PulpFest 2012 will begin on Thursday evening, August 9th, with a salute to the 100th anniversary of Tarzan. Edgar Rice Burroughs’ world-renowned character was introduced to the public in the novel “Tarzan of the Apes,” published in its entirety in the October 1912 issue of Munsey’s The All-Story. Friday will bring a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Burroughs’ first novel, “Under the Moons of Mars,” the tale that introduced John Carter to lovers of adventure and interplanetary fiction. On Saturday, PulpFest turns to Robert E. Howard’s Conan of Cimmeria, who turns eighty in December.
Early indications are that we will surpass last year’s show both in our number of registrations and rooms booked at the hotel. So this year’s con will be our biggest and best yet. We are still receiving registrations every day, many from people who have never attended PulpFest before. If you’ve been thinking about attending, but still haven’t pulled the trigger, you probably should call the hotel and make your reservation immediately. You can do so by calling 1-888-421-1442 or 1-614-463-1234 or by clicking our link to the Hyatt Regency Columbus on our home page under “Book a Room.” Please be sure to mention PulpFest when placing your reservation.
The Hyatt Regency is located at 350 North High Street in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The hotel is south of I-670, just 15-20 minutes from Columbus International Airport. In the heart of the active Arena District, the Hyatt Regency is just a few minutes’ walk from the trendy Short North Arts District. There are shops and restaurants galore right outside the hotel’s entrance.
From 4 PM to 11 PM on Thursday, the dealers’ room will be open for exhibitors to set up their displays. During set-up, dealers are asked to arrange their displays and, upon completion, cover them up and then depart the room. No buying, selling, or trading will be permitted during Thursday’s set-up. Dealers should please refrain from all such activity.
At this point, we urge all of our dealers to take full advantage of our generous load-in and set-up period. After all, this is our first year in a new location, and while uploading and transporting your goods should be much easier–there’s a side entrance to the hotel for loading and we have been granted exclusive use of a freight elevator–there is bound to be a certain amount of disorientation as folks negotiate their way around the Hyatt for the first time. We feel very strongly that attendees have every right to expect a fully-set-up hucksters room as soon as the convention opens on Friday, which is why PulpFest has always offered a lengthy load-in period on Thursday from 4 – 11 PM. We welcome your cooperation in this aspect of the show.
Early registration for the general membership will also take place on Thursday, beginning at 6 PM at a location to be determined. All members, dealers included, can pick up their registration packets at this time. For those of you who have not yet registered for PulpFest, Thursday evening will be an ideal time to do so. Three-day memberships will be available for $35. Single day memberships costing $15 per day will also be available. Please visit our Registration page for further details.
The dealers’ room will open to all members on Friday, August 10th at 9 AM and remain open until 5 PM. It will be open from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturday and from 9 AM to 2 PM on Sunday. Dealers will be allowed to enter the room approximately 15 minutes prior to opening in order to prepare their displays.
There will be programming on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and several presentations during the Friday and Saturday afternoon. Please visit our Programming page for further details.
All PulpFest attendees will be able to submit material for inclusion in the Saturday Night Auction. For additional information, please visit our Auctions page under “Programming” or contact Barry Traylor via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. However, due to the substantial amount of material submitted by Al Tonik, we will have to place limits on the number of lots offered by each consignee. The sooner you submit your consignment, the more likely that it will be including in our auction.
For those attendees who would like to ship their purchases to their homes, PulpFest 2012 has arranged for a local UPS provider to be available at the hotel on Sunday, August 12th, starting at 12:00 PM. Further information is available on our FAQ page.
The entire PulpFest 2012 organizing committee–Mike Chomko, Jack Cullers, Ed Hulse, and Barry Traylor–is looking forward to seeing you all in just a few days. Have a safe trip to Columbus.