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BrickCon 2009
In which the unicorn is photographed, repeatedly.
About this creation
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:
Winner: Shannon.

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!
Cube Dudes!
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!



Comments

 I made it 
  April 7, 2012
Quoting Lee Jones I miss you being around dude. If you can, show up to BW 2012. You are always welcome at my table. Lee.
If the schedule and finances allow it, I certainly will.
  April 3, 2012
I miss you being around dude. If you can, show up to BW 2012. You are always welcome at my table. Lee.
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  April 29, 2011
Quoting Nick Nitro Brick are you going to be at brick fiesta? I would love to meet you.
Unfortunately no, I can't make it to that one.
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  April 21, 2011
are you going to be at brick fiesta? I would love to meet you.
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  July 1, 2010
Lol I live 20 minutes from there =D I was there in 2008, not in 2009, forgot why...
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  December 6, 2009
AWESOME!!! ADDING AS A FAV BUILD-MAN!!!
  October 22, 2009
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.
Alex Eylar
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Heather LEGOgirl
  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!
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  October 20, 2009
I would just like to point out that I am making the weird face at the two awesome SHIPs because they were in the Castle section. Thank you.
  October 14, 2009
Thank you for the bricks by the bay info. Fremont? Why Fremont.....oh well. I will be there!
Alex Eylar
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Commander Inferno
  October 13, 2009
I HAVE to go to this place! AWESOMENESS TO THE MAX!
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  October 13, 2009
Darn...it was over my long school weekend too. I WILL make it one of these years though. I STILL can't believed I missed Apocafest.Although, I was pretty sick over the weekend.
 I made it 
  October 13, 2009
Bricks by the Bay will be taking place April 9-11 in Fremont (http://www.bricksbythebay.com/wordpress/)
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  October 13, 2009
When will these be in California and also prince of persia seriously that game is worse than Halo I wish I could go to Brickcon or any other convention
Alex Eylar
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Trevor W.
  October 9, 2009
about time lego started up again making disney lego sets i really need the green army men for my army vigs and i want the prince of purssi really bad srry if ui spellt it wrong
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  October 9, 2009
Fantastic coverage mate. Thanks for sharing this :) Lil ocean in a jar!!!
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  October 9, 2009
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.
Alex Eylar
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The Lego Man The Lego Man
  October 8, 2009
Very nice! I was there on saturday, and didnt see alot of your guys' MOCs....
Alex Eylar
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Dave Sterling
  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. :-)
Alex Eylar
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Heather LEGOgirl
  October 8, 2009
wow.
Alex Eylar
Heather LEGOgirl
  October 8, 2009
Thanks Aidan! :)
Alex Eylar
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Tyler Saplan
  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
 I like it 
  October 8, 2009
Seeing pictures like these really make me wish I was there. It looks like you guys had a great time =)
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  October 8, 2009
huh,that wierdo has my shirt!
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  October 8, 2009
amazing! i would love to be there...is brickcon basically the same thing as brickworld?
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  October 8, 2009
Wow! I love the Operation Bricklord dio.
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  October 8, 2009
Where's the picture of Heather whipping YOUR butt in round one of the arm wrestling tournament. Oh, but what a sweet defeat it must have been . . .
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  October 8, 2009
If this was half as much fun as Brickworld was, I'll start praying for all your souls again... just finished up from the last one too. ~ Chris.
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  October 8, 2009
Great recap and photos. I see you are from the Bay Area as well, what is this "Bricks By the Bay" of which you speak?? Me thinks it is time to Google.
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  October 8, 2009
Not as good as being there, but some stellar coverage none the less! Thanks for taking the time to post this, Alex. Great stuff!
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  October 8, 2009
oh wow, the prince of persia theme looks amazing! i cant wait till it comes out!
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  October 8, 2009
Matt Damon. I most definitely remind you of Matt Damon. And we're not talking any mustache action here, we talking pure Bourne awesomeness. =)
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  October 8, 2009
Ooh... My god I'm jealous. Why can't the best ones be hosted in Europe?! Good day
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  October 8, 2009
Looks sweet, I LOVE Heather's zombie!
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  October 8, 2009
*Sigh* Maybe one of these days I'll get out to one of those. Just because it's -5 this time of year doesn't mean you can't have a Lego convention in Edmonton.
  October 8, 2009
On a side note how old do you have to be to enter mocs or participate in apocafest?
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  October 8, 2009
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
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  October 8, 2009
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 :(
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  October 8, 2009
where Is Brickcon Gonna Be Next Year?
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  October 8, 2009
Great coverage! Too bad I weren't there. Well, I'll see you at BrickWorld next year again I hope! cya~Matija
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  October 8, 2009
Yeah, that convention was so much fun... and you probably had even more fun because you were an exhibiter! It was awesome meeting you there, and hopefully I will see you again next year...
 
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