Minicon 28 was held 9–11 April 1993 at the Radisson Hotel South (Bloomington). Guests of honor were Susan Allison (editor), Diane Duane (author), Peter Morwood (author), Kathy Mar (music), Don Fitch (bless his sweet heart), and John M. Ford (interesting person). The membership totalled about 3100. The executive committe (styling themselves as The Grand Triumvirate), were Margo Bratton, Polly Peterson, and Victor Raymond.
Minicon 28 was held primarily in the Radisson South. The Wyndham Garden Hotel was an overflow hotel. For unknown reasons, this was not listed on our big list of Minicons for many years, but this has now been corrected.
Here is a video of the Minicon 28 Masquerade: part 1 | part 2 | part 3. Or in higher resolution: part 1 | part 2 | part 3 (4x the file size — the picture quality is only a little better, but perhaps worth it if you need to see some small detail.) (If you have trouble with the video format, try VLC.)
It was filmed by Jon Hyers. This video was lost until Jon contacted us in 2009 to ask if we wanted the master. He sent it to us along with a DVD he made of it. These files are a rip of that DVD. The master is two 3/4" U-matic tapes with the labels "Masquerade Master #1" and "Masquerade 1993 Master 2; Masquerade Master #2", respectively.
For slightly higher video quality, you can also download all of the files needed to make a copy of the DVD.
Scans are available here in a range of qualities and file sizes. Most people want the middle column in which the files have been substantially cleaned up to remove the grain of the paper, bleed through from adjacent pages, etc., but are still high resolution. The right column has the scans reduced to monochrome and to the smallest legible size.
Except as noted below, the parts of the Minicon 28 Program Book made available here are by the Minnesota Science Fiction Society, Robert Pasternak, Geri Sullivan, or Laramie Sasseville and are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 United States.
Content by Pamela Dean is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States.
Art by Mary Lynn Skirvin is © Mary Lynn Skirvin and reproduced here by permission. Content by Beth Fleisher is © Beth Fleisher and reproduced here by permission. Art by Beth Hansen is © Beth Hansen-Buth and reproduced here by permission [note: it has been reduced to 72 dpi by request of the copyright holder].
Art by Mary Hanson-Roberts, Cathy Buburuz, Chris Schneider, John Gabarron, Denise Boie, and Peggy Ranson is assumed to ok to reproduce here. The program book has an ambiguous copyright statement and we don't know how to contact them, or have received no reply to our inquries. Take it to be © each of them, all rights reserved.
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The t-shirt featured art by Fastner & Larson. Here's a nice copy of the art:
And here's pictures of the actual shirt, front and back, respectively:
There was also a volunteer shirt: front and front+sleeve, respectively (the back was blank):
And we sold a sweatshirt, according to the program book. This is probably it, based on the date, although it is conceivable that these were not sold until Minicon 29. DD-B says this was our first venture into color printing (on shirts). This is the front; the back is blank:
BadgesHere are some volunteer badges.
Here's a video including images of some of the button badges used in this Minicon era.
It is just barely possible that Minicon 28 had a web site, as there had been a non-zero number of web servers in the United States since Dec 1992 (according to this W3 timeline, anyway). However, the Minicon 30 program book strongly implies that Minicon 30 was the first to have a web site. In any case, if Minicon 28 did, we have lost the archives.