Last update: Tue, 17 Oct 2006

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October 5-8, 2006

Collinsville, Illinois (St. Louis, Missouri area)

Located at the Collinsville, IL Gateway Center (convention center) and adjacent Holiday Inn (same location as 1993-2005 Archons), just off exit 11 (11 miles east of St. Louis/Mississippi river) on I-55/I-70.

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       Elizabeth Moon

       Alan Gutierrez

       Voice actor Billy West

       Steve Johnson, Hex Games

       Gypsy Ames

       Jeff & Maya Bohnhoff

       jan howard "the Wombat" finder

TM:         Robin Wayne Bailey

         Author Vic Milán

Plus, many other notable pro & fan guests

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CONVENTION HOTEL: Holiday Inn: 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville, IL  62234-6104; 1-800-551-5133 ($119.95 single-quad, $189.95 for parlor half of Junior Suites; includes coupons for full American breakfast for up to two people per room per day).
Cancellations: Reservations cancelled after the 1st of September will incur a one-night room charge.
Internet access: Wireless Ethernet, all rooms, Wired Ethernet "bridges" available on request

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.
NOTE: If your party causes damage to your room, the hotel will bill Archon, and we will bill you. Also note that if you plan to attach anything to the walls, floor, or ceiling inside or outside of your room, you must visit the front desk and get their approval first (Hint: Use Blu-Tac/Hobby Tack/equivalent, not tape).

For more information, and to register your party online, see; for a list of currently-announced parties, see

Except for the PATIO, the public areas of the hotel's first floor will be designated NON-SMOKING.

OVERFLOW HOTELS: We have small room blocks (25-50 rooms each) at the following six hotels; five are on the opposite side of the Gateway Center from the Holiday Inn (the Extended Stay Suites, Super 8, and Fairfield Inn are on the street leading to the Gateway Center, and the others are on a separate street behind them).

Extended Stay Suites ($69 sngl-quad - Continental breakfast included; (618) 345-0800)
Internet access: "Data ports" on the telephones; no broadband access

Super 8 ($62.99 sngl-quad - Continental breakfast included; (618) 345-8008)
Internet access: None

Hampton Inn ($72 sngl-quad - Continental breakfast included; (618) 346-4400)
Internet access: Wireless Ethernet, all rooms, free, must have compatible computer (no wireless cards available from front desk)

Comfort Inn ($75 sngl-quad - Continental breakfast included; (618) 346-4900)
Internet access: None

Days Inn - was Ramada Ltd. ($70 sngl-quad; (618) 345-2000 or make reservations via their web page) Internet access: "Data ports" on the telephones; no broadband access

Drury Inn (not co-located with the other hotels, above - just across the highway) ($94 sngl-quad - Continental breakfast included; (618) 345-7700)
Internet access: Wired Ethernet in all rooms & wireless ethernet in the lobby, both free

Unused portions of the room blocks for all hotels, including the Holiday Inn, will be released on or about the 1st of September.

The Fairfield Inn is co-located with the main hotels, above, but we do not have an official room block with them; they quoted a tentative $95 rate, but did not confirm the room block:

Fairfield Inn (Continental breakfast included; (618) 346-0607)
Internet access: Wired Ethernet, all rooms, free, Wireless Ethernet in the lobby

The following hotels are on the other side of the highway from most of the above - they are reasonably close, but you probably wouldn't want to walk to or from them.

The Orleans Best Value (618) 345-8100

Best Western Collinsville Inn 618-345-9500


Quality Inn in Caseyville (618) 398-6745
off Interstate Exit 9, at 2180 Patricia Dr., Caseyville

All rates are +tax (11%).

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The convention will have 6-10 tracks of programming starting at 3pm on Thursday, plus children's and Grand masquerades, around-the-clock gaming, 3 video rooms (2 of them 24-hour), Thursday night Artist Reception, Thursday night dance, Friday night dinner theater & GoH speeches and Awards ceremonies, Friday night theme dance (Logan's Run: "Run, Runner!"), Saturday night dance, Friday (and probably Saturday) night pool party, all-night filking from 9pm on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, and a dedicated track of children's programming (NOT a baby-sitting service). Additionally, both Art and Charity auctions will be held, and there may be a Red Cross blood drive on Saturday.

We have one of the best art shows in the midwest, and one of the best masquerades anywhere in the country.

New this year: There will be a track called Fan Made Media to showcase the new medium of podcasts/vidcasts, fan made films/videos, etc. If you have a podcast, fan made film/video, blog or web comic that is in some way connected with SF, fantasy, gaming, and/or SF/fantasy writing, please let us know, as we would like to create new panels, presentations, and workshops in this exciting new area. Contact Darrell Flynn, using Subject line "Fan Made Media".

Podcast Workshop and Panels: Interested in podcasting? Want to know how to create one or just find out how this new grassroots medium is changing the face of fandom? Archon, in conjunction with St. Louis area podcasters Dan Repperger, Chad Wattler, and Adam Pinilla of the Fear the Boot podcast will have a workshop and panels on podcasting. This crew of podcasters will also be doing on the spot interviews with people throughout the con for later broadcast (the podcast will be here, courtesy of Dan Repperger).

Pirates of the Caribbean Screening 3000 (POTC3K): Itching to unleash your Rocky Horror Picture Show humor on Disney? Ever wanted to dress up as a pirate, act like a pirate, or just generally raid, pillage, and plunder one of your favorite movies to your heart's content? Come to the Friday night showing of Pirates of the Caribbean, and bring your best one-liners to shout out. We'll provide you some good suggested lines (just in case you're not good at talkin' sea smack just yet), lots of pirates (guard your pockets!), and perhaps...even a little pre-show entertainment if you have the shillings for it...

Dress like a pirate, a blacksmith, a strumpet, we don't care, as long as you're there - savvy? (But beware me 'earties, this is a PG-13 movie and the audience's language get salty, so you might want to rethink bringing buccan-ears you reckon too small to hear it.)

We'll supply the instructions; you show up with the rum.
Exact time and location TBA, keep your one good eye out for details!
NOTE: The movie will be shown in the Gateway Center video room, so you can't bring in any food or drink that was not purchased at their concession stand or vending machines.

For more information about Archon Programming, and especially to volunteer for program/panel/etc. participation, contact Michelle Zellich and Ramona Taylor, (636) FAN-3026 and/or see: ProgrammingSurvey30.doc.

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. Volunteers who work 20 or more hours will receive a special-edition Archon Volunteers T-shirt.
For more information, or to volunteer, contact Michelle Zellich, (636) FAN-3026.

MASQUERADE: Archon has become one of the major costuming/masquerade conventions in the country, and features author Vic Milán as MC.
All new stage, with a wider performance area to accommodate larger costumes and group entries. The basic layout is unchanged - it's just bigger and better. The new stage layout is available for viewing on our masquerade webpage.
Audience members:, Arrangements may be made for those with special needs. We will seat those with wheelchairs, walkers, or children in strollers early. For more information, contact the house manager, Beth Bancroft, by email (mention "Archon Masquerade" in the subject) or at (618) 346-2681.
Hearing-impaired fen:, We are considering sign-interpreting the masquerade. If you would be interested in this service, please contact the masquerade directors and let us know. Also, if you know ASL and would like to volunteer to do the sign-interpreting, we would like to hear from you.
Costume programming:, If you would like to contribute to a costuming panel or workshop, please contact Ramona Taylor by email (be sure to mention "Archon Masquerade Programming" in the subject) or the Archon PO Box.
Fan photographers:, We need to hear from you if you want a spot backstage at the masquerade this year. Contact the masquerade directors to reserve your place now - limited space is available, and there may not be any left at the con. NO FLASH PHOTGRAPHY ALLOWED during the masquerade.
For information, contact Sheila Lenkman & Scott Corwin, 9119 Madge, St. Louis, MO  63144; (314) 961-8972.
For more detailed information, or to register online, see

CHARITY AUCTION: Our charity will be selected by our Guest of Honor; watch this space for the announcement. Look for the Charity Auction on Friday evening. If you have something to donate, please contact Mike Hatley, 220 S. 4th St., Dupo, IL  62239; (618) 286-3509.

GAMING: Gaming runs its own, extensive, programming; 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. Almost 200 individual Gaming events are scheduled, and the draft Gaming Schedule by Session is now online. To coincide with George R.R. Martin's visit, Fantasy Flight Games will showcase their Game of Thrones CCG, and each participant will receive a promotional card; see for tournament rules. For more information, write Archon 30, Attn: Gaming Dept., c/o the PO box, contact Jon Bancroft, (618) 346-2681, or see

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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, 2833 Ralph, Granite City, IL  62040, or contact Tai Mayford, (618) 876-5382.

WRITERS CONTEST: Second Annual Amateur Science Fiction & Fantasy Writing Contest. Entrants must be 18 or older and pre-registered as Archon 30 members. The contest is limited to the first ten qualified manuscripts received. The contest will be judged by a group of Archon Professional Writer Guests; the winner will be announced at Opening Ceremonies on Thursday evening. The prize package includes a reading scheduled for the amateur writer, a plaque, and a one-year subscription to Speculations magazine. All contest finalists will receive a written critique of their manuscript.

Note: Pay attention to the 1 August 2006 submission deadline; submissions will be mailed to the judges O/A 14 August, 2006.

See the complete contest rules for further details, or contact Beth Bancroft, P.O. Box 27, Collinsville, IL 62234.

ANIME' MUSIC VIDEO CONTEST: Archon's second anime' music video contest! It will feature a showing of submitted AMV's, and will be a competition between fans in the field of digital video editing. For more information, see

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Hanging fees are $15 for each full 4' wide x 7' tall panel or 30" x 6' table, $7.50 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 $7 with no limit on the number of different pieces or the quantity of each piece entered.

Junior (age 13-17) and Juvenile (under 13) 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 Susan Bolhafner, 3523 Sidney, St. Louis, MO  63104; (314) 865-1834.

For detailed information, see

Also see Membership Rates, below.

The Artist Alley will be located in the main hallway outside the Art Show in the Gateway Center, and will consist of 12 6'x30" tables. Tables are $30; space will be assigned on a first-requested/first-assigned basis. If electrical service is required, it will be billed at the current Gateway Center rate. NOTE: It is cheaper if requested in advance; if you ask for electricity on arrival, it will cost significantly more.

Artist Alley occupants must have a valid convention Membership; it is not included in the table fee.

For full details, and a registration form, see

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There will be 85-90 tables - a very favorable ratio for the expected 2200-2500 attendees. Rates are $80 for the first 8' table, $90 for the second table, and $100 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 quoted rates; 2005 rates were $35 for up to 500 watt service, $45 for 501-1000 watt service, $55 for 1001-1500 watt service, and $65 for 1501-2000 watt service if ordered in advance, or $50, $60, $70, and $80 if ordered at the convention).

For information, table requests, and payments, write to Dealers Room, Archon 30, PO Box 8387, St. Louis, MO  63132-8387, contact Randy Davis via email, or see the Dealers Room Letter.

List of Attending Dealers (so far)

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Registration: Opens 3pm Thursday, in the Gateway Center
            Open Friday 9am-midnight, Saturday 9am-Midnight, and Sunday 10am-2pm
            After-hours registration will be in the Holiday Inn Con HQ, in one of the ground-floor Executive Conference Rooms

Masquerade Registration: Opens (TBA) Thursday, in the Gateway Center
            Open Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-Noon No late registrations will be allowed!

Programming: Thursday - Gateway Center hours 4pm-Midnight; Holiday Inn hours 4pm-????
            Friday - Gateway Center 10am-Midnight; Holiday Inn 10am-????
            Saturday - Gateway Center 10am-Midnight; Holiday Inn 10am-????
            Sunday - Gateway Center 10am-5pm; Holiday Inn 10am-5pm

Open Filking: 9pm until ???? Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights

Video 1 & 2 (Holiday Inn): Thursday 6pm thru Sunday 4pm
Video 3 (Gateway Center): Thursday 6pm-Midnight

            Friday 9am-Midnight
            Saturday 9am-Midnight
            Sunday 10am-3pm

Gaming Registration (Gateway Center): Thursday - 3:30pm-9pm
                                         Friday - 9am-8pm
                                         Saturday - 9am-8pm
                                         Sunday - 9am-Noon
Gaming (Holiday Inn): 4pm Thursday continuously thru 5pm Sunday
Gaming (Gateway Center): Thursday - 4pm-Midnight
                        Friday - 9:30am-Midnight
                        Saturday - 9:30am-Midnight
                        Sunday - 9:30am-5pm

Miniatures Contest (Holiday Inn): Thursday - Opens 3pm
                        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 setup, Noon-10pm    Show opens to the public at 5pm
          Reception, Thursday, 8pm-10pm
          Friday, 10am-8pm (setup ongoing)
          Saturday, 10am-4:30pm
          Auction, Saturday, 5pm-end of auction (open 1 hour after the auction for sales)
          Sunday, 10am-Noon
          Artist Check-Out, Sunday, Noon-3pm    No early birds, please!

Artist Alley: Hours open are at the discretion of the individual artists
          Thursday, 5pm-Midnight
          Friday, 9am-Midnight
          Saturday, 9am-Midnight
          Sunday, 9am-Noon

Dealers: Closed Thursday
         Dealer setup 9am-2pm Friday
         Open 2pm-8pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday, and 10am-2pm Sunday
         Dealer teardown starts at 2pm Sunday, and must be completed by 5pm

Opening Ceremonies: Thursday night, 7pm

Artist's Reception: Thursday night, 8pm-9pm (or -10pm?)

Friday Evening Dinner Theater Banquet: Friday night, 7-10pm (dinner theater at 7pm, followed ~9pm by GoH speeches)

Thursday Night Dance: 9pm-????

Friday Night Dance: 9pm-????

Saturday Night Dance: 9pm-????

Closing Ceremonies: Sunday, 4pm

Children's Masquerade: Saturday afternoon, 3pm (time may change)

Grand Masquerade: Saturday, 8pm

Charity Auction: Day and time TBD

Hospitality: Hours TBD

VIP: Continuous (may be closed for special events, such as Opening & Closing Ceremonies, Grand Masquerade, etc.)

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Rates are $500 for a four-color back cover,

Professional $300 or Fan $200 for a B&W 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. For more information, write the Archon 30 PO Box, contact Rich Zellich, (636) FAN-3026, or see


Do you have a membership to sell? Looking for a roommate to share your hotel room expense? Need a ride? Have a ride to offer? Need additional costumers for your Masquerade group entry?

You can place non-commercial ads such as the above on our FREE Classified Ads page. Just fill out this form and, after reviewing it, our Webmaster will add it to the page.


Adult memberships were $30 in advance at Archon 29,
$35 October 3, 2005 thru June 30, 2006, are now
$40 July 1 thru September 15, 2006, and then will increase to
$50 at the door; no further advance registrations will be accepted after September 15, 2006

Kids 6-10 are $8 at any time,
Young adults 11-16 are $20 at any time
(children thru age 12 must be accompanied by an adult member).

Dealers and artists get the $35 membership rate between October 3, 2005 and August 31, 2006 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 $25 Thursday, $30 Thursday-Friday combined, $35 Saturday, and $20 Sunday (second-dayers can upgrade for the difference between one-day and full membership).

Need something different for your favorite fan for Christmas (birthday/anniversary)? How about a membership in Archon 30? Just pick the level/type of membership you want and we'll send them a gift receipt in your name.

For post-registration information, contact
Maureen Davis.
Please include the word "Archon" as part of the Subject line of any email you send; it will assist in receiving your messages and not having them accidentally deleted as Span.


The Dinner Theater Banquet will be held on Friday evening, starting at 7pm. Missouri Smith will be producing the interactive play, which is expected to last between one and two hours. Guest of Honor speeches and Awards presentations (Archon Hall of Fame, etc.) will immediately follow. ALL CONVENTION MEMBERS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE FOLLOWING GOH SPEECHES AND AWARDS CEREMONIES; estimated start time is around 9pm.

Dinner menu: Garden Salad w/Italian or Ranch Dressing, Grilled Chicken Breast w/Pesto Cream, Classic Baked Mostaccioli w/Italian Cheeses, Country-Style Green Beans, Roasted Vegetables, "Chef's Dessert Table", and Coffee, Iced Tea, or Water.

Dinner/Theater cost: $22.


[image of It Came From Collinsville T-shirt art] Archon 21 "Monster Movie" T-shirts
XL and 2XL: $5  (S/M/L/3XL/5XL sold out - ONLY ONE XL LEFT)
(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)

[blank image placeholder for Archon 30 T-shirt art]Archon 30 Official T-shirts
These will be available for purchase in the Dealers Room, at Ray Van Tilburg's table.

[image of Archon 20 pin]Archon 20th Anniversary Pin (first pin of the series)

[image of Archon 21 pin]Archon 21 Pin

[image of Archon 22 pin]Archon 22 Pin

[image of Archon 23 pin]Archon 23 Pin

[image of Archon 24 pin]Archon 24 Pin

[image of Archon 25 pin]Archon 25 Pin

[image of Archon 26 pin]Archon 26 Pin

[image of Archon 27 pin]Archon 27 Pin

[image of Archon 28 pin]Archon 28 Pin: $1
(Not mailable, since postage and padded envelope would cost more than the pin!)

[image of Archon 29 pin]Archon 29 Pin: $1
(Not mailable, since postage and padded envelope would cost more than the pin!)

[blank image placeholder for upcoming pin design]Archon 30 Pin: (Included with Archon 30 membership)

[image of Mary Hanson-Roberts program book back cover][image of Mary Hanson-Roberts program book front cover] Archon 21 Mary Hanson-Roberts Program Book Covers: $1
(special flat, uncreased, covers printed for autographing by the AGoH; not printed on reverse; 17"Wx11"H)
(Not mailable, due to 17" width)

[image of Vincent Di Fate program book back cover][image of Vincent Di Fate program book front cover] Archon 28 Vincent Di Fate Program Book Covers: $1
(special flat, uncreased, covers printed for autographing by the AGoH; not printed on reverse; 17"Wx11"H)
(Not mailable, due to 17" width)

[image of Stephen Hickman program book back cover][image of Stephen Hickman program book front cover] Archon 29 Stephen Hickman Program Book Covers: $1
(special flat, uncreased, covers printed for autographing by the AGoH; not printed on reverse; 17"Wx11"H)
(Not mailable, due to 17" width)

[empty image for future Archon 30 Artist Guest of Honor program book back cover][empty image for future Archon 30 Artist Guest of Honor program book front cover]Archon 30 Artist Guest of Honor 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(s).

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 30, or may be purchased directly at the con.

Archon 30, PO Box 8387, St. Louis, MO  63132-8387

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INFORMATION: Archon 30, P.O. Box 8387, St. Louis, MO  63132-8387

HOTLINE:Rich or Michelle Zellich, (636) FAN-3026 (636-326-3026).

Please include the word "Archon" as part of the Subject line of any email you send to us; this will assist in receiving your messages and not having them accidentally deleted as Spam.


Children's Programming: Steve Bolhafner, 3523 Sidney St., St. Louis, MO  63104; (314) 865-1834

Fan/Club Liaison: David Phelps, 7511 Teasdale, St. Louis, MO  63130; (314) 725-1868

Filking: Gary Hanak, 3185 Moss Bend Ct., St. Charles, MO  63303; (636) 685-6469

First Fandom Liaison: Joan Knappenberger, 1474 Summerhaven Dr., St. Louis, MO  63146; (314) 997-3782

Hotel & Party Room Liaison: Rich Zellich, 1738 San Martin Dr., Fenton, MO  63026-2304; (636) FAN-3026

Media Guest Liaison: Mary Stadter

Press Liaison: Brooks Powell, 4102 Hartford Street, St. Louis, MO  63116, (314) 359-0349

Pro Liaison: Les Haven, 1923 McDowling Dr., Huntsville, AL 35803; (256) 880-7863

Security: Steve Norris, 128 Freeman, St. Louis, MO  63129; (314) 892-9869

Video Rooms: David Schuey, 9015 North Ave., St. Louis, MO  63114; (314) 429-0540
Also see

VIP/Pro Guest Liaison (Local Transportation): John Novak, 5705 S. Broadway, St. Louis, MO  63111; (314) 351-3906

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Last update: Tue, 17 Oct 2006 by Rich Zellich