Thursday Night July 28.
|Captain Ron Fortier & Rob Davis of Airship 27 Productions.|
|Writers Michael Croteau & Win Scott Eckert|
Having had a great chat with Win and his pals about the new Captain America movie, Rob and I finally called it a day and went back to our room with really high hopes this was going to be a really fun show.
Friday July 29
|Pulp Amigos (left to right) Jim Beard, Duane Spurlock, |
Captain Ron, Frank Schildiner & John Bruening.
|Wild Cat Books own Bill Carney (designer) |
& Ron Hanna, Managing Editor.
|Looking for video oldies from Cultural Historian |
Martin Gram Jr.’s table of goodies.
|Author Wayne Reinagel giving Victory sign. |
Having a great time.
|Pulp Historian/columnist, Mark Halegua|
with cool pulp tees.
Whereas Rob and Greg had not seen the Captain America movie yet, I opted to go with him to find a local theater and see it a second time. Happily we arrived at a local cinema ten minutes before an 8 PM showing. Captain America –The First Avenger is my favorite movie of the year, hands down and seeing it a second time with fellow comic fans was twice as much fun. By the time we returned to our room, the feeling was Friday had been a huge success and we had high expectations for Saturday, traditionally the big “sales” day at any show.
Saturday, July 30
|Writers Rick Lai & Frank Schildiner with Lisa Eckert.|
|Captain Ron & Comic Related guru Chuck Moore.|
All too soon it was 1 p.m. and time for me to don my Captain Ron persona and head out to the conference room where I would moderate a one hour panel on New Pulp Fiction.
|Captain Ron moderating panel |
on New Pulp Fiction.
|Writers Dr.Art Sippo, Greg Gick and Rick Lai.|
Back at the table, Rob somehow managed to survive, using his i-Pad to keep little Jack entertained with cartoons while his dad sat on our panel. In the end, Bill was thrilled to have been able to come to the show and enjoy it as much as he did thanks to Rob’s looking after his son. We’ve since tagged Rob as the Sitinator, it’s like the Terminator, only much tougher. Ha.
Eventually as the day once again came to a speedy finale, we were having to say good-bye to our pals, ala Jim Beard, John Bruening, Frank Schildiner and of course Chuck. That’s the part of shows I do hate, having to say so-long, until next time. Before leaving the hall, Rob and I did a quick tally and it appeared we’d sold nearly 80% of our stock. Our best seller at this year was clearly DAMABALLA by Charles Saunders, the premier of the first ever African American 1930s pulp hero. We sold out our entire stock. Both on Saunder’s already established reputation and on the book’s ground breaking conceit. Our second top seller was SHERLOCK HOLMES – CONSULTING DETECTIVE Vol III which came as no real surprise. The previous two volumes remain big sellers for us and its obvious Holmes & Watson fans just can’t get enough of their adventures. Expect to see this series continue for a long time with us.
|Long time pulp fan Anthony Tollin |
accepting the Munsey Award.
The evening concluded with the yearly auction where lots of great old pulps and other paper treasures were sold to some very happy pulp attendees. Once again, another great day at Pulp Fest came to a successful ending.
Sunday, July 31
Lo and behold, we’re almost done when I see my Comic Related amigos, Dustin Carson & Chad Strohl come walking through the main door. I was both happy to see them and saddened that we couldn’t get to visit all that much. Rob was kind enough to let me talk with them for about a half hour, as he was more than capable of packing up the car by himself. Dustin & Chad had remembered the show was on and decided to drive up from Springfield to see me. Pals like that are all too rare and I can’t ever thank them enough. Hopefully next year they can come up on Sat. and really get the full fun of the show.
|Ron Fortier and|
Comic Writer/Historian Tony Isabella