Buying at PulpFest 2020

Feb 24, 2020 by

PulpFest is a paradise for fans of pulp magazines, digests, vintage paperbacks, original artwork, and other collectibles. Collectors will also find first edition hardcovers, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, series books, dime novels, Big Little Books, B-movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time-radio shows, vintage comic books, and more in our spacious dealers’ room. We’re at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of Pittsburgh.

For those who simply like to read pulp or genre fiction, you’ll find science-fiction hardcovers and paperbacks, mysteries, adventure fiction, and countless pulp reprints from publishers such as Adventure HouseAge of AcesStark House Press, and Steeger Books. Fans of contemporary genre fiction will have readings by authors on both Friday and Saturday, plus books for sale from Will Murray’s Adventures in BronzeFlinch Books, Meteor House, and other publishers. We’ll also have panels on today’s genre fiction as well as author signings and more. Last year, PulpFest had over thirty authors in attendance.

Accommodating over 100 tables, our dealers’ room will be open from 10 AM to 4:45 PM on August 7 and 8. It will be open from 9 AM until 2 PM on Sunday, August 9. Buying and selling opportunities may be limited on Sunday as many dealers will be packing to return home.

We will also have early-bird shopping on Thursday evening, August 6, from 3 to 7:30 PM. If you stay at the DoubleTree, PulpFest is pleased to offer free early-bird privileges. That’s a great savings to reward loyal attendees who reduce the convention’s costs by staying at our host hotel. If you stay elsewhere, you can still purchase early-bird privileges for $30.

In addition to our great dealers’ room, PulpFest 2020 will hold a live auction on Saturday night, August 8. Not only will our 2020 auction feature the usual submissions from the convention’s members, we’ll also have more than 150 lots of pulps, digests, vintage paperbacks, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, joke and gag books, and other paper collectibles from the estate of the late Carl Joecks.

You can book a room at the DoubleTree by clicking the “Book a Room” button below the PulpFest banner on our home page. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest to receive the special convention rate of $129 plus tax per night.

To learn more about registering for PulpFest 2020, please click the “register” button below the banner on our home page.

If you read or collect pulps, genre fiction, books, vintage paperbacks or comic books, original artwork, or other pop culture collectibles, PulpFest is the place to be.

(If you’re a paper collector, wouldn’t you like to have a time machine to join the people in the photograph above? It’s from late May 1942 and 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.

Why not climb aboard the PulpFest 2020 time machine for a chance to purchase some of the pulp magazines and comic books displayed in our lead image? For more information on buying at PulpFest, please contact Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com or by regular mail at 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305.

Don’t forget to watch for our posts on our PulpFest 2020 dealers. They’ll start on July 13 and run through July 17.)

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.)

Register Now for PulpFest 2020

Nov 11, 2019 by

PulpFest is now accepting advance registrations for our 2020 convention, August 6 – 9. Register now and beat the rush. You’ll save money and get free early-bird shopping if you book a room at the convention’s host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree, you help defray the convention’s expenses and show our hotel that PulpFest will help their bottom line.

There are plenty of rooms available at the beautiful DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. You can book a room directly through the PulpFest website. Just below the PulpFest banner at the top of our home page,  you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room.” Click the link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can place your reservation.

You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Be sure to mention PulpFest to receive the special convention rate of $129 plus tax per night. Included in the room rate are two complimentary breakfasts per room during your stay. Also included is free Wi-Fi in each sleeping room. Parking is free. You must book your room by July 22, 2020 in order to get the special convention rate.

For All Members

All PulpFest 2020 members — including dealers — must register for the convention.

Full weekend membership to PulpFest 2020 if staying at the DoubleTree: $35 (includes free early-bird shopping)
Full weekend membership to PulpFest 2020 if staying elsewhere: $40 (without early-bird shopping)
Full weekend membership to PulpFest 2020 if staying elsewhere: $70 (with early-bird shopping)

Full weekend membership to PulpFest 2020: $40 (available at the door)

Single-day membership for Friday or Saturday: $20
Single-day membership for Sunday: $10 (available only at the door)
Supporting Membership: $25

Additional Details

Children age 15 and younger, accompanied by an adult, will be admitted for free. However, they must be registered.

An early-bird membership will get you into the dealers’ room from 3 to 7:30 PM on Thursday, August 6. Only staff, dealers, and early-birds will be allowed into the dealers’ room during these hours. Please realize that due to travel conditions and other contingencies, PulpFest cannot guarantee that each and every registered dealer will be available during our early-bird hours. Our evening programming will start at 8 PM on August 6.

If you register for a Sunday single-day membership, please be aware that many dealers will be packing up. Buying and selling opportunities may be limited.

All paying members, including supporting members, will receive a complementary copy of our program book, THE PULPSTER, a $10 value.

Early registration will be held outside the entrance to our dealers’ room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry on Thursday evening, August 6, running from 3 PM to 7:30 PM, and on Friday morning, August 7, running from 9 to 10 AM. If you are paying at the door, please have your completed registration form on hand to speed up the process. A full week-end membership at the door will cost $40. If you wish to participate in early-bird shopping and are not staying at the DoubleTree, your cost will be $70. You’ll be able to pay for your registration at the door using cash, check, or credit card.

Please click here to download our 2020 member registration form. To pay for your membership, please see the instructions below.

For Dealers Only

Island-table rental fee: $90 per table
Wall-table rental fee: $100 per table

All dealers and their helpers are also required to purchase a membership to PulpFest 2020.

Our Tables

PulpFest 2020 will have over 100 six-foot tables in its 10,880-square-foot dealers’ room. Wall tables and placement within the dealers’ room will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Over forty wall tables will be available in our dealers’ room.

There will be no height restrictions on any tables. Displays will be allowed on tables as long as they can safely stand. Please use common sense and courtesy to design your displays. All members registering as dealers must have material for sale at their tables. If you have any special needs — positioning within the room, unique display requirements, electrical needs, and so on — please let us know when you register.

Although the focus of PulpFest 2020 will be pulp magazines and related materials, genre fiction, vintage paperbacks, digests, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, first edition hardcovers, series books, dime novels, original art, Big Little Books, B-movies and serials and related collectibles, old-time-radio shows, and Golden and Silver Age comic books can also be sold. Please remember that PulpFest is not a comic book convention. Sexually explicit material, including PLAYBOY, PENTHOUSE, and OUI, will not be allowed.

Additional Details

Dealer set-up will take place on Thursday, August 6, from 1 – 7:30 PM. Selling to early-bird shoppers will be allowed on August 6, beginning at 3 PM and running until 7:30 PM. The dealers’ room will be open to dealers on Friday, August 7, beginning at 9 AM. It will open to all PulpFest members beginning at 10 AM. All dealers are expected to be set up on Thursday evening by 7:30 PM, and be open for business on Friday, August 7, at 10 AM. If you are not able to comply, please discuss your needs with convention chairperson Jack Cullers by emailing him at jack@pulpfest.com or writing him at the address noted below.

All registered dealers will be profiled in a series of posts that will run on the PulpFest website during July. Our marketing director, Mike Chomko, will be contacting you about this.

Please click here to download our 2020 dealer registration form. To pay for your dealer membership, please see the instructions below.

Payment Instructions

If you have any questions about member or dealer registrations, please write to Jack Cullers at one of the addresses noted below.

The deadline for advance registrations is Monday, August 3, 2020, at 10 PM eastern time. To pay for your registration, please send your check or money order to David J. Cullers, 1272 Cheatham Way, Bellbrook, OH 45305, or use our PulpFest Paypal page. If you pay via Paypal, you’ll also have to register via email, providing all of the information required on our registration forms to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com.

To Learn More

If you’d like to learn more, please write to Jack Cullers for a copy of our 2020 newsletter, to be released starting in April 2020. You can also download a copy of the newsletter by clicking here.

(Designed by PulpFest’s advertising director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2020 post card 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 our PulpFest 2020 post card features the work of Norm Eastman. His painting — featuring models Eva Lynd and Steve Holland — was used for the cover of BLUEBOOK for October 1966.

Our post cards are being distributed to book stores, comic shops, mail order dealers, conventions, book fairs, and other venues. They’ll be used to publicize all the wonders that are PulpFest 2020. If you’d like to help promote PulpFest, please email the convention’s marketing director, Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.com.)