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August 15, 2014

PULPFEST 2014

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Pulpfest 2014 has come and gone for another year, much to the delight of the over 600 attendees present for this annual event.

Held the weekend of August 7-10, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio, Pulpfest celebrates all things related to those lurid fiction magazines of the past.  These publications featured all types of genres—detective, science-fiction, fantasy, western, and romance, just to name a few of the most popular.

 

Pulpfest attendees literally spend hours poring through boxes of crumbing pulp magazines during the long weekend. Most have been collectors of these publications for many years and hoped to find that elusive issue to complete their collection!

Pulpfest attendees literally spend hours poring through boxes of crumbing pulp magazines during the long weekend. Most have been collectors of these publications for many years and hoped to find that elusive issue to complete their collection!

 

This gathering is one of the more sedate of the convention scene. And that’s not a knock. You won’t find high-energy events, kids running around in costumes or other manic activities. It’s definitely a more relaxed occasion, which is definitely a welcome change of pace in the current market.

This year Pulpfest 2014 offered their usual high-class brand of programming. There were authors giving presentations about their work, which often attempts to recreate the thrilling prose of vintage pulp magazines. Evening events were also top-notch, with pop-culture scholars discussing such topics as the classic Unknown Magazine and other specialized subjects.

 

Ace of Aces Books is an enterprising publishing house that specializes in collecting  overlooked pulp stories of the past. They specialize in repackaging vintage 'air-war' tales that contain some of the most thrilling pulp fiction around.

Ace of Aces Books is an enterprising publishing house that specializes in collecting overlooked pulp stories of the past. They specialize in repackaging vintage ‘air-war’ tales that contain some of the most thrilling pulp fiction around.

 

Of course, the main focus seems to focus on the dealer’s room. Here you can find anything from mounds of crumbling pulp magazines with lurid covers to rare Arkham House books valued to the hundreds of dollars.

There seemed to be a tad fewer dealers this year than usual. A trend I noticed among those present was that many did not have prices marked on their inventory. I don’t know why this was prevalent this year, but it became tiresome to have to continually ask “….how much is this?”  or “….how much is that?”

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Despite my small gripe, I enjoyed Pulpfest tremendously. It’s always a treat to catch up with old friends like Tony Isabella, David Schmidt and dealer extraordinaire Michael Carbonaro. The event is always a friendly affair, most attendees already having known each other for many years. It reminds me very much about these types of conventions were held back in the early days. We sure need more like them today!

 

Blogmeister Sam was reunited with writer Tony isabella. Tony purchased my first professional article 'way back in 1973 when he was a staff editor at Marvel Comics. i was only 17 years old, but he gave a struggling writer his greatest encouragement---his first sale!

Blogmeister Sam was reunited with writer Tony isabella. Tony purchased my first professional article ‘way back in 1973 when he was a staff editor at Marvel Comics. i was only 17 years old, but he gave a struggling writer his greatest encouragement—his first sale!

 

I can’t end my review of Pulpfest 2014 without my annual kudos to the convention program book, The Pulpster. Most con programs are unmemorable, but this is a happy exception. This high-quality magazine contains a sensational variety of terrific articles on pulp-oriented esoteria. If you are interested in this genre in the least, I encourage you to seek out a copy of this great publication. You’ll enjoy it.

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New Jersey megadealer Michael Carbonaro (l) mans one of the most active tables during Pulpfest 2014. Carbonaro was a whirling dervish of activity during the show, unpacking box after box of musty treasures for sale. That's Columbus dealer Doug Simms in the baseball cap on the right.

New Jersey megadealer Michael Carbonaro (l) mans one of the most active tables during Pulpfest 2014. Carbonaro was a whirling dervish of activity during the show, unpacking box after box of musty treasures for sale. That’s Columbus dealer Doug Simms in the baseball cap on the right.

 

Local artist REN shows off a pulp-inspired commission for a Pulpfest attendee. The talented draftsman offered a selection of great posters based on iconic pulp characters like The Shadow and Doc Savage.

Local artist REN shows off a pulp-inspired commission for a Pulpfest attendee. The talented draftsman offered a selection of great posters based on iconic pulp characters like The Shadow and Doc Savage.

 

Author Tony Isabella (l) poses with Sanctum Books guru Anthony Tollin. The latter's publishing company is bringing back the complete adventures of The Shadow, Doc Savage, and other pulp heroes.

Author Tony Isabella (l) poses with Sanctum Books guru Anthony Tollin. The latter’s publishing company is bringing back the complete adventures of The Shadow, Doc Savage, and other pulp heroes.

 

 

Vintage pulp-art and pulp-inspired work was on display by one dealer. Original illustrations from these old magazines are extremely rare---and very expensive.

Vintage pulp-art and pulp-inspired work was on display by one dealer. Original illustrations from these old magazines are extremely rare—and very expensive.

 

Chris Kalb's company, Robot Gangster, presented an array of way cool shirts based on pulp themes. Ye Blogmeister is the proud owner of T sporting the design of 1930s hero, The Spider. Besides being a talented artist, Chris is one of the foremost authorities on pulp 'premiums', which were the giveaway trinkets publishers awarded to loyal readers.

Chris Kalb’s company, Robot Gangster, presented an array of way cool shirts based on pulp themes. Ye Blogmeister is the proud owner of T sporting the design of 1930s hero, The Spider. Besides being a talented artist, Chris is one of the foremost authorities on pulp ‘premiums’, which were the giveaway trinkets publishers awarded to loyal readers.

 

 

 

 

 

 






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