Leaving Oakland on Thursday morning... let's begin:
First, there was the drive. 13 hours both ways. On the drive up I did it all in one day, and kept myself sane with death metal and smelling salts.
I pass by this sign, and remark that I've either circled the globe, or entered an Escher print. That aside got my thinking about an upcoming project. Stay tuned.
I arrive in Seattle at 11:45, and see the lovely Space Needle. I'm only later informed that walking around the area at that time of night is fairly daring, in a retarded kind of way.
I scope out the convention, and find the place empty and the doors locked. So much for that idea.
The next morning, I get inside and I'm at home.
Immediately I start searching for famous faces with my camera ready, as is tradition. The first builder I covertly photograph is Jordan "Sir Nadroj" Schwartz, pictured here thankfully oblivious to my presence. Awesome guy, that Jordan. Super nice and super smart; wise way beyond his years. And he tolerated my dumb antics as I circled the convention floor gathering autographs. And he rocks a cardigan.
Some of Jordan's contributions to the con.
Next was Lee "Dr. Love" Jones, seen here from behind. The man is quite remarkable. He speaks so eloquently, so articulately, enunciating with perfection. He'd say "going to" instead of "gonna", and never slur a syllable. And he'd say the dirtiest and frankest things you'll ever hear, all with a knowing smirk. The man has the moves. I call him White Shaft.
Lee's vast army:
One of Heather's custom license plates on Lee's tank:
Next door to Lee's army was Shannon Young's display, which, for lack of a name, we'll call The Township of Iwashigh.
Shannon Ocean's head in a jar in Young's display:
And yes, Shannon lives up to the curmudgeon legend. It says it on his name badge.
A better picture of Shannon will be coming later, taken during the throes of battle.
Next to them was the Zombie Apocafest display, seen here in it's early stages:
Lino M.'s zombie gay pride float:
I could've sworn I'd seen that one mosaic before, but I was wrong. It must be a common theme among Lego nerds: create what you will never have.
Lego provided a sneak peek at the upcoming Prince of Persia (seriously?) and Toy Story lines.
A low-angle covert shot of Nathan Proudlove. Energetic fellow. Scared the hell out of me twice. I didn't even get him once. Tried, but it didn't happen. Nadroj witnessed it. The man is unscare-able. You'll get yours, Proudlove; you'll get yours.
Part of Nathan's badge:
Steve Barile's incredible Japanese garden:
He used MegaBloks for the stone wall. Blasphemy, but awesome blasphemy. And that makes it okay.
At that point, it was off to lunch with the gang. A fierce arm wrestling competition erupted.
Round One - Shannon Young vs. Heather LEGOgirl:
Round Two - Lee Jones vs. Heather LEGOgirl:
Winner: Lee. Look at the confidence in his face.
Round Three - Lee Jones vs. Shannon Young:
Winner: Lee, but not by much. The struggle lasted about five whole minutes. It was Clash of the Titans.
Back to the con:
JD Luse's awesome temple. Met him too; still can't figure out which actor he reminds me of. LIttle help, JD?
One of Heather's zombies. The zombie heads, plus the custom license plates, are available at our store: Slick Bricks. Get them while they're hot!
Ochre Jelly's Stephen Hawking, with Jelly-man himself in the background. Lovely chap, and I suspect him to be a fellow magician. Which is awesome.
Ochre Jelly's Nibbler...
...and Tour de Force:
Shannon Young's Blockheads:
David "Ranger of Awesomeness" Luna's shoe, as the picture implies. Nice guy all around; quite the sneaky picture taker.
Had a nice little informal roundtable with Shannon Young, Arkov (pictured, left), Sir Nadroj (pictured, right), Heather LEGOgirl, David Luna, and a few people I'm probably forgetting; it got crowded. Snapped this picture, which Jordan has allowed me to post because he looks deep in thought.
That night, we hit the mall and raided the Lego store. Swag was snagged; good times were had by all.
Guess what this looks like:
Shannon Young (in a picture taken by Heather), building already, eyeing the passers-by like a lion protecting a fresh kill.
The next morning. Had to walk by the Space Needle each time to get to the con. Lovely structure.
And boom: public day. Madhouse to the highest degree.
My view from behind the Brick Bazaar setup, where Heather was selling the goods. The Lego goods.
They misspelt "destruction" on one of the trophies. Priceless.
At some point during the con, there was a speed build competition. The build was 10181 Eiffel Tower. Heather's group won; mine came in second, and she literally rubbed my nose in it. But she'll readily admit that they won because they had Gary McIntyre on their side. The cat's a Master Builder, for Pete's sake. I demand a re-do.
Hey look, I made those!
On the last day, I decided to forgo careful packaging. Nadroj and I played catch with Ivy's Greenhouse before throwing everything into a big yellow Lego store bag. It's going to be a sorter's dream come true when I finally get around to it.
Some of Guy "V&A Steamworks" Himber's contributions. Could've sworn I had more pictures of the guy's stuff. It was awesome.
THERE'S the picture of Shannon I was looking for. Don't know where it went, but here it is.
The Operation Bricklord layout. Incredible detail, great sense of action.
Guess who made it into an issue of Brick Journal?
And we arrive at the completed Zombie Apocafest layout:
Andrew Becraft behind the Zombie table, posing for someone else's picture. He asked me to swing by and chat at some point, and I completely forgot until it was too late. I'm never getting blogged again, am I?
Gary McIntyre, walking around in a Lego suit, just barely tolerating it. Awesome guy, that Gary. Everyone who knows him will back me up on this.
Sir Nadroj working on Gary's backside; something I never thought I'd write.
My stuff, as seen from behind the table:
A closer view of the walking Model T from The First Knight: Standoff on a Summer's Night:
The aforementioned big yellow Lego store bag, with the remains of the First Knight displays inside:
Closing time. The con is gone:
Sunset on the drive home.
And with that: it's done.
And it was some of the most fun I've had.
See you all next year... or at Bricks by the Bay. Be there or be shunned!
Alex, it was great to see you again, and actually get a chance to talk to you a bit more. And so everyone know, that Alex is quite eloquent himself, I just talk more often. Alex just waits for the perfect opportunity and lays waste with the poetry that flows out of him. Smokin' pics as always - your skills leave me humbled. Lee.
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October 20, 2009
Shannon is actually watching those two ships whhhhiz by.
And the tiles can be done for Australia as well. Now to bed with me!
Good coverage. Looks like Shannon had fun with the City Camper set. How could you lose with the Effil Tower? Actually, I have the set, and it was one of the hardest I have ver built. And HEather, love your plates. Would you do Aussie ones? If so, I may be able to buy some, If allowed.
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October 8, 2009
Great coverage Alex. Stacy and I are disappointed that we couldn't make it this year. Bricks by the Bay is going to be tough unless I rack up some serious Sky-Miles between now and then...or move to the West Coast. But Brickworld is on for sure along with possibly BrickFair and BrickCon in 2010. :-)
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October 8, 2009
October 8, 2009
Thanks Aidan! :)
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October 8, 2009
I went on Saturday, Got some Nice Pictures, and a Prtotyper from Will CHapman Owner of Brickarms, I wish i could have Met Shannon Or Heather, or One of you guys. Although i did get a Good look at Shannonia
Look at that, I guess I've been shunned! Bricks by the Bay does NOT sound possible for me, nor does BrickCon, or BrickFair... or BrickWorld, for that matter! However, it's great that people like you post these kinds of pictures. While it DOES look like jealously is enveloping my soul, these pics are a great glimpse of events I may never be able to attend~Willis
Is the Toy Story line and Princer of Persia line serious. If so I can't wait for them to come out (mainly Prince of Persia cause I want a camel) WHY MUST THESE CONVENTIONS TAUNT ME..sniff...sniff... its not fair :(