ARCANA 44 PROGRAM SCHEDULE (To October 6, 2014)
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2014 CE:
6:30-7:45 P.M. Q & A/Autographing/Reception for Arcana 44 Guest of Honor
ANTHONY TOLLIN. DreamHaven Books, 2301 38th St E, Minneapolis
All subsequent events at Best Western Plus—Bandana Square, 1010 Bandana
Blvd W, St. Paul, 651-647-1637.
*Starred items are probably still open for volunteers.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2014 CE:
3:00 P.M. Registration Table opens
4:00 P.M. Vendor Room opens (Dealers/Art; Milwaukee Road Room, 1st
4:00 P.M. The Waiting Room (bar area of hotel lounge) opens
*4:00-4:55 P.M. Mainstage (Soo Line Room, 1st Floor). Panel: Black and
White Horror Magazines
ANTHONY TOLLIN reminisces about being an assistant editor at Warren on
Vampirella , _Eerie, _and _Famous Monsters of Filmland _and doing brief
production work on the Marvel black and white horror mags. Readers
recall black and white horror mags from this classic era. Eric M.
4:55-7:15 P.M. DINNER BREAK
*7:15-7:30 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Discussion: In Memoriam: Kirby
Remembering this very early Minn-Con member who went on to be a
productive literary agent and horror fiction anthologist. Eric M.
7:30-8:25 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Opening Ceremonies
ANTHONY TOLLIN is interviewed by Eric M. Heideman
*8:30-9:25 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Why Don't the Reanimated
Dead Just Die?
Vampires and zombies have a long tradition in literature and cinema.
While the concepts persist, the forms they take have morphed as every
generation re-invents the classic tropes. What is it in our psyches that
clings to this fear even after all the satires and comedies make them
figures of ridicule? Tessa Johnstone Carlson, mod.; Eric S. Anderson,
9:00 P.M. Registration Table closes
9:00 P.M. Vendor Room closes
9:00 P.M. The Waiting Room's bar closes
9:30 P.M. Krushenko's (Room 101) opens for...
Old-Time Radio and TV Party. Light refreshments and conversation
pertaining to fantastical radio horror hosts from the '30s and TV horror
comedy from the early '60s, with info from Anthony Tollin.
1:30ish A.M. Krushenko's closes
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014 CE:
10:00 A.M. Registration Table opens
10:00 A.M. Vendor Room (Dealers & Art; Milwaukee Road Room) opens
*10:00-10:55 A.M., Vendor Room (Milwaukee Road). Meet the Dealers
See their wares! Talk with them. They're knowledgeable and nice. ANTHONY
TOLLIN,Patrick W. Marsh, et al.
11:00-11:55 A.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Old-Time Fantastical
Brian K. Perry, mod.; ANTHONY TOLLIN, James P. Roberts
*NOON-12:55 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: What are You Reading?
In this annual panel, people recommend works that they've been reading
over the past year, especially—though not restricted to—recent fiction
of the dark fantastic. Patrick W. Marsh, James P. Roberts
*1:00-1:55 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: The Many Faces of Horror
From psychological horror to supernatural horror to splatterpunk to
paranormal romance... Do the many kinds of “horror” fiction (and the
films and TV they inspire) fit together in a coherent genre? Tessa
Johnstone Carlson, mod.; Eric S. Anderson, Roy C. Booth, Cynthia Booth
*2:00-2:55 P.M., Vendo Room (Milwaukee Road). Meet the Artists!
Look at their artwork and learn about their techniques. ANTHONY TOLLIN,
*3:00-3:55 P.M. Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Godzilla & Co.: Giant
Reptiles in Fact, Folklore, Fiction, and Film
Each Arcana we celebrate a Monster of the Year. This year, in honor of
the 60th anniversary of the Japanese film _Gojira_ (Japan, 1954), we
look at the facts and fiction of reptiles—especially the big 'uns. Eric
M. Heideman, mod.; Melissa S. Kaercher, Michael Waltz, Scott F. Wyatt
4:00 P.M. The Waiting Room bar opens
4:00-4:55 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Non-Fiction Reading: ANTHONY
TOLLIN reads from his work
5:00 P.M. Registration closes
5:00 P.M. Vendor Room closes
5:00-5:20 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). : Autographing: ANTHONY TOLLIN,
Cynthia Booth, Roy C. Booth, et al.
5:20-7:30 P.M. DINNER BREAK
7:30-7:40 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Award Presentation
The MINNESOTA FANTASY AWARD for lifetime achievment-- for a person who
has lived a significant amount of time in Minnesota and has made a
significant contribution to the field of the fantastic--is presented by
Eric M. Heideman to Corwin Brust, on behalf of recipient STEVEN BRUST.
7:50-8:00 P.M., Mainstage(Soo Line). Auction Items Available For
8:00-10:00 OR 10:30 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Minn-Con Auction
Cool books, films, artwork, etc., the proceeds of which are used to keep
Arcana's Sponsoring Organization afloat. This is the fun energy
highlight of the convention. To donate or consign material, contact
Dwayne, firstname.lastname@example.org. Dwayne H. Olson, Michael Waltz,
Auctioneers; David Christenson, Materials Scrounger; Roger Lasley,
Recorder; _____, Runner; ANTHONY TOLLIN, Moral Support
9:00 P.M. TheWaiting Room's bar closes
10ish P.M.--Ten Minutes after Auction Bidding ends. Krushenko's (Room
101 opens for...
Kaiju Party. A celebration, with light refreshments and conversation, of
Gojira/Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidora, and other interesting creatures
2:00 A.M. Krushenko's closes
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2014 CE:
11 A.M. Registration for Arcana 44 and 45 opens
11:00-11:55 A.M., Mainstage (Soo Line Room). Panel: The Art of Hannes
Bok, Virgil Finlay, and Ed Cartier
*Bok (1914-1964; pseudonym of Wayne Francis Woodward) painted dozens of
covers for science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction magazines,
contributed hundreds of interior illustrations, and wrote fiction and
poetry. His style is distinctly Hannes Bok. Finlay (1914-1971) was a
major _Weird Tales _contributor. Cartier (1914-2008) contributed
substantially to _Astounding Science Fiction _and _Unknown._All three
were born between July 2 and August 1, 1914. Dwayne H. Olson, mod.;
*NOON-12:55 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Beware My Power: Green
Lantern's First 75 Years
We'll trace the complex history of Green Lanterns Alan Scott--chronicled
by Alfred Bester and Henry Kuttner--Hal Jordan, John Stewart, et al.,
and their friends and foes. Eric M. Heideman, mod.; ANTHONY TOLLIN, Roy
*1:00-1:55 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: What are You Viewing?
Panelists talk about what they've been watching this past year in dark
fantastic cinema and TV, worldwide, old and new. Eric M. Heideman, mod.;
Eric S. Anderson, David Christenson, Patrick W. Marsh
2:00-2:55 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Ambrose Bierce and His
Each year Arcana celebrates the work of a classic horror writer. This
time we look at Civil War veteran, crusading journalist, and champion
cynic Bierce, author of _The Devil's Dictionary _and many short stories
of horror—notably “The Damned Thing” and “Moxon's Master”--and the Civil
War, notably “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Eric M. Heideman,
mod.; Cynthia Booth, Tessa Johnstone Carlson, Brian K. Perry, James P.,
*3:00-3:55 P.M., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: The Dark Hero
How the iconic image of the classic melodrama villain (Dracula-Snidely
Whiplash types) was adapted for such heroes as The Shadow, The Spider,
or Batman...creating heroes who possess the charismatic power of evil.
Russell Thorndyke's “Doctor Syn” novels, later adapted for Disney as
“The Scarecrow of Romney Marsh,” starred one of the early Dark Heroes.
We could also talk about charismatic villains like Dr. Fu Manchu. Tessa
Johnstone Carlson, mod.; ANTHONY TOLLIN
4:00 P.M. Registration Closes
4:00-4:15 P.M., Mainstage. Closing Ceremonies.
Wrapping up the official part of Arcana 44, with some words about Arcana
45. Eric M. Heideman, MC; ANTHONY TOLLIN. Followed by....
4:15-4:45 P.M., RAILROAD LOBBY. Milling about and fond farewells,
4:45-5:00 P.M. Coordinated dinner expedition to...
5:00-7:00 P.M. ...the traditional walleye restaurant, Tavern on Grand,
7:15 P.M.- Undead Dog Party:
Railroad Lobby—Conversation & Gaming
Krushenko's—Conversation & Viewers' Choice