Pandragon Dan

Pandragon Dan

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Getting ready for the weekend!

Well, this weekend I return to London Anime Con 2012 (Saturday and Sunday). I had such a great time last time that I decided to go back and do it again.

 

Whereas last time I had only Trapped on Draconica, This time I have a few more books to sell! In fact, I'm selling my entire series thus far.


 

Not only that, but I'll be selling a special convention-only sketchbook to go along with the other stuff as well! Should be a fun day! I got quite a few new readers last time (including my biggest fans Vicky and Jessica - thanks guys!) so hopefully I can get more. I did try and get my artist down for it as well, but she's busy at the moment so I'll be holding the fort!

 

Those in the London area that fancy popping down, do feel free to come and say hi. You can't prebook now unfortunately, but I have been told that they have some tickets available on the day. So do feel free to pop down and enjoy the fun. You can find out full details of what's in store by clicking on the picture below.

 

 

Well, I'm off to pack and get ready for the weekend. Let's hope the weather holds up! See you guys later!

 

 

Regards

Pandragon

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Please help support Reynard City

Today I am giving the creator of Reynard City - Will Turner - a chance to talk about his online comic book. I have been following this comic for the last year or so and can honestly say it's one of the maddest, yet fun comic books I've read in a long time. It covers many themes and ideas not really discussed in other comics and is illustrated by a number of talented artists.

 

So now I hand over to Will Turner to discuss his future for the project.

 

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Our plans for Reynard City

 

For those of you that don’t know Reynard City is an online comic about three superhero foxes that come to Earth to stop the evil robot Mega Fox from taking over. They include AK Girl (a superhero psychic vixen who inflates on contact with caramel), Wondervixen (a former beauty queen with a dark secret) and Hyper Rob (the son of a gangster).

 

Together they take on an assorted array of bizarre evil villains, ranging from the giggling nutter Humiliator to the disgruntled former caterer Caramel Girl. Thus far (at the time of this blog being posted) 20 issues have been posted on the website, as well as numerous bonus issues and short stories.

 

Our aim is to produce something that people will remember. To that end we are working hard to produce three online animated episodes of Reynard City and a DVD. We want people to get involved and it would massively help us out if we could have your support.

 

We realise that times are tough so you will get rewards for your money ranging from a credit in the next issue (£10) all the way through to becoming a partner in the project (£500). You can see more at www.reynardcity.com/donate or email reynardcity@gmail.com for more information.

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Check out all the past/future issues of Reynard City at http://reynardcity.com/ . Please also support their crowdfunding campaign at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/investment/reynard-city-an-online-cartoon-957 to help support their campaign to create an animated cartoon of their comic!

 

Please check them out and feel free to contact the guys at Reynard City with any questions you may have.

 

Until next time guys!

 

 

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Pandragon

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Smashwords and Sponsume Updates

A quick couple of updates today as I'm currently preparing for a book club event that I'll be attending tomorrow (at my old school funnily enough).

 

Those who were disappointed that Trapped on Draconica and The Wandering Valkyr were no longer on Smashwords will be pleased to know that they have now available from that website again. Previous I had taken them down due to my involvement with KDP Select - but I have decided not to renew my time with that and therefore have now resubmitted them to Smashwords. You can buy them at the links below.

 

Trapped on Draconica

The Wandering Valkyr

 

Also, I've included the first sample chapter of Legacy of the Dragonkin on my Sponsume campaign page - so that people can get an idea of what their sponsorships will bring. You can check out the link to the sample chapter here and find it just underneath the description of the project:

 

Sponsume Project

 

That's all for now. Don't forget to spread the word to all your friends about this project. The more help I can get for it the better!

 

Take care guys. I'll let you know how the book club event went sometime during the week!

 

 

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Pandragon

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The Legend of the Yuki-onna

When looking for inspiration for characters in my books, I tend to draw a lot from mythology and/or folklore. This way I don’t feel like I’m borrowing too much from other Fantasy stories (although they tend to use inspiration from this as well) and it also means I sometimes discover some mythological stories that I never heard of before – but find ways of integrating them into my story.

One such story was the legend of the Yuki-onna, which is a Japanese folklore myth. Her name basically translates as “snow woman” (sometimes snow witch) and she is almost like the Japanese equivalent of a succubus. She appears as a female spirit during heavy snow storms (usually a beautiful woman) with pale skin, black hair and cold lips, mostly she appears in some kind of dress or kimono. Depending on which story you read about her, she is either a friendly spirit that helps travellers through heavy snow, or a relentless hag that freezes men with either her breath or a kiss. Sometimes, she even seduces men with the intention of killing them and other times she bursts into houses and freezes the people inside. In a few other versions, she has been seen as a ghost holding a child (leading to some speculation that she is the spirit of a woman that died protecting her baby) and in this instance she is very protective around children.

 

Yuki-onna is very popular in Manga and Fantasy based video games, with versions appearing in Final Fantasy, Yu Yu Hakusho, Rosaria + Vampire, Dokki Dokki Doctor and even Pokemon. The appearance of a black haired woman with white skin has also been used in a few Asian horror movies – like The Grudge or Ring.

 

There are quite a few myths about the Yuki-onna, but the most famous one (which has been adapted into films and books) is this one:

 

Basically, it goes that two men (one old and one young) encounter the Yuki-onna during a heavy snow storm. The Yuki-onna freezes the old man, but spares the young man (finding him beautiful). However, she threatens him that if he ever tells anyone about he, she will kill him. Years later, the man marries a beautiful woman and lives happily with her, eventually they have children together. Amazingly, the woman doesn’t age and looks strangely familiar to the man. He recounts with her the memory of when he met the Yuki-onna and tells her the story.

 

You can probably guess what happens next. Be ready with that dramatic music!

 

The woman reveals that SHE is the Yuki-onna and reminds him of the promise he made. However, she doesn’t kill him because a) Technically he never broke his promise as he told her and no one else; and b) She is concerned with the safety of her children. She disappears but threatens that she will return to punish him if he ever mistreats their children. Fortunately, the man is a loving father and she never returns again. In some versions, it ends with the man dying of old age, his children at his side, and he goes to meet the Yuki-onna in Heaven – where they live out the rest of eternity together, watching over their children.

 

I kinda found this concept quite interesting – the fact that a creature like this can be cold and spiteful, but also loving and protective. It’s a trait that you don’t get with many succubus stories (because traditionally succubus’s are only concerned with seducing men with the intention of killing them), so this is why I think this story stands out a little for me.

 

In actual fact, the Yuki-onna was actually a big inspiration for one of my characters in Trapped on Draconica – Zarracka Dragonkin, and I did take a lot of influences from the folklore. She is a woman that possesses ice breath and tends to use her beauty to get what she wants. And she is also extremely cold hearted and enjoys tormenting her enemies. She doesn’t really have that much of a soft side though – at least not at the moment.

 

Yuki-onna I think is one of the more underrate folklore stories – unless you read a lot of Japanese mythology and I believe that the above story shows both sides of the Yuki-onna’s personality very well. It’s a good love story as much as it is a chilling (pardon the expression) ghost story.

 

Thanks for reading. Do feel free to leave a comment below.

 

Image above is copyright of it's respective owner and used only for demonstration purposes.

 

 

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Pandragon

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Sponsume Campaign - Legacy of the Dragonkin by Dan Wright

Hey guys!

 

Exciting news! Today (and for the next 60 days) I am running a campaign on Sponsume to help raise funds for my up coming sequel novel - Legacy of the Dragonkin.

 

You guys have already seen me talk about it on my blog a number of times - now I'm giving YOU guys the chance to take part in it's creation. I'm aiming to raise £1000 to help with the creation of my novel - and there are plenty of perks available for those who wish to donate.

 

Here is a little video to tell you a little about the project:

 

 

 

For more information about how to donate, please see the following link. You can also view some more of the artwork and some of the perks that you will recieve

 

SPONSUME: Legacy of the Dragonkin - A Fantasy/Manga Novel

 

Thanks for reading and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about it!

 

 

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