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How to Train Your Dragon Graphic Novels

A new series of How to Train Your Dragon graphic novels written by Dean DeBlois and Richard Hamilton, writer on Race to the Edge, was announced at New York Comic Con 2015! How to Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir starts just after the end of the second film and follows the journey of Hiccup and Toothless in their new roles of chief and alpha.

It looks like The Serpent’s Heir will be 80 pages of pure dragon, and will be available on April 26, 2016. Dean DeBlois hinted at what to expect in the first chapter of this series: "Berk’s Dragon Riders must answer an earthquake-plagued island’s distress call."

Check back later for more about The Serpent's Heir!

Sign up for Secret Odin, the Dragon Gift Exchange!

Secret Odin is an online secret Santa for fans of How to Train Your Dragon! Many a dragon fan has participated in this holiday tradition over the years, with hundreds of gifts being exchanged between them. Here's how it works:

Two random people who sign up for Secret Odin now will win a Power Dragon of their choice! If you're lucky, you may receive a second Snoggletog gift from Berk's Grapevine!

Until October 30: Sign Up Here

You can sign up for Secret Odin using this form. Here, you can enter in your name, usernames, and preferences for giving and receiving gifts. Your preferences and the communities you belong to will be used to pair you with other fans who share your interests in gifts and characters.

November 1: Receive Your Pairing

On the weekend of November 1, you will receive an assignment to another dragon fan using the email address you signed up with. Now you have until Snoggletog (November 15) to make a gift for them!

November 15: Snoggletog!

On the day of Snoggletog, everyone sends their gifts through Tumblr, Twitter, Berk's Grapevine, or whichever online community you have in common with the person you are matched with, and you will finally find out who your Secret Odin is and what gift they have made for you!

Questions? Check the Secret Odin FAQ page, follow the Secret Odin blog, or leave a comment!

Happy Snoggletog!

New Dragon Pint Glasses and Shirts

Hey dragon fans, long time no dragons! If you're a regular drinker of yaknog or mead, WeLoveFine has come out with new dragon-themed pint glasses featuring Toothless, Stoick, and Drago's Bewilderbeast.

And of course, WeLoveFine has also added a couple new dragon shirts, including a really creative recreation of Toothless' tail fin skull. You can check out both the pint glasses and shirts here!

Next 13 Episode Names Appear on Netflix

The names of the next 13 Race to the Edge episodes are now showing up on Netflix, just a month after the first set of episodes were released. Although the episodes themselves may not show up for several more months, it's interesting to speculate about where the show might be going.

Here are the names posted for episodes 14-26:

  1. Team Astrid
  2. Night of the Hunters, Part 1
  3. Night of the Hunters, Part 2
  4. Bad Moon Rising
  5. Snotlout Gets the Axe
  6. The Zippleback Experience
  7. Snow Way Out
  8. Edge of Disaster, Part 1
  9. Edge of Disaster, Part 2
  10. Shock and Awe
  11. A Time to Skrill
  12. Maces and Talons, Part 1
  13. Maces and Talons, Part 2
 Any ideas about what's in store for Race to the Edge?

Ask David Jones, Dragons VFX Supervisor!

If you're interested in the behind-the-scenes process of creating an animated show, this is your chance! David Jones is responsible for many of the amazing designs and effects in Race to the Edge, in addition to making huge contributions to many live-action films.

As is usual with Berk's Grapevine interviews, all questions will be reader-submitted! If you have a question for David Jones, leave your question as a comment on this post. Then, on Tuesday, August 4, the Berk's Grapevine Dragon Scribes will select the very best questions. So think carefully about what you would like to ask him! (Hint: Requests for spoilers are normally not the best questions.)

You can read more about David Jones and his work below:

David Jones is the VFX Supervisor behind the stunning look of DreamWorks Animation Television's Dragons: Race to the Edge. His expertise and vision helped bring to life lush landscapes, complex characters and an amazing assortment of new dragons as the dragon riders soar beyond the borders of Berk.

Having worked on over a hundred movies during the last 20 years, David is probably best known for his stunning and innovative work on Black Hawk Down. However, David started his career as a shader writer, which is a very technical position that relies on a great understanding of how color and light reacts to surfaces, which is at the core of the understanding of VFX. It’s with this immense understanding, great attention to detail, combined with a fantastical imagination that propelled David to the level of VFX supervisor.

David’s vast experience both on and off set closely collaborating with directors to achieve unique and stunning visual effects for a wide variety of films, from huge block buster action movies such as Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle and, Die Hard to more artistic ventures like, The Phantom of the Opera and Hairspray.

David’s career has seen him work at most of the largest VFX companies in the world. Companies such as Disney, Boss Films, Manix, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Asylum, and Riot both working in house and on the studio side. Due to David’s advanced leadership skills he has been able to supervise large shows (as many 800 plus shots) from conception through to final delivery.

Question submission open until Tuesday, August 4
To make sure your question is considered, try to submit it before the deadline.
All questions must be submitted on this page's comment thread.

DreamWorksTV is Producing Dragons Fan Fiction

Do you write How to Train Your Dragon stories? Then you may be the next person to see their work on DreamWorksTV! In the first part of their "Fun Fiction" series, they read a story called "Astrid and the Underground Terrible Terrors" by George Valtom. Check it out!

If you had a chance to write a story for DreamWorksTV, what would you write?

Episode 2: Dragon Eye of the Beholder, Part 2

Synopsis: Hiccup and the Dragon Riders journey to Glacier Island to find the Snow Wraith, a fearsome dragon that holds the key to the Dragon Eye's mysteries.

Check back later for screencaps and gifs from the second episode of Race to the Edge! Just like last week, you're invited to a dragon-watching and discussion party for this episode that begins at 4 pm ET / 1 pm PT / 8 pm UTC. Check the sidebar countdown clock for the start time in your time zone.