A to Z Challenge #4 — Dragons

stick dragonThis was a silly little one panel comic I did on scrap paper (as you can sort of see) in college. I’ve lost the original, thus the poor quality of the image. If I knew where it was now I would scan it with my phone and it would look a lot cleaner. (CamScanner app for the win.)

Anyway, I’m not so great an artist that I could draw a dragon, but I wanted to. As stick figures go, he’s pretty cute.

I love dragons and fantasy. When my younger brother and I were kids, my parents would read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy to us at bedtime. My favorite Disney princess story was Sleeping Beauty, and in retrospect I think it was because Maleficent’s dragon form was really cool. I grew up with my nose in books like The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede and the Song of the Lioness books by Tamora Pierce. I didn’t read exclusively fantasy, but it was usually either that or sci fi, or both. 

As an adult, one of my favorite author finds that came out of my random audiobook adventures were the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik and everything I’ve read so far by Robin McKinley. The first was a random find, and after reading through all that was published at the time I put out a call to my online friends for an recommended books that included dragons. One of the resulting book recs was The Hero & The Crown, which I cannot recommend highly enough. (McKinley’s vampires in Sunshine are, similarly, just fascinating.)

I guess what I’m trying to say is that dragons are cool. And also, does anyone have any good dragon books they’d like to recommend?