With the advent of 2018, the upcoming Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention is now just three months away (April 6-8, 2018, at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). As those who’ve attended past conventions know, we’ve had some dynamite Friday night auctions, and this year’s Friday night auction (held the evening of April 6) will be no exception.
We’re honored to announce that this year’s Friday night auction will draw on material from the estate of Glenn Lord. As literary executor of the Robert E. Howard estate for nearly three decades, Lord was instrumental in popularizing the works of Howard, and in making reams of previously unpublished Howard material available. It would be difficult to overstate his contributions to Howard’s legacy. Not surprisingly, his own pulp collection was centered around Howard, but also contained many other titles as well. If you’re a fan of pulps – and particularly if you’re a fan of the man who brought us Conan and so many other memorable characters – you won’t want to miss it!
We’ll be posting more details over the coming weeks concerning the pulps, fanzines and other rare material that will be in the auction. For now, we’ll just post the one piece of original art that will be in the auction – Frank Utpatel’s original cover art for the second Robert E. Howard Arkham House collection, “The Dark Man and Others”. The art was a little too large for my scanner, so these images are very slightly cropped, but we’ll post full sized shots later. We’re showing it in two images. The image on the left is Utpatel’s original art, on illustration paper. The image on the right is scanned with the overlay (which contains some image and text) on top of the art.
With 2018 arriving tomorrow, we’re just over three months away from the 18th annual Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 6-8, 2018 at The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, IL). We’d previously announced that we’d sold out all 155 tables in our dealer room in record time. We’re now very pleased to announce that NYT bestselling author F. Paul Wilson will be our Guest of Honor at our 2018 con!
Wilson is the author of over 50 books, many of which feature his popular anti-hero, Repairman Jack. Among his numerous awards are the Bram Stoker Award, the Prometheus Award, the Porgie Award and the Inkpot Award. His first published story, “The Cleaning Machine,” appeared in the March 1971 issue of Startling Mystery Stories, while his second appeared a month later, in the April 1971 issue of the John Campbell edited Analog. His newest novel, “The God Gene,” is scheduled to be released by Forge Books on January 2, 2018. Wilson contributed the Foreword to The Art of the Pulps, published in October 2017, where he shared that “I love the pulps. … I’ve been a fan of the pulps since my teens…” We’re excited to have him as our GoH, and we know that our attendees will enjoy meeting him at the convention!
Some post Convention news.
- Our largest attended convention ever.
- Our largest Friday Night Auction ever.
We can only hope that everyone had as much fun as your chairman had in putting this whole shebang together. Looking forward to an early convention next year.