- The explanation that Mythcon is the combination of a fantasy convention
and an academic conference is the most succinct. To expand that a little:
Mythcon, like the Mythopoeic Society, is geared primarily for people who
actually read, unlike all too many media-heavy SF & fantasy cons these
days. Which is not to say plenty of us don't watch lots of the TV/film
variety as well--but it's in addition to, not instead of.
There are very scholarly academic papers given at Mythcons. However, they
are generally much more accessible and less jargon-ridden than papers at a
more specialized academic conference would be. At Mythcon, one's audience
is likely to consist of scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, as
well as non-scholars. It keeps one honest.
The most fun part is getting to see those same people who may have given a
serious scholarly paper during the day do strange things at night, like
bowl with a goblin's head and 10 empty soda cans, or dress up like Xena in
a skit, or sundry other hijinks.
Mythcon is unique. Try it. Many of the program books for past Mythcons can
still be bought. A detailed list of back-issue availability and prices is
going up on our web site soon (withinthin a month or less). That's a good
way to get a detailed idea of the papers and other events that go on.
- In a message dated 08/13/1999 2:53:13 PM Central Daylight Time,
> likeWhich is, of course, Golfimbowling.
> bowl with a goblin's head and 10 empty soda cans,