the people in the movies, behind the movies, and fellow fans of the movies; and a monster memorabilia shopping spree.

Produced by Ron Adams of Creepy Classics Collectibles and SCARY MONSTERS MAGAZINE, Monster Bash is a state of mind — a place, like Skull Island, where our imaginations ignite and burn through our everyday lives. The Bash is an appreciation of the fun movies we all love. Whether it’s THE BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN or THE KILLER SHREWS, if you have fun watching it . . . that’s what Monster Bash is all about.

The “Monster Boomers” and their Monster Kids flock to Monster Bash from all over the world. Now, instead of one or two friends in the neighborhood who love monster movies, there are thousands! At Monster Bash you’ll meet others who, like you, loved Forry Ackerman’s FAMOUS MONSTER OF FILMLAND, the local TV horror host, the Aurora monster models, and much more.

Sadly, you’ll now have to wait until October 16 – 18 when the fall Monster Bash is scheduled for the Pittsburgh Marriot North in Mars. A Bela Lugosi Film Fest is also planned for August 14 – 15 at the Palace Theater in Canton, Ohio. We’ll have more details about these and other pop culture conventions, right here at pulpfest.com.

Which is one of the many reasons why PulpFest is a Pittsburgh Smash!

Confluence convention logo

(The 2020 Monster Bash was to be a MUNSTER Bash! Green was Herman Munster’s skin tone (although his co-workers at Gateman, Goodbury and Graves never seemed to notice). Both Pat Priest — who played the “abnormal” Marilyn Munster — and Butch Patrick — Eddie — on THE MUNSTERS — were scheduled to be the convention’s special guests. Joining them were many other notables. Special events such as Mexican Monster Night — featuring free tacos and burritos — and a drive-in style showing on Saturday night were also planned.)

 

And Then There Was One

Apr 27, 2020 by

PulpFest 2020 is still over three months away. The coronavirus lockdown is impacting many of the great conventions we normally would look forward to attending come June.

For now, pulp con history still looks to be made when you attend the very first Pulp Fiction Convention on June 14 at the Doubletree by Hilton Cleveland-Westlake. It’s being organized by Jeff Harper, a longtime comic book convention promoter and friend and supporter of PulpFest. Forty dealers will gather from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM  alongside special guests: Edgar-nominated historical mystery author Craig McDonald; new pulp writers Charles F. Millhouse, S. T. Hoover, and Faryl Hoover; Flinch! Books author/publishers John Bruening and Jim Beard, and vintage pulp continuation authors William Patrick Maynard and Jim Fix. Check out Jeff’s webpage for more information. In the event, circumstances dictate a cancellation; you can be certain Jeff will re-schedule as he has with other shows earlier this year.

Unfortunately, the 2020 Edgar Rice Burroughs Dum-Dum planned for the weekend of June 24 – 28 has been cancelled. Roger and Sheila Herzog had planned to host guests Burroughs Bibliophile Jim Goodwin, Edgar Rice Burroughs Books’ Jim Gerlach, and the good folks at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in San Antonio, Texas. Attendees were to receive a copy of “The Terrible Tenderfoot” (the pulp version of ERB’s THE DEPUTY SHERRIFF OF COMANCHE COUNTY), take part in tours of The Alamo, and sail away on a river barge tour of San Antonio. Regrettably, concerns over the Coronavirus have caused the cancellation of the 2020 Dum-Dum. Refunds of registrations will be processed shortly. If you have further questions, please contact the burroughsbibliophiles@gmail.com.

We would be remiss if we did not mention at this time the passing of George T. McWhorter, the retired Curator of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Collection at the University of Louisville. McWhorter passed away on April 25, 2020 at the age of 89. Please visit the Reminiscences Page on the ERBzine website for more on this giant from the world of Burroughs fandom.

Hopefully, life has reverted to normal enough that we can enjoy PulpFest 2020 —  the destination for fans and collectors of genre fiction — both old and new — pop art and illustration, and much more. This year’s PulpFest will begin on Thursday, August 6, and run through Sunday, August 9.  Join the convention at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh. PulpFest will be celebrating “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage” at this year’s gathering. Click the Programming button below the PulpFest homepage banner to get a preview of all the great presentations at this year’s event.

To join PulpFest 2020, click the Register button below our homepage banner. To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton — the convention’s host hotel — click the Book a Room button, likewise on the PulpFest homepage.

(Usually, we also have great news to share about Robert E. Howard Days, held annually in the author’s hometown of Cross Plains, Texas. This year, unfortunately, all we can say is that the 2020 edition of Robert E. Howard Days has been cancelled.

According to the convention’s homepage, “The uncertainty of the current timelines for the outbreak, the potential risks involved in bringing people from all over the US and other countries, from places with varying rates of infection, to a very small town with limited health care resources, and the need to make a decision now so everyone can adjust their plans, have led the Board of the Robert E. Howard Foundation and our partners at Project Pride to this extremely difficult decision. Ultimately, we had to come down on the side of everyone’s safety.”

So here’s a salute to our friends in Howard Fandom and the fine folks of Cross Plains, Texas. We’ll be here for you when you get ready to mount Robert E. Howard Days in June of 2021.

Although Robert E. Howard wrote about many different characters — Pike Bearfield, Sailor Steve Costigan, Solomon Kane, Kull of Atlantis, Turlogh O’Brien, and others — his most famous is Conan.

Howard’s inspired character was introduced to readers in the story “The Phoenix on the Sword.” Published in the December 1932 issue of WEIRD TALES, it was quickly followed the next month by “The Scarlet Citadel.” By the time of his death in 1936, Howard had completed twenty-one stories of the Cimmerian. WEIRD TALES would publish seventeen of them, including “The People of the Black Circle,” serialized over three monthly issues. The initial segment — published in the September 1934 number — would garner a cover illustration by Margaret Brundage.

On Friday evening, August 7, we hope you’ll join PulpFest as we welcome award-winning writer and publisher Doug Ellis for “The Weird Tales of Margaret Brundage.” It’s part of the convention’s celebration of the 120th anniversary of the birth of this great female pulp artist.

Please join us for “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage” at PulpFest 2020. We’ll be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania from August 6 – 8.)

3 Rivers Comicon: Putting Comics Back in Comicon

Apr 22, 2020 by

 

During the final weekend of May, a couple of Pittsburgh nerds were hoping to make comic con all about comics again. 3 Rivers Comicon was to take place May 30 – 31 at the spectacular David L. Lawrence Convention Center overlooking the Allegheny River in downtown Pittsburgh. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, the convention has been postponed until May 22 – 23, 2021.

New Dimension Comics owner Todd McDevitt and general manager Jon Engel launched 3 Rivers Comicon in 2016 after hearing complaints from customers about the increasing cost of conventions and how the shift to an array of pop culture had left comics in the shadows.

“In my 34 years in the comic business,” McDevitt said, “I’ve been fortunate enough to work with almost all of the regional talent at one time or another. I can’t wait to bring them all together for one spectacular occasion.” Check out the convention’s guests page for a look at the many creators who would have been attending this year’s 3 Rivers Comicon. Weekend events also include cosplay contests, gaming, role play experiences, and panels.

McDevitt and Engel both have years of experience under their utility belts, attending and also working at comic conventions. From that involvement, as well as feedback from customers, they have the knowledge for what will work at their own event. The show is dedicated to cultivating the comic culture and community by bringing in some of the bigger names in the industry. With over 100 artists, writers, and other creators and almost as many vendors, this show is one that you should not miss.

The 3 Rivers Comicon is very reasonably priced. Admission is $10 per day or $15 for a weekend pass. Tickets are available through the convention’s website, at any of the six New Dimension Comics locations in the Pittsburgh area, and at the door.

The convention also hosts a very popular beer release party. Every year, 3 Rivers Comicon commissions a custom beer that is created by a local Pittsburgh brewery. Tickets to the beer party are $40 and include admission to both days of the convention, entry to the beer release party, two cans of this year’s custom beer, catered food, and more!

Let’s hope that 3 Rivers will have a few bottles of their craft brew to help us celebrate PulpFest 2020 from August 6 through 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.”

Although PulpFest will not have its own beer, the convention will have some great programming. Add onto that a dealers’ room featuring thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, genre fiction, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips. We’ll also have a hospitality suite featuring wine, beer, snacks, and more.

So what are you waiting for? Start making your plans to celebrate “Mystery, Adventure, Science Fiction, and More” at PulpFest 2020.

(3 Rivers Comicon will not be the only convention in Pittsburgh that will be celebrating the graphic story in 2020. On Friday evening, August 7, PulpFest 2020 will feature a presentation by cartoonist and freelance illustrator Don Simpson. He’ll be discussing “Bradbury in the Comics” as part of our “Visions of Mars” series during PulpFest’s salute to author Ray Bradbury.

In addition to his illustration work, Don regularly reviews books for the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE and teaches college writing and other courses in western Pennsylvania. He earned his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013.)

Lights, Camera, and . . . No Action!

Apr 20, 2020 by

Cinevent 2020 Is Canceled

If you’re a fan of silent and early sound films or a collector of motion pictures and related items, then Cinevent is for you. One of the associated conventions – along with FarmerCon and Monster Bash – found on our home page, this year’s Cinevent at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel on 50 North 3rd Street in the heart of Columbus, Ohio has been cancelled.

For over fifty years, Cinevent has gathered fans of silent and early sound films, as well as collectors of motion pictures and related items. A Memorial Day tradition for hundreds of attendees who gather together every year, the convention was co-founded by the late Steve Haynes — a big fan and supporter of PulpFest.

Cinevent features an extensive schedule of classic sound and silent films running from morning through late evening. Additionally, Cinevent hosts over one-hundred tables of movie-related collectibles such as posters, lobby cards, press kits, DVDs and 16 mm films and one of the country’s largest live auctions of vintage posters. Please be sure to help the convention’s vendors out during these difficult times by shopping their online inventory. You’ll find links to their sites on the Cinevent home page.

Rest assured, Cinevent will return in 2021. It will be held Memorial Day Weekend in the coming year. To keep abreast about this fun convention, be sure to like their Facebook page.

Although PulpFest 2020 will have a limited film program, the convention will have a lot of great programming. Add onto that a dealers’ room featuring tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, genre fiction, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips. We’ll also have a hospitality suite featuring wine, beer, snacks, and more. So what are you waiting for? Start making your plans to celebrate “Mystery, Adventure, Science Fiction, and More” at PulpFest 2020.

(One of the highlights of this year’s Cinevent was to be a centennial showing of THE MARK OF ZORRO. A 1920 silent film, THE MARK OF ZORRO is the first of three adaptations of Johnston McCulley’s novel, “The Curse of Capistrano.” Initially serialized in five parts in ALL-STORY WEEKLY — beginning with the August 9, 1919 issue — McCulley’s novel sold more than 50 million copies in book form.

Starring Douglas Fairbanks as the title character and his alter ego, THE MARK OF ZORRO was the first film to be released by United Artists, the company formed by Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, and D. W. Griffith. The film’s advertising prominently mentioned ALL-STORY WEEKLY, its pulp source.

The success of Fairbanks’ adaptation, convinced Johnston McCulley to author further adventures of Zorro. Over the next forty years, McCulley penned a total of five Zorro novels and nearly 60 short stories featuring the masked avenger. The stories appeared in ARGOSY, WEST, and other pulp magazines.)

Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale — Postponed Until 2021

Apr 13, 2020 by

The Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale, Canada’s premier pulp event held in the hallowed halls of the Toronto Public Library, has been postponed until 2021 due to the Coronavirus outbreak. A small show, but one that satisfies the hardcore collector and the pulp curious alike with twenty-five dealers’ tables crammed with vintage pulp, affordable reprints, collectible paperbacks, posters, and much more. So pulp fans, mark your calendar for 2021 because the Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale is already scheduled to return next year.

Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ontario has declared a state of emergency and all non-essential business has been closed. The organizers of the Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale hope you will plan on joining them next year to attend their one-day event. For additional information about next year’s con, please email Neil or Leigh Mechem at girasolcollectables@teksavvy.com. Tell ’em PulpFest sent you.

(This year’s poster for the now-cancelled Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale — designed by Neil and Leigh Mechem — featured Rafael M. DeSoto’s cover art for the October 1933 issue of BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE MAGAZINE. Originally published by Newsstand Publications of Chicago, the pulp’s first issue was dated June 1933. The magazine’s early issues seem to be very much along the lines of the first detective pulp, Street & Smith’s DETECTIVE STORY MAGAZINE.

For about six years, BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE plodded along, occasionally pushing the envelope by introducing weird menace fiction or a continuing character such as A. J. Raffles or Arthur B. Reeve’s Craig Kennedy. Then, in its July 1939 number, the magazine published a story entitled “Brand of the Black Bat.”

Written by Norman Daniels, “Brand of the Black Bat” introduced the “mysterious nemesis of crime” known as The Black Bat. Modeled after The Shadow and other popular pulp heroes, Daniels’ tale would be the start of a lengthy series that would run for over fifty issues.

Although we won’t be focusing on The Black Bat at PulpFest 2020, we will have plenty of other “B’s” for you. The convention will salute 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 guest of honor, 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.

PulpFest 2020 will have panels and presentations on all of these topics and a whole lot more. We hope you can join us from August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA.

Currently, the PulpFest organizing committee is monitoring the situation resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and consulting with our host hotel. At the same time, we are continuing to work toward mounting PulpFest 2020 from August 6 – 9 in Mars, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh — Cranberry.

PulpFest will continue to assess developments. We will advise you about any changes to our plans through our website and social media pages. So please stay tuned to pulpfest.com.)

Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention

Mar 23, 2020 by

The Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention 20 commemorates twenty years of pulp con excellence as it returns to the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center from September 11 to 13 this year. The convention doors open at 11:00 AM on Friday, but Early Bird Shoppers can get in 90 minutes early starting at 9:30 AM. The con suite will be open from 8:00 PM on Thursday, September 10, until midnight. The convention runs until 3:00 PM on Sunday.

This year’s show marks the centennial of BLACK MASK, the pulp that came to define the hardboiled detective and crime story genre, as well as the 90th anniversary of ASTOUNDING, Street & Smith’s pulp predecessor to today’s ANALOG SCIENCE FICTION AND FACT digest.

Additionally, there’s the annual Windy City Film Festival, organized and emceed by the one and only Ed Hulse of Murania Press. The Friday and Saturday night auctions will feature the collections of the Robert Weinberg Estate and the Glenn Lord Estate. The annual art show, panels, and New Pulp Sunday are also on the schedule.

Click on the link that starts our post to learn more about this year’s Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention or visit the convention’s Facebook page.

You don’t have to wait until September to discover pulp treasures. This year, Windy follows PulpFest 2020, “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con.” PulpFest 2020 will begin Thursday evening, August 6, and run through Sunday afternoon, August 9. It will take place just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. It’s easy to register, just click the register button below the PulpFest homepage banner.

(In conjunction with their host hotel, The Westin Lombard, the organizers of Windy City 20 have rescheduled their convention to early September to help assure the safety of its members. Please watch the Windy City homepage or Facebook site for additional announcements.

The revised Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention 20 promotional flyer was adapted from Fred Craft‘s front cover art for the December 1927 issue of BLACK MASK. From 1927 to 1936, Craft sold freelance artwork to pulp magazines, primarily to western and detective pulps. He is best remembered today for his extensive cover work for BLACK MASK, the magazine that PulpFest will be celebrating in August.)

California, Here I Come!

Feb 10, 2020 by

The Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale

PulpFest 2020 may be six months off, but the annual Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale is right around the corner. It will take place on Sunday, March 8, at the Glendale Civic Auditorium at 1401 North Verdugo Road in Glendale, California from 9 AM to 4 PM. Featuring an admission price of five bucks, it’s the best bargain in town!

Now in its 41st year, the convention was started by Tom Lesser in 1980. It has grown to be the world’s largest vintage paperback gathering. The 2020 show will feature over eighty dealer tables with tens of thousands of vintage paperbacks for sale, from inexpensive filler copies to the rarest collectibles in the hobby. In addition to collectible paperbacks, you’ll also find pulp magazines, original illustration art, hardbound science fiction and mystery books, and more. There is no telling what might show up! Even with a crowd of collectors around, it’s possible to be the one who discovers a hidden gem at the event. This year, you could be that lucky person!

Meet Authors and Artists

Over the years, the show has featured an exciting roster of guest authors and artists. It has included such notables as Robert Bloch (18 years); Poul Anderson, Ray Bradbury, Frederik Pohl, and A. E. Van Vogt (all for over 10 years); and the champ, William F. Nolan (with nearly 35 appearances). This year’s show will feature over forty authors and artists talking with attendees and signing their works for free! Click here for a schedule of the show’s guests.

You’ll find more information on this great collectors gathering at the convention’s website, its Facebook page, or by calling Tom Lesser at 818-855-1786. While you’re at the show, pick up a PulpFest 2020 post card to learn more about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.”

PulpFest 2020 will begin Thursday evening, August 6, and run through Sunday afternoon, August 9. It will take place just outside of Pittsburgh at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania. To learn how to join PulpFest 2020, click the register button below our home page banner.

(The Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale’s posters were originally designed by the late Glenn Souza. He started in the early 1990s and continued through 2007. He then handed the job over to Tony Gleeson.

Tony’s 2020 poster for the Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale features the artwork of the talented illustrator Earle K. Bergey. The painting was originally used as the front cover art for the June 1951 issue of Standard Magazines’ THRILLING WONDER STORIES.)

Coming Soon! Pulp AdventureCon and Classicon!

Oct 7, 2019 by

Pulp AdventureCon returns to New Jersey on November 2. What’s there? Rare pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, golden age comic books, movie memorabilia, and more! It’s in Bordentown, just off exit 7 of the New Jersey Turnpike. Check it out on the Bold Venture Press website.

Pulp AdventureCon is a pop culture paradise. If you like cloaked crimefighters, tough gunslingers, damsels in distress, hardboiled detectives, space pirates, or weird monsters, you’ll love Pulp AdventureCon! What more do you want?

How about Classicon? It’s one of the oldest pulp and paperback shows in the country. Two times each year, Classicon takes place in Lansing, Michigan. A one-day show, you’ll find calendar, pin-up, and illustration artwork, plus thousands of rare pulp magazines, paperbacks, vintage comic books, and other collectibles for sale or trade. Although a date has not yet been set for this fall’s Classicon, you can learn more about the convention by visiting curiousbooks.com/classicon.html.

Events like Pulp AdventureCon and Classicon may keep you satisfied until the next summer’s PulpFest. To keep informed about our 2020 convention,  please bookmark pulpfest.com or like our Facebook page. Over on Twitter, you’ll find tweets with our updates. You’ll also find selected posts on various newsgroups, including Pulpmags. And don’t forget about our Instagram page where we continue to explore “The Children of the Pulps.”

PulpFest 2020 will take place from August 6 – 9, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

(The Pulp AdventureCon advertisement — based on Allen Anderson’s cover art for the July 1952 issue of PLANET STORIES — was designed by Rich Harvey of Bold Venture Press. Check them out!)

Get Nostalgic at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention

Aug 19, 2019 by

PulpFest dealer Martin Grams hosts the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. It celebrates the great movie classics, old-time radio and television, and more. Hollywood celebrities sign autographs and pose for photos. The movie room features rare films and TV shows. The convention also features first-class presentations on a wide range of popular culture. Check out the show’s “Seminars” page to get a taste for what’s in store at the 2019 celebration. There’s also Friday’s annual charity auction.

The dealers’ room at Martin’s show features over 200 vendor tables with merchandise ranging from books, magazines, photographs, movie posters, lobby cards, collectibles, toys, action figures, comic books, arts and crafts, tee shirts, DVDs, and much more. Even if you have no interest in meeting Hollywood celebrities or watching a classic movie in the screening room, the variety of merchandise at this event is worth the trip.

The 2019 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention will be September 12-14. It’s at the Hunt Valley Marriott Delta Hotel. For more information call 443-286-6821 or visit www.MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention.comIt’s a great show!

While you’re waiting for next summer to arrive, remember to bookmark pulpfest.com. We’ll keep you posted about related conventions to help satisfy your craving for the arrival of PulpFest 2020. We’ll be setting our sights on Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage from August 6 – 9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania. For good measure, we may add a touch of Brackett and Burroughs to the mix. You can never have too many bees!

 

Head for Arizona and the 2019 Dum-Dum

Jul 1, 2019 by

While you’re waiting for PulpFest 2019 to arrive, why not check out this year’s Dum-Dum, the annual gathering of Edgar Rice Burroughs enthusiasts? Taking place August 1 – 4 in Willcox, Arizona, the convention is hosted by the Apache Devils Chapter of The Burroughs Bibliophiles and the Sulphur Springs Valley Historical Society. You can book a room at the convention’s host hotel — the Holiday Inn Express in Willcox — by calling 520-384-3333 and using the ERB letter code.

The dealers’ room and most of the programming will be at the Willcox Community Center. Bob Boze Bell, president and executive editor of TRUE WEST MAGAZINE, will be the keynote speaker. His presentation will examine “Edgar Rice Burroughs and the Apache Kid.” There will also be presentations on the Apache Wars, and a showing of the film TARZAN’S GREATEST ADVENTURE at the historic Willcox Theater.

To learn more about the 2019 Dum-Dum — including how to register — please visit erbzine.com/dumdum/ or contact Frank Puncer at fwpuncer@gmail.com or by phone at 520-281-1818.

And lest you forget, PulpFest 2019 will begin on Thursday, August 15, and run through Sunday, August 18.  Join PulpFest at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh. We’ll be celebrating “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories” at this year’s gathering. Click our Programming button below our homepage banner to get a preview of all the great presentations at this year’s event.

To join PulpFest 2019, click the Register button below our homepage banner. To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton — our host hotel — click the Book a Room button, also found on our homepage.

To keep abreast of all our PulpFest announcements, please bookmark pulpfest.com or like our Facebook page. Over on Twitter, you’ll find tweets with our updates. You’ll also find selected posts on various newsgroups, including Pulpmags. And don’t forget about our Instagram  page! PulpFest is exploring “The Children of the Pulps” on that site.

(The focus of the 2019 Dum-Dum will be the Apache novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs. The first of these — “The War Chief” — was serialized in five parts, beginning with the April 16, 1927 issue of ARGOSY ALL-STORY WEEKLY. The author’s second Apache novel began about a year later in the May 19, 1928 issue of the same magazine. Entitled “The Apache Devil,” it was serialized in six parts. The first segment copped the cover spot of the magazine, featuring a painting by Paul Stahr. From 1924 until 1934, Stahr worked extensively as a pulp cover artist for the Munsey magazines. He also painted covers for many books.

Writing about the Apache novels, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. suggests that, “Burroughs’ great respect for the West and compassion for the exploitative treatment of the Indians at the hands of the treacherous pin-dah-lickoyee (“white eyes”) is manifested throughout this honest, vivid, and sympathetic portrait of the West that does credit to both the Indians and Edgar Rice Burroughs.”)

June 2019 — More Cons!

Apr 29, 2019 by

With just over 100 days to go until PulpFest 2019, you might be getting a bit antsy for some pulps or pulp fiction. To whet your appetite for summer’s “Celebration of Mystery, Adventure, Science Fiction, and More,” here are a few related conventions that will take place in June.

This year’s Robert E. Howard Days will feature David C. Smith as its guest of honor. The author of ROBERT E. HOWARD: A LITERARY BIOGRAPHY, Smith will appear on at least one panel and be the guest speaker at the convention’s Celebration Dinner. Howard Days will be celebrating the ninetieth  anniversary of Sword & Sorcery, created in Robert E. Howard’s “The Shadow Kingdom.” 2019 is also the ninetieth birthday of Sailor Steve Costigan and the 30th anniversary of the acquisition of the Howard House by Project Pride (purchased by Howard’s father in 1919).

The annual gathering of Two-Gun Bob’s fans is sponsored by Project Pride of Cross Plains, the Robert E. Howard Foundation, and the Robert E. Howard United Press Association. Visit the Howard Days home page or Facebook site to learn more about this great event. You can also write to ProjPrid@yahoo.com for information. The convention takes place in Cross Plains, Texas on June 7 – 8.

The 2019 gathering of the Edgar Rice Burroughs Chain of Friendship is planned for the weekend of June 13 – 15. Hosted by the Chicago Muckers, it will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, located in Oakbrook, Illinois. Award-winning artist Joe Jusko will be the guest of honor. He will also provide the cover art and a frontispiece for THE OAKDALE AFFAIR, a free hardcover book that will be presented to every attendee at the convention. The book will feature interior illustrations by a dozen artists.

For additional information on the 2019 ECOF — including a schedule of events — please visit Bill and Sue-On Hillman’s ERBzine or write to Jim Hadac at 3618 Raymond Avenue, Brookfield, IL 60513-1564.

Classicon is one of the oldest pulp and paperback shows. It’s usually held in the spring and fall in Lansing, Michigan. At this time, it’s not certain when the next Classicon will take place. You’ll find more information about this one-day convention on the Curious Book Shop webpage.

Hopefully, these cons will keep your thirst at bay while you await PulpFest 2019 —  the destination for fans and collectors of genre fiction — both old and new — pop art and illustration, and much more. The convention will begin on Thursday, August 15, and run through Sunday, August 18.  Join PulpFest at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City” of Pittsburgh. We’ll be celebrating “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories” at this year’s gathering. Click our Programming button below our homepage banner to get a preview of all the great presentations at this year’s event.

To join PulpFest 2019, click the Register button below our homepage banner. To book a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton — our host hotel — click the Book a Room button, also found on our homepage.

(The banner for the 2019 Robert E. Howard Days was designed and copyrighted by Justin Sweet.)

Lights, Camera, Action: Cinevent 2019

Apr 19, 2019 by

If you’re a fan of silent and early sound films or a collector of motion pictures and related items, then Cinevent 2019 is for you. One of the associated conventions – along with FarmerCon and Monster Bash – found on our home page, this year’s Cinevent runs from May 23 through May 26 at the Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel on 50 North 3rd Street in the heart of Columbus, Ohio.

For over fifty years, Cinevent has gathered fans of silent and early sound films, as well as collectors of motion pictures and related items. The convention was co-founded by Steve Haynes — a big fan and supporter of PulpFest — who passed away in April of 2015.

In addition to over one-hundred tables of movie-related collectibles such as posters, lobby cards, press kits, DVDs and 16 mm films, Cinevent hosts one of the country’s largest live auctions of vintage posters. The convention also features an extensive schedule of classic sound and silent films. For a look at this year’s Cinevent film program, click here.

To book a room at the Renaissance Columbus, the convention’s host hotel, click here. And to keep abreast of the latest details on this fun convention, be sure to like the Cinevent Facebook page.

Although PulpFest 2019 will have a limited film program, the convention will have some great programming. Add onto that a dealers’ room featuring tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, genre fiction, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips. We’ll also have a hospitality suite featuring great beer and snacks. So what are you waiting for? Start making your plans to celebrate “Mystery, Adventure, Science Fiction, and More” at PulpFest 2019.

(One of the highlights of this year’s Cinevent will be the showing of the twelve-part Republic Movie serial HAWK OF THE WILDERNESS, starring Herman Brix. It is based on William L. Chester’s novel of the same title, serialized in BLUE BOOK starting with the April 1935 issue. Herbert Morton Stoops contributed the cover art for the issue.

Started more than 50 years ago by a few folks who had a shared interest in watching films on 8mm and 16mm, Cinevent has grown into a Memorial Day tradition for hundreds of attendees who gather together every year. Movie screenings are available nearly continually every day of the convention from morning through late evening.)

3 Rivers Comicon: Putting Comics Back in Comicon

Apr 17, 2019 by

During the second weekend of May, a couple of Pittsburgh nerds are hoping to make comic con all about comics again. 3 Rivers Comicon will take place May 11 – 12 in the old Macy’s under the bridge in Homestead, Pennsylvania.

New Dimension Comics owner Todd McDevitt and general manager Jon Engel launched 3 Rivers Comicon in 2016 after hearing complaints from customers about the increasing cost of conventions and how the shift to an array of pop culture had left comics in the shadows. “I felt like we were almost being challenged. No one said it, but we made it our mission to do it,” McDevitt said. “This is going to be a comic convention. If you want something else, go somewhere else.”

McDevitt and Engel both have years of experience under their utility belts, attending and also working at comic conventions. From that involvement, as well as feedback from customers, they have the knowledge for what will work at their own event. The show is dedicated to cultivating the comic culture and community by bringing in some of the bigger names in the industry. With over 100 artists, writers, and other creators and almost as many vendors, this show is one not to miss.

Admission is $10 per day or $15 for a weekend pass. Tickets are available through the convention’s website or at any of the six New Dimension Comics locations. They will also be available at the door. Weekend events include panels, gaming, photo opportunities and costume contests for kids and adults. There is also the very popular beer party on Saturday evening. Check out the convention’s Guests page for a look at the many creators attending this year’s show.

3 Rivers Comicon has also commissioned a custom beer by ShuBrew of Harmony, Pennsylvania featuring original bottle label art by Josh Blaylock, creator of Mercy Sparx. Mercy Sparx Sinful Stout will be brewed exclusively for 3 Rivers Comicon and New Dimension Comics. Tickets to the convention’s beer party are $40 and include admission to both days of the convention, entry to the beer release party, two cans of this year’s custom beer, catered food, and a free graphic novel. A VIP pass costing $75 gets you even more!

Let’s hope that 3 Rivers will save a few bottles of their craft brew to help us celebrate PulpFest 2019 from August 15 through 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just north of Pennsylvania’s “Steel City.” Although PulpFest will not have its own beer, the convention will have some great programming. Add onto that a dealers’ room featuring tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, original art, first edition hardcovers, genre fiction, series books, reference books, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books, as well as newspaper adventure strips. We’ll also have a hospitality suite featuring great beer and snacks. So what are you waiting for? Start making your plans to celebrate “Mystery, Adventure, Science Fiction, and More” at PulpFest 2019.

(Josh Blaylock created the label for Mercy Sparx Sinful Stout, the beer being brewed exclusively for 3 Rivers Comicon and New Dimension Comics.)

Head North Young Pulp Fan

Apr 8, 2019 by

The Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale is celebrating its 23rd year! The show is held annually in the lower level of the Lillian H. Smith Branch of the Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street in Toronto, Ontario.

A small but terrific show featuring a wide variety of pulp and pulp-related items, you’ll find over twenty-five dealers’ tables crammed with collectible pulp magazines, pulp reprints, vintage paperbacks, posters, and other ephemera. There’s also a half-hour pulp magazine cover slide show. It’s a great time for both serious pulp collectors as well as the casually interested, with lots of great stuff to see!

Admission is only $3, with tickets available at the door. Children under ten are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.

So if you reside in the states, head north for the Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale on Saturday, May 4, beginning at 10 AM and running until 4 PM. For additional details, you can email Neil or Leigh Mechem at girasolcollectables@teksavvy.com. Please tell them that PulpFest sent you.

(This year’s Fantastic Pulps poster — designed by Neil and Leigh Mechem — features the art of the great Jerome Rozen. It originally appeared on the cover to the July 1935 issue of NICK CARTER MAGAZINE. A Street & Smith hero pulp, it ran for 34 issues.

The pulp was a revival of a dime-novel character that had debuted in 1886. “America’s top dime novel detective” appeared in several thousand stories, many written by Frederic van Rensselaer Dey. Nick also made it into the movies, both in France and the United States. There was also a radio program entitled NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE. It ran on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1943 to 1955.

According to the Thrilling Detective website, “By 1949, it was estimated that Carter had appeared in over 4000 dime novels, pulps, films (both silents and talkies, including many in French), comic books, comic strips and radio shows. There were probably more Nick Carter adventures than those of any other fictional detective.”

Beginning in 1964, the character was revived as a super spy for paperback books. The NICK CARTER: KILLMASTER series was written by Michael Avallone, Bill Crider, Michael Collins, Dennis and Gayle Lynds, Robert J. Randisi, Martin Cruz Smith, and others, all writing under the house name of Nick Carter. At least 261 novels were released by a variety of publishers. The series ran until 1990.

Nick Carter has been inspiring creators for over 130 years. We hope you can join us at PulpFest 2019 to explore “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories.” The convention will begin on Thursday evening, August 15, and run through Sunday afternoon, August 18. It will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania. Just click the button below the PulpFest banner to “Book a Room.)

Windy City Pulp & Paper

Mar 11, 2019 by

Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention commemorates the end of its teen years with its 19th convention. It will return to the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center from April 12 to 14 this year. The convention doors open at 11:00 AM on Friday, but Early Bird Shoppers can get in 90 minutes early starting at 9:30 AM. The con suite will be open from 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 11 until Midnight. The convention runs until 4:00 PM on Sunday.

This year’s show marks the 80th anniversary of PLANET STORIES, Fiction House’s interplanetary pulp. That’s not all, of course. As if you needed another reason to gather at Windy City, there’s the annual Windy City Film Festival organized and emceed by the one and only Ed Hulse of Murania Press, plus the Friday and Saturday night Auctions which this year features the collection of the Robert Weinberg Estate. There’s also the Art Shows, the Pulp Factory Awards, panels, author readings, and New Pulp Sunday.

You can bet your bottom dollar, you can lose your blues in that toddlin’ town. Click on the link that starts our post to learn more about the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention or visit the convention’s Facebook page. It’s the most fun you can have for an extended weekend this side of Mars.

While you’re at the show, pick up a PulpFest 2019 post card to learn more about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” The convention will begin Thursday evening, August 15, and run through Sunday afternoon, August 18. It will take place just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. It’s easy to register, just click the register button below our home page banner. Mars needs pulp fans. Don’t make them invade again.

(The 2019 Windy City poster was adapted from the May 1952 PLANET STORIES with front cover art by Allen Anderson.)

 

 

 

California Here I Come

Feb 18, 2019 by

The LA Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale

Although PulpFest 2019 is still six months off, there are other collectibles conventions fast approaching. For instance, on Sunday, March 24, the annual Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale will take place at the Glendale Civic Auditorium at 1401 North Verdugo Road in Glendale, California from 9 AM to 4 PM. It’s the best bargain in town, featuring an admission price of five bucks!

Now in its fortieth year, the convention was started by Tom Lesser in 1980. Since then, it has grown to be the world’s largest vintage paperback gathering. This year’s show will feature over 80 dealer tables with tens of thousands of vintage paperbacks for sale, from inexpensive filler copies to the most elusive and rare collectibles in the hobby. In addition to collectible paperbacks, you’ll also find pulp magazines, original illustration art, hardbound science fiction and mystery books, and more. There is no telling what might show up! Even with a crowd of collectors around, it’s possible to be the first person to discover a hidden gem during the event. Each year there are great finds reported by folks who attend the show. This year, you could be the person telling the story.

Over the years, an important attraction of the show has been its exciting roster of guest authors and artists. It has included such notables as Robert Bloch (18 years); A. E. Van Vogt , Ray Bradbury, Poul Anderson, and Fredrik Pohl (all for over 10 years); and the show’s champ, William F. Nolan (with over 33 years of appearances). This year’s show will feature about sixty guests greeting attendees and signing their works for free! Click here for a schedule of this year’s guest writers and artists.

You’ll find more information on this great collectors gathering at the convention’s website, its Facebook page, or by calling Tom Lesser at 818-855-1786. While you’re at the show, pick up a PulpFest 2019 post card to learn more about “Summer’s Great Pulp Con.” The convention will begin Thursday evening, August 15, and run through Sunday afternoon, August 18. It will take place just outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, PA. To learn how to join PulpFest 2019, click the register button below our home page banner.

(The Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show & Sale’s characteristic poster images were originally designed by the late Glenn Souza, starting in the early 1990s and continued by him through 2007, when he handed the job to Tony Gleeson. Pictured here is the convention’s 2019 poster, featuring the artwork of the prolific and talented painter and illustrator Robert McGinnis.)

Pulp Adventurecon Returns to Sunny Florida for a Fifth Year

Jan 14, 2019 by

Pulp Adventurecon, Florida 2019Pulp Adventurecon celebrates its fifth year in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019.

The one-day event will be held at the Fort Lauderdale Grand Hotel (formerly the Universal Palms Hotel), 4900 Powerline Road, Fort Lauderdale, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5.

Bold Venture Press, run by Rich Harvey and Audrey Parente, has also hosted the Pulp Adventurecon in New Jersey each November for nearly 20 years. Both shows feature collectors and vendors of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, Golden Age comic books, movie memorabilia, and related paper collectibles. Pulp Adventurecon focuses on material from the 1900s through 1959, which includes a significant portion of the pulp era.

Scheduled to appear at the Florida con are:

  • Allen Bellman, Golden Age illustrator of Timely Comics and Lev Gleason Publications. He is best-known for his contributions to Captain America, The Human Torch, Sub-Mariner, and The Patriot. Allen created the one-page “Let’s Play Detective” feature, which appeared in Marvel Comics in the 1940s.
  • Bold Venture Press, the show hosts and publishers of New Pulp and classic pulp fiction, including Zorro: The Complete Pulp Adventures and Primal Spillane: Early Stories 1941-1942 by Mickey Spillane.
  • Dick Kulpa, caricaturist, cartoonist, and former publisher of CRACKED magazine.
  • Glaister “Silverback” Ormsby, author and artist.
  • The Luscious Ladies, a social group of ladies who cherish and live a retro lifestyle. Meet the women of The Luscious Ladies and join them on their pinup adventures.
  • Stuart Hopen, New Pulp author and artist.

Events like Pulp Adventurecon may keep you satisfied until the next PulpFest. So stay informed. Bookmark pulpfest.com to learn about all things pulp! Then like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

PulpFest 2019 will take place from August 15 – 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Click the register button below our home page banner to join us.

(The Pulp Adventurecon banner is designed by Rich Harvey of Bold Venture Press. Check them out!)

Classicon — Fall’s Last Pulp Con

Oct 8, 2018 by

As the leaves disappear from the trees, the pulp and paperback convention scene draws to a close. Classicon, one of the oldest pulp and paperback shows, marks the end of the season. Two times each year, Classicon takes place in Lansing, Michigan. A one-day show, you’ll find calendar, pin-up, and illustration artwork, plus thousands of rare pulp magazines, paperbacks, vintage comic books, and other collectibles for sale or trade. Although a date has not yet been set for this fall’s Classicon, you can learn more about the convention by visiting curiousbooks.com/classicon.html.

Remember to bookmark http://www.pulpfest.com/ to stay informed about PulpFest 2019 and other pulp-related conventions. Or like the PulpFest facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. You can follow our twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date.

Many thanks to everyone who attended this year’s PulpFest. We hope that you enjoyed yourself and will return for PulpFest 2019. Please join us for “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories” at our 48th summertime pulp con. We’ll be celebrating mystery, adventure, science fiction, and more.

PulpFest 2019 will take place from August 15 – 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

(We hope you’ll get to this fall’s Classicon. It’s a great show. Then join PulpFest in 2019 as we explore such stories as the 150th anniversary of the birth of Robert H. Davis. The editor of THE ALL-STORY — including the October 1912 issue with cover art by Clinton Pettee — Davis discovered Edgar Rice Burroughs, A. Merritt, Max Brand, and other writers.)

New Jersey’s Pulp AdventureCon

Oct 1, 2018 by

Pulp AdventureCon returns to New Jersey on November 3. What’s there? Rare pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, golden age comic books, movie memorabilia, and more! It’s in Bordentown, just off exit 7 of the New Jersey Turnpike. Check out their website.

Pulp AdventureCon is a pop culture paradise. If you like cloaked crimefighters, tough gunslingers, damsels in distress, hardboiled detectives, space pirates, or weird monsters, you’ll love Pulp AdventureCon! What more do you want?

Events like Pulp AdventureCon may keep you satisfied until the next PulpFest. So stay informed. Bookmark pulpfest.com to learn about all things pulp! Then like us on facebook and follow us on twitter.

PulpFest 2019 will take place from August 15 – 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

(The Pulp AdventureCon banner is designed by Rich Harvey of Bold Venture Press. Check them out!)

Get Nostalgic at the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention

Aug 13, 2018 by

Bookmark pulpfest.com. We’ll keep you posted about related conventions while you await next summer. They might satisfy your hunger until PulpFest 2019.

Martin Grams hosts the Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention. It recognizes movie classics, old-time radio and television, and more. Hollywood celebrities sign autographs and pose for photos. The movie room features rare films and TV shows. This year’s con will celebrate film noir.

There are lectures by pop culture authorities. Over 200 vendor tables feature loads of collectibles. There’s also Friday’s annual charity auction.

The 2018 Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention will be September 13-15. It’s at the Hunt Valley Delta Hotel. For more information call 443-286-6821 or visit www.MidAtlanticNostalgiaConvention.comIt’s a great show!