Webcomic: Meadowhawk

Meadowhawk is an ongoing Web Comic by Nicole Johnson, and made its debut on meadowhawk.net in April (many early strips were backdated as far as January) of 2013.

From the author's About Meadowhawk page:

This is a comic about dragons. Modern dragons who, if asked to account for dragon lore, would cluelessly click to the same wikis you or I would for a quick refresher. Dragons for whom words like ‘pillage’, ‘slay’ and ‘burninate’ are the names of faraway concepts, found only in musty histories of dubious accuracy.

These are dragons who have only been around as long as you or I (so far). They know as much about their Middle Ages forbears as we know about our tribal ancestors. Heck, they -barely- remember a time before the Internet. Their world is ours – one of transit, information, billowing population centers, and complex caffeinated drinks. Their worries are ours – Am I selfish, am I spoiled? Am I a good person? Am I making the Earth better or worse by being here? Who or what am I supposed to be?

The post-industrial era of (relative) peace and prosperity has provided a great deal of leisure time for once-thundering lizards to ponder their place in the cosmic scheme of things. With the dawning of a new millennium comes a blossoming new awareness of our intertwined histories, with terms such as ‘Dragon Privilege’ entering the global lexicon.

The dragons in this comic have no better tools than we for determining their place in all of this. With friendship, thoughtfulness, and a little help from the Internet, they will seek a 21st century understanding of who and what they are.''


  • Author Avatar: Drizzle seems to be Nicole as a dragon. While Rain is based on DC Simpson, with whom she shares a sisterly relationship.
  • Benevolent Monsters: The dragons still have all the fangs, claws and spikes from the bad old days, but in modern times they're almost invariably pacifists and some don't even eat meat.
    Tater: If history is to be believed, we were once a species of marauding monsters. Bloodthirsty, airborne, fire-spewing terrors. Look at any Dark Ages story, and there we are: "RAAAAWR!" Now we have food shelves, hospitals, we live in houses...most of out kind would be loath to harm even a fly.
  • Bland-Name Product: Cubecraft. "Thrones of Ermagard" also seems to serve as a dragon version of shows like "Game of Thrones". And "Blaartcraft" seems to be Warcraft with just goblins.
  • Cool Big Sis: Rain to Drizzle.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: In-universe example, Drizzle has a crush on Mordomyr, the Big Bad of "Thrones of Ermagard".
  • Family Theme Naming: Well, technically their first names are Drizella and Rainier.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: The dragons never wear pants, save for this one time Tater demonstrated why, come to think of it the only time they wear shirts is as pajamas.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Averted, and Drizzle wants people to stop asking about it.
  • Just Friends: In one arc Tater started to realize he had a serious crush on Drizzle, but they both decided they wouldn't make a good match.
  • Mayfly-December Friendship: One was discussed in a strip on dragon lifespans. The dragon wasn't even done growing by the time of his human friend's death.
  • Mundane Fantastic: Exemplified by the very second comic, Tater finds an enchanted forest glen, and Drizzle finds its Facebook page.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Tater has a dream where a massive version of himself taunted him for not acting like a "true" dragon.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: The main characters are modern-day dragons, ones who'd rather play CubeCraft than burn villages, and eat tofu stir-fry more often than knights.
    • Dragons in Meadowhawk are also of comparable size to humans—rather large and bulky, but still small enough to use computers and smartphones comfortably, and live in human-style apartments. No Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever here.
      • Or rather, they don't grow large enough to not fit in human buildings until their 60s, and opt out of human society completely by the time they reach their full size at about age 100.
  • Poke the Poodle: Drizzle asks Rain if she's ever thought of doing anything dastardly and epic and terrible like their medieval ancestors, she says that she used to sneak into livestock pens and shear all the sheep for fun. Driz isn't particularly impressed.
  • Shaking the Rump: Drizzle does this to attract more views to her and Tater's YouTube channel, where they're hosting a Q&A vlog about dragons. She comes to regret it later, when commentators focus more on her showing off her scaly butt (either in approval, or with insults and scolding) than on the actual vlog.
    • This is spoofed in a later gag comic, which points out that Drizzle's tail is bigger than her actual backside, and mostly covers it up. The caption even reads, "Tailbutt: 95% Tail, 5% Butt."
  • Shout-Out: The goblins in "Blaartcraft" seem based on those from Phoebe and Her Unicorn.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: Potato (Tater) Salad muses on what his medieval ancestors would think of modern dragons eating tofu-and-broccoli stir fry.
  • Urban Fantasy: Dragons share the modern world with humans.