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That’s a Wrap on WC 2019

Although a freak snowstorm descended on Chicago for our last day…it was one for the record books in more than one way.

  1. The largest dealer floor space ever.
  2. The most number of dealers ever.
  3. The best auction results ever.
  4. The most number of inches of snow on a con day ever.

Well…at least the last one wasn’t what we wanted to talk about.

We will be posting auction results and sending out invoices to those who won lots through our Silent Auction Pre-Bidding. I’m just trying to recover from getting back late to Silver Spring last night after driving through quite a snow squall on Sunday Night.

Please bear with us, as we wrap up the last of the auction.


Gahan Wilson Needs Your Help

Mr. Gahan Wilson is widely recognized as one of the world’s greatest living cartoonists. Most famous for his work with Playboy and The New Yorker, Gahan’s work was collected in Gahan Wilson 50 years of Playboy Cartoons, a coffee table book released in 2011. Some of his chubby, colorful characters have also been featured on the cover of Dan’s Papers. He’s the author of about 40 books that cover a wide swathe of cartooning, fantasy, sci-fi and horror.

His work is often referred to as “gruesome.” Gahan embraces the word “macabre,” pronounced in his Illinois accent, to describe much of his subject matter. Despite its outward appearance, there’s always a note of humanity about his work, a grounding in the joy of being alive.

His family is going to have to move Mr. Wilson to a memory unit because of his dimentia, and there is a GOFUNDME page set up for donations. We will also be “Passing the Hat” at the show.

Mark Wheatley Art Show

Mark Wheatley Original Art Show at Windy City
Originals for New Edgar Rice Burroughs Book on Display
March 26, 2019
For Immediate Release

Baltimore, Maryland – Acclaimed artist and pulp enthusiast Mark Wheatley’s work will be the subject of an extensive gallery show at the Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention, Friday-Sunday, April 12-14, 2019 at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, 70 Yorktown Center Lombard, Illinois 60148.
In the spotlight will be his illustrations for Swords Against the Moon Men, part of the new “Wild Adventures of Edgar Rice Burroughs” series published by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. Conceived as a continuation of Burroughs’ Moon novels, novelist Christopher Paul Carey expands on the original series while remaining solidly true to the established lore not only of the Moon series, but several other of Burroughs’ series as well. Carey, newly appointed as ERB, Inc.’s Director of Publishing, will join Wheatley at the show.
Wheatley drew and painted the illustrations for the book using a combination of traditional and digital media, “I’ve been painting in Photoshop for over a decade, but I still prefer to draw in ink. So I rough out my composition in Photoshop, print that and ink over it, scan that back into the computer and paint!” he said.
The inked originals will be framed and presented along with high quality, full size Giclée prints of the digital paintings, offering a unique chance to see the entire set of illustrations for the book in one place. This is made possible because a single collector purchased all the art for the book and is allowing it to be displayed for the public.
“I have never been able to attend before, but I’ve heard so many good things about the Windy City show. Certainly, so many of my friends will be attending. Not only will I have a good opportunity to introduce the public to some of the plans I have in store for the publishing program at Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. I’ll also get to check out Mark Wheatley’s amazing art show for my novel Swords Against the Moon Men. I can’t wait!” Carey said.
Wheatley, the acclaimed writer-illustrator of the DC/Vertigo graphic novel Breathtaker, the cutting edge First Comics series Mars, pioneering WaRP Graphics mini-series Blood of the Innocent, and ComicMix/IDW Publishing graphic novel series Lone Justice, among other projects, is also an experienced pulp collector himself. Active with The Burroughs Bibliophiles, he has illustrated or painted covers for The Burroughs Bulletin, The National Capital Panthans Journal and Edgar Rice Burroughs: The Second Century. With frequent collaborator Marc Hempel, he also created Tarzan the Warrior and produced many Tarzan comic book series for Semic International, published by Malibu in the US. 2018 saw the release of two new Wheatley illustrated Philip José Farmer books from Meteor House, Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time and The Philip José Farmer Centennial Collection.
Wheatley’s also painted covers for The Spider: Satan’s Murder Machines by Norvell W. Page, Amazon Nights by Arthur O. Friel, and adapted The Spider into a graphic novel and followed that up with his own pulp-inspired Frankenstein Mobster. He has illustrated new pulp fiction for Airship 27’s award winning Rick Ruby series. His most recent pulp-infused project is his own creation, in collaboration with G. D. Falksen; Doctor Cthulittle. Copies of the signed, limited edition of Doctor Cthulittle will be available at Windy City. Additionally, art from Doctor Cthulittle and several of his other pulp projects will be on view at the show.
“I’ve been honored to have shows at the Library of Congress and many other prestigious venues across the country, but sharing my art with pulp fans is very much about connecting with my own clan. It’s an awesome experiance!” Wheatley said.
“Swords Against the Moon Men was a great project to be a part of, and I can’t wait for everyone to see these pieces in person. Likewise, it will be wonderful to see fans get a chance to meet Christopher, whose work could easily have inspired three or four times the number of illustrations needed for the book,” he said.

ABOUT MARK WHEATLEY
Inducted in July 2017 into The Overstreet Hall of Fame, Mark Wheatley most recently has continued his string of popular Doctor Who covers for Titan, completed a set of Stargate Atlantis covers for American Mythology, and provided the cover and interior illustrations for the new novel Man of War by Heidi Ruby Miller from Meteor House, continuing the Two Hawks series from Philip Jose Farmer. Prior to that, his work for CBS Television was featured on The Millers, 2 Broke Girls, and Super Clyde, and the Square Roots pilot for ABC. In print he was featured in the acclaimed Jungle Tales of Tarzan from Dark Horse Comics, on the cover of the Meteor House release of Exiles of Kho by Christopher Paul Carey, and his own well received art book, Stars, which presents elaborate line art portraits of actors, musicians, and authors. With a track record that includes Frankenstein Mobster, Radical Dreamer, Return of the Human, Hammer of the Gods, EZ Street, Skultar, and Lone Justice, Wheatley is an Inkpot, Mucker, Gem, Speakeasy, and Eisner award-winning creator. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, exhibited at the Norman Rockwell Museum, created set pieces for The Black Eyed Peas, designed for Lady Gaga, and contributed designs to ABC’s Beauty and the Beast.

windy city auctions

For those who’d like to take a look at the items being offered at this year’s convention, look no further than our auction pages. There is a separate page for FRIDAY NIGHT and SATURDAY NIGHT auctions. These pages has a listing of what’s available, as well as an image.

For those who are unable to make it to the con, and would like to place a silent bid, please use the forms attached to either page to place your blind/silent bid.

A Little Lovecraft Postcard

Here’s one of the many interesting H.P. Lovecraft items that will be in the first part of the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction being held at the 2019 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 12-14, 2019 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). The auction will be held on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2019.

This is a postcard from Lovecraft to one of his regular correspondents, his friend Alfred Galpin, Jr., postmarked October 9, 1922. As was customary with his correspondence with Galpin, HPL referred to himself as “grandpa” and signed himself with made up names, often Theobaldus. HPL’s “Polaris” first appeared in the December 1920 issue of Galpin’s amateur press periodical, “The Philosopher.” A few months prior to the date of this postcard, during late July or early August 1922, Galpin introduced HPL to the fiction of Clark Ashton Smith, giving him a copy of Smith’s “The Star-Treader and Other Poems.” In the 1930’s, Galpin attended the Sorbonne in Paris and became a classical music composer. In 1937, following HPL’s passing, Galpin wrote a piano solo, “Lament for H.P.L.”, the score of which was included in Arkham House’s HPL book, “Marginalia.” According to “An H.P. Lovecraft Encyclopedia” by S. T. Joshi and David E. Schultz, most of HPL’s correspondence to Galpin has either been lost or destroyed.

The catalog and all images will be available on our website (www.windycitypulpandpaper.com) in mid-March, and we’ll also have instructions there for how you can place absentee bids if you can’t make it to the show. It won’t be a live bidding option, though, so not as good as if you can attend.

Weird Tales Letter

Here’s one of the many unique items that will be in the first part of the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction being held at the 2019 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 12-14, 2019 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). The auction will be held on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2019.

This is a letter from Weird Tales Editor Farnsworth Wright to author Greye La Spina, dated June 5, 1925. It has great content regarding Weird Tales and La Spina’s fiction, along with a rare signature by Wright (he stopped signing his letters a few years later due to the advance of Parkinson’s disease). La Spina’s penciled notes are on the left side and at top right. Bob acquired this from La Spina’s estate.

The catalog and all images will be available on our website (www.windycitypulpandpaper.com) in mid-March, and we’ll also have instructions there for how you can place absentee bids if you can’t make it to the show. It won’t be a live bidding option, though, so not as good as if you can attend.

The Shunned House – Lovecraft

One of 50 unbound copies of this scarce and desirable H.P. Lovecraft book. Bound by a binder in Houston for Glenn, with no dust jacket. Watermark shows Canterbury Laid, which is the original paper. This will be part of the Glenn Lord Estate auction at Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention. We will be auctioning this in Part One of the Saturday Night auction on April 13th. The Convention takes place April 12-14, 2019.

You’ve got to be there to see this beauty, but in case you can’t we will be publishing a PDF catalog of available auction items something the middle of this month. The catalog will have more information regarding leaving a silent bid prior to the live auction.

Weird Tales – 03/38

There will be many gorgeous issues of Weird Tales in the first part of the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction being held at the 2019 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 12-14, 2019 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). The auction will be held on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2019.

Here’s one of them; the March 1938 issue with a great Brundage cover. In addition to containing H.P. Lovecraft’s “Beyond the Wall of Sleep”, it also features a Robert E. Howard poem and stories by Kuttner, Williamson, Wellman (as Gans T. Field), Quinn and Price.

The catalog and all images will be available on our website (www.windycitypulpandpaper.com) in mid-March, and we’ll also have instructions there for how you can place absentee bids if you can’t make it to the show. It won’t be a live bidding option, though, so not as good as if you can attend.

The Collected Poetry of Robert E. Howard

Published in a limited edition of 150 and this is copy #1. Part of the Glenn Lord Estate and will be auctioned off at the Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, April 12-14, 2019. This edition is AS NEW!

As with all the auctions from Friday Night and Part One of Saturday night, we will be taking silent bids/absentee bids prior to the auction. The highest bid price will be our starting bid for that item, and if no other live bids come in, then the silent bidder will be declared the winner.