Convince me to go to a springtime/summertime convention within a few hours drive? Go for it. But a whole day's drive mid-south or flight out west (as wonderful as Portland and its inhabitants are) isn't a good idea for me.**
*This thing is 5+ years old!
**Make it rain money and then we can talk plane fare.
It's still built! It even came to BrickFair this year! I'll probably bring it to BrickCon because why not?*
It's nowhere near a decent MOC, especially after I've built other, better things, but this guy has to have a special place in my heart, and there isn't anything I'd change about it. (Well, that tail's tip is pretty ridiculous. Hey, I was 16.)
Just go look at one of my posts and look at my new, fancy title!
*Luggage. That's why not.
See, now and then a comic might get published with a blank variant cover made from hard stock paper, the purpose being for commissions, presumably from a well-known comic artist visiting a convention (or your 2-year-old who likes Batman). I took a slightly less orthodox approach and handed my comic over to a friend.
Don't take this notion lightly. This was a paid commission (in various terms), but it was worth every penny. And, while everything comes with a price, I'm sure she'll be up for earning a bit of cash for commissions if you just drop her a PM.
Without further ado, this is the lovely Lady Kopaka's fantastic, wonderful, too-good-for-words-like-those-raptors drawing of Batman and Superman on Batman/Superman #1, N52, published in June.
I especially like how the capes flow with their length. And the backgrounds for each character. And the attention to detail, like Clark's t-shirt instead of his suit since that's what he has in this issue.
Now I just gotta figure out how to frame this!
(Seriously though, send her a PM and see if she has the time for commissions. She likes making money off of her talent.)
But what I especially realized as I left everyone after our final dinner was how much fun we are compared to my local friends and friends from college. Maybe because I see them more often it's not as tough, or maybe because I know them so much better it's no question I'll see them again soon; but really it's more about how much of an awesome time I have with BZP and how average hanging out is with my usual friends.
I guess we just party hard (BZParty?) at the big get togethers instead of keeping it average.
Can't let my local friends see this post thought. XD
And what dawned on me was how cool our fanbase is that we have art to go along with our MOCs. Aside from Greg Hyland's art here and there, I can't think of another theme displayed at conventions that have fan-made art accompanying their MOCs, aside from the MOCs themselves.
And that is something for all you artists to pat yourselves on the back for.
(Five days! (My festivities start in 2!))
Bonus cookies if you're fond of both.
First, some more Avengers figs:
-Namor (doubtful he's still an Avenger), Maria Hill (technically not an Avenger, but she's in the Secret Avengers title), Rogue (an Uncanny Avengers--protip: Don't read anything by Rick Remender)
-Ant-Man and Wasp (she'll be updated with wings once I get the pieces)
Now, who's had the pleasure of playing Munchkin?
If not, well hopefully I'll remember to bring it to BrickFair, and we'll all have a blast!
I wish I could fit the lady munchkin with something on her back too, but the armor gets in the way. I tried stretching a scabbard over it, but ehhhhh... I'm sure other pieces will come to my attention.
I think I'll put these two on my brickbadge.
I present, the Avengers ANT-MAN and WASP!
I could do Wasp as black/yellow/black, but the brighter colors make her stand out more. My friend has suggested a clip and some head-dress feathers as wings. I'll have to look for a vendor selling some at BrickFair.
These will go great with my other LEGO Avengers, both official sets and custom (but purist) minifigs.
I wanted to stray away from the stereotypical brown and slapping on gears, but I think the result is more post-apoc than giving two baddie Victorian ladies a buzz-saw tank. And as my brother pointed out I really should put a boiler on the back (with steam) to show off functionality. So I think this will be revamped with the top half in brown and a formidable engine on the back. But overall I'm happy with how this turned out for merely being an idea using treads and having two cockpits for figs I made last month. The buzz-saw is staying.
And I might as well give you a tease of what I'm thinking of putting on my brickbadge. I've attended five conventions! Wow! I consider that a milestone, being able to have five convention bricks on your badge. BrickFair '13 marks #6 (and #8 if you include the two I visited), and I feel it's time to stray from the traditional straight up and down, 1x8 brick format. We'll see what I actually do once I put on a graphic tee and find this thing covering half my shirt.
This year's theme is birds, though I might find room for a fig or two. Also, blurry: You didn't think I'd reveal the entire thing now, did you?
Anyway, back to building! I've got a hot-air balloon to construct with Naboo!
But when a book as wonderful as American Gods comes into my life, I want to make sure it will stay with me for decades and still be intact with every read.
See, I work at a bookstore, and constantly I'll hand someone a hardback (because it's new or is still selling well even after being out for half a year or more) and they'll ask "Is it in paperback?" (Um, no, this new Dan Brown book came out yesterday. It's in hardback because they know they'll make more money by people who can't wait to read it.) (Rinse and repeat for Mockingjay, A Dance With Dragons, and Gone Girl, books that have been out forever.)
Now, I can understand that a paperback is lighter to hold and easier to take on trips, despite being cheaper. But whenever someone asks that my first thought is that they are cheap and can't appreciate the work the are holding in their hands. But customers have revealed that they prefer paperbacks due to being lighter, usually thinner, and easier to travel with.
For me, I love that I have some gems in hardback, because I know in 20 years they won't look like they'll fall apart ala The Time Machine. I'll definitely want to reread Neil Gaiman, JK Rowling, or Douglas Adams multiple times between now and my death, and these books will need to take a beating between my hands and friends borrowing them.
But I can understand wanting to pay less for a book you're unsure about or if money is tight. An $8 pocket paperback is more alluring than a $26 hardback for an impulse buy.
So, does anyone feel how I feel, or do you strictly buy a paperback, even if it means waiting 8 months to two years to read the new Neil Gaiman or George RR Martin?
(And don't get me started about graphic novels. Only the best of the best need to be in hardback to stand the test of time, dust, and rereads, but those have already been out so long they're only in paperback. And the new stuff most likely doesn't need to be in hardback.)
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