Arcana 41 Schedule


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

All Weekend: $40/Friday: $15/Saturday: $20/Sunday: $10

Friday, October 21, 2011 CE:

2:00 p.m. Registration Table opens (Lobby)

3:00-6:55 p.m., Hospitality (Northern Pacific, 1st Floor). Films

5:00 p.m. Vendor Room (Dealers & Art; Milwaukee Road Room, between Northern Pacific and Soo Line) opens

7:00-7:30 p.m. Hospitality (Northern Pacific). Opening Ceremonies Eric M. Heideman, MC; Pam Keesey, Greg Ketter, John J. Koblas

7:30-7:55 p.m., Hospitality (Northern Pacific). Discussion: In Memoriam: Philip Rahman, 1952-2011 Friends of this horror publisher and longtime Minn-Con/Arcana supporter share memories. Rodger Gerberding, et al.

8:00 p.m. Registration Table closes

8:00 p.m.-midnight, Roundhouse (Soo Line, Milwaukee Road, Northern Pacific) and Railroad Lobby: A Wake for Philip Rahman %0a9:00 p.m. Vendor Room closes

9:00-p.m.-late night, Krushenko’s (1st floor). Film party

Saturday, October 22, 2011 CE:

8:55-1030 a.m., Hospitality (Northern Pacific; 1st floor). Film

10:00 a.m. Registration Table (Lobby) opens

10:00 a.m. Vendor Room (Dealers and Art; Milwaukee Road; between Soo Line and Northern Pacifiic) opens

10:30-11:55 a.m., Mainstage (Soo Line; 1st floor). Panel: French and Italian Horror Films Continuing our multi-year tour of horror cinema the world round. This time we look at such French classics as Diabolique and Eyes without a Face and such memorable Italian directors as Mario Bava. Thomas Marchlewski, mod.; Greg Ketter, Pam Keesey, David Christenson, Eric M. Heideman

Noon-12:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Meet the Artists Painters, illustrators, and comic book creators talk and answer questions about their work. Rodger Gerberding, et al.

1:00-1:55 p.m., Mainstage (SooLine). Talk: The Lovecraft Circle and Others: As I Remember Them Author and Minn-Con co-founder John J. Koblas gives a talk, based on his soon forthcoming memoir, The Lovecraft Circle and Others:As I Remember Them, about the first 20 Minn-Cons and various pulpsters, including many from the Lovecraft circle, who Koblas befriended.

2:00-2:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Monster Culture Universal and RKO classics on Shock Theater; Famous Monsters of Filmland; Aurora Monster models; AIP, Hammer, and Toho Studios; The Munsters and The Addams Family; “The Monster Mash”—what it was like Growing up Monster. Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Pam Keesey, Greg Ketter, Roy C. Booth, Rob Callahan

3:00-3:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Women Who Run with the Werewolves We’ll look at women who’ve been menaced by lycanthropes and/or who are themselves lycanthropes in fiction (Pat Murphy’s Nadia, Suzy McKee Charnas’ “Boobs”) and film (She-Wolf of London, The Company of Wolves, the “Ginger Snaps” trilogy)—and why they appeal to readers and viewers. Pam Keesey, mod.; Catherine Lundoff

4:00-4:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: What are You Reading? Another Arcana tradition, in which people talk about cool stuff they’ve read in the past year, especially—though not exclusively—new work; especially—though not exclusively—fiction of the Dark Fantastic. Thomas Marchlewski, mod.; Greg Ketter, James P. Roberts

5:00-5:30 p.m., Railroad Lobby. Group Autographing Featuring John J. Koblas, Greg Ketter, Pam Keesey, Roy C. Booth, Catherine Lundoff, and other interested pros.

5:35-7:25 p.m., Hospitality (Northern Pacific). Pizza party, including a film

7:30-7:40 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Minnesota Fantasy Award Presentation The Minnesota Fantasy Award for Lifetime Achievement by a Minnesotan is presented on behalf of F. Scott Fitzgerald

7:50-8:00 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Auction items available for inspection

8:00-10:45ish p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Minn-Con Auction Rare and unusual Dark-Fantatic books, films, art, and materials. Two things you should know about the Auction. 1.) It keeps Arcana’s parent organization, Minn-Con, afloat. 2.) It’s loads of Fun. Dwayne H. Olson, Michael Waltz, Auctioneers; Jennifer Marchlewski, Mark Tersteeg, Recorders; Greg Ketter, John J. Koblas, Pam Keesey, Moral Support. To donate or consign material, contact Dwayne.

11:00 p.m. (or five minutes after Auction bidding ends, whichever falls later), Krushenko’s (1st floor). Film party

Sunday, October 23, 2011 CE:

9i30-10:57 a.m., Hospitality (Northern Pacific). Film

11:00 a.m. Registration Table (Lobby) opens

11:00 a.m. Vendor Room (Dealers and Art; Milwaukee Road; 1st Floor) opens

11:00-11:55 a.m., Mainstage (Soo Line; 1st floor). Panel: Splatterpunk vs. Traditional Horror Fiction What are the merits and demerits of splatterpunk compared to more traditional horror/dark fantasy fare? And beyond the splatterpunk movement, what are the pluses and minuses of gore in general in horror fiction? Brian K. Perry, mod.; Greg Ketter, Rob Callahan

Noon-12:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Apocalypse (and Post-Apocalypse) in Fact, Folklore, Fiction, and Film With the world’s end due again on 12/21/12, it seems like a good time to survey imaginative portrayals of the end of the world (as we know it). We’ll also include a bit of post-apocalyptic fiction and film, and religious end of the world scenarios (the rapture, the Book of Revelation, Norse mythology), and the Apocalypse in today’s political/cultural discourse. Rob Callahan, mod.; Pam Keesey, Greg Ketter, Edward E. Rom

1:00-1:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Underworld Rising The trilogy (so far) of Underworld films may have been influenced by some novels and Live Action Role Playing games (LARPs) published by White Wolf, inc. (There was a confidential settlement between White Wolf and the films’ producers.) Let’s talk about Underworld’s development, including the White Wolf material, the films Underworld (2003), Underworld: Evolution (2006) and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009) and Underworld’s subsequent influence on popular culture Pam Keesey, mod.; Catherine Lundoff

2:00-2:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: The Creature from the Black Lagoon in Fact, Folklore, Fiction, and Film The Creature was (along with Gojira) the coolest ‘50s addition to the staple of Classic Monsters. We’ll look at the Creature’s antecedents in fact (amphibians), folklore (merpeople and selkies), fiction (including DreamHaven’s soon-forthcoming publication of the Vargo Statten Creature from the Black Lagoon novelization), and, especially, the three films: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Revenge of the Creature (1955), and The Creature Walks Among us (1956)—and their cultural spawn. Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Greg Ketter, Roy C. Booth

3:00 p.m. Vendor Room closes

3:00-3:55 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Panel: Theater of Blood: The Life and Work of Vincent Price, 1911-1993 Celebrating the centennial of horror cinema’s Renaissance man, art collector and promoter, diverse cook, author, star of stage, screen, radio, and TV, and rock video narrator. Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Greg Ketter, Pam Keesey, Cynthia Booth, James P. Roberts

4:00-4:15 p.m., Mainstage (Soo Line). Closing Ceremonies Eric M. Heideman, mod.; Pam Keesey, GregKetter, John J. Koblas

4:15-4:55 p.m. Milling about and fond farewells, followed by…

5:00-7:00 p.m. Coordinated dinner expedition to a Midway restaurant with a diverse—though walleye-themed—menu, and a table that seats 20, followed by…

7:15ish p.m.-late night, Railroad Lobby. Undead Dog Party: Conversation and Gaming

7:15ish p.m.-Late Night, Krushenko’s. Undead Dog Party: Conversation and Viewers’ Choice Films