While I'm a big fan of Sci-Fi, I'm also a huge fan of fantasy. I've stated this before, but I do see those two genres as exactly that: TWO genres. For this particular blog post, I'm going to focus on the fantasy genre. Specifically, my favorite creature in the fantasy genre: Dragons. I don't really make a big deal of this most of the time, but I LOVE dragons. No matter the interpretation, dragons are amazing creatures. Reading about them, watching movies about them, even just looking at fantasy art, dragons inspire amazing feelings of ageless ferocity, epic wisdom, and eternal majesty.
In fact, a dragon would be the only creature I would EVER consider having as a pet. They are just TOO awesome for words. Like so many other fantasy creatures, they are popular in many of the cultures of the world. In fact, that their popularity spans multiple cultures is one of the coolest things about dragons. When I was younger, I was already into dragons in a major way (thank you, D&D) when I first found out about the Chinese Zodiac. Then I found out that I was born in the Year Of The Dragon! I didn't put much stock in what the astrology said about Dragons, and I don't really put much more in it now, but it was immensely gratifying that I was classified as a Dragon. And that I was BORN into that classification, it wasn't some trumped thing I chose because of a passing fad. Once I found out I was a dragon, I adopted the dragon as my personal totem. I have tons of dragon posters, some dragon based clothing, and most of my electronics have some kind of dragon icon on them.
Here are a couple of my favorite Dragon related pics. First, these are a compilation of 3 hard to find images done by Robin Koni. In order from left to right: DragonLord, DragonSpit I, DragonSpit II. They've been renamed across the Internet, but when I bought these posters back in '94 (or so) that's what they were called. Oh, what I wouldn't give for a flat bed scanner than could make high res scans of these posters!!
I don't know the artist on this one, but it has an awesome Gothic feel to it that really speaks to me. Cool, huh?