Mythcon 45 Recap and Gratitude

We did it!

On Sunday, August 11, 2014 and 10:00 a.m. EST, Robyn and Eustace presented “Where Fantasy Fits in Young Adult Culture: A Field Report” at Mytchon 45!
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It is important for Grey Havens YA to make a name for itself and to be known in the wider Tolkien/Fantasy/Literary community. That, and because this year’s theme fit so perfectly, is why we were eager to attend Mythcon 45. It was amazing to hear all the academic and scholarly arguments for where fantasy fits, but I loved getting to brag about Grey Havens YA and talk about how fantasy fits in young adult culture.

As many of you know, I took along Eustace, the Grey Havens YA mascot and he had a blast! Click here to heck out Eustace’s adventures on our Twitter feed.

We want to thank each and every one of you who supported us on this adventure! We couldn’t have gotten there and back again without your gifts of treasure and weaponry. Specifically, we would like to thank our donors. A note, we are thanking you here on the blog by the name with which you identified your donation on GoFundMe. (Of course we want to thank everyone involved in supporting us at Grey Havens YA, so thank YOU even if you don’t see your name on this list.)

Specifically, we want to thank:
Bill Kelso
Claywise Evans
Brett Spangler
Richard and Nakaiya Streit
Kris Swank
Laura Watkins
Hanne Vangsgaard
Kate Trowe
Andrea Mathwich
Mallory Huber
Todd Hawkins
Ivona Elenton
Patricia Minger
Sarah Wong
Mary Blatchley
Carolyn Cowling
Prince Imrahil
Elektra Greer
Anna Smol
Cheta Portlock
Andrea Messier
Michael Drout (this year’s Mythcon 45 Chair! See below for his photo on the left.)

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Right- We also met The Tolkien Professor! He was very nice and loved hearing more about Grey Havens YA. He even wants The Mythgard Institute to partner with us in the future. How exciting!

Ursula Vernon was the author/artist guest of honor, and she delivered a fantastic speech. She talked about how the fantasy world, the stories themselves– they all have to matter. You have to take the mind and heart of your reader seriously, and you can’t deceive them. The story can’t end with the character waking up and realizing everything the reader had just read was a dream… It has to matter to the character, and it has to matter to the readers.  …Did I mention it was a great speech? We should all check out her work! Ursula and her husband Kevin also came to OUR presentation. They both said that what we were doing was amazing, and they wished they lived closer so that their kids could have something like Grey Havens YA! One day, Ursula Vernon. One day, we will take over the world, mwahahaha— ahem. Excuse me.

Anyway, you can see them below in the photo. Ursula is the one holding Eustace and a wombat (from her comic Digger)! We also had a pretty in-depth discussion about the awesomeness of My LIttle Pony afterwards.

Do you want to hear more about our presentation? Check out our Powerpoint here. Also, if you are interested in having Grey Havens YA present at your organization or conference, please send us an owl below (comment) or phone the TARDIS (contact us) in the menu bar above.

Thank you all again so much for your support. Kelly and I are both looking forward to reaching our ONE YEAR anniversary and watching Grey Havens YA continue to grow and explore and reach the stars…

See below the lucky crew who joined us for the presentation! When I asked them what we should say before taking the picture, they wanted to say our SLOGO!

20140810_104949Being a nerd is not about what you love, it’s about how you love it!

Hannon le.

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About evermind

Co-Director Grey Havens Group, Inc. (http://greyhavensgroup.com) and it's young adult branch Grey Havens YA (http://greyhavensya.com). Evermind also blogs personally about life, faith, grief, and beauty at Chased by Light: http://evermind.wordpress.com.

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