Get a Copy of THE PULPSTER #29

Aug 10, 2020 by

THE PULPSTER #29As Bill Lampkin — editor of THE PULPSTER — recently wrote: “While 2020 may be looking like the “Year Without Pulp Conventions,” we have something for you to look forward to — this year’s number of THE PULPSTER.”

The annual magazine for PulpFest will soon be available, despite the convention having been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Copies of THE PULPSTER #29 will be available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, one of the leading purveyors of pulp-related publications in the field.

This year’s Pulpster won’t be a regular edition. While not as thick as a Ziff-Davis AMAZING STORIES QUARTERLY, THE PULPSTER #29 will be almost twice as large as last year’s edition. Weighing in at 84 pages, plus covers, think of the forthcoming issue as THE PULPSTER ANNUAL . . . or PulpFest without the trip to Pittsburgh.

Like our canceled convention, the dual centennials of Ray Bradbury’s birth and the debut of BLACK MASK magazine are the focus of THE PULPSTER #29. To learn more about what’s inside the issue, read “Highlights from THE PULPSTER” on our homepage. Or click right here.

Copies of THE PULPSTER #29  will be available for shipping by early September. The cost of the new issue will be $15, plus postage. It will be mailed in a sturdy cardboard envelope. First-class postage should cost between $4 – 5 within the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order.

If you’re interested in reserving your copy of THE PULPSTER #29, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com or 2217 W. Fairview St., Allentown, PA 18104-6542. The magazine will also be available through Bud’s Art Books, Adventure House, and other purveyors of fine, pulp-related publications.

Please note that if you had registered for PulpFest 2020, you will not be receiving a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER #29. This special issue of the convention’s award-winning programming book will only be available for purchase.

A very limited number of lightly bumped copies of THE PULPSTER #27 and 28 are also available through Mike Chomko, Books. The cost of each is $10, postage paid. Reduced postage is available on orders for multiple books. These prices are good only in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order. All other issues of THE PULPSTER are out of print. Please order your copies of the remaining issues before they are gone!

To learn more about THE PULPSTER, visit thepulpster.com. For questions about submissions to THE PULPSTER, write to Bill Lampkin at bill@pulpfest.com. For questions about advertising in THE PULPSTER, write to Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover art for THE PULPSTER #29 was originally painted by Frank Kelly Freas’ artwork to illustrate Leigh Brackett’s and Ray Bradbury’s “Lorelei of the Red Mist,” for the Fall 1953 issue of TOPS IN SCIENCE FICTION, originally published by Fiction House.

For those who had already registered for PulpFest 2020, the convention will be more than happy to refund your registration fee. However, if you’d like to attend PulpFest 2021, the convention will honor your 2020 registration for next year’s convention at no additional cost to you. These offers apply to both regular attendees and dealers. Please write to the convention’s chairman, Jack Cullers, at jack@pulpfest.com or by regular mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305 with any questions or concerns. 

PulpFest 2021 will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania from August 18 – 21, 2021.)

 

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Highlights from THE PULPSTER

Jul 27, 2020 by

THE PULPSTER #29While 2020 may be looking like the “Year Without Pulp Conventions,” we have something for you to look forward to — this year’s number of THE PULPSTER.

Yes, the annual magazine for PulpFest will be available soon despite PulpFest being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It won’t be a regular edition. Think of it as THE PULPSTER ANNUAL. While not Sears Roebuck catalog thick like an AMAZING STORIES ANNUAL, number 29 of THE PULPSTER will be almost twice as large as last year’s edition, coming in at 84 pages plus covers.

And a lot of great content will be filling those pages!

THE PULPSTER has two major themes this year: the 100th anniversary of the birth of author Ray Bradbury, and the 100th anniversary of the debut of BLACK MASK.

Garyn G. Roberts heads up the section on Ray Bradbury with three pieces: a general look at the life of the writer, an essay on Bradbury his friend, and a look at Bradbury’s contributions to the Popular Publication detective pulps. Samuel James Maronie offers a fan’s reflection on meeting Bradbury at a 1996 convention.

Next, we shift from Bradbury himself to the author’s Martian legacy. Leading off, Michael Chomko writes about the influences that led Bradbury to create his singular vision of the Red Planet in THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES. Then, Sara Light-Waller looks at the depiction of Mars through the pulp years. Henry G. Franke III writes about “Bradbury, Burroughs, and Mars,” and how Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Barsoom inspired a young Bradbury. Wrapping up, Albert Wendland discusses how the exploration of Mars by orbiters and rovers has changed the way the planet is portrayed in science fiction.

The second feature section — celebrating BLACK MASK — kicks off with an excerpt from Milton Shaw’s book, JOSEPH T. SHAW: THE MAN BEHIND “BLACK MASK.” Milton Shaw looks at the beginnings of BLACK MASK, and what his father, “Cap” Shaw, accomplished during his 10 years at the pulp magazine’s influential editor.

Will Murray looks at the BLACK MASK writers who “left too many tales untold.” Next, John Wooley looks at Kenneth White, who took over the editor’s fedora at BLACK MASK during the 1940s. Christopher Ryan tells of the surprising response from high school seniors in his lit class to reading a BLACK MASK story, William Cole’s “Waiting for Rusty.” Then Craig McDonald explores the possibility that there may have been an actual killer in the pages of BLACK MASK. And wrapping up the BLACK MASK section, Brooks E. Hefner, co-director of the Circulating American Magazine project, looks at the pulp’s circulation from 1925 – 1940.

If that weren’t enough, we have several other articles in store for readers.

Darrell Schweitzer treats us to a discussion he had with science-fiction authors and couple Leigh Brackett and Edmond Hamilton in 1977, shortly before Hamilton’s death. Stuart Hopen takes a deeper look at Philip Wylie, whose works inspired both the Man of Bronze and the Man of Steel — Doc Savage and Superman — and other fictional heroes.

Tony Davis celebrates the brief reign of Canada’s “King of the Pulp Writers,” Thomas P. Kelley. And Martin Grams Jr. traces the history of “Renfrew of the Mounties.” We also take a look at folk-rocker Bob Dylan’s use of pulp magazine images, written by yours truly.

Robert Deis writes about model and actress Eva Lynd, who was featured in numerous men’s adventure magazine covers and illustrations during the 1960s. Eva was to be the guest of honor at PulpFest 2020 and hopes to attend next year.

Rounding out the magazine is our “Final Chapters” department, celebrating the lives of those in the pulp community that we’ve recently lost.

We hope to have THE PULPSTER to the printer by mid-August, so copies should be available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, Bud’s Art Books, and other purveyors by September. (The price is to be determined.) If you’re interested in reserving your copy now, please contact Mike at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover of THE PULPSTER #29 features Frank Kelly Freas’ artwork for “Lorelei of the Red Mist,” from the Fall 1953 issue of TOPS IN SCIENCE FICTION, originally published by Fiction House.)

Advertise in THE PULPSTER

Jun 8, 2020 by

THE PULPSTER #29Although the 2020 PulpFest has been postponed until August 19 – 22 in 2021, that doesn’t mean that you’ll have to go without our award-winning program book. For almost thirty years, a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER has been presented annually to all PulpFest members. We’re not going to mess with that kind of record!

Currently, editor Bill Lampkin and publisher Mike Chomko are assembling an expanded issue of this pulp-packed publication. Our 2020 program book will be about thirty pages longer than the normal issue. The 29th number of THE PULPSTER will focus on the life and work of that “magician of words,” Ray Bradbury, and the legendary BLACK MASK — the pulp magazine where the hardboiled detective story first took root. There will also be articles on various authors, tributes to recently departed pulp scholars, a look at Eva Lynd, the talented actress and artist’s model, and even a piece on Bob Dylan and the pulps.

In past years, THE PULPSTER has been given away to PulpFest attendees as part of their registration packet. Without a 2020 convention, THE PULPSTER #29  will be sold through independent bookstores, including Mike Chomko, Books and Bud’s Art Books. PulpFest is also reaching out to additional booksellers interested in carrying the magazine. Generally, each issue of the convention’s program book has a circulation of approximately 450 – 500 copies. Currently, we don’t have a price for the expanded issue.

Our special 2020 PULPSTER will serve as a fundraiser for PulpFest‘s future promotional activities. Your support for our special number will be very much appreciated.

Be a part of PulpFest by placing an advertisement in this year’s issue of THE PULPSTER. The magazine’s advertising rates are very reasonable: inside color full-page – $100; inside black-and-white full-page – $80; color half-page – $80; black-and-white half-page – $50; black-and-white quarter-page – $30. Please note that all of the cover spaces have already been reserved.

Please write to Mike Chomko, publisher of THE PULPSTER, at mike@pulpfest.com to reserve a space in our program book. All spaces are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected upon placing your order. You must reserve your advertising space by Sunday, July 5.

The deadline for receipt of your advertising copy is Saturday, August 1, 2020. Mike Chomko will provide technical specifications when you reserve your space.

PulpFest sponsorships for 2021 are also available. You can sponsor the convention’s badges, our welcome banner, the PulpFest hospitality suite, and more. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities at PulpFest, please contact the convention’s marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover art for this mock-up of THE PULPSTER #29 was originally painted by Margaret Brundage for the October 1933 WEIRD TALES. Please note that it is not our final cover for the 2020 issue of THE PULPSTER.

A few copies of THE PULPSTER #27 and 28 are still available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, one of the leading purveyors of pulp-related publications in the field. The cost of each issue is $13 or $24 for both, postage paid, in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order. For additional information, please write to Mike at mike@pulpfest.com.

Back issues may also available through Bud Plant.)

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Advertise in THE PULPSTER

Apr 15, 2020 by

THE PULPSTER #29One of the many highlights of PulpFest is the convention’s program book, THE PULPSTER. For almost thirty years, a complimentary copy of this pulp-packed publication has been given annually to all PulpFest members.

Although THE PULPSTER reflects the themes of each year’s PulpFest, it’s pretty much open to all things pulp. So you’ll find articles on magazines, authors and artists, collecting, how contemporary creators are still inspired by the pulps, and much more. THE PULPSTER reaches a serious core of pop culture collectors and enthusiasts. Each issue of the convention’s program book has a circulation of 450 – 500 copies.

Be a part of PulpFest 2020 by placing an advertisement in this year’s issue of THE PULPSTER. The magazine’s advertising rates are very reasonable: color back cover – $250; inside front color cover – $150; inside back color cover – $125; inside color full page – $100; inside black-and-white full page – $80; color half-page – $80; black-and-white half-page – $50; black-and-white quarter page – $30.

Please write to PulpFest marketing director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com to reserve your space in THE PULPSTER. You have until June 15 to buy an ad. All spaces are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected upon placing your order. Please be aware that our cover spaces sell almost immediately.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material to be provided free to our members or to serve as door prizes. Over the years Chaosium, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, Radio Archives, Stark House Press, and other organizations have donated a variety of materials that have been given away free of charge to PulpFest attendees. Your donation will be acknowledged on our website and at the convention. To make a donation, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Sponsorships are also available. You can sponsor the convention’s badges, our welcome banner, the PulpFest hospitality suite and more. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities at PulpFest, please contact the convention’s marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover art for this mock-up of THE PULPSTER #29 was originally painted by Margaret Brundage for the October 1933 WEIRD TALES.

A few copies of THE PULPSTER #27 and 28 are still available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, one of the leading purveyors of pulp-related publications in the field. The cost of each issue is $13 or $24 for both, postage paid, in the United States. Buyers from outside the United States should inquire about shipping charges, prior to placing an order. For additional information, please write to Mike at mike@pulpfest.com.

Back issues are also available through Bud Plant.)

THE PULPSTER Wants You in 2020!

Feb 17, 2020 by

THE PULPSTER #29One of the highlights of PulpFest for almost 30 years is the latest issue of THE PULPSTER. This pulp-packed publication is available annually to all PulpFest members.

THE PULPSTER reflects the themes of each year’s PulpFest. So this year, we’re considering articles on BLACK MASK magazine, artist Margaret Brundage, fictioneers Edgar Rice Burroughs and Leigh Brackett, and author L. Frank Baum. (Oh, and Ray Bradbury, but we’re already booked for articles on him.)

But in addition to the PulpFest themes, THE PULPSTER also celebrates all things pulp. So we’re open to proposed articles on other pulp topics, from the magazines, the authors and artists, and collecting.

THE PULPSTER reaches a serious core of pulp magazine and popular culture collectors attending PulpFest. So if you’re interested in marketing to these collectors, we have a range of ad sizes, both black-and-white and color, available.

If you have a proposal for an article, please contact editor Bill Lampkin. Articles and artwork must be submitted by the end of April. Bill can be reached at bill@thepulpster.com.

For advertising, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director and THE PULPSTER publisher Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Mike also has a very limited number of back issues of THE PULPSTER available. Drop him a line if interested.

(The cover art for this mock-up of THE PULPSTER #29 was originally painted by Margaret Brundage for the October 1933 WEIRD TALES.)

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Contribute to THE PULPSTER

Nov 18, 2019 by

The PulpsterEven though the next issue of THE PULPSTER won’t be released until PulpFest 2020, we’re already starting work on it.

Top on the to-do list is filling out the lineup for the issue, and that means turning to you for those for articles.

The theme of next year’s PulpFest is “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage.” We’re always happy to have articles related to that theme, but we don’t limit contributions to the convention’s theme. We like to have a variety of articles in each issue, articles related to the men and women who wrote, illustrated, edited, and published the pulps, and to the pulp collecting hobby itself.

There are two routes you can take to help us out:

• Do you have an idea for an article that you would like to write for THE PULPSTER? Please let us know.

• Or, do you have an idea for an article that you would like to read in THE PULPSTER (but not necessarily write)? Let us know that, too, and we will see what we can do about finding someone to write it.

'The Pulpster' #28 (2019)You can drop editor Bill Lampkin an email at bill@pulpfest.com. The sooner he hears from you, the better. He has to plan space for articles and start collecting artwork and illustrations.

If you’d like to advertise in THE PULPSTER, please write to PulpFest marketing and programming director (and THE PULPSTER‘s publisher) Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. Mike can provide pricing and print specifications.

There are limited quantities of issues #27 (2018) and #28 (2019) remaining in stock at Mike Chomko, Books. Visit his website for details.

If you missed out getting your copy of THE PULPSTER this year, don’t delay. Register for PulpFest 2020 to ensure you get a copy of next year’s issue. (If you can’t attend PulpFest, consider registering as a supporting member, and your free copy of the issue will be mailed following the convention.)

(The cover art for THE PULPSTER #28 was painted by Rudolph Belarski  for the September 1939 BLACK BOOK DETECTIVE, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.)

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