New York Times best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss reminisces about the origins of Fantasy Matters:
Back in May of 2007, I was the newest of new authors. My first book had only been on the shelves for a month, and I was proud, terrified, excited, and shellshocked in roughly equal amounts.
It was at this time that I got an e-mail from a couple grad students in Minneapolis. They invited me to a convention they were starting up.
They were very flattering and their e-mail said something along the lines of, “We’re just getting started, so we can’t pay you or anything, but if you check out our home page, you can see that if you come, you’ll be getting not-paid with the best.”
So I hopped over to their webpage, and what do I see? Neil Gaiman and Jack Zipes.