Arcana 44 (2014)



Program Schedule



October 17-19, 2014

Best Western—Banadana Square, 1010 Bandana Blvd W, St Paul MN (651) 647-1637

Guest of Honor: ANTHONY TOLLIN


Anthony Tollin worked registration at the first Minnesota science fiction convention in 1968 and was a guest at the first local comic book con in 1973,  the first Minneapolis fan to join the New York comics professionals. After starting as an assistant editor at Warren (on Vampirella,Eerie, and Famous Monsters of Filmland) and a production artist on Marvel's b&w horror magazines, he in 1974 began 21 years at DC, first as head proofreader, later as assistant production manager/color coordinator, working with such comic legends as Julius Schwartz, Jack Adler, Sol Harrison, and Joe Kubert. Tollin left staff in 1981 to focus on freelance work as cover colorist and regular interior colorist of many DC top titles highlighted by a 15-year run on Green Lantern, plus Superman, Justice League,The Shadow Strikes, The Phantom, and Crisis on Infinite Earths(and decade-plus runs on the Batman and New Teen Titans lines which he co-colored in partnership with Adrienne Roy). Tollin also colored Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, and a variety of comics features for National Lampoon, Marvel, and Topps. As a broadcasting historian, Tollin authored more than 70 historical booklets on old-time radio for Radio Spirits and the Smithsonian Institution Press (including collaborations with Ray Bradbury and Walter Cronkite), scripted the nationally syndicated  When Radio Was (hosted by Stan Freberg) and produced and directed cast reunions of such radio series as The Shadow, Superman, The Lone Ranger, Suspense,The Whistler, X-Minus One, The Mysterious Traveler, and The Mercury Theatre on the Air. He also worked as Historical Consultant on the Sci Fi Channel documentary “Martian Mania: the True Story of the War of the Worlds” (hosted by James Cameron). Tollin co-authored The Shadow Scrapbook with creator Walter Gibson, and has published more than 150 novels each of The Shadow and Doc Savage under his Sanctum Books trade paperback imprint.


Programming  Arcana features its usual broth of panels, readings, and presentations on the dark fantastic, including an Anthony Tollin interview, What are You Reading?,  Ambrose Bierce, old Time Radio, and Gojira’s friends and foes. To volunteer and/or submit ideas, contact Eric M. Heideman (see below). Priority given to ideas received by August 15.


Dealers and Art  Dealers pay the current membership rate plus $30 for a table. Contact Brian K. Perry (see below). Attending Artists may opt for the same membership rate as dealers, or may display a la carte, at $1 per bid sheet (per piece). Walk-in art will be accepted from a non-attending artist or agent at the rate of $2 per bid sheet. No mail-in art is accepted. Art that receives two or more Silent Auction bids will be included in the Auction Saturday night. Contact Brian, Arcana and its representatives are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged art items.


Auction  Rare and unusual dark fantastic books, films, artwork, and materials. To donate or consign, contact Eric (below).


Hotel  The Best Western, 1010 Bandana Blvd W, at Bandana Square, St Paul,  a former train repair station with its tracks running through the lobby, has a swimming pool, sauna, free internet computer, and free wireless. A free Continental breakfast is served in the lobby for hotel guests. Bandana Square next door has the Twin City Model Railroad Museum. A restaurant, Gabes by the Park, is three blocks from the hotel. various restaurants lie within 2-3 miles. The hotel's lounge, The Waiting Room, is open 4-9pm Monday-Saturday. In 2014 the hotel hosted the Western convention Con-Sarnit June 6-7 and the speculative fiction convention Diversicon July 25-27. Arcana returns for the 23rdconsecutive year. Rates TBA: mention Arcana when reserving your room: 651-647-1637. Deadline: September 26.


Hospitality  The main stage room will provide light refreshments, joined by Krushenko's after the evening Program concludes. Room parties are welcome!


Convention Membership: $35 through August 15, 2014; $40 through October 1; $50 At the Door

Enclose check or money order to Arcana 44 and mail to Arcana 44, attn Eric M. Heideman, PO Box 8036, Lake Street Station, Minneapolis MN 55408 (do not mail cash). Or pay via PayPal to

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