The Destiny of The Brick Side

Every Episode of the Brick Side, plus some of the comics I did pre-dating The Brick Side, now appear at a new domain I’ve set up specifically for the series: www.TheBrickSide.com (appropriately enough).

This new domain accomplishes a number of things such as the ability of visitors to rate the various episodes and to also post comments.

I will no longer be posting The Brick Side here, and hope that you’ll follow the links over and subscribe by email or RSS to the new site. Please also take a few minutes to post comments and rate the episodes.

As an extra incentive to check out the new site, I’m posting three brand new comics there today, in addition to the complete gallery of existing ones.

A Few Random Thoughts For Those Really Interested in the History of The Change

All along I have had mixed feelings about The Brick Side appearing here at Duckingham Design. Originally I had hoped to implement the separate domain name, but time is always a limited resource, and it did not happen. But The Brick Side did happen, is happening, and will continue to happen.

Besides time, I also has a mental picture of how I wanted the site to look. Shortly after the series launched, Smashing Magazine launched a new WordPress theme that was exactly what I was looking for. I’ve spent the last couple weeks maintaining the comics on both sites, while tweaking the new site to get it the way I wanted it. It’s not completely there, but much closer, and I’m getting tired of updating similar content on both sites.

Over the next few days, all the comics from Duckingham Design will be redirected to The Brick Side, and Duckingham.com will return to its original purpose of being a showcase for my freelance LEGO artwork.

LEGO Tools: A Paperclip

paperclipA what? A paperclip? As a tool for use with LEGO? Yes, indeed.

Paperclip as a LEGO tool

What kind of LEGO tool is a paperclip good for?

In a word: tiles.

In five words: tiles on a big baseplate.

Have you ever tried putting a tile on a baseplate or other large LEGO and noticed that it’s hard to get off? About the only  time it’s easy is when it’s right on the edge of the baseplate.

Take a close look at some of your LEGO tiles. Around the bottom edge there is a nice little groove  for you to access. Just position the paperclip under the groove and move.

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Some Caveats

Fingernails

Fingernails are another viable option if you have strong nails and if you’re willing to risk breaking a nail. Not me. Give me a paperclip.

Teeth

Do we even need to go there? Yes.

Many of my legacy LEGO pieces (i.e. the bricks I still have from my childhood) have teethmarks because it had not occurred to me to use some other type of tool. Half of this problem was solved when the Brick Separator was invented. But not for tiles. Andthat’s what the paperclip was invented for. 🙂

Metal

On the other hand, you still want to keep in mind that this is a hard object you’re using against a soft object. Metal versus plastic. And therefore there is the possibility that the paperclip will scratch or in some other way damage the LEGO. Just be careful!

Where a Paperclip won’t work.

Okay. If you were “smart enough” to bury a tile in the middle of a bunch of other bricks taller than it, get ready to tear apart a portion of your creation to get to it, if you decide that tile is the wrong color, or that you want something else there. And don’t say I didn’t warn you! 🙂

LEGO Tools: LEGO Ruler

Does that title sound mildly redundant? Maybe it did. But I’m not just talking about your standard 12 inch ruler. This one is made out of LEGO. It doesn’t measure inches or centimeters — just units of LEGO. The original idea for this one comes  from Allan Bedford and The Unofficial LEGO Builder’s Guide. A LEGO ruler comes in very handy when you’re building things on a bigger scale, or when you’re trying to get some details just right.

Here’s my original build of Allan’s design:

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LEGO Master Builder Event in Lawrenceville, Georgia

This past  Saturday (March 28), in celebration of my Christopher recently turning 7, my wife and I and both boys trekked down to our nearest LEGO store, which is 2 hours away. Christopher’s birthday was actually two weeks ago, but we timed our trip to coincide with the appearance of a LEGO Master Builder and the opportunity to help take part (along with hundreds of children & “grown-up children”) in building an 8-foot tall R2-D2 sculpture at Discover Mills Mall in Lawrenceville, Georgia. Continue reading

LEGO Art: Can You Hop? (on St. Patrick’s Day)

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For St. Patrick’s day I wanted to do something green, but a little out-of-the-ordinary. This mosaic is based on the cover of one of our favorite books for kids, Can You Hop? written by Lisa Lawston and illustrated by Ed Vere. I love Ed’s simple style and Lisa’s elegant little story. Unfortunately the book is out of print right now, but you might find a copy at your local library. When I checked there were also some acceptable used copies listed on Amazon.

This one the boys actually helped a lot on. I mapped out the dimensions of the frog, and filled in his outlines. Then the boys filled in the rest of the colors with a little help from mom & dad.

LEGO Art: A Wicked Smile

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I’ve not seen the musical Wicked , but when I saw a poster recently I was struck at the similarity of the green on the poster and LEGO’s shade of lime green. And it seemed that the Ides of March was a good day to post something “wicked.” So, here is a bit of an iconic stylization of part of the poster. I think Wicked and Broadway fans will find it recognizable. Continue reading

Allusions in the “The Bread Collector” to Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Whenever you have to explain a joke, it’s not nearly as funny. This post may be something akin to that, but hopefully not. My primary intention is to point out the intended allusions and differences between the inspiration for this MOC, and the MOC itself  — just some things that you might have missed if you weren’t looking real carefully. (By the way, if you missed it, check out my original post about The Bread Collector or “Bring Out Your Dead”).
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The Bread Collector, or “Bring Out Your Bread!”

“The Bread Collector” is my entry in Classic Castle’sJob Muller’s” contest. The idea is to present a MOC about a job that didn’t exist in medieval times. I came up with a couple good ideas, and the following was my entry.

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Context is everything. This particular make is a direct reference to a scene from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, a movie that I can’t fully endorse, but has several hilarious and well-known, much-referenced  scenes. In this particular scene of the film, the “Dead Collector” and his crew are making their way with a large cart through a plague-riddled town, collecting the bodies of those who have succumbed (in death) to plague. Humor ensues when one gentlemen tries to get rid of an old man who pipes up and says, “I’m not dead” and tries to prove his point by saying things like “I’m going for a walk,” and “I feel happy.”

I’m not sure what exactly got my train of thought in this direction, but it was probably a “what if…” In this case, “What if the guy wasn’t saying, “bring out your dead,” — what if he was saying, “bring out your bread.”

Here’s a close-up of the Bread Collector dickering with the Unsavory Fellow:

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And here is an overview of the entire MOC:

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I plan to follow-up this post with another discussing some of the particular aspects of the MOC, but for purpose of publishing these images for the contest, I am limited to 3 images, hence those posted here.