END of July or BEGINNING of August, 2019
Looking Back, Moving Forward
DRAFT logo by Sue Dawe
The Mythopoeic Society's final celebration of our three fiftieth anniversary celebrations: our 50th Annual Mythopoeic Conference!
We are hard at work "behind the scenes" and somewhat frustrated by several delays in the process but we want YOU to know what's in store for Mythcon 50 next year.
First, we will be in San Diego, a wonderful "destination city" that Mythcon only visited once before in 1991 with Mythcon 22 and is well worth the return. Early Mythopoeic conferences were held primarily at colleges and universities, a more-affordable option back in the late 1960s through the 1980s; in the last decade Mythcons have been primarily hotel-based and we find this to be a kind of two-edged sword: hotels are almost always more comfortable in which to stay but much more challenging for shared meals, which many of us really enjoy. They are more expensive housing but sometimes less expensive function space (we must guarantee a high-enough number of room nights and spend a lot of money on food and beverage) but very expensive audio/visual support. These choices are always the challenge in planning every Mythcon.
Two, we don't have our fixed date yet! It will be EITHER July 26-29, 2019 OR August 2-5, 2019 - we are waiting on our first-choice location to settle the date; we know one of the two will be available for us. For those who pay attention to such things, this will be one or two weeks after San Diego Comic-Con.
So our first choice for 2019 is a university campus where we'll have wonderful tech-friendly function space - we figure Mythcon is primarily about papers and panels, not about where we sleep. The cafeteria and dorms are more than adequate (suite-style, 5-7 people will share the space with two bathrooms, a small "living room" and kitchen area, with sink, refrigerator, and microwave), and our plan is to include breakfast and dinner/banquet in the room & board package. For people who aren't able or willing to stay in a dorm, there are many other options which we'll detail in the future.
And three, our theme, Looking Back, Moving Forward, is a head-nod to Roman mythology and Janus, the god of beginnings and endings, gates and doorways, transitions and passages and duality. So we are moving forward into the future while also, at least for this Mythcon, looking backward toward the place from where we've come. Local artist and Mythcon favorite Sue Dawe has agreed to run an art show and is currently working on our logo; she gave permission to share this draft image at the top of the page.
We will open up registration as soon as our date is fixed.
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