With spring upon us, it is time for pulp fans and collectors to start gearing up and making plans for this year’s convention season. The Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention will kick things off April 23rd through the 25th at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois, outside of Chicago. The theme of this year’s show will be a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Adventure magazine, one of Robert E. Howard’s favorite pulps. Since its inception in 2001, the Windy City show has grown into one of the two largest pulp conventions in North America.
Highlights of the 2010 Windy City convention auctions on Friday and Saturday nights, and a series of film screenings featuring classic movies based on the works of pulp writers. There will also be an art show on Saturday featuring works by pulp artist Hubert Rogers. For hotel and registration information, visit their website. You can also stay informed on the latest news and announcement by becoming a fan of Windy City on Facebook.
Girasol Collectibles will be sponsoring the 14th Annual Fantastic Pulps Show and Sale on Saturday May 8th in Toronto. This smaller, one day show will be held at the Lillian H Smith branch of the Toronto Public Library from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Contact Girasol Collectibles for more information.
Later this summer, the 2010 PulpFest will take place in Colombus, Ohio over the weekend of July 30th through August 1st. The event will be held at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Columbus. PulpFest is in its second year, replacing the now defunct Pulp Con as one of the “big two” pulp conventions with Windy City.
This year the Guest of Honor at PulpFest will be author, editor, and screenwriter William F. Nolan. Nolan wrote biographies of pulp legends Max Brand and Dashiell Hammett, but is perhaps best known as the co-author of Logan’s Run. Registration and hotel information can be found at the Pulp Fest website.
The 5th Annual Mid-Atlantic Nostalgia Convention will be held September 23th through 25th at the Marriot Hotel in Hunt Valley, Maryland. This event showcases all aspects of 20th century pop culture, with an emphasis on classic movies, television shows, books, and magazines. Most of the major pulp dealers attend this show and it is one of the largest events of its kind on the east coast. Check the website for more information.