PulpFest 2013 will begin on Thursday evening, July 25th, with a salute to the 100th anniversary of the first American appearance of Dr. Fu-Manchu and a presentation on Hollywood’s attempts to introduce the hero pulps to the silver screen. Chapters 1-5 of the classic movie serial, The Spider’s Web, based on the classic Popular Publications’ pulp, will also be shown. The remaining chapters will run on Friday and Saturday nights.
As a prelude to the start of Thursday’s convention, Ohio State University’s Thompson Library will be hosting a lecture by Blood ‘n’ Thunder editor and PulpFest committee member Ed Hulse. Entitled “The Ancestors of Batman: Colorful Crime Fighters of Pulp Fiction,” Ed’s lecture will begin at 4:30 PM. Due to a recent schedule change, the university asked PulpFest to move the talk up by a half hour. Click on the lecture title for additional details about Ed’s presentation.
Friday, we’ll celebrate the 80th anniversary of “The Hero Pulp Explosion of 1933.” In that special year, The Phantom Detective, Doc Savage, The Spider, and four other hero pulps were introduced to pulp readers. PulpFest attendees will also learn about the life and work of Walter M. Baumhofer, the artist who was known as “The King of the Pulps.”
Saturday, PulpFest returns to Dr. Fu-Manchu with a look at the devil doctor’s influence on the pulp fiction that followed his introduction to the reading public. The night will continue with a lively and interesting auction of pulps, books, comics, artwork, and much, much more.
For additional details on all of our afternoon and evening programming events, please visit our Programming page for further details. Each entry is linked to a post that provides further information on that event. Just click on the event’s title.
Early indications are that we will surpass last year’s show both in our number of registrations and rooms booked at the hotel. We are hoping that this year’s con will be our biggest and best yet. For some time, we’ve been receiving registrations every day, many from people who have never attended PulpFest before. If you’ve been thinking about attending, but have yet to pull 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. Click here for directions.
For those who will be staying at the Hyatt Regency during the convention, parking is free at the Chestnut Street Garage, one block south of the hotel. The garage is connected to the hotel via an enclosed and covered walkway. For those visiting PulpFest for the day, you can also use the Chestnut Street Garage. Rates vary based on time, but $9 will get you 12 hours of parking. Additional parking is available at the Convention Center underground garage. Again, rates are time-based and $14 will get you parking for 12 hours. At the Convention Center’s east and north lots, you get 12 hours of parking for $11. Click here for a more detailed look at parking near the Hyatt Regency. Alternately, if you don’t mind walking, more inexpensive options abound. Click here for an interactive parking map of Columbus. Just search using the hotel’s address and you’re good to go.
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. While unloading and transporting your goods should be very easy–there’s a back 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. 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. 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 right outside of the dealers’ room located in the Regency Ballroom on the hotel’s third floor. 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. Please note that tonight is the last night for advance registrations. Our Paypal page will shut down around 10 PM tonight.
The dealers’ room will open to all members on Friday, July 26th 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 fifteen minutes prior to opening each day in order to prepare their displays.
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. In addition to 115 auction lots drawn from the collection of pulp scholar Albert Tonik, we will be accepting a total of 100 additional lots from registered members of PulpFest 2013. However, due to the substantial amount of material remaining from the Tonik collection, there may be limits on the number of lots that can be offered by each consignee. The sooner you submit your consignment to Mike Chomko, the more likely that it will be included in our auction. Mike’s tables will be along the wall, across from the registration desk just inside the entrance to the PulpFest dealers’ room. A link to a spreadsheet listing the Tonik lots is also available on our Auctions page.
For those attendees who would like to ship their purchases to their homes, PulpFest 2013 has arranged for a local UPS provider to be available at the hotel on Sunday, July 28th, from 10 AM to noon. Further information is available on our FAQ page.
The entire PulpFest 2013 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.