For many Americans, pulp refers to the small pieces of fruit found in orange juice.
For the several hundred fans and collectors converging this week in Columbus, though, the word takes on thrilling — and occasionally lurid — dimensions:
It indicates the genre of fiction that introduced characters such as Tarzan and Zorro.
Despite studious attention to the collecting angle, the Dispatch reporter missed the real story:
This is the first edition of the new pulp convention organized by fans who broke away from Pulpcon.
The Parkersburg, WV News and Sentinel scooped the big city paper by capturing that detail in its interview with Pulpfest’s Ed Hulse:
Event spokesman Ed Hulse said PulpFest is a spinoff of PulpCon in Dayton, Ohio, but the Columbus-based convention is as much about drawing in new fans as catering to longtime lovers of pulp.
“It is a hobby that has flown under the radar for many years,” Hulse said. “There were over a thousand pulp magazines published in this country between 1896 and the 1950s. Several fiction genres were born in the pages of pulp magazines.”
Incidentally, Pulpcon 38 still has a web page, but there is no information about a date or location on it. Its publicity site is static and its Registration and Information links are dormant.. Other sources list it happening August 14-16 in Dayton, OH.
[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the links.]