August 1, 2024 @ 8:00 am – August 4, 2024 @ 5:00 pm
August 1 – 4, 2024, in Pittsburgh, PA!
PulpFest 2023 will begin Thursday, Aug. 1, and run through Sunday, Aug. 4.
So what’s PulpFest? Is it one of those things where people walk around wearing costumes? Is it a comic book convention? What’s pulp?
Do these questions sound familiar?
Because of their painted covers, people often mistake pulps for comic books. But the two are quite different.
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 began to flourish after the introduction of genre magazines like Detective Story Magazine and Love Story. Magazine legends Black Mask, Weird Tales, and Amazing Stories debuted during the 1920s. The thirties introduced the hero pulps and weird horror magazines. Science fiction exploded as the world went to war in 1939.
By the early fifties, the pulps had essentially disappeared. Although a few continued as digest magazines, most vanished due to competition from paperback books, comics, radio, television, movies, and more. But the fiction and artwork that had appeared in the rough-paper periodicals remained vibrant for collectors.
These hearty pulp enthusiasts gradually assembled astounding collections of these rough and ragged magazines. Fifty years ago, they formed a convention dedicated to the premise that the pulps had a profound effect on popular culture across the globe. The fiction and art of the pulps reverberated through a wide variety of media — comic books, movies, paperbacks and genre fiction, television, men’s adventure magazines, radio drama, and even video, anime, and role-playing games. Today, we call this convention, PulpFest.
The summertime destination for fans and collectors of popular culture both old and new, PulpFest seeks to honor the pulps by drawing attention to the many ways these throwaway magazines have inspired writers, artists, film directors, software developers, and other creators over the decades.
Why not come see what it’s all about? PulpFest 2024 will take place from Thursday, August 1, through Sunday, August 4, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh – Cranberry. We’ll be celebrating “Spice, Spies, Shaw” and More at our 2024 convention. Start planning now to join PulpFest 2024 in Mars, Pennsylvania.
Every year, PulpFest celebrates mystery, adventure, science fiction, romance, and other forms of genre fiction. The rough paper magazines played a major role in the development of fiction categories. Pulp publisher Street & Smith pioneered the specialized fiction magazine in late 1915. About ten years later, Hugo Gernsback debuted Amazing Stories — the first science fiction magazine. Its regular cover artist for much of the 1930s was Leo Morey. A prime example of his work is the May 1931 issue of Amazing Stories.
Over the years, pulp characters such as Tarzan, Zorro, Conan, Buck Rogers, Sam Spade, The Shadow — depicted in our featured image by George Rozen, excerpted from his cover art for the August 1, 1933 issue of The Shadow Magazine — Doc Savage, and Cthulhu have inspired creators across the globe. Another is A. A. Wyn’s Secret Agent X, featured in one of our PulpFest 2024 web images, adapted by William Lampkin from Norman Saunder’s cover art for the June 1938 issue of Secret Agent X.
Characters such as Secret Agent X continue to influence the world’s pop culture. Come to PulpFest 2024 to learn more about the pulps and the creators they continue to inspire.
Register now and beat the rush. You’ll save money and get free early-bird shopping if you book a room at the convention’s host hotel. By staying at the DoubleTree, you help defray the convention’s expenses and show our hotel that PulpFest will help their bottom line.
You can also reserve a room by calling 1-855-610-8755. To receive the special convention rate of $136 plus tax per night, you must mention that you are a PulpFest attendee or use the code CDT91J.