First, a very special welcome to anyone who is hearing about us because of the Arisia conbook. We hope to see some of you at Mysterium!
Things are moving right along with planning for this summer, so that means it is time to open up submissions for the Mysterium Convention Book. As with last year, we’ll be printing a digest-size conbook – 5.25″x8.25″. It will be a magazine-quality, full-color glossy publication printed through an on-demand print service. You can see (and order) examples of our older publications in our MagCloud store.
The goal of the conbook is to showcase the awesome creativity of our fandom. Are you a painter? Or a writer? Or a sculptor? Maybe you knit Squee plushies? Whatever you create, we want to see it and share it with the world! If you would like to submit something to the conbook, you can check out all of the submission guidelines at this page.
You will be fully credited in the book, and retain all rights to your work. The submission deadline is June 5th, but space is limited so be sure to submit early. As a reminder, our theme this year is Todelmer. Your submission doesn’t have to be focused on that theme, but it is a good place to start if you need ideas.
The conbook will be available to everyone who purchases a full weekend registration by June 15th as part of your ticket price. So be sure to register! And don’t forget to snag one of our awesome T-shirts while you’re at it!
Finally, I just wanted to make a quick reminder that event submissions are currently open. If you have ideas for a panel, presentation, or other fun event, be sure to submit them!
Until next time.
To the honor of our tubers,
-Taniith, Mysterium 2015 con-chair
Two posts in one week! What ever are we thinking?
Today, I’m excited to share the winners of our logo contest. We got several awesome entries, and I want to thank everyone who took the time to submit a logo. We couldn’t do this without you!
First up, we have the logo for the front of the shirt. This was designed by Mary Wienckowski, and beautifully melds Boston’s Zakim Bridge with our Todelmer theme.
And then we have the logo for the back of the shirt. This one was designed by Claire Hummel, known to many of you as Shoom’lah.
Congratulations to Mary and Claire! We can’t wait to see these awesome designs on our shirts, but alas, it’s going to be another 7 months before that happens. In the meantime though, you can pre-order your Mysterium shirt when you register for the convention.
That’s all for now!
-Taniith, Mysterium 2015 Chair
Welcome to 2015! I hope everyone out there had a good new year. It is currently quite cold (and slightly snowy) in Boston, but I’m pretty sure all of that will clear up sometime in the 7 months before Mysterium.
But until it does, here’s some news!
Pre-Registration for Mysterium 2015 is now OPEN! You can check out all of the details here.
We are trying out a tiered pricing structure this year. Right now, you can get our early-bird pricing. Prices will increase in mid-June, so be sure to register early. The sooner we know how many people are coming, the easier it is to plan the rest of the convention.
Mysterium is nothing without interesting panels and fun contests: Heek tournaments, marker missions, D’ni clocks, language lessons – over the years, we’ve had some awesome events. This year, attendees will even get to see an exclusive sneak-peek of Obduction, courtesy of Cyan!
But we can’t do it all without you! Do you have an idea for a fun panel, activity, contest, or anything else? If so, we want to hear about it! You can get all the details about event submissions over at our events page.
Hotel, T-shirts, and other things
Over the weekend, a group of us made a site visit to a hotel that looks very promising. We can’t give you the full details until the contracts are all signed, but we’re optimistic it should all be settled in the next week or two. Room pricing should be on par with our normal rates (~$105-110/night for 2 beds). We’ll let you know when we have everything settled.
Similarly, we are almost ready to announce our T-shirt logos, but not quite yet. We’re waiting on some small revisions from the two artists before posting them. But trust us, they are going to be *awesome*.
Finally, we’ll be opening conbook submissions very soon. So start getting your submissions ready, be they artwork, stories, articles, poetry, recipes, papercrafts, or whatever else you can think of!
To the Honor of Our Tubers,
-Taniith, Mysterium 2015 chair
Just a quick reminder that submissions for the 2015 Mysterium Logo Contest are due by next Monday, December 29th. So if you were thinking about making a logo, be sure to get it to us before then!
You can find all the details of the logo contest here.
We’re still working away on nailing down the details of our hotel. More on that in a few weeks.
Today, I wanted to let you know about some changes to our harassment policies. Over the past few months, we’ve been working with the wonderful folks over at the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center to make sure we have a comprehensive set of policies and procedures for handling any future harassment. And we’re pretty happy with the end result.
First is our policies page, available from the top bar, or directly here. The main change is in the harassment section. We took a cue from New York Comic Con’s policy and simplified ours. Now it is easy to read and very clear that we have zero tolerance for harassment.
Second is the new incident report page. This can be reached from the harassment section on the policies page, or directly here. This was adapted from procedures put in place by the Firefly Arts Collective. It lays out who can report a problem (anyone), when a problem can be reported (anytime), and what will happen if you or someone else does report something to us. In addition, this page has a web-form for submitting a report, if doing so in person is not possible or not desired. We want to make sure that everyone and anyone can feel safe reporting any sort of harassment that occurs at Mysterium, regardless of who did it or what it was.
Now, just to be clear, this isn’t because we expect to have to enforce the policy. Mysterium is generally attended by wonderful people who would never harass other attendees. However, as we try to reach out and grow our awesome little convention (and particularly for large years like 2014), we felt it was important to be prepared.
As with anything, if you have any comments or suggestions about these changes, please feel free to drop us a line.
December 18th,2014 General
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