Last update: Fri, 24 Sep 2004
Located at the Collinsville, IL Gateway Center (convention center) and adjacent Holiday Inn (same location as 1993-98 Archons), just off exit 11 (11 miles east of St. Louis/Mississippi river) on I-55/I-70.
GoH: Editor Gardner Dozois
AGoH: Artist Ray Van Tilburg
FGoHs: Archon 5, 6, & 7 co-chair Jim Bakke,
Archon 5, 6, 7, & 8 co-chair John Brooks,
and Archon 8 co-chair Donna (Sutton) Bakke
GGoH: Gaming Company Decipher
MGoH: Costumers Susan & Jeff Stringer
TM: Fan Great Forrest J. (4E) Ackerman
MC: Author Vic Milán
Plus, many other notable pro & fan guests
CONVENTION HOTEL: Holiday Inn: 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234-6103; 1-800-551-5133 ($90 sngl/dbl, $100 trpl/quad). We know the Holiday Inn rates are outrageous this year, and we're working with the hotel contacts (they aren't the ones who mandated these prices) and the convention center contacts to get them lowered for next year.
We have all of the Holiday Inn's function space (in addition to the entire convention center), and the con suite will be on the ground floor, with access to the patio for smokers.
The ground-floor wing leading to the indoor pool will be blocked as the dedicated party wing (partiers should let both the hotel and the Archon committee know if they plan to host a party, so we can guarantee a room in that section. NO parties will be allowed on other floors.
For more information, or to register your party online, see http://www.archonstl.org/23/arcparty.html
Except for the PATIO, the public areas of the hotel's first floor will be designated NON-SMOKING.
OVERFLOW HOTELS: We also have small room blocks (20-30 rooms each) at the following three hotels; all are on the opposite side of the Gateway Center from the Holiday Inn (the Super 8 and Fairfield Inn are on the street leading to the Gateway Center, and the Ramada Ltd. is on a separate street behind them).
Super 8 ($42 sngl-quad - almost all have 1 queen bed; (618) 345-8008)
(Marriott) Fairfield Inn ($64 sngl-quad for doubles (2 Queen beds); (618) 346-0607)
Ramada Ltd. ($59 sngl-dbl, +$7 each add'l person (1 king or 2 queen beds); (618) 345-2000 or make reservations via their web page - specify "Archon" in the Comments block).
The Ramada Ltd. is completely sold out A/O mid-September.
Unused portions of the room blocks for all four hotels will be released in early September.
ADDITIONAL HOTELS: We do not have room blocks at the following hotels, but they are adjacent to the Ramada Ltd., on the street behind the Fairfield Inn and Super 8, and both had some rooms available A/O early May.
Comfort Inn (Thursday check-in $65 2 dbl beds or 1 King, $85 King or Family Suite (2 rooms?), $110 Jacuzzi Suite - For Friday or Saturday check-in, add $10 to each rate; (618) 346-4900)
Their rates have been dropping; they may be considerably cheaper by 1 October.
Hampton Inn ($55 2 dbl beds, $70 King suites, $90 King suites w/Jacuzzi; (618) 346-4400)
Fully booked A/O 18 May, but a few rooms might open later.
This is a brand new hotel, situated among the others listed above; since most people don't know about the Microtel yet, it may be the best place to try for a room in the weeks immediatly preceding the con.
Microtel Suites ($59 single, $69 double; (618) 345-0800)
The following hotels are on the other side of the highway from all of the above; they are reasonably close, but you probably wouldn't want to walk to or from most of them.
Drury Inn; (618) 345-7700
Quality Inn; (314) 241-7117
Days Inn; (314) 241-2915
Pear Tree [Drury Inn "sister hotel"]; (618) 345-9500
Best Western Heritage Inn; (618) 345-5660
All rates listed are +tax (11%).
The convention will have 6-10 tracks of programing plus the Children's and Grand masquerades, around-the-clock gaming, 3 video rooms (2 of them 24-hour), Friday night Masquerade dance and meet-the-pro's function, Saturday night Post-Apocalyptic dance, Friday (and probably Saturday) night pool party, all-night filking Friday and Saturday nights, and a dedicated track of children's programing (NOT a baby-sitting service).
The Writer's Workshop We have one of the best art shows in the midwest, and one of the best masquerades anywhere in the country. The Art Show will have its own hall again this year, giving the Dealers Room more table space in the Great Rivers Hall.
Tentatively planned, and depending on fan interest and participation, we may have the First Annual Post-Apocalyptic Car Show. Art cars with an attitude! Think Car Wars/Road Warrior/Death Race 2000. If you've got a heavily armored '77 4-door Impala with twin 37-mm autocannon, bring it on down and see if you can take first prize. If interested, contact John Mitchell at (314) 481-1637, write him at 4997 Miami, St. Louis, MO 63139, or email him c/o JFinazzo@igateway.net, "Last of the V8 Interceptors, eh?"
For more information, and especially to volunteer for program/panel/etc. participation, contact Beth Bancroft at (618) 346-2681.
For more detailed information, see http://www.archonstl.org/23/Prog_Tracks/basepage.htm
VOLUNTEERS: Sign up now to help out at the con! Let us know if you have experience, or a particular interest, in any specific area(s). Volunteers who work more than 6 hours qualify for special benefits, and more for the Volunteer who works the most hours.
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Melissa Tenney via the Archon PO Box.
MASQUERADE: Archon has become one of the major costuming/masquerade conventions in the country, and features author Vic Milán as MC. For information, contact Sheila Lenkman & Scott Corwin, 9119 Madge, St. Louis, MO 63144; (314) 961-8972.
For more information, or to register online, see http://home.i1.net/~scorwin/masquerade.html
GAMING: Gaming runs its own, extensive, programing; events this year will include Collectible Card Game tournaments, sanctioned RPGA, Call of Cthulhu, AD&D, and other miniature-based games. There will also be scheduled game demonstrations and introductory game scenarios. Write Archon 23, Attn: Gaming Dept., c/o the PO box, or contact Jon Bancroft, (618) 346-2681 or see http://www.apci.net/~ipw4/archon/arcgame.htm.
We are repeating the SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY-RELATED WEB PAGE CONTEST this year. Any Archon member can enter, and anyone (including non-entrants and non-Archon members) can vote. Each entry must be SF and/or fantasy related in some way, and the winner will be selected by popular vote. All entrants and voters will be notified by email when new contest entries are posted, and may vote multiple times - only the last ballot received from each voter will be counted in the final tally. The winner will receive a small award (last year it was a free membership to this year's con) at the Sunday Brunch Buffet/Banquet, and one voter will also be selected at random for a small prize (last year it was a T-shirt).
For rules, to enter, or to vote, see http://www.archonstl.org/23/contest.html.
MINIATURES CONTEST: The Masters Division has two sections, so there are more chances of winning in that Division. For more detailed information, write Tai Mayford, 2072 14th St., Granite City, IL 62040, or contact Tai Mayford at (618) 877-6412.
PLASTIC MODELING CONTEST: The experiment worked well last year, so we're repeating the contest/display for SF/Fantasy-related plastic models. Plastic, resin, etc., scratch-built models, kits, and modified kits are welcome, but NOT models that were purchased already built and decorated. For more detailed information, write Archon 23, Attn: Plastic Model Contest, c/o the Archon PO box, or Tony Parker, 5051A Pernod, St. Louis, MO 63139, or see http://members.igateway.net/~jfinazzo/model.htm.
VIDEO CONTEST: We are also repeating the SF/Fantasy-related videos contest. For more information, contact Jeff Finazzo, 4986 Miami, St. Louis, MO 63139, or see http://members.igateway.net/~jfinazzo/video.htm.
Hanging fees are $12 for a full 4' wide x 7' tall panel or 30" x 6' table, $6 for a half panel/table; limit 3 per artist or agent. Mail-in art is accepted if accompanied by reusable packing and payment for return shipping. No store-bought pieces are allowed. Print shop fee is $5 with no limit on the number of different pieces or the quantity of each piece entered.
Junior (under 13) and Juvenile (age 13-17) space is FREE, but is limited to one half panel or table (artists 17 & under may enter art in the main show, but must pay full price for space and the art must be of adult quality).
A 10% commission will be charged on all art show (including Junior/Juvenile), print shop, and resale shop sales (resale shop fees and rules are the same as for the regular art show). For more information, or to reserve panel/3D-table space, write c/o Kay Goode, 6028 Marmaduke Ave., St. Louis, MO 63139; (314) 644-0731.
For detailed information, see http://www.archonstl.org/23/arcart1.html
Also see Membership Rates, below.
List of Attending & Exhibiting Artists (so far...)
There will be 80-85 tables - a very favorable ratio for the expected 1750-2000 attendees. Rates are $60 for the first 8' table, $75 for the second table, and $85 for the third; dealers will normally be limited to 2 tables each.
NO memberships are included in table prices, and all workers must have a valid convention badge. For special dealer rate information see Membership Rates, below.
When requesting tables, please specify the number of tables desired, what type of merchandise you plan to sell, and if you require electricity (electricity will be billed separately at the convention center's prevailing rate at the time of the convention; 1998 rates were $15 for up to 150 watt service, and $25 for 150-500 watt service). Advance payment or deposit is not required; if you do not send payment with your space request, you will be billed when you are assigned space, and memberships may also be paid for at that time.
For information, table requests, and payments, write to DEALERS ROOM, ARCHON 23, PO BOX 8387, ST. LOUIS, MO 63132-8387, contact Randy Davis via email,
or see http://www.archonstl.org/23/DealerRoomLetter1999A.html.
List of Attending Dealers
Registration: Tentatively open Thursday evening, in the Gateway Center
Friday, Saturday, Sunday hours TBD
Programing: Friday - Gateway Center hours TBD; Holiday Inn hours TBD
Saturday - Gateway Center 10am-Midnight; Holiday Inn 10am-????
Sunday - Gateway Center 10am-????; Holiday Inn 10am-????
Open Filking: Friday night, time TBD; Saturday night, time TBD
Video 1: TBD
Video 2: TBD
Video 3: TBD
Gaming Registration (Gateway Center): Friday - 1pm-9pm
Saturday - 9am-8pm
Sunday - 9am-Noon
Gaming (Holiday Inn): 2pm Friday continuously thru 5pm Sunday
Gaming (Gateway Center): Friday - 2pm-Midnight
Saturday - 9:30am-Midnight
Sunday - 9:30am-5pm
Miniatures Contest (Holiday Inn): Friday - 10am-5pm; Contestant's Reception 5pm-6:30pm
Saturday - 10am-4pm; Judges setup 4pm-5pm; Judging 5pm-6:30pm
Sunday - 10am-2pm - MUST PICK UP ALL PIECES BY 2PM!
Art Show: Thursday night setup, 7pm-11pm
Friday, Noon-9pm (setup ongoing; Tentative reception 8pm-9pm)
Auction, Saturday, 5pm-end of auction (open 1 hour after the auction for sales)
Artist Check-Out, Sunday, Noon-3pm
Dealers: Dealer setup Noon-4pm Friday
Normal open hours 4-8pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday
Dealer teardown starts at 2pm Sunday
Opening Ceremonies: Friday, time TBD
Artist's Reception: Friday night, 8pm-9pm
Friday Night Dance: Time TBD
Banquet Brunch: 11am-Noon Sunday,
followed by GoH speeches and related ceremonies, gifts, and awards, Noon-1pm
Closing Ceremonies: Sunday, time TBD
Children's Masquerade: Saturday afternoon, time TBD
Grand Masquerade: Saturday night, time TBD
Charity Auction: Sunday, time TBD
PROGRAM BOOK ADVERTISING:Rates are Professional $300 or Fan $200 for the back cover,
Pro $225/Fan $125 for the inside back cover,
$200/$100 for a full inside page,
$100/$50 1/2 page horizontal or $110/$55 1/2 page vertical,
$60/$30 1/4 page horizontal;
Fan-only noncommercial business-card size ads are $10.
The Program Book will be 8.5" x 11", tentatively with a four-color cover by our Artist Guest of Honor. Write the Archon 23 PO Box for four-color back cover price, or contact Rich Zellich , (636) FAN-3026.
MEMBERSHIP RATES:Adult memberships were $19 in advance at Archon 22, and are now
$25 October 5, 1998 thru March 31, 1999,
$30 April 1 thru August 31, 1999, and then
$35 until September 24, 1999 and at the door.
Kids 6-10 are $8 at any time,
Young adults 11-16 are $17 at any time
(children thru age 12 must be accompanied by an adult member).
Dealers and artists get the $25 membership rate between October 5, 1998 and August 31, 1999 if sent in with their table/panel space payments. If paid separately, the rate in effect at the time of membership payment will apply.
One-day adult memberships are $20 Friday, $25 Saturday, and $17 Sunday (second-dayers can upgrade for the difference between one-day and full membership).
For post-registration information, contact Maureen Davis. On-site Registration will tentatively be open from 7-10pm on Thursday evening, September 30th, for pickup of pre-registration packages, and for at-the-door registrations.
BANQUET:The banquet will be a Sunday brunch buffet with scrambled eggs instead of made-to-order omelettes, so there will be no long wait to eat!
The Guest of Honor speeches and guest-gift presentations are scheduled to immediately follow the banquet, but it is not necessary to have a brunch ticket to attend that part of the program. Additional seating will be made available so non-diners may also see and hear the Guests of Honor; GoH speech seating will be opened approximately 45 minutes to an hour after the scheduled start of the brunch.
The price for the brunch will be $12, and please order tickets in advance because only a few will be available at the door. If you intend to pay for your membership at the door, you may still order tickets in advance, and pay for them at the convention when you pay for your membership.
Archon 21 "Monster Movie" T-shirts S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL: $15
CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE A LARGER VERSION
(these were not the official Archon 21 con shirts, but the special shirts made for the 50's monster movie recreation spectacular with the Korean War reenactors and the 50' long monster built by our creature shop)
Archon 23 Official T-shirts
These will be available for purchase in the Dealers Room, at Artist Guest of Honor Ray Van Tilburg's table.
Archon 13 Posters: $6
CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE A LARGER VERSION
(limited-edition Frank Kelly-Freas screen print of the artwork used for the Archon 13 T-shirts; 7.5" x 9" image on heavy 11" x 14" stock)
Archon 20th Anniversary Pin (first pin of the series): $2
(Not mailable, since postage and padded envelope would cost more than the pin!)
Archon 21 Pin
Archon 22 Pin: $2
(Not mailable; you get one free at Archon 23 or 24 if you were an Archon 22 member)
Archon 23 Pin: $2
Archon 21 Mary Hanson-Roberts Program Book Covers: $2
CLICK ON EITHER IMAGE TO SEE LARGER VERSIONS
(special flat, uncreased, covers printed for autographing by the AGoH; not printed on reverse; 17"Wx11"H)
(Not mailable, due to 17" width)
Archon 23 Ray Van Tilburg Program Book Covers
(special flat, uncreased, covers printed for autographing by the AGoH; not printed on reverse; 17"Wx11"H)
These will be available FREE at the convention, at the Artist Guest of Honor's autograph session.
All prices include postage, except the pins and program book covers.
Pins and program book covers may be pre-ordered and picked up at Archon 23, or may be purchased directly at the con.
SEND ALL PAYMENTS TO
ARCHON 23, PO BOX 8387, ST. LOUIS, MO 63132-8387
INFORMATION: Archon 23, P.O. Box 8387, St. Louis, MO 63132-8387
HOTLINE:Rich or Michelle Zellich, (636) FAN-3026 (636-326-3026).
OTHER POINTS OF CONTACT:
Charity Auction: Charlotte Phelps, 7511 Teasdale, St. Louis, MO 63130; (314) 725-1868
Fan/Club Liaison: Charlotte Phelps, 7511 Teasdale, St. Louis, MO 63130; (314) 725-1868
Hotel & Party Room Liaison: Rich Zellich, 1738 San Martin Ct., Fenton, MO 63026-2304; (636) FAN-3026
Sponsored-Party Liaison: Rich Zellich, 1738 San Martin Ct., Fenton, MO 63026-2304; (636) FAN-3026
Pro Liaison: Les Haven7809 Regent PL SW #2, Huntsville, AL 35802; (256) 880-7863
Security: Steve Norris, 1079 Camargo, Dr., Ballwin, MO 63011; (314) 230-9481
VIP/Pro Guest Liaison (Local Transportation): John Novak, 5705 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO 63111; (314) 351-3906