Missoula's Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention

MisCon 38: the Dark Forest, May 24 - 27, 2024 Missoula, Montana

Valerie Guyant

MisCon 38 Attending Professional

Valerie Guyant is an Associate Professor at Montana State University Northern where she teaches a broad range of courses ranging from World Cinema to Harry Potter to Serial killers in popular culture. Her research interests include vampires, monsters, murder, mayhem, Victorian mores, fairy tales, and numerous popular culture touchstones. Her most recent two articles are on the Twilight Zone series and Shakespeare's use of folktales in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Scheduled Panels and Presentations:

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  • moderator Fri 4:00 - 4:50 PM, Exploring Dark Forests Through Gaming, Fairy Tent (4)
    Moderator: Valerie Guyant; Panelists: Stan! Brown, Jeff Grubb, Valerie Guyant, Peter Wacks (pjwacks)

    Let's explore how forests (dark and otherwise) are depicted across gaming worlds of all kinds, from tabletop RPGs to video games and beyond! (Beyond the dark forest where there are no trees and only yucky civilization and normal people).

  • Break Fri 4:50 - Sat Noon
  • panel Sat Noon - 1:50 PM, Writers' Workshop, 436 (436)
    Moderator: Lynn Bailey (LilSnikSnak); Panelists: Lynn Bailey (LilSnikSnak), Manny Frishberg, Valerie Guyant, Dakota Nyght

    This restricted event is only open to people with submissions accepted into the writers' workshop.

  • Break Sat 1:50 - Sat 3:00
  • panel Sat 3:00 - 3:50 PM, Dark Forests of Myth and Lore, Rocket Tent (3)
    Moderator: William Parrish; Panelists: M. H. Bonham (Maggie), Laramie Dean, Valerie Guyant, Walter Wiese

    Dark Forests permeate every culture's folklore and mythology. Join us as we take a look at versions and motifs from a global perspective. Lets discuss how writers, artists, and other creatives enter these woods respectfully.

  • Break Sat 3:50 - Sat 5:00
  • moderator Sat 5:00 - 5:50 PM, Dark Forests in Children’s Literature, Monster Tent (2)
    Moderator: Valerie Guyant; Panelists: Scott Guyant, Valerie Guyant

    Let's explore the dark forest in children's literature and TV. Is it portrayed differently across media or used in ways that are possibly unique to children's and YA literature?

  • Break Sat 5:50 - Sun 1:00
  • panel Sun 1:00 - 1:50 PM, Spotlight: Nilles, Guyant, Seattle WorldCon, Spotlight
    Panelists: Kathy Bond (Seattle WorldCon), Valerie Guyant, John D. Nilles

    Meet a few of our creators, get signatures, and see what they're up to these days.