As St. Patrick’s Day celebrations cover most of the world, we’re nearly overwhelmed with images of leprechauns, or little men that represent fairies from ancient Irish folklore. Yet these aren’t the only magical beings man has imagined clad in green.
Here’s an ode to some of the brilliant sci-fi, comic, and fantasy artists out there who have taken popular characters from books, films, and more and added their own creative spin.
Speaking of Lord of the Rings…
And though this is not exactly sci-fi or fantasy, no St. Patty’s Day would be without the Green Man from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (a show I had the opportunity of being in!)…
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One of my favorite things to do in the summertime is hit up a Renn Faire! Or for all you non-geeks out there, a Renaissance Faire.
This past year, I had the incredible opportunity to visit the Original Renaissance Faire in Irwindale, CA. What I love about these festive events is just how in character its attendees are. It’s a perfect opportunity to transform oneself into royalty and join the queen’s court, or perhaps a wench better suits your mood? Whichever character tickles your fancy, you can no doubt immerse yourself in a world of folk who will play along.
Though most renn faires emulate historical periods during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I of England or Henry VIII, characters from other time periods and countries, like as pirates and Vikings, along with fantasy creatures such as fairies, centaurs, and wizards are also welcome.
As you can see, I’m one of those dorks who takes pride in wearing a costume. So, I put on the purple fairy creation I made a few years back (for another faire, of course), grabbed my video camera, and head out east to see what kind of interesting folk I’d run in to.
Let’s take a peek!
For those of you who are interested, here are the details for this year’s faire: