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  1. Our 19th show will be held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois, from Friday, April 12, 2019 to Sunday, April 14, 2019. Come and browse through 180 tables of goodies from nearly 100 dealers from the U.S., Canada and the U.K. The show primarily features pulp magazines and vintage paperbacks, but there are also plenty of golden and silver age comics, SF and mystery hardcovers, and lots of original pulp, book, magazine and comic art. Friday night will be the first part of the Robert Weinberg estate auction, featuring material from his legendary collection. Come like us on Facebook, and visit our website at www.windycitypulpandpaper.com.
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    Our 19th show will be held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois, from Friday, April 12, 2019 to Sunday, April 14, 2019. Come and browse through 180 tables of goodies from nearly 100 dealers from the U.S., Canada and the U.K. The show primarily features pulp magazines and vintage paperbacks, but there are also plenty of golden and silver age comics, SF and mystery hardcovers, and lots of original pulp, book, magazine and comic art. Friday night will be the first part of the Robert Weinberg estate auction, featuring material from his legendary collection. Come like us on Facebook, and visit our website at www.windycitypulpandpaper.com.
  3. If you're a fan of pulps and paperbacks, you may want to attend the 2019 Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention (April 12-14, 2019 at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center). There will be several dealers there with vintage comics as well (among our 180 tables in the dealer room), though the focus is more pulps and paperbacks. This year's show will kick off the first part of the Robert Weinberg Estate Auction, will be held on the evening of Friday, April 12, 2019.Here are two of the rare British paperbacks that will be in the auction, both reprints from the pulps. "Romance in Black" by Gans T. Field reprints "The Black Dream" (serialized in Weird Tales in 1938), with Field being a pseudonym for Manly Wade Wellman. "Dangerous Love" by Ralph Milne Farley reprints "The Man From Ouija Land" which was serialized in Mind Magic in 1931. Plus four rarities from the American Science Fiction series published in the early 1950's by Malian Press in Sydney, Australia. The lower two contain additional stories beyond those mentioned on the cover -- "Elimination" also contains Campbell's "Frictional Losses," while "Dead Knowledge" also contains "Men of the Ten Books" by Jack Vance. As the scans show, these are in beautiful shape! For more info, shoot me a mail, or visit our website at www.windycitypulpandpaper.com
  4. Here's a small, 32 page (plus covers) pamphlet, "The Case Against the Comics," published in 1944 by the Catechetical Guild, written by Gabriel Lynn. This warned against comics, which were fueling the rising tide of juvenile delinquency. And, of course, they were also a menace to chastity, as well as creating fear and distress in younger children. And superheroes, who act outside of the law, were viewed as un-American and a threat to democracy. Whereas the dime novels of the previous generation, such as Frank Merriwell, were good, wholesome reading. Among the things their study of 92 comic books and over 1000 examples from 27 newspaper comic strips during the period from August through October 1943 found were 216 major crimes depicted, 86 sadistic acts, 186 instances of vulgar behavior, 114 examples of suggestive art, 491 cases of vulgar speech (differentiated from the 194 examples of gross grammatical abuses), 161 physical monstrosities, 204 fantastic situations and actions and 246 un-American, vigilante activities. All sorts of interesting things one can learn from this booklet! This is one of several interesting comics related items that will be auctioned as part of 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. Shoot me a mail for more info, or visit our website at www.windycitypulpandpaper.com.
  5. Here's a small, 32 page (plus covers) pamphlet, "The Case Against Comics," published in 1944 by the Catechetical Guild, written by Gabriel Lynn. This warned against comics, which were fueling the rising tide of juvenile delinquency. And, of course, they were also a menace to chastity, as well as creating fear and distress in younger children. And superheroes, who act outside of the law, were viewed as un-American and a threat to democracy. Whereas the dime novels of the previous generation, such as Frank Merriwell, were good, wholesome reading. Among the things their study of 92 comic books and over 1000 examples from 27 newspaper comic strips during the period from August through October 1943 found were 216 major crimes depicted, 86 sadistic acts, 186 instances of vulgar behavior, 114 examples of suggestive art, 491 cases of vulgar speech (differentiated from the 194 examples of gross grammatical abuses), 161 physical monstrosities, 204 fantastic situations and actions and 246 un-American, vigilante activities. All sorts of interesting things one can learn from this booklet! This is one of several interesting comics related items that will be auctioned as part of 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.
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    For a review of the show earlier this month, you can see one at: http://mysteryfile.com/blog/?p=54846 We pick our dates a few years in advance, before C2E2 announces their's, so it's just been coincidence that we've been the same weekend the last two years. In 2019, we will not be; we're on April 12-14, 2019, again at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center. We do have comics there, though as noted, it's not a comics show, as the amount of comics there is small in relation to the overall room. A few dealers there specialize in them, but more will have a box or two or three at their table. Several folks there do also have original comic art for sale. You can see more photos from the show here: http://windycitypulpandpaper.com/home/?p=3005
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    Our 18th annual convention! Held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois. 155 tables of pulps, comics, paperbacks, movie memorabilia and other vintage paper collectibles!
  8. Well, we're now four months away from the 2018 Windy City Pulp and Paperback Convention (April 6-8, 2018), which will be held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center in Lombard, Illinois. We're pleased to announce that we're now sold out of tables in the dealer room (all 155 of them, our earliest sell out ever!). If you'd like to be placed on the waitlist for a table, please let me know. The hotel has created a website to make it easy to book a room for the convention; the link is below. We hope to see you all there next year! https://www.starwoodmeeting.com/events/start.action?id=1712069512&key=25AC584 Best, Doug Ellis www.windycitypulpandpaper.com
  9. “The Art of the Pulps”, co-edited by myself, Ed Hulse and Robert Weinberg, came out earlier this week, on October 24 from IDW. For me, it was a long wait, but I think the final book was well worth it. Bob and I actually started preliminary work on the book back in January 2016, so it’s been nearly a two year project for me. Bob unfortunately passed away in late September 2016, just as we were about to start working on it in earnest, but fortunately Ed Hulse was willing to step in and help see the book through to its completion. I think Bob would have been very pleased with how it came out. The book focuses on the colorful cover art of the pulps, along with a sampling of some black and white interior pulp art, containing roughly 460 images. But in addition to the images, there’s well over 50,000 words of text, written by some of the top experts in the pulp field. Besides contributions from the co-editors, we were fortunate enough to enlist the writing talents of (in alphabetical order): Mike Ashley (science fiction), Will Murray (hero), Michelle Nolan (sports), Laurie Powers (love), Tom Roberts (air and war), David Saunders (the great pulp artists), F. Paul Wilson (foreword) and John Wooley (detective). We think you’ll agree, if you read the book, that each did a bang-up job! The book should (hopefully!) be available in your local book or comic store, as well as being available online from retailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Bud Plant through Bud’s Art Books. If you pick it up, Ed and I would love to hear your reactions, and if you’ve got some time to post an online review on Amazon, B & N or similar sites, we’d appreciate it. We’re trying to get some follow-up projects off the ground, and good word of mouth definitely helps sales, which helps drive the publisher’s willingness to publish more books on the pulps! Doug Ellis
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  11. Steranko at Windy City Pulp & Paper Convention April 21-23, 2017 The legendary Jim Steranko will be the Guest of Honor at the upcoming Windy City Pulp and Paper Convention, taking place at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center from Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23, 2017. Steranko is a legend not only in the comics field – for his groundbreaking work as an artist and a historian – but in the pulp field as well, with his depictions of several classic pulp heroes, from The Shadow to Doc Savage to Sherlock Holmes to G-8 and many more. Steranko will be present throughout the show, and will also be speaking Friday night at 7:00 p.m. As this year’s show is the same weekend as C2E2 (also in the Chicagoland area), C2E2 attendees may want to head to Lombard to complete their weekend. This year’s event also celebrates the Red Circle line of pulps. These were the first publications put out by Martin Goodman, who later would launch the Timely line of comics that eventually became Marvel. The program book is packed with material on Steranko, the Red Circle line, gangster pulps, and more! The cover is attached. The convention also features over 150 tables of pulps, vintage paperbacks, comics, original comic and illustration art, and other related goodies for sale in its massive dealer room. Movies based on pulp stories will be playing throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, while the New Pulp movement will host a variety of panels on Sunday. And Friday and Saturday nights will feature two incredible estate auctions, featuring thousands of pulps, including nearly 200 issues of The Shadow, as well as many other rare pulps. Admission is $35 for all three days, $25 for Friday only, $25 for Saturday only, and $10 for Sunday only. Ages 13 and under admitted free with parent. Hours are Friday 11:00 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 10:00 a.m. to midnight and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The convention is being held at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard IL 60148. For more information, visit the Windy City Pulp site: www.windycitypulpandpaper.com, or email: info@windycitypulpandpaper.com.