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: (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 will return to its original purpose of being a showcase for my freelance LEGO artwork.


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”).
Continue reading “Allusions in the “The Bread Collector” to Monty Python and the Holy Grail”


“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.


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:


And here is an overview of the entire MOC:


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.


“I’ll be happy to see those nice young men in their clean white suits…” Back in 1966, the hit song “They’re Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” caused quite a ruckus, drawing protests from a variety of different groups. While I didn’t hit the scene for another 10 years, and wouldn’t discover the song until the early ’90’s as a Dr. Demento staple, I always found it very amusing. And maybe I’m just crazy, but it really is an innocent and funny song, right?

Anyhow, when I first saw the new minifig head above, it struck me pretty quick that it was a good epitome of the song. Continue reading “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Haaa!”