from the latest issue of First Fandom Newsletter:
Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention 2013
After hearing about this show for years, I decided to find out for myself why everyone really seemed to enjoy it so much. This convention attracts fans from all over the world; people who enjoy collecting rare material, and most of the activities during the weekend take place in in the outstanding dealer’s room. Among the themes celebrated this year were the ninetieth anniversary of WEIRD TALES Magazine, and Sax Rohmer’s Insidious Fu Manchu.
During the weekend, I received great hospitality from the organizers, especially Doug Ellis, a genuine enthusiast who publishes Pulp Vault. I spent time visiting with many fans, pros and friends, including Robert and Phyllis Weinberg, Stuart David Schiff, Alex and Phyllis Eisenstein, Randy Broeker, Will Murray, Mark Hickman, Steve Korshak, Scott V. Norris, David Aronovitz, Greg Ketter and Caz Cazedessus.
The quality of the material available in the dealer’s room surpassed that of most world-class conventions. There were many framed original pieces of artwork for sale, including well-known selections by Virgil Finlay, Hannes Bok, J. Allen St. John and Frank R. Paul. There were thousands of copies of pulp magazines in excellent condition, as well as rare books, toys, comics, cards and a lot of other related memorabilia.
The Convention held a charity auction for the estate of long-time collector Jerry Weist, and hundreds of his rare pulp magazines and other unique items were sold. There was programming devoted to pulp-related films, and fans enjoyed seeing a number of rare movies such as Drums of Fu Manchu, Pigeons from Hell, Pickman’s Model, and Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper.
The art show featured a beautiful display of more than a hundred pieces of artwork, many of which appeared on magazine covers. There were several fascinating panels, including one which considered how classic genres are being treated by today’s new pulp writers, and another that discussed the importance of settings in pulp tales centering around the city of Chicago.
This show was one of the best that I have attended in the past ten years, and I give it my highest recommendation. I hope you can get there next year (April 25-27, 2014). For more information, visit www.windycitypulpandpaper.com.
(Written by John L. Coker, III)