held their first pulp convention in Maryland recently. I found cheapish tickets for the trip, and there I was. A good beginning to what I hope is a new annual show. Rain depressed attendance (Hurricane Florence sent preliminary rain storms up and down the east coast) and flights and in general I got the impression that Seattle weather had somehow been packed in my luggage and let loose when I unpacked.
I was too busy talking to friends to take many photos, here are a few:
|Dealers room at the Adventure House one day convention
Adventure House’s Wall of Pulp
Todd’s Wall of high-grade Pulp (They look like replicas because they’re in such good condition)
A pair of Argosy
cover paintings by Paul Stahr
in fantastic condition. Already sold, or else I might have grabbed one and run…
Always great to meet old friends and make new ones. Another highlight of the show was the discussion with David Saunders, pulp art expert
. David had a table at the convention covered with many rare pulps with his father’s (Norman Saunders) art.
This one was apparently inspired by a famous J.C. Leyendecker illustration. Maybe this one?
Looking at the collection of magazines spread out on the table, I asked David a question about his dad’s art. I noticed that he rarely painted people standing upright. (All pictures of original art courtesy Heritage Auctions
). It was always people leaning,
or being carried
David told me his father used a composition technique called dynamic composition, where diagonal lines brings a feeling of action to the viewer. Didn’t know that.