Tuesday, May 26, 2015

This Blog is Ending

To the readers who actually bother to read this blog,

I will not be using this blog any more. I consider this blog unprofessional and rather silly and it is time I move on. That being said, I will continue to write. You'll either find me on another blog either through blogger or through tumblr. Depends on which one I want to use. But this blog will be defunct. So, I hope you are all aware of that. Thank you for those across the world who actually decided to read my blog. I thank you for that. Until we meet again.

Now I bid you all adieu!


Starvix Draxon

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Why Hollywood Can't Tell the Difference Between a Dragon and Wyvern

A crisis is on our hands, for at least some of us.  Hollywood and other companies are in big trouble.  They have committed the unholy crime of distorting culture.  How.  Dragons. 

Don't get me wrong, I like Game of Thrones.  I really do.  What I have a problem with is that everyone thinks that Game of Thrones has dragons in it.  There they are wrong, and George R. R. Martin should have known better than that.  Dragons are four limbed two winged creatures.  They have two forearms, two hind legs, and two bat like wings.  A wyvern is a two limbed two winged beast.  It has two hind legs, absolutely no forearms, and two wings. 

Hollywood lies people!  Ever since Harry Potter, those crazy heads have constantly mixed up dragons with wyverns.  Skyrim and Game of Thrones are two very obvious examples.  Examples where they got it right are Dragonheart and Eragon. 

To some and many, they may not care.  To someone whose favorite character that he wanted to be friends with as a child was four limbed two winged dragon that could talk and was friendly, it really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really MATTERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

It's not just that.  I worry that the populace will think that wyverns are dragons when they are really not dragons at all.  It's draconic but it is not a dragon.  Consider it as a species within the draconic family.  It's like how all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares. 

Why and how has Hollywood gotten this messed up, I have no idea.  Perhaps as you will see below they will utter the excuse, "It's artistic interpretation!" in a whiny nasal voice, to which I say, you scully naves, you have no knowledge of true culture!  I fear they will say, the computer animation simulation works more to realistic terms if the "dragons" don't have forearms.  To which I say, What about Toothless.  He's got four limbs and two wings.  You were saying? in a mocking tone. 

Some of you may disagree with me.  Some of you may argue it's an artistic interpretation, That it is a mere choice of representing something that isn't even real.  You may say, they're all dragons in my book.  Well your book is missing some very important pages.  Forgive my bluntness but I can't allow such...whatever it is to go on without fixing it.  It's wrong.  Simple as that.  If an object has a specific name you cannot call it something else.  It's wrong. 

You still don't care.  Fine.  I get it.  But I cannot allow this to go on.  Dragons are not wyverns and wyverns are not dragons.  The only way I'm going to fix this is by writing something that will show you my vision of what they are supposed to look like.  I hope that will fix it. 


People of the world.  We cannot allow this to occur.  This a terrible accident.  Will we allow fellow citizens to continue walking about this earth ignorant of the truth?  Never!  We must fight back and teach them the lore and legends and features about dragons, and sue Hollywood's butt off for doing it wrong! 

This depends on you fellow readers.  Keep telling people the truth about how dragons really look.  Hollywood! I'm watching you.  Be on your guard, cause this dragon's got a lot of firepower ready to blow its top!!!!  You better run!!

Starvix Draxon

A Game of Dragons?!

A Game of Dragons?!  What's this all about?!  All this riff raff saying how dark it is.  I've read two reviews, one in the Houston Chronicle, one in Time Magazine.  I'm absolutely terrified!  What does any of this mean? 

I guess what really irks me is that they're labeling it A Game of Dragons.  That to me is just... I don't know, kind of weird or rather wrong.  It shows how crazed society is about Game of Thrones.  Don't get me wrong, I like Game of Thrones...even, though, I, haven't, really, watched it, yet.... Awkward Silence.

I guess it just sort of scares me that people would compare How to Train Your Dragon 2 a children's movie, (supposedly) to an extremely adult television show.  I haven't seen the film yet and now I'm very nervous to even see it.  I'm frightened because I worry that like almost all sequels it will flunk and plunder and just be an utter disgrace. 

I hope I'm wrong and I still want to see it.  I will give a film review of it as soon as I see it. 

Starvix Draxon

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Maleficent Film Review

I went to see Maleficent a couple of days ago.  This will be my review on the film.  Overall I enjoyed the film.  The visuals were stunning, incredibly detailed and beautiful.  The costuming was absolutely superb, especially Maleficent's costume.  The acting was excellent, especially Angelina Jolie. 

My thoughts on the storyline however, are indeed a bit jumbled.  I thought their take on the storyline was very well thought out.  However the film seemed to move quick.  It's something I've noticed lately with Fantasy films.  They seem to be all action and no reflection.  I will have to see how the How to Train Your Dragon sequel fairs.  Nonetheless it felt a little fast paced.

Now I'm one of those people who usually like the original better.  I won't spoil anything.  Well I have to almost because the ending was interesting.  So SPOILER ALERT, Maleficent lives and no longer is evil.  It was all King Stephan.  The curse breaks when Maleficent feels guilty about cursing Aurora and wishes for forgiveness. 

There is an interesting aspect to this conclusion.  What it does is it prevents a simple message from spreading.  The kiss of true love.  Feminists will love this, or anyone who wants to be strong.  This is not an insult, it's just something I figured.  It deconstructs the message that women need men in order to be saved, aka, the kiss of true love.  Another scene that fosters a more masculine greed is that Stephan steals Maleficent's wings for sake of power.  Maleficent ends the fight between the two near the end of the film.  He tries to finish it and in the end plummets to his death. 

The character Diaval was very interesting.  I like how whatever he transformed into be it wolf or dragon had a crow like look to it.  Perhaps this is why I am forgiving that the dragon did not have four limbs and two wings.  Believe me, I was not the least bit pleased about that.  However, I can overlook it.  The dragon was cute though.  Very well done, despite that- oh whatever!

I guess my ultimate conflict is that I'm not sure how to feel about the ending.  Maleficent is probably, other than Chernobog, the most terrifying and most evil of all the Disney villains.  Ursula and Jafar come close, but not nearly as close.  Maleficent is a subtle villain.  Though I love the complexity of how Maleficent became evil, I thought that the ending of her turning good took away from that concept we have of her as a villain.  At the same time I think it works for this interpretation and story.  I always knew she was a fairy, but I sort of wanted to explore who her parents were.  I always figured her father was a dragon, probably because of the horns.  Then again I've seen drawings of fairies with horns... I think. 

In the end I think the movie was well done and contained elements that bear witness to the original film.  Despite its minor conflictions with the original, example: the dragon in the original had four limbs and two wings and was Maleficent, I still think that film performed excellently and that everyone should at least go to see it.  I give it 8 out of 10 dragon points.  

That's it for this review.  Find more in my blog.  Keep reading everyone. 

Starvix Draxon

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Boldface Conference Coming Up

Hey everyone!  Guess what I'm doing next week, I am going to the Boldface conference!  It's a writer's conference hosted by the Undergraduate Literary Magazine Glass Mountain.  Faculty workshop leaders are graduate students from the UH Creative Writing Program and we have guest writers for the categories of Fiction, Poetry, and Nonfiction. 

I look forward to it.  I sent in a piece that is absolutely disastrous and hopefully fellow writers will have good comments.  I hope the little master classes as they call them will be exciting and informative and that I will have fun doing it. 

Well that's all I have to say.  More like a journal entry isn't it. 

Take care!

Starvix Draxon

Friday, March 21, 2014

Maleficent Trailer 3

Here is the new trailer for the Maleficent film.  I am so psyched!!!  I can't wait to see this film.  Wait a minute!  How many limbs did that dragon have!  It better be four limbs and two wings!  They get that wrong and I'll be furious!

Here it is!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Is Houston a Polis? What is a Polis?

A Polis is a city state that is completely autonomous and takes orders from no one else.  They are completely self governing.  So then... Is Houston a polis?

No.  Though Houston has its own local government, Houston also has to obey the orders of the state of Texas and the White House government.  Houston therefore is not autonomous and therefore cannot be a polis in the Greek's eyes. 

And that's your little history trivia for the day!

Starvix Draxon

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dragon Comics: Run, Run, Away!!!

Remember this stuff is copyrighted.  No copying my drawings!  Else, I KILL you! 

Starvix Draxon

Dragon Comics: Axel the Food Thief

The yelling of "Bread!" is a little joke that I'll write in another post at some point.  It's actually quite funny.  If you are wondering, it is meat in Axel's mouth.  He has the... "Oh shit!  I've been caught!" look.  I remember drawing that.  That was fun.  Remember, this stuff is copyrighted.

Starvix Draxon

Dragon Comics: Axel, Leon, Kaira, Trevor

Not sure what's happening here.  But it looks like something's broken.  This is an early work.  You can tell because if you compare it to the previous post, I haven't developed the snout part well enough yet.  Either way I think it's funny what I've done here so enjoy the comic.  It's about two to three years old I think.  No copying by the way!  Copyright!  It's mine.  You copy it.  I KILL you!  Enjoy.

Starvix Draxon