Mythcon 49
July 20 - 23, 2018

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Mythcon 49

On the Shoulders of Giants

Atlanta, Georgia
July 20 - 23, 2018

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The Mythopoeic Society has launched into a series of 50th anniversaries: the founding of the Society in 2017; the initial solicitation of articles for Mythlore in 2018; and of our Mythopoeic conferences in 2019. Because of the way that Inklings scholarship has built on a series of good foundations, for Mythcon 49 we chose the theme, On the Shoulders of Giants.

Guests of Honor

Robin Anne Reid Robin Anne Reid, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Literature and Languages at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Her teaching areas are creative writing, critical theory, and marginalized literatures. She edited the two-volume Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy, published in 2009 by Greenwood Press. She co-directed two N.E.H. Tolkien Institutes for School Teachers on Teaching Tolkien (2004, 2009) with Dr. Judy Ann Ford, History, A&M-Commerce. She and Dr. Ford team-taught a series of undergraduate and graduate courses on Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, both face to face and online. Their collaborative essay, '…things that were, and things that are, and things that yet may be:' Teaching Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings On-Line, is included in Approaches to Teaching Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and Other Works, edited by Dr. Leslie Donovan, published by The Modern Language Association of America in 2015.

Dr. Reid and Dr. Ford have also published on Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings. Recent Tolkien publications are an essay on female bodies and femininities in The Lord of the Rings in The Body in Tolkien's Legendarium, edited by Christopher Vaccaro, a bibliographic essay on the history of scholarship on female characters in Tolkien's work in Perilous and Fair, edited by Janet Brennan Croft and Leslie Donovan, and a bibliographic essay on race and Tolkien studies in Tolkien and Alterity, edited by Christopher Vaccaro and Yvette Kisor. Besides her work on Tolkien and feminist science fiction, she has also published on fan productions and fan activism in online media fandom. She is a regular contributor to "The Year's Work in Tolkien Studies" in the annual journal, Tolkien Studies.

Donato Giancola As one of the world's most recognized and awarded Imaginative Realist artists, Donato Giancola shares his passion of figurative arts not only through his unique body of oil paintings and drawings, but also teaching inspired future generations of creators at the Illustration Master Class, the School of Visual Arts, online through the SmArt School, as well as lecturing and exhibiting at various institutions, seminars, and conventions worldwide.

From J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings to Botticelli’s La Primivera, Donato balances modern concepts with historical inspirations to bridge the worlds of contemporary and historical figurative arts in his work. Influences encompass strolls of New York City streets as well as pilgrimages to museums and art institutions - including the Uffizzi, Prado, Louvre, and Hermitage. Donato recognizes the significant cultural role played by visual art and makes personal efforts to contribute to the expansion and appreciation of the narrative genre that extend beyond the commissions of his clients.

Since beginning his professional career in 1993, Donato’s list of clients has grown to include major book publishers in New York to concept design firms on the West Coast: notables include The United Nations, LucasArts, National Geographic, Scientific American, CNN, DC Comics, Microsoft, The Village Voice, Playboy Magazine, US Postal Service, Wizards of the Coast , Scholastic, Simon&Schuster, Tor Books, Random House, Time/Warner, The Scifi Channel, Milton-Bradley, and Hasbro. Merits range from the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators to twenty-three Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, three Artist Hugo Awards for outstanding professional work from the World Science Fiction Society, notable awards from the Art Renewal Center, and six silver and two gold medals from the juried annual Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art.

Donato is currently engaged with series works on the themes of empathetic robots, astronauts, commercial cover commissions, and continued explorations within Middle-earth and other inspired worlds. You can learn more about Donato’s art and techniques at and be sure to cruise through his wonderful gallery.

Donato lives with his wife and two daughters in Brooklyn, New York.


Mythcon 49 was held in Atlanta, Georgia. This was our first Mythcon in the South in 15 years! The last one was Mythcon 34 in Nashville, Tennesee. We will be at the Ritz-Carlton in Downtown, right in the heart of the city near all of the tourist destinations.

FLYING IN: MARTA to the Ritz-Carlton Downtown

We have arranged for a preferred guest rate of $159 per room per night at the Ritz-Carlton. When booking you will need to identify yourself as an attendee of Mythcon 49, more details about this are below. We recommend staying at the Ritz, not only to be in the middle of things and avoid a long, late-night walk back from the hospitality suite, but also so the conference is credited with your room nights.

We have passed the cut-off date for rooms at our preferred guest rate; guests can contact the Ritz-Carlton call center at 1-800-241-3333 and state that they are coming to The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta (Downtown), for Mythcon July 2018 and provide the agent with their requested dates of stay; the agent will advise whether the group rate of $159.00 can still be honored.

It is no longer possible to reserve online at as the Group/Promotion code MCJMCJA no longer works on their website.

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