PULP ARK WEEKEND-PULP ARK INTERVIEW OF GUEST RON FORTIER!!
AP: Mr. Fortier, you're on the guest list for PULP ARK. Can you share your background in the pulp community and any companies or organizations you're representing at PULP ARK?
RF: Well I started writing pulp material almost twenty years ago when I wrote a Moon Man vs Doctor Satan novella with writer Gordon Linzner. About six years ago I started up Airship 27 Productions with artist Rob Davis and ever since we've been producing new pulp anthologies and novels featuring some of the finest writers & illustrators in the business today. Rob and I will both be representing Airship 27 Productions at the show. I'll also be there as the Moderator of the well known Pulp Factory Yahoos Group.
RF: That's one of the major reasons this show has me so excited. That it is going to focus on both the wonderful fandom of pulps at the same time shining a light on how pulps are drawn and written, for both pros and younger talent wishing to enter the field. That can only strengthen the pulp community and keep it going strong.AP: PULP ARK is billed as a convention/conference. Do you feel like there's a need for an event like this, part opportunity to meet fans and part opportunity to work on skills as creators?
RF: Pulps provide pure escapist literature to the weary reader who is tired of complex, convoluted characters and plots that prevail in today's modern thrillers. In pulps there is no blur between the hero and the villain and the action is non-stop start to finish. Gathering such a Pulp Ark provide a base for hard core fans to congregate and share their hobby. Whereas they also provide a wonderful entry point to those readers curious as to what pulp fandom is all about. Going to a show like Pulp Ark is the best way to find out.AP: What about pulp appeals to the modern reader? What do events like PULP ARK offer to both the hardcore fan and the person who has never read a pulp tale?