Happy Independence Day from PulpFest!

Jul 3, 2020 by

In a normal year, PulpFest would take the time today to say thanks for all of the donations received. Over the years, Chaosium Inc.Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc., THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, Radio Archives, and other generous organizations have donated their products as free giveaways to PulpFest attendees.

We’ve also used this day to thank the many bookstores and comic shops from the Pittsburgh metropolitan region where PulpFest is based, as well as book fairs and conventions throughout the United States that have helped to promote “Summer’s Pulp Con.” Although our promotional efforts were drastically reduced earlier this year, we’d still like to thank Books from the Crypt, Martin Grams, Jeff Harper, New Dimension Comics, Mike Chomko, Books, and Curt Phillips for helping to promote PulpFest during the last year.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 virus threw a monkey wrench into all of our plans. Given the substantial risks involved and our desire to maintain the health and well-being of our many supporters, the PulpFest organizing committee voted unanimously to postpone this year’s convention until August 18 – 21, 2021.

Although there will be no PulpFest in 2020 and no items donated to give away to our attendees free of charge, we’d still like to celebrate freedom by offering our PulpFest 2020 postcards free to anyone interested as long as supplies last. Designed by the convention’s advertising director, William Lampkin, our postcards have become collector’s items in and of themselves. Bill has been creating these cards each and every year since 2011.

If you’d like a few copies of our PulpFest 2020 postcard, please send a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope to Michael Chomko, 2217 W Fairview Street, Allentown, PA 18104-6542. Requests from outside the United States will be honored, but it’s up to the sender to provide the correct United States postage.

(Our PulpFest 2020 postcard 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 the postcard highlights the work of Norm Eastman. His painting — featuring models Eva Lynd and Steve Holland — was used for the cover of BLUEBOOK for October 1966.)

 

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.)

Thanks to Everyone Who Helped with PulpFest 2019

Sep 9, 2019 by

Year after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest such a great show. The PulpFest organizing committee would like them for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2019 a success. We could not have done it without you:

Our front desk staff – Maura Childers, Marge Coiner, Jack Cullers, and Sally Cullers.

Our panelists and presenters – Jason Aiken, Roger Alford, Jennifer Barnes and the writers from Raw Dog Screaming Press — Mike Arnzen, Carrie Gessner, John Edward Lawson, Jason Jack Miller, and Stephanie Wytovich — John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, Wayne Carey, Mike Chomko, Gene Christie, Jeremiah Dylan Cook, Bob Deis, Wyatt Doyle, Win Scott Eckert, John Gunnison, Rich Harvey, Morgan Holmes, Ed Hulse,  John Edward Lawson and the writers from Dog Star Books — Matt Betts, J. L. Gribble, Heidi Ruby Miller, K. W. Taylor, Albert Wendland, and K. Ceres Wright — Sara Light-Waller,  John Locke, William Patrick Maynard, Craig McDonald, Will Murray, Nicholas Parisi, Garyn Roberts, David Saunders, E. C. Skowronski, Paul Spiteri, Joab Stieglitz, Sara Tantlinger, George Vanderburgh, Chet Williamson, and John Wooley.

Thanks to Henry G. Franke, III and the Burroughs Bibliophiles for putting together our 2019 art show. We’d also like to thank Jason and Sunni Brock for authorizing our showing of their film, CHARLES BEAUMONT: THE SHORT LIFE OF TWILIGHT ZONE’S MAGIC MAN.

Many thanks to Mike Chomko and Barry Traylor for the time they devoted to assembling this year’s auction. Thanks also to our auctioneers John Gunnison and Joseph Saine and our auction staff, Maura Childers, Marge Coiner, and Sally Cullers.

We want to thank our technical staff – Bill Lampkin and William Patrick Maynard – and our behind-the-scenes help – Peter Chomko, Dan Zimmer, and Kate Knecht, Kirsty McCray, and Kyle Thompson and the terrific staff of the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh — Cranberry, including Austin and Stephanie, who helped a great deal with set-up.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create THE PULPSTER #28 – editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, Schuerholz Printing, plus contributors Richard Bleiler, Tony Davis, Doug Ellis, Scott Tracy Griffin, D. Kepler, Sara Light-Waller, Will Murray, Aaron H. Oliver, and Jess Terrell. We also want to thank James T. Roberts, Esq., for allowing us to reprint his father’s article about Sherlock Holmes. Many thanks are also offered to the magazine’s advertisers – Bear Manor Media, Black Hood Press, CONvergence, Heartwood Auctions, Meteor House Press, Mike Chomko Books, Murania Press, New Texture, the Pulp Factory Awards, Readercon, Recoverings, Stark House Press, ThePulp.Net, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Many thanks to the nominators and Lamont AwardMunsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, George Vanderburgh. Congratulations to George and to all of the nominees for our 2019 award. Thank you to 2018 Munsey winner Bill Lampkin for presenting this year’s award.

We’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: Chaosium, Inc., Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION,  and Mike Chomko, Books. We would also like to the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for loaning the convention their sound system. Thanks to Meteor House Press for sponsoring this year’s PulpFest banner and to our website sponsors, SmartWritingService.com and DoMyEssay.net.

Thanks must also be extended to John and Maureen Gunnison of Adventure House, David and Daniel Ritter of First Fandom Experience, Richard Meli of Heartwood Books and Art, Mike Croteau, Paul Spiteri and Win Scott Eckert of Meteor House Press, Mike Chomko, Books, Mark Redfield and Jennifer Rouse of Redfield Arts Audio, author Christopher Ryan, Steven Spilger of Mr. Polyester Books and Comics, Christopher Maffei of Well-Stacked Books, and Doug Ellis and John Gunnison of the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for sponsoring this year’s hospitality suite at the DoubleTree.

Finally, thanks to Ron Adams and Monster Bash, Jim Beard, Doug Ellis, Steve Ericson, Martin Grams, Steve Hager, Jeff Harper, Sara Light-Waller, Todd McDevitt and New Dimension Comics, Heidi Ruby Miller, Curt Phillips, Rick Thomas, Ray Walsh and the Curious Book Shop, Publicity Chair Karen Yun-Lutz and Confluence, and the many conventions, book and paper fairs, bookstores, comic and collectible shops, web sites, magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show by distributing and displaying our advertising materials. We should also mention Christopher Bowser of Geek’s Guide to Pittsburgh, Hanna Lynn and PITTSBURGH CITY PAPER, and Mike Robertson of VisitPittsburgh, who helped in various ways.

Thank you as well to the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2019. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see all of you in the coming year — along with a good many newcomers — for PulpFest 2020.

If we’ve neglected anyone, please accept our apology and our gratitude. Write to mike@pulpfest.com and we will correct the oversight.

Your PulpFest organizing committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, William Patrick Maynard, and Barry Traylor

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2019 welcome banner —  sponsored by Meteor House Press — features the work of artist Walter Baumhofer. His painting was originally used as the cover to the March 1933 issue of Street & Smith’s DOC SAVAGE MAGAZINE.)

Free Stuff at PulpFest 2019

Jul 4, 2019 by

Bring on the fireworks! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s freedom. What better time for PulpFest to say thanks for all of the donations we’ve received? We’ll be giving them to our members free of charge. The only requirement is to attend PulpFest 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry between August 15 and August 18!

In alphabetical order, we’d like to thank Dustin Wright and Chaosium Inc., the publisher of CALL OF CTHULHU and other role-playing games. Chaosium has donated a selection of horror and fantasy books to be used as door prizes during PulpFest 2019.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. has donated several softcover copies of books inspired by the fantastic work of Edgar Rice Burroughs. PulpFest is also happy to welcome Christopher Paul Carey — the Director of Publishing for Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. — to this year’s convention. He’ll be reading from his own fiction and appearing on a number of panels. Christopher is the authorized continuation chronicler of Philip Jose Farmer’s KHOKARSA series and among the stable of licensed authors in THE WILD ADVENTURES OF EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS series.

Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION — celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2019 — has provided PulpFest with several cartons of back issues. These will be handed out by our registration staff as long as supplies last. The award-winning magazine has been supporting PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for many years. We’re extremely grateful for the long-standing support of F&SF.

Science fiction and fantasy publisher Meteor House has sponsored this year’s “Welcome to PulpFest” banner. It will be on display at our registration desk. Watch for our post about this year’s banner in August.

Mike Chomko, Books — a longtime dealer at PulpFest, Pulpcon, and other conventions — has contributed a handful of recent Sherlock Holmes books to be offered as prizes to attendees of “The Game’s Afoot: Sherlock Holmes and the Pulps” on Friday evening, August 16.

Mike is also helping to sponsor our hospitality suite. PulpFest‘s host hotel has provided a room near its elevators where our members can socialize after a hearty day of collecting and programming. Stop by to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting.

Raw Dog Screaming Press — the recipient of the 2018 Horror Writers Association Specialty Press Award for outstanding horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction — for deciding to hold their “Sweet Sixteen” celebration at this year’s PulpFest. Coffee, tea, and sweets — celebrating sixteen years of high quality fiction — will be available at their “Rapid-Fire Reads” on both Friday and Saturday morning.

We’d also like to thank the many bookstores and comic shops throughout the Pittsburgh area, as well as the book fairs and conventions throughout the United States that have helped to promote “Summer’s Pulp Con” through the past year. Special thanks to Jim Beard, Steve Ericson of Books from the Crypt, Martin Grams, Steve Hager, John Koch, Sara Light-Waller, Todd McDevitt of New Dimension Comics, Heidi Ruby Miller, Curt Phillips, and Rick Thomas for their help promoting us at various venues.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, July 31 is the last day to receive the special convention rate. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Below our banner, you’ll find a link that reads “Book a Room.” Click on this link and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at the DoubleTree. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special rate. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

(On July 4, the United States celebrates Independence Day. Herbert Morton Stoops‘ cover to the March 1946 issue of THE BLUE BOOK MAGAZINE — entitled “The Birth of a Nation” — is a perfect illustration for the occasion. From January through November 1946, BLUE BOOK ran an eleven-part series of Stoops cover paintings entitled “This Is Our Land.”

The first issue of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION was released in the Fall of 1949. Help it celebrate seventy years of publishing great speculative fiction by picking up a copy of the July and August 2019 number, featuring cover art by Mondolithic Studios.)

Advertise in THE PULPSTER

Feb 11, 2019 by

THE PULPSTER #27As we learned last week, Bill Lampkin is hard at work on the next issue of THE PULPSTER. You can expect another great issue from the esteemed editor and designer of our award-winning program book. Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.

Why not be part of the 2019 PULPSTER by placing an advertisement in the magazine? You have until June 15 to do so. All advertising is sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected upon reserving a space. Our cover spaces sell almost immediately.

Advertising rates for THE PULPSTER 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 magazine. THE PULPSTER has a circulation of 450+ copies.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for 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. If you’d like to offer something for our giveaway table or a door prize, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Sponsorships are also available. You can sponsor our 2019 “Welcome to PulpFest” banner for $150. For a contribution of $50 or more, you can be a hospitality suite sponsor. The annual cost of a website sponsorship is $150 per year. That’s just $12.50 per month. Your link will appear in the bar along the right side of our home page. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities at PulpFest, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The cover art for our 2018 PULPSTER was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for the April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.

Copies of THE PULPSTER #26 and 27 are 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.)

Thanks to Everyone Who Helped with PulpFest 2018

Aug 20, 2018 by

Year after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest a great show. The PulpFest organizing committee would like them for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2018 a success. We could not have done it without you:

Our front desk staff – Samantha Childers, Samuel Childers, Jack Cullers, and Sally Cullers; our panelists and presenters – Roger Alford, Jim Beard, John Bruening, Christopher Paul Carey, Wayne Carey, Mike Chomko, Mike Croteau, Tony Davis, Bob Deis, Wyatt Doyle, Win Scott Eckert, Henry G. Franke, III, Robert & Loretta Gould, Don Hutchison, Chris Kalb, Sara Light-Waller, Chuck Loridans, Peter McGarvey, Bill Mann, Michelle Nolan, Gary Rabuzzi, David Saunders, Frank Schildiner, Sai Shankar, and Paul Spiteri; our technical staff – Chuck Welch and J. Welch; our auction staff — John Gunnison and Joseph Saine; and our behind-the-scenes help – Peter Chomko, Dan Zimmer, and Allyssa Tudor and the terrific staff of the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh — Cranberry.

Many thanks to Joe Lansdale and his wife, Karen, for being our very special guests. Joe was on hand all throughout the convention. We also want to thank Mark Wheatley for his terrific art show.

Many thanks to Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Barry Traylor, and Chuck and J. Welch for all the hours devoted to assembling this year’s auctions.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create THE PULPSTER #27 – editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, Schuerholz Printing, plus contributors Tony Davis, Tom Krabacher, Joe R. Lansdale, and David W. Smith. We also have to thank Meteor House and the families of the late George Evans and Albert Tonik for their contributions to the issue. Many thanks are offered to the magazine’s advertisers – AbeBooks, Black Hood Press, Bold Venture Press and Stuart Hopen, Confluence, Heartwood Auctions, IDW, Larque Press, Lycophos Press and Bob Stewart, Meteor House, Mike Chomko Books, New Texture, Pegana Press, the Pulp Factory Awards, Stark House Press, ThePulp.Net, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Many thanks to the nominators and Lamont AwardMunsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, William Lampkin. Congratulations to Bill and to all of the nominees for our 2018 award. Thank you to 2016 Lamont winner David Saunders for presenting this year’s award and to Mike Chomko for accepting the award in Bill’s absence.

We’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: Airship 27, Chaosium, Inc., Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, Larque Press, Mike Chomko, Books, and Radio Archives. We would also like to the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention for loaning the convention their sound system. Thanks as well to our website sponsors: AbeBooks.com, SmartWritingService.com, and DoMyEssay.net.

Thanks must also be extended to AbeBooks, Meteor House Press, and the members of the PulpFest organizing committee for sponsoring this year’s hospitality suite at the DoubleTree.

Finally, thanks to Ron Adams and Monster Bash, Jim Beard, Doug Ellis, Steve Ericson, Martin Grams, Steve Hager, Jeff Harper, Todd McDevitt and New Dimension Comics, Curt Phillips, Rick Thomas, Ray Walsh and the Curious Book Shop, Publicity Chair Karen Yun-Lutz and Confluence, and the many conventions, book and paper fairs, bookstores, comic and collectible shops, web sites, magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show by distributing and displaying our advertising materials.

Special thanks must be extended to Jesseca Muslin — who wrote about PulpFest for PITTSBURGH MAGAZINE — Christopher Bowser of Geek’s Guide to Pittsburgh, Mike Robertson from VisitPittsburgh, and Julie Oreskovich of AbeBooks. We also want to thank Richard Davies and BEHIND THE BOOKSHELVES for giving us an opportunity to talk about pulps and PulpFest on the AbeBooks podcast.

Thank you as well to the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2018. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see all of you in the coming year — along with a good many newcomers — for PulpFest 2019.

If we’ve neglected anyone, please accept our apology and our gratitude. Write to mike@pulpfest.com and we will correct the oversight.

Your PulpFest organizing committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2018 welcome banner —  sponsored by AbeBooks.com — features the work of freelance artist Mel Hunter. His painting was originally used as the cover to the May 1960 number of THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION, celebrating its 70th year of publication in 2019.)

Free Stuff at PulpFest 2018

Jul 4, 2018 by

Bring on the fireworks! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s freedom. What better time for PulpFest 2018 to offer thanks for all of the donations we’ve received? They’re all meant for our members who will receive them free of charge. The only requirement is to attend “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry from July 26 through July 29!

In alphabetical order, we’d like to thank Dustin Wright and Chaosium Inc., the publisher of CALL OF CTHULHU and other role-playing games. Chaosium has donated a selection of fiction books and game supplements to be used as door prizes during PulpFest 2018.

Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. for their generous donation of several hardbound and softcover copies of the new Christopher Paul Carey novel, SWORDS AGAINST THE MOON MENInspired by the work of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Christopher will be reading from his book on Friday, July 27. PulpFest will also be hosting an art exhibition showcasing artist Mark Wheatley’s illustrations for the novel.

The Burroughs organization has also donated four hardbound Tarzan novels from their “Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs series.” These will also be awarded as door prizes during PulpFest 2018.

Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, the award-winning magazine that is celebrating its 69th anniversary in 2018, will again be offering copies of back issues to our members. Gordon’s magazine has been supporting PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for many years. We’re extremely grateful for the long-standing support of F&SF.

Mike Chomko, Books — a longtime dealer at PulpFest, Pulpcon, and other pulp conventions — has contributed a number of new pulp volumes to be offered as prizes to attendees of this year’s New Fictioneers readings.

Tom Brown and Radio Archives — the leading producer of old-time radio collections and pulp audiobooks — for sending six complete audiobooks that will be awarded as door prizes for our members attending selected evening presentations on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Including THE BEST OF ADVENTURE, G-8 AND HIS BATTLES ACES, and Will Murray’s WILD ADVENTURES OF DOC SAVAGE, six lucky attendees will be heading home with some new listening material for the trip.

PulpFest sponsor, AbeBooks.com, as well as Meteor House and FarmerCon for helping to sponsor our hospitality suite. Our host hotel has provided a room off their lobby where our members can socialize after a hearty day of collecting in the dealers’ room and partaking in our evening programming.

You are welcome to join in on the fun. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting and talk about the characters and creators that you love.

We’d also like to thank the many bookstores and comic shops throughout the Pittsburgh area, as well as the many book fairs and conventions throughout the United States that have helped to promote “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” all through the past year. You’ve done a FANTASTIC job and we couldn’t have done it without you! Special thanks to Jim Beard, Martin Grams, Steve Hager, Todd McDevitt of New Dimension Comics, and Rick Thomas for their help promoting us at various conventions and elsewhere.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, today is the last day to receive the special convention rate. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Below our banner and along the right hand side of our home page, you’ll find links that read “Book a Room.” Click on one of these links and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at the DoubleTree. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special rate. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

(From the late thirties through the early forties, August Schomburg — the younger brother of Alex Schomburg — painted many covers for Magazine Publishers’ FLYING ACES, including the August 1942 number. August’s older brother is well known for drawing over 500 comic book covers for CAPTAIN AMERICA, THE HUMAN TORCH, SUB-MARINER, and other Golden Age titles.

During July and August 1942, just months after the United States entered World War II, magazines nationwide featured the American flag on their covers. Adopting the slogan “United We Stand,” some five hundred publications waved the stars and stripes to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day.

For magazine publishers, displaying the flag was a way to prove their loyalty and value to the war effort. For the U. S. government, the campaign was an opportunity to sell bonds and boost morale. The magazines brought home a message of patriotism and ideals worth fighting for.)

Advertise in THE PULPSTER

Mar 26, 2018 by

Bill Lampkin is already hard at work on the next issue of THE PULPSTER. Expect another slam-bang issue from the esteemed editor and designer of our award-winning program book. Every member of PulpFest will receive a complimentary copy of THE PULPSTER.

If you’d like to place an advertisement in our 2018 PULPSTER, you have until June 1 to do so. All advertising is sold on a first-come, first-served basis, with payment expected upon reserving a space. Please realize that the cover spaces sell very quickly. Our advertising rates are reasonable: color back cover – $200; 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 – $75; black-and-white half-page – $40; black-and-white quarter page – $30. To inquire about space availability, please write to PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com. You can also ask Mike about print specifications. THE PULPSTER has a circulation of 450 – 500 copies.

Another way to advertise at PulpFest is to donate material for our giveaway tables and to serve as door prizes. Over the years Chaosium, 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. If you’d like to offer something for our giveaway table or a door prize, please contact Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

Sponsorships are also available for our website at a cost of $150 per year. Our current sponsors include AbeBooks.com and two writing services. PulpFest also accepts sponsorships of the convention’s hospitality suite. For $50, you’ll be listed as one of our evening sponsors for our hospitality suite. What a great way to get your name out there as a supporter of the pulp community.

If you or your organization would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities at PulpFest, please contact PulpFest marketing and programming director Mike Chomko at mike@pulpfest.com.

(The proposed cover art for the forthcoming 2018 PULPSTER was originally painted by Rudolph Belarski  for April 1940 THRILLING ADVENTURES, published by Ned Pines’ Standard Magazines.

Copies of THE PULPSTER #26 are available for purchase through Mike Chomko, Books, one of the leading purveyors of pulp-related publications in the field. The cost of the issue is $13, 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.)

Thanks to Everyone Who Helped with PulpFest 2017

Aug 21, 2017 by

PulpFest welcome banner, with AbeBooksYear after year, there are countless individuals and organizations that help to make PulpFest an enjoyable experience for those who attend “Summer’s Great Pulp Con. The PulpFest organizing committee would like to thank the following people and organizations for their invaluable assistance in helping to make PulpFest 2017 a success. We could not have done it without you:

Our front desk staff – Maura Childers, Jack Cullers, and Sally Cullers; Lucy Denunzio, Bill Thinnes, and J. Welch, for help with the auction; our panelists and presenters – Fred Adams, Jr., Jim Beard, John Bruening, Wayne Carey, Mike Croteau, Win Scott Eckert, Ron Fortier, John Gunnison, Pete Lutz and the other members of the Narada Radio Company — Austin Beach, Barbi Beach, Keane Lutz, Derek Lutz, Cora Devoir, and Edward Champion — Tom Krabacher, Peter McGarvey, Jeffrey Marks, Walker Martin, Michael Maynard, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, Charles Millhouse, Matt Moring, Will Murray, Michelle Nolan, Garyn G. Roberts, Joseph Saine, David Saunders, Frank Schildiner, Art Sippo, Joab Stieglitz, Gloria Stoll Karn, J. Welch, and Chet Williamson; our technical staff – Chuck and J. Welch; and our behind-the-scenes help – Dan Zimmer and Allyssa Tudor and the terrific staff of the DoubleTree by Hilton Pittsburgh — Cranberry.

Many thanks to J. Barry Traylor for helping to arrange the appearance author Chet Williamson. Likewise, thanks to Barry, Jack Cullers, Chuck and J. Welch, and Mike Chomko for all the hours put in to assemble this year’s auction.

The organizing committee would also like to thank the people who helped to create THE PULPSTER #26 – editor Bill Lampkin, assistant editor Peter Chomko, publisher Mike Chomko, Schuerholz Printing, plus contributors Tony Davis, Douglas Draa, Ron Goulart, Monte Herridge, Walker Martin, Curt Phillips, Bill Pronzini, and Garyn G. Roberts. We’d also like to thank the magazine’s advertisers – AbeBooks, Bear Manor Media, Black Hood Press, Fedogan & Bremer, Freeman’s Auctions, Girasol Collectables, Heartwood Auctions, Larque Press, Mike Chomko Books, New Texture, Pulp Factory Awards, Stark House Press, SleuthFest, ThePulp.Net, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention.

Many thanks as well to the nominators and Lamont Award, Munsey Award, and Rusty Hevelin Service Award winners who helped to select the winner of this year’s Munsey, Phil Stephensen-Payne. Congratulations to Phil and to all of the nominees for our 2017 award. Thank you to 2016 Munsey winner Laurie Powers for presenting this year’s award and Walker Martin for accepting the award in Phil’s absence.

Again, we’d like to thank the following organizations for the books and similar items that were donated to PulpFest for distribution to our members: Chaosium, Inc., John L. Coker, III, Gordon Van Gelder and THE MAGAZINE OF FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, Larque Press, Lohr McKinstry, Wyatt Doyle and Robert Deis of New Texture, and the family of pulp author Gordon Young. We would also like to thank Pittsburgh’s Caliban Book Shop for offering a discount to our members who visited their store during the convention, and the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention and Charley Schuerholz for loaning the convention their sound systems. Thanks as well to our website sponsors: AbeBooks.com, Essayscribes, College Homework Help, SmartWritingService.com, and DoMyEssay.net.

Thanks must also be extended to AbeBooks, Meteor House Press, and the members of the PulpFest organizing committee for sponsoring this year’s hospitality suite at the DoubleTree.

Finally, thanks to Ron Adams and Monster Bash, Jim Beard, Joe Collucio, Keith  Culbertson, Doug Ellis, Harold Forman, Henry Franke and the Burroughs Bibliophiles, Martin Grams, Tommy Hancock, Nathan Madison, Todd McDevitt and New Dimension Comics, Rick Thomas, Ray Walsh and Curious Book Shop, and the many conventions, book and paper fairs, bookstores, comic and collectible shops, web sites, magazines, newspapers, and other media outlets that helped to promote our show by distributing and displaying our advertising materials.

Special thanks must be extended to Jennifer Baron — who wrote a great little piece about PulpFest for NextPittsburgh, Christopher Bowser of Geek’s Guide to Pittsburgh, Sara Holzer and Mike Robertson from VisitPittsburgh, David Saunders for all of his help identifying cover artists, Mary Thomas of the PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE for her piece on our guest of honor Gloria Stoll Karn, and Katie Yakovleva of AbeBooks.

Thank you as well to the dealers, attending members and supporting members of PulpFest 2017. It was due to your encouragement and support that our convention was successful. We hope to see you all back next summer along with a good many newcomers for PulpFest 2018 when we will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Also, it just so happens to be the century mark of a certain Grand Master of Science Fiction named Philip José Farmer.

So please bookmark the PulpFest website at http://www.pulpfest.com/ and visit often. News about the convention can also be found on the PulpFest Facebook site at http://www.facebook.com/PulpFest. And for those who prefer their news short and sweet, follow our Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/pulpfest. Wherever you look for PulpFest on the web, we’ll be sure to keep you informed of our plans.

If we’ve neglected anyone, please accept our apology and our gratitude. Write to mike@pulpfest.com and we will correct the oversight.

Your PulpFest organizing committee — Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Sally Cullers, Bill Lampkin, Barry Traylor, and Chuck Welch

(Designed by PulpFest’s artistic director, William Lampkin, our PulpFest 2017 welcome banner —  sponsored by AbeBooks.com —  features the work of artist John Newton Howitt. His painting was originally used as the cover for the April 15, 1934 number of Popular Publications’ DIME DETECTIVE MAGAZINE.)

Free Stuff at PulpFest 2017

Jul 4, 2017 by

Bring on the fireworks! It’s time to celebrate our nation’s freedom. What better time for PulpFest 2017 to offer thanks for all of the donations we’ve received? They’re all meant for our members who will receive them free of charge. The only requirement is to attend “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry from July 27 through July 30!

Caliban Book Shop, located at 410 South Craig Street in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, is offering a 10% discount to PulpFest members off any purchase from their shop. All you have to do is show your PulpFest badge to receive the discount. Caliban Book Shop features quality used and rare books as well as indie books and ‘zines by local authors. The store is located about 30 minutes from the DoubleTree. This offer is good from Thursday, July 27 through Sunday July 30. Click here for directions.

John L. Coker, III — President of First Fandom and Editor/Publisher of SCIENTIFICTION — THE FIRST FANDOM REPORT — has donated a number of signed, pulp-related trading cards that will be given away during the convention to six lucky badge holders.

Gordon Van Gelder and FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION, the award-winning magazine that is celebrating its 68th anniversary in 2017, will again be offering copies of back issues to our members. Gordon’s magazine has been supporting PulpFest — and Pulpcon before it — for many years. We’re extremely grateful for the long-standing support of F&SF.

We’d also like to offer many thanks to Chaosium Inc., the publisher of CALL OF CTHULHU role playing game. Chaosium has donated a selection of fiction books and game supplements to be used as door prizes during PulpFest 2017.

Larque Press, the publisher of THE DIGEST ENTHUSIASThas donated a run of the first six issues of their exceptional magazine. All six issues — valued at over $50 — will be offered as a single lot during the Saturday night auction. All proceeds from the winning bid will go to PulpFest.

Wyatt Doyle and Bob Deis of New Texture have donated a great book mark to give away to PulpFest members. Please check out their MensPulpMags.com to learn more about New Texture’s The Men’s Adventure Library.

PulpFest sponsor, AbeBooks.com, as well as Meteor House and FarmerCon will be helping to sponsor our con suite. Our host hotel will be providing a room for our members where they can socialize after a hearty day of collecting in our dealers’ room and partaking in our evening programming. You’ll be able to enjoy drinks and snacks with your comrades in collecting and talk about the things that you love and collect. If you’d like to volunteer to serve as a host or hostess in the PulpFest con suite or are a dealer, publisher, or other organization that would like to sponsor the con suite for a night, please write to Jack Cullers at jack@pulpfest.com.

We’d also like to thank the many bookstores and comic shops throughout the Pittsburgh area, as well as the many book fairs and conventions throughout the United States that have helped to promote “Summer’s AMAZING Pulp Con” all through the past year. You’ve done a FANTASTIC job and we couldn’t have done it without you! Special thanks to Joe Coluccio, president of Parsec, and Harold Forman for spreading our promotional material throughout the Pittsburgh area. We also want to thank Martin Grams, Tommy Hancock, Nathan Madison, and Rick Thomas for their help promoting us at various conventions.

If you are not from the Pittsburgh area and have yet to book your room for this year’s PulpFest, tomorrow is the last day to receive the special convention rate. You can book your room directly through the PulpFest website. Below our banner and along the right hand side of our home page at pulpfest.com, you’ll find links that read “Book a Room.” Click on one of these links and you’ll be redirected to a secure site where you can book a room at the DoubleTree. You can also reserve a room by calling 1-800-222-8733. Please be sure to mention PulpFest in order to receive the special rate. Thanks so much to everyone who has reserved a room at our host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree, you’ve helped to ensure the convention’s success.

(During June 1942, six months after the United States entered World War II, magazines nationwide featured the American flag on their covers. Adopting the slogan “United We Stand,” some five hundred publications waved the stars and stripes to promote national unity, rally support for the war, and celebrate Independence Day.

For magazine publishers, displaying the flag was a way to prove their loyalty and value to the war effort. For the U.S. government, the campaign was an opportunity to sell bonds and boost morale. The magazines brought home a message of patriotism and ideals worth fighting for.)