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Happy Snoggletog!

Happy Snoggletog, Grapeviners! If you're giving a gift to another Berk's Grapevine member or just want to share what you made, you can post it in the comments! And don't forget to check out the gifts being shared on Tumblr under #secret odin!

One more thing: you're all invited to a special holiday chat that will include a screening of Gift of the Night Fury. Secret Odin participants especially are encouraged to attend! The chat will start at 4 p.m. ET, but feel free to show up early!

Snoggletog Chat Link [Chat Closed]
Thank you for attending!

See you there, and may your day be filled with Viking helmets and dragon eggs!

We're Giving Away 5 Awesome TeeFury Shirts!

The giveaway has ended! Thank you for participating!

TeeFury is selling this awesome dragon t-shirt designed by TsaoShin for $11 only for today! But if you're a Berk's Grapevine visitor, you're in luck! We're giving away 5 of these t-shirts to anyone who wants one! All you have to do is follow @TeeFury and @httyd!

Just retweet our giveaway tweet by 8 p.m. Eastern Time and you will entered to win one of the 5 shirts! At least one of the winners will be a Berk's Grapevine supporter, so don't forget to enter if you are!

Good luck, everyone!

How to Train Your Dragon Graphic Novels [UPDATED]

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."

Berk's Grapevine was able to ask the writers a few questions about the graphic novels! Here's what Dean DeBlois and Richard Hamilton have to say about The Serpent’s Heir and how it connected to the How to Train Your Dragon films and TV series:

What kinds of stories does this new medium allow you to tell outside the world of the TV series and films?

Dean DeBlois:

Just like the time between the first and second film, there will be time between the end of second and where you'll find Hiccup and Toothless in the third. These graphic novels are giving us a chance to dive into that time, and even pick up right where we left the riders of Berk at the end of How to Train Your Dragon 2. These stories open up the possibility of all new adventures that we may not be able to tell when we're confined to a 90-minute film.  We can introduce new characters through each story, take the riders to even more new lands and islands and discover new dragons along the way.

Richard Hamilton:

With the graphic novels, we also have the luxury to really explore the characters' thoughts, emotions, and backstories. What's it like for Hiccup to now be chief without his dad's guidance? What does being the alpha to all dragons mean to Toothless? What really goes on in Ruffnut and Tuffnut's heads? This is all such fertile ground for storytelling and all stuff that we will tackle as we continue to explore and expand upon the world of Dragons in the comics.

Will the graphic novel series provide any hints about what's in store for Berk and the dragon riders in the next film?

Richard Hamilton:

Well, it's still early days on HTTYD 3 but, yes, there will be quite a few "dragon eggs." Without giving too many spoilers, I will say that the graphic novels necessarily touch upon many of the themes and elements that connect the second and third films and that even reach back to the first. We're also diving into some of the mythology alluded to along the way and mining that for all-new adventures.

Ultimately, our job is to stay true to Hiccup and Toothless' arcs in the films and TV show and chart their courses as leaders of their respective communities. And the best way to do that in the graphic novels is to really challenge them with tough choices, new villains, and, of course, tons of new dragons!

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
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