Today marks the beginning of Chinese New Year, the 15-day celebration in Asian cultures filled with gift-giving, family reunions, festivals, fireworks, and wishes of good luck and prosperity in the coming year.
In honor of 2012 being the Year Of The Dragon, author Neil Gaiman sent out a message to his Chinese friends with a drawing of what he says is a “wobbly dragon.”
I just drew a wobbly dragon for my Chinese friends. He’s based on a picture I saw of an ancient dragon who had three toes but was still Chinese…
I don’t know if anyone’s going to be able to see this photo posted here, in China. Last time I was there, this blog was cut off by the Great Firewall, but I post for it anyone who can: æå–œå‘è´¢
Check out here below a photo Gaiman posted on his blog of himself holding up the drawing.
The American Gods author is currently working on the screenplay for a massive adaptation of the ancient Chinese tale, Journey to the West for one of Chinaâ€™s major television producers, Zhang Jizhong. Gaiman is also writing a non-fiction book about his own experiences visiting China, as well as a children’s picture book, Chu’s Day, about a baby panda who sneezes. Since none of Gaiman’s picture books are sold in Mainland China, because they are deemed as promoting disrespect for authority, the author said [via Collider] he specially wrote Chu’s Day so that he’d be able to have a picture book available in China that “still could have all of the things that are in my childrenâ€™s picture books.”
For more details about this year’s Chinese New Year and for photos of celebrations of the holiday around the world, visit Daily Mail.