Okay Dragon Hunters, it’s time for another list: 10 Amazing Animatronic Dragons! Part puppet, part robot, these Dragons are so lifelike you would swear they were real. (And you can meet many of them ‘in the flesh’ as it were, making you a dragon hunter indeed)!
FYI, this isn’t a ranking – I think all these Dragons are fabulous! Which are your favourites? How would you rank them?
1) Stinger from ‘How To Train Your Dragon’
Dreamworks ‘How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular’ has many amazing animatronic Dragons that it uses in its stage show. ‘Stinger’ may be one of the smallest (10 feet by 17 feet) but it’s special because it has been going out doing a public service. This Dragon has been visiting kids in schools with Hiccup to teach anti-bullying workshops. And you thought your teacher were Dragons! This one actually is one! But it’s actually charming.
Here are some bigger Animatronic Dragons from the ‘How to Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular’.
Primer is an independent, low-budget science fiction movie about time travel with a cult following. On the one hand the time-travel is great, simple, and elegant. At the same time it’s also a complex, confusing web that with a bit of effort you can sort of follow. Unfortunately the characters are moronic idiots who act without thinking. It’s worth noting that Primer was more-or less created by a one-man-band. Shane Carruth wrote it, directed it, acted in it, produced it, edited it and scored it all on a budget of $7000.
Starring Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi this is a British 1988 adaptation of Bram Stokers least popular Novel ‘The Lair of the White Worm’. Possibly the source material really was ‘that bad’ but the adaptation doesn’t try to be scary, it tries to be funny. It was a good way to go; it does the job of making the ridiculous story hilariously entertaining. You know how it’s going to be within the first minute of opening when they do a jump scare on a garden hose. Frankly it’s taking the piss out of this entire Horror ‘thing’ with a lot of innuendo and phallic imagery.
You’ve seen 10 Amazing Origami Dragons and 10 More Amazing Origami Dragons. How can we possibly top that? With 10 EVEN MORE amazing origami dragons for you to enjoy! This is just a list, not a ‘top ten,’ because I just don’t think it would be fair to rank them – they are all amazing! These have been chosen not only for their beauty and skill but for their originality in the hopes that they will inspire you. Which are your favourites?
The names I have used are those given them by the artists.
1. Ryujin 3.5
Ryujin 3.5 by Satoshi Kamiya is a beautiful and complicated oriental origami dragon. It’s crease pattern can be found in the book ‘World of Super Complex Origami’ (and boy is it super complex!) The level of detail is mind-blowing.
Creator G. Pike takes the hotseat to talk about their queer fantasy/adventure comic Title Unrelated.
What’s your webcomic: Title Unrelated about?
Title Unrelated is about a family of queer characters who travel to a parallel world to search for their missing sister. In this other world, known to locals as Ambaia, they befriend two teens with psychic abilities and small band of political rebels. Along the way they begin to realize that the history of their family is actually linked to the history of Ambaia.
One feature of the story that bears mentioning is that Ambaian culture does not have binary gender roles.
Does Ambaian culture perceive gender differently? What noticeable differences are there in the ways people are treated?
I would say yes, they perceive it differently. If they could be said to have a concept of gender (as opposed to sex) it’s manifested more as an aspect of personality.
It’s considered very impolite to ask about someone’s biological sex. If anything, Ambaians could probably be considered “Cis-Nonbinary”, as what beauty/appearance standards there are tend to favor androgyny. In fact, physical sex is not seen as binary either, but more of a spectrum of individual variation. Since there’s no cultural mandate to “be fruitful and multiply” (birth control methods also exist), there’s less focus on reproductive function of individuals. They really don’t have any specific roles that are based solely on sex (the exception being jobs like pregnancy surrogates, who are, by necessity, biologically female).
Children are raised together without much differentiation. Baths and restrooms are unisex. What we would call “same-sex” relationships (and marriages) are extremely common. Plural and asexual partnerships are also accepted – in fact, it’s considered ideal for young children to have at least three “parents” of any combination of sexes. There are transsexual people in Ambaia, as aligning the body with one’s mental and spiritual needs is seen as a natural part of all-around health.
What psychic abilities do the characters possess? Is it considered commonplace to have them or are they considered special?