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Manfred Kage was the convention chairman of The 28th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Heicon '70, was held 20–24 August 1970 at the Stadthalle Heidelberg in Heidelberg, West Germany.
 
Manfred Kage was the convention chairman of The 28th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Heicon '70, was held 20–24 August 1970 at the Stadthalle Heidelberg in Heidelberg, West Germany.
  
Mario Kwiat was well known to Gernam science fiction fans, winning the German Fan Poll Award for best Fan artist for the years 1961, 1965, and 1967.  
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Mario Kwiat was well known to German science fiction fans, winning the German Fan Poll Award for Best Fan artist for the years 1961, 1965, and 1967.  
 
   
 
   
  

Revision as of 20:19, 19 October 2017

Heckmeck was a science fiction fanzine published by Manfred Kage and Mario Kwiat.

This title appeared in the 1960s, with issue 12 released in 1966, and the announcement in this issue that Manfred Kage would be joined by Mario Kwiat, and that Heckmeck would be their joint publication, with all material signed with their identical initials, "M.K.". The front cover referred to them as a "Mini Cartel ala Fandom". The exception to the rule of the initials were Mario's drawings, which would be recognizably his.

Heckmeck was published in Holland (where Kage lived) and Germany (Kwiat's home), with all issues in English. The size was 8.5" by 11.5", and it was around 15 pages. Issue 16 was published in 1967. Issue 20 was released in December 1968. Issue 22 came out in the Summer of 1969. Issue 24 was released in January 1970.

The 20th issue of Checkpoint, from July 1969, says of Heckmeck 20: Heckmeck is one of the few continental fanzines that appear in English (Sol and Cepheus being the others) and the only regular one. The English itself is generally good, although occasionally tangled, and Manfred is, after all, translating from several different languages.

The twentieth issue has a fine Avengers/Batman cover plus a series of printed illustrations at the end, any of which could easily have been made into covers themselves -- fair enough if you have that much good artwork to play around with! The contents otherwise are of varying interest; the editorial concerns the dangers of stagnation in national fandoms (taking Holland as an example) and makes a plea for more international contact (backing this up with a list of fan addresses from Honduras to Switzerland -- an excellent idea). A translation from Dutch concerning Romanian sf is interesting and a report on the 68 Perkeo-con less so (a bit too short for the personal sort of conrep that it was trying to be).

'Who is Who', a brief piece about the editors, informs readers that Manfred escaped from East Germany in 1949 with a sentence of fifteen years hard labour awaiting his return... Somehow I don't think he's too anxious to go back.

Contributors included Franz Rottensteiner (Quarber Merkur) writing on Swords and Sorcery fantasy fiction. Rottensteiner won the German Fan Poll Award for Best Fan-critic of 1966-1967 and 1970-1972, and Best Fan-writer of essays for the years 1967, 1968, and 1969.

But by September 1972, the 23rd issue of Checkpoint was announcing the end of the fanzine: Heckmeck 26 (last issue) Manfred disappointingly says farewell to his English-language, international fanzine; but he'd still welcome fanzines and promises LoCs. The bulk of the issue deals with Eurocon I and its failure – very interesting, and enlightening, reading.

Manfred Kage was the convention chairman of The 28th World Science Fiction Convention, also known as Heicon '70, was held 20–24 August 1970 at the Stadthalle Heidelberg in Heidelberg, West Germany.

Mario Kwiat was well known to German science fiction fans, winning the German Fan Poll Award for Best Fan artist for the years 1961, 1965, and 1967.