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Scientific Progress Goes "Boink"


Favorite Comic Cover EVER

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Aug 09 2013 · 212 views
comics, batman, superman and 2 more...
I have a handful of favorite comic book artists: Chris Bachalo, Stuart Immonen (those All-New X-Men covers, am I right?), Dave McKean, and recently Jae Lee in Batman/Superman (apologies to Jack Kirby, though I'll soon read some FF comics drawn by him), but none of them have drawn my #1 favorite cover ever.
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.
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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!
-CF :kakama:
(Seriously though, send her a PM and see if she has the time for commissions. She likes making money off of her talent.)


Well This is Awkward

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Aug 07 2013 · 199 views

The BrickFair withdrawl really hit me hard this year, as I love you all (well, most of you, not you, and you're ok... you know who you are :P ) and as such strong bonds were formed and reformed saying goodbye until who-knows-when was really hard.
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
-CF :kakama:


Why You Shouldn't Come to BrickFair

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Aug 04 2013 · 277 views
lego, brickfair
Why you shouldn't attend BrickFair: Because you live "too far" away.
Why you should attend a convention near you: Because they are awesome.
tl:dr--Well maybe you shouldn't have tl:dr'ed my editorial.
-CF :kakama:


We've Got Great Members

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jul 27 2013 · 169 views
brickfair, bzpower, art, bionicle
I've just finished registering all the MOCs for BrickFair that people have sent me, and just in time too as MOCs submitted after today (ie in the next 20 minutes of typing this) won't have their MOC cards printed out and I'd have had to do that myself.
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.
-CF :kakama:
(Five days! (My festivities start in 2!))


Avengers + Munchkin

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jul 21 2013 · 135 views
avengers, munchkin, lego and 1 more...
100% of you will probably know of at least one of these franchises.
Bonus cookies if you're fond of both.
First, some more Avengers figs:
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-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?
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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.
-CF :kakama:


Steampunking It UP

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jul 19 2013 · 66 views

In a continuing endeavor to build more steampunk MOCs, especially before BrickFair, I bring you something that's been floating around in my head for a while now:
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Hopefully some more ideas will float my way before the con!
-CF :kakama:


Mr. and Mrs. Pym

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jul 13 2013 · 124 views
comics, lego, minifigs, marvel and 1 more...
I finally got around to digging for the pieces to build one of Marvel's favorite couples (until they weren't).
I present, the Avengers

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.
-CF :kakama:


Building Progress for BF13

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jul 10 2013 · 115 views
lego, brickfair, moc
I've had the chance to start building (after a long lag period) so I can hustle and bring some new stuff to BrickFair. So far I've dabbled in Steampunk (I am the coordinator after all) and fiddled around with Brickbadge possibilities.
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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.
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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!
-CF :kakama:


In Appreciation for Paperbacks

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jul 09 2013 · 136 views
books, reading
Don't misunderstand me, I'll buy a paperback book out of necessity most of the time. I just bought Redshirts and will probably buy Mistborn soon too, in paperback. Usually that's all that is around if I'm buying something new because by the time I get around to buying it to read it's in paperback.
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.
-CF :kakama:


Hardback vs Paperback Books

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jul 08 2013 · 216 views
books, reading
I have a question for everyone: What is your preference between hardback books and paperback books? And not just in general, but new books, older books, favorite books, read-it-once-then-donate books, etc.
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.)
-CF :kakama:


Things to do before BrickFair

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jun 30 2013 · 122 views
LEGO, BrickFair
-Build some (like 4) steampunk stuff for the cool steampunk minifigs I've made
-Make sure I use more than just brown. Use gears and functionality. (As if that needs saying.)
-Build something for the Pharaoh's Quest collab, because Greg is part of WAMALUG and super-cool.
-Build my secret Galaxy Squad idea which only works this year.
-Build a 16x16 Micropolic thing because that theme is super-cool and I keep forgetting to.
-Mope about not building any new Bionicle stuff since 2010, but bring all my old stuff anyway to fill the theme.
-Realize I won't get much pleasure reading done like I have in most recent months, but it will be worth it.
-Register MOCs.
-Be awesome.
If this list didn't exist I'd just time-travel to August and hang out with you lovely people.
-CF :kakama:


"I'm good." "Um..."

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Jun 01 2013 · 278 views
people, work, life, snark
Funny how many customers who I've never met assume I'm asking about their well-being and reply, "I'm good," when I'm merely saying "good morning" to them as they come into the bookstore.
And by golly the amount of snark I repress could fill a swimming pool. (Or a book...hehe.)
And no, we're not going out of business. (And even if we were, what are you going to do about it?)
-CF :kakama:


Ask me questions!

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Apr 19 2013 · 107 views
me, chocolatefrogs, bzpower and 2 more...
As per my front page news story, I'm up for interrogation this month in the BZPowercast. Which means I need questions to answer! That's where you come in--ask me anything!
Anything? Well, sure, but we'll have a whole lot more fun with geeky questions or real questions inquiring about various aspects of life. And any gobdlygook nonsense will probably be ignored as it's hard enough when put on the spot being asked about the average velocity of an unladen swallow (you've been warned).
Leave questions here or send them to me in a PM.
-CF :kakama:


Avengers Vs X-Men!

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Apr 12 2013 · 290 views
lego, moc, avengers, comics and 1 more...
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My LUG gets to display at the LEGO Store(s) in the area, and April was my month for Tysons Corner's LEGO Store in Virginia. While Marvel's Avengers Vs X-Men comic event was mediocre in the summer of 2012, I can't deny the inspiration it gave me:
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Topic here. Brickshelf gallery here.
Can you guess which part is my favorite?
The Avengers are fighting the X-Men because they want to apprehend a mutant (Hope Summers) who they believe might cause destruction to humankind if the Phoenix Force, currently on its way to Earth, has the chance to posses her, due to then nature of her powers. The X-Men would rather the Avengers stay out of the way and let them deal with one of their own kind. Things get nasty for 12 issues, which was about 5 issues too long (not to mention all the tie-ins).
Still, the chance to make some X-Men minifigs that LEGO hadn't and then pair them up with several Avengers was something I couldn't pass up for the display. The kids visiting the store wouldn't care some of this stuff didn't happen or didn't look perfect like the comics, and the adults that might have read the comic series would get a kick that I made it out of LEGO in the first place. The LEGO employees there that night knew what it was and loved it.
The next goal is to show off my SHIP at Potomac Mills, because their display is visible from all 4 sides and will fit a 103-stud long spaceship.
-CF :kakama:


Coming Up Next

Posted by ChocolateFrogs , Mar 15 2013 · 168 views
books, reading, sci fi, fantasy
Velox continually posts interesting blog entries about books and what he's reading/has read/will read. Which reminds me that I have such topics to blog about. But my blogging has been sparse, and I need to make such an entry interesting. But I hope that if you share my enthusiasm of reading that you will chime in.
Without further ado, a glance at my to-read list from now until May:
1) American Gods by Neil Gaiman--I'm currently reading this and loving it! Gaiman crafts a story so well that simply reading his tale is a joy. (Also, I have the 10th Anniversary hardback version, which looks as magnificent as it reads.)
2) Uglies by Scott Westerfield--A teen dystopia book/series that I'm borrowing from a friend. I'm seeing her next week, so I figure I might as well read the first one now and decide if I want to hold onto them until we visit again or just return the rest of the series if the first book doesn't hold up to my tastes.
3) Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton--I've seen the movie, but with it being released in IMAX 3D in 2 weeks, I might as well read it before seeing it. (Because, as much as I hate 3D (and post-conversion), if there was one movie to see in 3D, it's this one.)
4) Best of All Possible Worlds (Don't feel like looking this up)--I'll be borrowing this new sci-fi with a touch of romance from work in a few weeks. It's been getting great reviews.
(4.5--I wish I had time to also sneak in A Great North Road, another sci-fi geting decent reviews. But I think I'll have to borrow that from the library in a few months so I can keep on track reading things on my shelf that I own.)
5) Ready Player One by Ernest Cline--Gosh I just need to read this already! Have you seen the bombardment of positive "read now!" reviews on every geek site that gives it a paragraph of recognition?
6) Gone Girl by Gyllian Flynn--Another book I'll borrow that has been getting rave reviews, has been a bestseller since its release early last summer, and so is something I should read soon.
7) Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly--Borrowing from a friend due to her recommendation. I'm looking forward to it. Will probably read it on my lunch break while reading fiction at home.
8) In the Garden of the Beasts by Erik Larson--I heard this wasn't as good as his book The Devil in the White City, which is on my list for this year too, but since my grandma liked it she lent me her copy, since it's still being well-received.
9) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson--I'm sure you've heard of this. My friend got me it for my birthday 1.2 years ago and I've been putting off reading it because other books catch my eye. But I'm tired of waiting. Plus I bought the other two in the trilogy for $4 total.
10) Iron Man, Extremis by Warren Ellis--The graphic novel gets a rerelease in April right before Iron Man 3 hits theaters. Ideas from this story arc have inspired events in all 4 of the films Iron Man is in, so I'm looking forward to this bit of comic history.
Right now I'd better get back to American Gods.
-CF :kakama:

The Me Brick

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Location: Northern Virginia
Favorite color: Guess
Favorite smell: Campfire
Interests: LEGO, Boy Scouts (Eagle), Geeking, Comics
First LEGO Set: Renegade Runner
Roman Catholic
Convention history: BrickFest '04, & '06
BrickFair VA '08, '09, '10, '11 & '12, '13 & '14.
BrickCon '13.
:flagusa: :kakama:

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