I'm on vacation this week and have been spending the week buried in research, and before that buried in day-job work, so I haven't had much time or energy to post on the blogs. But while I have the energy, I do want to give everyone a run-down of the big pulp fiction conventions that are coming up this year.
The first one on the schedule, the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, is a long-standing national pulp convention where most, if not all, of the major dealers show up. In addition, Windy City is known for its auction every year, full of outstanding collectible pulps. This year Windy City will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of the first appearance of Tarzan in any medium, when he appeared in the October 1912 issue of ALL STORY. Windy City runs from April 27 through the 29th, and is held at the Westin Lombard Center in Lombard, Illinios.
By the way, if anyone you know has doubts as to the collectibility of pulp fiction magazines, and whether they've appreciated at all over the years, tell them to try to find one of these issues and then ask what the going price is.
The second big convention is PulpFest, this year from August 9 through August 12 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, Ohio. The PulpFest 2012 website has all of the most current information. There you can find out all about the programming this year. Science fiction author Mike Resnick has been announced as being this year's guest of honor. If you want to learn more about this award-winning author, go to the PulpFest Guest of Honor page. You can also sign up for updates at the site, look at reviews, blog posts from previous years, and even a history of pulp fiction page.