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.)

Join the Winning Team!

Mar 9, 2020 by

Be a PulpFest Sponsor!

 

Join the PulpFest team! For a number of years, a range of organizations have made significant contributions to the convention through their sponsorships. Why not add your organization to the list?

One of our most popular sponsorship categories is our website sponsorship. For a contribution of $150, your link will appear in the bar on the right side of the PulpFest homepage. You’ll be alongside Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., For the Love of All Things EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS, and our other site sponsors. Six-month sponsorships are also available for $80.

This year, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. will be sponsoring the convention’s welcome banner. The banner will be displayed near the PulpFest 2020 registration desk for all of our members to admire. We’d like to thank Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. for their generous contribution to PulpFest 2020.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor the PulpFest 2021 banner, we’d be happy to talk with you.

Although our 2020 welcome banner has already been sponsored, there are other ways for you to help. If you donate $120, you can sponsor the PulpFest 2020 membership badges. Your name or logo will appear on each member’s badge, reminding them of your generosity. As our membership badges also feature a copy of the convention’s program schedule, our members regularly refer to them.

We’re looking for several sponsors who can contribute $100 or more to help defray the authorization expenses for this year’s film program. Prior to each film showing, your name and logo will be displayed on our screen, acknowledging your contribution to our programming.

For a contribution of $50 or more, you can be a hospitality suite sponsor. Last year, ten individuals and organizations contributed a substantial sum of money to help PulpFest stock its con suite with snacks and beverages. The convention was even able to buy a large quantity of pizzas for everyone’s enjoyment.

As a hospitality suite sponsor, your name or logo will be listed on a poster that will be displayed in the PulpFest con suite at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

All of our various sponsors, large and small, will be thanked through several posts that will run on our homepage and social media sites.

Other opportunities to help PulpFest financially include advertising in the convention’s program book, THE PULPSTER, or donating material to be given free to PulpFest members or to serve as door prizes.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities with PulpFest, please contact the convention’s marketing director, Mike Chomko, at mike@pulpfest.com.

(Join the PulpFest team! If you or your organization is interested in discussing a PulpFest sponsorship, please contact Mike Chomko, the convention’s marketing director. We’d be honored to have your name or logo appear on something like our PulpFest 2019 welcome banner, sponsored by Meteor House. Designed by PulpFest advertising director William Lampkin and featuring art by Walter Baumhofer, it also featured the Meteor House name and logo.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc is sponsoring our PulpFest 2020 welcome banner. Please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com if you’d like to join them as a PulpFest 2020 sponsor.)

Happy Halloween from PulpFest

Oct 28, 2019 by

At PulpFest 2020, we’ll be celebrating “Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage.” Perhaps we’ll throw in a touch of Burroughs and Brackett for good measure. So why not add a couple more “B’s” to the mix? Enoch Bolles’s cover art for the November 1935 issue of BREEZY STORIES was simply too hard to resist.

With the centennial of Ray Bradbury’s birth in August 2020, there’s no better way to celebrate it than at PulpFest. Garyn G. Roberts — Bradbury’s pal for more than thirty years — will talk about the Science Fiction Grand Master. Our 2013 Munsey Award winner promises to share many unique items he collected during his friendship with Bradbury.

We’ll also have presentations on Bradbury in comic books, television, and film. Filling out our salute will be several presentations concerning Mars in fiction, plus a look at early science fiction fandom.

Of course, we can’t forget that 2020 also marks the centennial of the magazine where the hardboiled detective story took root — BLACK MASK. It’s also the 120th anniversary of pulp artist Margaret Brundage, best known for her 60+ WEIRD TALES covers.

Finally, our PulpFest 2020 guest of honor will be the beautiful Eva Lynd, a favorite model for artists Norm Eastman and Al Rossi. You can read more about Eva in our post “The Countess of PulpFest.”

You’ll have plenty of “B’s” in your trick-or-treat bag if you plan to attend PulpFest 2020. It will take place from August 6 – 9, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry.

We’ll keep you informed about our plans through our homepage and social media sites. So be sure to bookmark PulpFest.com. We’ll be offering a new post every Monday morning around 9 AM, eastern time. Alternately, you can read what we’ve written via our facebook site, catch our tweets by following us on Twitter, or check out our daily posts to our Instagram page.

Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date about our plans.

(Enoch Bolles studied at the National Academy of Design and the Art Student’s League. His first magazine assignments appeared in 1914 on the covers of JUDGE and PUCK.

According to David Saunders’s Field Guide To Wild American Pulp Artists, Bolles “went on to establish a significant reputation for his distinctive cover paintings for the spicy magazines . . . Bolles was also a versatile illustrator who created advertising for Sun-Maid Raisins, Vicks VapoRub, and Zippo lighters.

Incidentally, BREEZY STORIES liked Bolles’s cover so much that they used it a second time. You’ll also find it on their December 1945 number.)

Happy Labor Day from PulpFest

Sep 2, 2019 by

On this day when we honor working people, PulpFest is pleased to announce that the organizing committee is taking the day off.

Planning is well underway for PulpFest 2020. We’ll be returning to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry in Mars, Pennsylvania. The convention will run from August 6 – 9, 2020.

It will be the 49th convening of the summertime pulp con.

We’ll be focusing on Bradbury, BLACK MASK, and Brundage. We may even throw in a touch of Brackett and Burroughs for good measure.

FarmerCon XV — saluting the life and legacy of Philip José Farmer — will also join us.

As always, expect a terrific dealers’ room and superb programming.

To keep informed about PulpFest 2020,  please bookmark pulpfest.com or like our Facebook page. Over on Twitter, catch our tweets. You’ll also find selected posts on various newsgroups, including Pulpmags. And don’t forget about our Instagram page! You’ll enjoy our take on the pulps and their offspring.

Having read this post, please take the rest of the day off. You deserve it!

(A New York City building manager and apartment rental agent, Albert Roanoke Tilburne began selling freelance illustrations to Popular Publications in 1935. He became a regular contributor to SHORT STORIES and WEIRD TALES during the late thirties. In 1947, he painted the cover for H. P. Lovecraft’s THE LURKING FEAR AND OTHER STORIES, published by Avon Books in 1947. After retiring from commercial illustration, he developed a reputation as a Western artist.

Tilburne contributed a total of ten covers — including the September 1944 number — to “The Unique Magazine.” Ray Bradbury’s Johnny Choir story — “Bang! You’re Dead!” — was featured in the issue.)

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!

 

Our PulpFest 2019 Sponsors

Aug 5, 2019 by

As PulpFest prepares for this summer’s annual pulp con — running from August 15 – 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, we would like to thank our sponsors for their significant contributions.

Our 2019 “Welcome to PulpFest and FarmerCon” banner was sponsored by Meteor House. Many thanks to this fine small publisher for their generous donation. Meteor House will be launching a new collection at this year’s convention, Philip José Farmer’s GREATHEART SILVER AND OTHER PULP HEROES.

Although we’re rightfully proud of our substantial dealers’ room — featuring sixty-six different exhibitors — and our highly regarded programmingPulpFest is first and foremost a gathering where “you get to meet and talk to some of the greatest collectors and dealers.”

You can meet and socialize with these folks in the PulpFest hospitality suite. It will be back at the DoubleTree thanks to the generosity of the following PulpFest 2019 dealers:

We’d also like to thank two organizations for their help to fund the PulpFest website. For pulp enthusiasts pursuing educations, DoMyEssay.net and SmartWritingService are there to help. Take advantage of one of their great options to ease your burden.

Many thanks to all of our sponsors for their generous support of PulpFest. If you or your organization would like to join them as a convention or hospitality suite sponsor, please contact Mike Chomko, the convention’s marketing director, at mike@pulpfest.com.

(Hugo Gernsback announced the formation of “The Science Fiction League” in the April 1934 issue of WONDER STORIES. The League was being organized to “coordinate all who are interested in science fiction, into one comprehensive international group.”  One month later, Gernsback continued, “The (Science Fiction) movement still has not reached the great public, but efforts are made by all Science Fiction enthusiasts to spread its vogue . . . By word of mouth in the school and classroom, by getting new readers to read Science Fiction magazines, by inducing motion picture corporations to run Science Fiction films, by getting newspapers to publish Science Fiction stories, by getting broadcast stations to broadcast Science Fiction . . .”

The goals of The Science Fiction League pretty much mirror those of PulpFest:

“. . . a convention dedicated to the premise that the pulps had a profound effect on popular culture across the globe. . . . It seeks to honor the pulps by drawing attention to the many ways these throwaway magazines have inspired writers, artists, film directors, game designers, and other creators over the years.”

They also mirror the goals of our hospitality suite sponsor, First Fandom Experience:

“Our goal is to bring to life the experience of the pioneering fans who were instrumental in defining, promoting and supporting science fiction in the 1930s and beyond.”

For an opportunity to meet First Fandom Experience and our other fine sponsors, please register for PulpFest by clicking the Register button below our homepage banner. The deadline for advance registrations is Monday, August 12, 2019, at 10 PM eastern time. So what are you waiting for?)

What’s This PulpFest All About?

Jul 5, 2019 by

So what’s this PulpFest that has so many people talking? With over 3,200 likes on Facebook, hundreds of followers on Instagram, and nearly 1,100 followers on Twitter, it certainly has been generating a lot of excitement. But what’s it all about?

PulpFest is named for pulp magazines — fiction periodicals named after the cheap pulp paper on which they were printed. Frank A. Munsey pioneered the format in 1896 with THE ARGOSY. Stories like Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan and the Apes” and Max Brand’s “Destry Rides Again” really got things moving.

The pulps started to flourish following the introduction of specialized magazines such as DETECTIVE STORY and LOVE STORY. Publishing legends BLACK MASKWEIRD TALES and AMAZING STORIES debuted during the 1920s. The early thirties introduced the hero pulps, while science fiction exploded as the world went to war in 1939.

By the early fifties, the pulps had largely disappeared. Although displaced by paperback books, comics, radio, television, movies, and more, the rough-paper periodicals had a profound effect on popular culture across the globe. They inspired everything from STAR WARS and JURASSIC PARK to Batman and Spider-Man. The fiction and art of the pulps reverberated through comic books, movies, paperbacks, television, and even anime and role-playing games.

PulpFest 2019 will focus on the many ways 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 contemporary pop culture. To see what PulpFest is all about, click the Programming button below our home page banner to get a taste for the topics that we’ll explore in 2019.

Beyond our programming, the PulpFest dealers’ room will feature tens of thousands of pulp magazines, vintage paperbacks, digests, genre books, original art, first edition hardcovers, series books, reference books, men’s adventure and true crime magazines, dime novels and story papers, Big Little Books, B-Movies, serials and related paper collectibles, old-time radio shows, and collectible comic books and newspaper adventure strips.

The convention will take place from Thursday evening, August 15, through Sunday afternoon, August 18, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry, just nineteen miles north of the exciting city of Pittsburgh. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Just click the button below the PulpFest banner to “Book a Room. 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.

Start planning now to join PulpFest 2019 at the “pop culture center of the universe.” You can join the convention by clicking the Register button below our home page banner. If you’d like to pay for your membership via Paypal, you’ll find our Paypal link on our registration page.

(Published by the Frank A. Munsey Company, the October 1912 issue of THE ALL-STORY featured Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novel “Tarzan of the Apes,” published in its entirety. Clinton Pettee painted the front cover art for the magazine.

Burroughs’ Tarzan is the most famous character to emerge from the pulps. Others include Zorro, Conan the Barbarian, Dr. Kildare, The Shadow, Buck Rogers, Sam Spade, Doc Savage, and Cthulhu.

Come to PulpFest 2019 and learn how the pulps continue to inspire the world’s pop culture creators.)

Confluence: Pittsburgh’s SF Convention

Jun 24, 2019 by

Confluence convention logo

 

Confluence is Pittsburgh’s longest-running literary conference. It is 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. Joe Coluccio, who has attended PulpFest for several years, serves as the president of Parsec.

Every summer, award-winning authors, editors, artists and song-writers gather in Pittsburgh for three full days, holding panel discussions, concerts and talks that broaden and deepen appreciation of the genres. Welcoming and personal, 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.

This year’s Confluence will offer many activities including an exciting dealers’ room, science programming, art show, poetry readings, workshops, art demos, a cosplay/costume contest, musical filk concerts, and Saturday night entertainment.

NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Tobias S. Buckell will be the Confluence 2019 Guest of Honor. Buckell grew up in Grenada and spent time in the British and U. S. Virgin Islands, which influence much of his work. His novels and over seventy stories have been translated into nineteen different languages. His work has been nominated for awards like the Hugo, Nebula, Prometheus, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction Author.

Nebula, World Fantasy, and Endeavour award nominee Cat Rambo will conduct two Writers’ Workshops at Confluence. A select number of authors will have the chance to have their work critiqued. There is no additional fee for the writing workshops, however, paid membership to the Confluence conference is required for all workshop participants. Participation is limited to one workshop per person.

Award-winning filk writer and performer Michael “Moonwulf” Longcor will also be appearing at the 2019 Confluence.

This year’s Confluence will begin on Friday, July 26, at 3 PM. The convention continues on Saturday, July 27, from 9 AM until 10 PM, and Sunday, July 28, from 9 AM until 3 PM. Confluence will take place at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Airport Hotel, 1160 Thorn Run Road in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Parking is free if you are staying at the hotel, or attending the convention.

An advance, full-weekend adult membership is $50 through June 30, 2019. Children from 6 – 12 years old are $25 through June 30. After that date, at-the-door prices apply. For additonal information about registration, please visit the Confluence website.

In her 2018 convention report, Brenda Clough writes, “You can meet everybody in attendance here and talk to nearly everybody, and converse with all the pros . . . . Confluence is a con worthy of attention!“

(While you’re awaiting PulpFest 2019 — beginning on Thursday, August 15, and running through Sunday, August 18 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry — Confluence may just be your ticket to happiness. Tell them PulpFest sent you!)

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.)