In two weeks, the pulp con season begins with the second edition of Pulp Ark. Running April 20th through the 22nd, it will be held in Batesville, Arkansas, nestled in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Not only is Pulp Ark the only southern-based pulp convention, it is also the leading convention for the “new pulp” genre, a type of fiction grounded in the pulps of yore. A showing of Tarzan, Lord of the Louisiana Jungle, a documentary on the making of the 1918 silent film Tarzan of the Apes, will be part of the festivities as well as the presentation of the 2012 Pulp Ark Awards. Congratulations to all of the winners. Click on the Pulp Ark logo above to learn more details about this new pulp convention.
One week later, the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention will take place in the Chicago suburb of Lombard, IL. Celebrating Edgar Rice Burroughs and the 100th anniversary of Tarzan of the Apes, the convention will run from April 27th through the 29th and be held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. The convention will host an extensive film program, including an exclusive showing of the recent Disney film, John Carter, at a nearby theater. Another highlight of the con will be the pulp-related art show, sponsored by Dan Zimmer’s Illustration Magazine. Along with PulpFest, the Windy is a must for the pulp fan. Click on the logo above for additional information about this superb pulp convention.
North of the border and one week after Windy City, Toronto will host the 16th annual Fantastic Pulps Show & Sale. A one-day event, this small but pulp specific show will take place on Saturday, May 5th at the Lillian H. Smith branch of the Toronto Public Library, 239 College Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. You can learn more by writing to Girasol Collectables, 3501 Glen Erin Drive, Suite 1409, Mississauga, ON, Canada L5L 2E9 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cinevent 44 will take place May 25th - 28th at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, the former home of PulpFest. In addition to 170 tables of movie-related collectibles such as posters, lobby cards, stills, pressbooks, DVDs, and 16 mm films, Cinevent features an extensive schedule of classic sound and silent films and one of the country’s largest live auctions of vintage posters. Click on the logo below for a link to the convention’s website.
Sponsored by the Robert E. Howard Foundation with help from the members of REHupa, the Robert E. Howard United Press Association, and Project Pride, the annual Robert E. Howard Days will be held June 8th-9th in Cross Plains, TX. The ultimate gathering for fans of Howard, it will feature tours, panels, auctions, films, speeches, readings, rare collectibles, and great Howardian fellowship. Like PulpFest 2012, this year’s Howard Days will celebrate Conan’s eightieth birthday. Essayist Charles Hoffmann will be the guest of honor. Write to Bill Cavalier at email@example.com with your questions or comments.
One of the first pulp and paperback shows ever established, the 41st Classicon will take place on Saturday, June 9th in Lansing, MI. It will feature 35 tables and thousands of collectible pulp magazines, digests, and paperbacks available for sale or trade as well as pin-ups, original artwork, and other pop culture material.
As always, these events are just a prelude to PulpFest 2012, the summertime destination for fans and collectors of vintage popular fiction and related materials. Why not register today?