Monday, 20 April 2015

Windy City Pulp and Paper 2015 - photos

For the second year running, I attended the Windy City Pulp and Paper convention near Chicago. I will post a more detailed report later (probably this weekend), but for now I'll just share a few of the photos I took.

The convention took place at the Westin Hotel in Lombard, the weather was perfect - sunny and cool. It turned a bit cloudy on Sunday afternoon.
Westin Lombard Hotel
Westin Lombard Hotel

This year's convention theme was the 90th anniversary of H.P. Lovecraft, and so the signs for the hospitality suite (drawn by Randy Broecker, the Chicago based artist) were in keeping with the theme:

Hospitality Suite Sign 1
Hospitality Suite Sign 1

Hospitality Suite Sign 2
Hospitality Suite Sign 2

The dealer room was an Ali Baba's cave of pulps, but with much better lighting:


Dealer's room at Windy City Pulp and Paper 2015
Dealer's room at Windy City Pulp and Paper 2015
BTW, I did not saw people in half to take this photo, that's what happens when you stitch together three photos and people are moving around.

As usual, there was a glorious display of art in the art display, much of it related to Lovecraft, made available for display by generous collectors who brought in art from their collections for display. Included were many illustrations by Virgil Finlay, Ed Emshwiller and at least one by Hannes Bok.  Want to read a more detailed biography of Virgil Finlay? More of his amazing artwork can be seen in the book The Collector's Book of Virgil Finlay, available from http://www.americanfantasypress.com/. I have the book, and it was wonderful to see the originals for the illustrations in the book.

I apologize for the reflections and occasional glare on the photos - the room had many light sources all around and the illustrations had been framed with glass, so reflections were unavoidable, I tried to keep them to a minimum by photographing at an angle as opposed to straight ahead, but sometimes I had to choose between having some reflection/glare/both or no photo at all. If you want to see a slideshow of the art in higher resolution, just click on the first image below.

H.P. Lovecraft portrait by Virgil Finlay
H.P. Lovecraft portrait by Virgil Finlay


Illustration for The Shunned House by Virgil FinlayI
Illustration by Virgil Finlay for The Shunned House


Illustration by Virgil Finlay for The color out of space
Illustration by Virgil Finlay for The color out of space


Illustration by Virgil Finlay for Halloween in the suburbs
Illustration by Virgil Finlay for Halloween in the suburbs
Illustration by Joseph Wirt Tillotson for The court of Kubla Khan
Illustration by Joseph Wirt Tillotson for The court of Kubla Khan


Cover by Ed Emshwiller for Jack of eagles
Cover by Ed Emshwiller for Jack of eagles


Cover by Ed Emshwiller for The Big Planet
Cover by Ed Emshwiller for The Big Planet


Cover by Ed Emshwiller for The Garden of Time
Cover by Ed Emshwiller for The Garden of Time


Cover by Ed Emshwiller for Galaxy Magazine
Cover by Ed Emshwiller for Galaxy Magazine


Cover for Argosy Magazine
Cover for Argosy Magazine


Interior artwork by Virgil Finlay for The Ship of Ishtar
Interior artwork by Virgil Finlay for The Ship of Ishtar


Interior artwork by Virgil Finlay for The Ship of Ishtar
Interior artwork by Virgil Finlay for The Ship of Ishtar


Interior artwork by Virgil Finlay for The Ship of Ishtar
Interior artwork by Virgil Finlay for The Ship of Ishtar


Interior artwork by Virgil Finlay for The Ship of Ishtar
Interior artwork by Virgil Finlay for The Ship of Ishtar


Interior artwork by Virgil Finlay for The Ship of Ishtar
Interior artwork by Virgil Finlay for The Ship of Ishtar


Cover painting by Ed Emshwiller for Granny won't knit
Cover painting by Ed Emshwiller for Granny won't knit


Cover painting by Howard Brown for The Shadow out of Time
Cover painting by Howard Brown for The Shadow out of Time


Gahan Wilson illustration for a book in the Cthulhu mythos
Gahan Wilson illustration for a book in the Cthulhu mythos



Gahan Wilson illustration for a book in the Cthulhu mythos
Gahan Wilson illustration for a book in the Cthulhu mythos


Illustration by Hannes Bok for The cats of Ulthar
Illustration by Hannes Bok for The cats of Ulthar




Illustration by Virgil Finlay for The Black Butterflies
Illustration by Virgil Finlay for The Black Butterflies


Illustration by Virgil Finlay for Kublai Khan
Illustration by Virgil Finlay for Kublai Khan
 


Interior illustration by Virgil Finlay for The fifth candle
Interior illustration by Virgil Finlay for The fifth candle


Illustration by Virgil Finlay for The Golden City
Illustration by Virgil Finlay for The Golden City


Illustration by Virgil Finlay for The Hairy Ones shall dance
Illustration by Virgil Finlay for The Hairy Ones shall dance


Illustration by Virgil Finlay for Citadel of Fear
Illustration by Virgil Finlay for Citadel of Fear


Illustration by Virgil Finlay for Dread Summons
Illustration by Virgil Finlay for Dread Summons


Illustration by Virgil Finlay for The Slayer of Souls
Illustration by Virgil Finlay for The Slayer of Souls


Cover painting by Ed Emshwiller for Let's build an Extraterrestrial
Cover painting by Ed Emshwiller for Let's build an Extraterrestrial




Cover painting by Ed Emshwiller for Strange Nestling
Cover painting by Ed Emshwiller for Strange Nestling


Illustration by Virgil Finlay for Tcheriapin
Illustration by Virgil Finlay for Tcheriapin


Cover painting by Ed Emshwiller for Space-time in one tough lesson
Cover painting by Ed Emshwiller for Space-time in one tough lesson



Cover painting by Edgar Franklin Wittmack for People's magazine
Cover painting by Edgar Franklin Wittmack for People's magazine
The dealers' room also had its fair share of art:

























And of course, pulps everywhere:


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Pulp reprints from Black Dog Books




















Robert Weinberg's dealer table - art prints, pulp reprints and audio books from RadioArchives.com
Robert Weinberg's dealer table - art prints, pulp reprints and audio books from RadioArchives.com


Pulp reprints from Adventure House

And even more pulps at the Friday and Saturday night auctions, some of which went for high prices:



That's it for now folks. I hope you've seen enough reasons to attend either Windy City next year or Pulpfest. Thanks to the organizers, Doug Ellis and John Gunnison