Comic Cons have long been the refuge of the geek. Mecca, for all things nerd. Last week, I had the opportunity to attend my first, and I have to say, it both was and was not what I expected. Sure, the geekdom was there. And it was fabulous. I cosplayed. Got my photo taken with John Barrowman, and in the TARDIS. Stood in line for hours, and wandered the many, many booths on the exhibition floor.
- Heroic Fantasy - the 1 vs. many, with low magic and big heroism, lots of fights. These kinds trace their lineage back to stories like Beowulf.
- Doorway-to-Fantasy - stories like the Narnia books, where the hero steps through a door & enters a magical world.
- Urban Fantasy - the more modern type, which has apparently grown to encompass horror as well. Tends to the darker, more gritty stories.
- Epic Fantasy - these are the Tolkein-esk stories, big quests in big worlds, often with groups of heroes, large character casts, lots of magic, and a big evil that must be defeated.