ICON 44 (2019)

About the Event

  • Theme: TBD
  • Dates: November 1 through 3, 2019
  • Location: the Marriott, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Guests of Honor

Mystie Hollaman, Fan Guest of Honor

Mystie HollamanMystie Hollaman sprang, Athena-like, from her own forehead on the stage of the Contra Vaudeville Show, and fandom has been much the better for it. She is a Kansas City-based fan, best know for hosting RoomCon, the con within a party within a con. While normally held at ConQuesT, RoomCon has occasionally materialized at other cons, most famously at MidAmeriCon II in 2016.

Mystie is a trans woman, and while she shares general meatspace coordinates and some interests (cheesy horror movies, Hallowe’en) with her counterpart James, she is a unique individual with her own take on the world, and is, in many ways, a true fannish icon.



October 2016; Photo by Terri LeBlanc

Jim C. Hines, toastmaster
Jim C. Hines’ first novel was Goblin Quest, the humorous tale of a nearsighted goblin runt and his pet fire-spider. Actor and author Wil Wheaton described the book as “too f***ing cool for words,” which is pretty much the Best Blurb Ever. After finishing the goblin trilogy, he went on to write the Princess series of fairy tale retellings and the Magic ex Libris books, a modern-day fantasy series about a magic-wielding librarian, a dryad, a secret society founded by Johannes Gutenberg, a flaming spider, and an enchanted convertible. He’s also the author of the Fable Legends tie-in Blood of Heroes. He’s now writing humorous science fiction with Terminal Alliance, book one in the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse trilogy. His short fiction has appeared in more than 50 magazines and anthologies.

Jim is an active blogger about topics ranging from sexism and harassment to zombie-themed Christmas carols, and won the Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer in 2012. He has an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Masters in English, and lives with his wife and two children in mid-Michigan. You can find him at www.jimchines.com or on Twitter as @jimchines.

ICON 44 Staff

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  • Trans-Iowa Canal Company Director:
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  • Social Media and Web Services: Terri LeBlanc
  • Saturday Phen Feud Organizers:

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