At World Fantasy Today in San Diego, 2pm panel

The little gryphons and I are at World Fantasy today! Amazing to see so many awesome people in my hometown. Hope you’ll say hello if you’re in the area!

2:00 PM

Pacific 1: The Successful Misfit as a Theme in Fantasy

Is Schmendrick the Magician endearing because he’s a lovable loser, or is there something else going on? Nerds, geeks, and absent-minded professors abound in the pages of genre literature. What is it about the social misfit that attracts readers and makes them empathize with the protagonist? Are authors and readers self-identifying?

Peter S. Beagle, Deborah Biancotti, Erin Hoffman, R. L. LaFevers, Mark L. Van Name (M)

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