Wednesday, April 3, 2013

2013 PCA/ACA Conference a Success

From the frying pan and into the fire...having just finished the fourth and final volume of Tales of the Ice House: The Collected Boxing Stories of Robert E. Howard, I turned my attention to the 2013 PCA/ACA conference held in Washington, DC this past weekend. My paper considered the impact of John L. Sullivan and the cult of masculinity upon the creation and execution of Howard's uproariously funny boxing character Sailor Steve Costigan.

Joining me in the nation's capitol were fellow Howard-heads Mark Finn, Jeff Shanks and the legendary Rusty Burke and many a night was spent discussing the state of Howard Studies with our new friend - John L., he of the single barrel variety. He swore up and down he "couldst lick any son of a bitch in the world" and he done so - just ask Mark Finn.

I rubbed cuts and traded jabs with some very interesting academics about all things Howard,  Pulp, and gender and was doubly pleased to learn that Howard is now being studied seriously in institutions of higher learning throughout the world. The feedback I received was both positive and serious with inquiries ranging from mere curiosity to the best way to acquire the texts as formal reading requirements for certain classes.

Understand, these folks were not asking about Howard solely because of Conan, but were instead interested in learning about his other creations as well - specifically Sailor Steve Costigan and his iron man brothers. Thanks must go to Shanks, Finn, Burke and the other Howard scholars who had paved the way in years prior - well done fellas! I just hope I helped advance the Howard cause for Sailor Steve Costigan and Mike the bull dog in a manner that does them proud.


  1. I'm gonna have to get back to this conference soon. I've got ideas kicking around if I could get some time

  2. Time...who really has enough of it? Not me. I was thinking of trying to place my essay into the Dark Man. Whatcha think?

  3. Yeah, my dad lives there and I may be able to convince him to pay us a visit where you can get the low-down on Pictish manhood rights and other sundry manly things - like how to puke more beer than you can drink. I don't know how that works but the older guys are pretty fond of saying it.