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.)

 

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

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!

 

Hey Dad! It’s Time to Count the Days to PulpFest!

Jun 14, 2019 by

On Sunday — Father’s Day — it will be sixty days to PulpFest 2019So forget the wallet and the socks, the shaving kit and that many-tools-in-one gadget you can get for eighteen bucks on Amazon. This year, give Dad what he really wants . . . a membership to PulpFest 2019.

PulpFest begins on Thursday, August 15, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just outside of Pittsburgh in Mars, PA. Click the Register button below our homepage banner to learn how to get Dad a membership to the summertime gathering of fans of popular fiction and art. Or skip all that and click our PulpFest Paypal page to sign him up.

The dealers’ room at PulpFest features 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.

PulpFest is particularly known for its programming. This year, we’ll be focusing on the many ways that pulp fiction and pulp art have inspired and continue to inspire creators. We’re calling this year’s theme, “Children of the Pulps and Other Stories,” an examination of the pervasive influence of pulp magazines on pop culture.

And if Dad’s a fan of Science Fiction Grand Master Philip José Farmer, then PulpFest 2019 is the place for him. Since 2011, PulpFest has hosted FarmerCon, a convention that began in Peoria, Illinois, the hometown of Philip José Farmer. Originally a gathering of Farmer fans figuratively, and literally, right outside Phil’s back door, with presentations and picnics at the author’s house.  In 2011, FarmerCon decided to link up with PulpFest and provide Farmer fans with a range of programming, plus a huge room of collectibles.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to register Dad for a PulpFest 2019 membership. While you’re at it, you can also reserve him a room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. Simply click the Book a Room button, found on our homepage. Alternately, you can call 1-800-222-8733 to book a room by telephone. When calling, be sure to mention PulpFest to get the special convention rate. Given the convention’s popularity, we urge everyone to book a hotel room as soon as possible.

It goes without saying that PulpFest not only welcomes dads, but also moms, kids, and everyone in between and beyond. We want everyone to be able to experience “Summer’s Big Pulp Con.” With our terrific programming and spacious dealer’s room, everyone is welcome at PulpFest.

To keep abreast of the 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! PulpFest is exploring “The Children of the Pulps” on that site.

(N. C. Wyeth’s painting, “The Call of Spring,” was originally used as the cover art for the first issue of June 1911 of Street & Smith’s general fiction pulp, THE POPULAR MAGAZINE. We believe it’s a very nice fit for the Father’s Day theme featured in our post.

Although pulp magazines had a lurid reputation, many pulps — particularly those of the teens — featured quite tasteful covers. The April 10, 1915 issue of ALL-STORY CAVALIER WEEKLY  — with cover art by Albert Hencke  — is a good example. From about the beginning of 1915 until its last issue in 1920, many covers of Munsey’s ALL-STORY featured portraits of women. Aimed at a general audience, it made perfect sense to use such art to sell the magazine.)