The Cult of LEGO

By John Baichtal, Joe Meno

No, this is not a e-book approximately becoming a member of a few fringe cult. it is a booklet via LEGO fanatics, for LEGO enthusiasts, and also you and your children will love it.

In The Cult of LEGO, Wired's GeekDad blogger John Baichtal and BrickJournal founder Joe Meno take you on an impressive, illustrated journey of the LEGO group, its humans, and their creations.

The Cult of LEGO introduces us to lovers and developers from all walks of existence. humans like expert LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya; enigmatic Dutch painter Ego Leonard (who keeps that he's, in reality, a LEGO minifig); Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator who builds CubeDudes, immediately recognizable likenesses of fictional characters; Brick testomony writer Brendan Powell Smith, who makes use of LEGO to demonstrate biblical tales; and Henry Lim, whose paintings encompasses a sequence of versions recreating M.C. Escher lithographs and a full-scale, functioning LEGO harpsichord.

Marvel at amazing LEGO creations like:

- A life-sized Stegosaurus and an 80,000-brick T. Rex skeleton
- unique microscale models of landmarks just like the Acropolis and Yankee Stadium
- A 22-foot lengthy, 350-pound new version of the area struggle II battleship Yamato
- A robot, great chess set which can replay ancient suits or tackle an opponent
- A three-level, remote-controlled Jawa Sandcrawler, entire with relocating conveyor belt
- even if you are a card-carrying LEGO enthusiast or simply pondering fondly approximately that dusty field of - LEGO in garage, The Cult of LEGO will encourage you to take out your bricks and construct anything amazing.

Gold Medal, self sustaining writer ebook Award, "IPPY" for Pop Culture

Silver Medal, 2012 ForeWord booklet of the 12 months Awards for Crafts and Hobbies

Grand Prize, 2012 San Francisco booklet Festival

Selected for the communique Arts 2012 layout Annual

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The 1st factor of the magazine used to be published in summer season 2005 as a web journal, with sixty four pages of articles on occasions, construction, and, in fact, the folks of the group. From that first factor, BrickJournal has validated a following of either lovers and most people with its readership. even supposing the journal used to be a web and unfastened e-book, millions of downloads have been made from every one factor, and the release of BrickJournal acquired the eye of Slashdot and Boing Boing, web pages that instantly contributed to the call for of the journal. The articles additionally elevated to hide construction and overseas occasions. BrickJournal additionally all started operating with the LEGO workforce to interview employees and set designers, with an annual interview with the LEGO staff CEO. BrickJournal is now learn by means of contributors of the LEGO crew and gives concerns within the LEGO notion condominium (the company’s inner archive and museum). In 2007, BrickJournal started print e-book, and it truly is now to be had in newsstands, LEGO stores, and LEGOLAND parks. BrickJournal has multiplied its scope to incorporate LEGO-based actions, akin to LEGO Play for enterprise and primary LEGO League. In each one step of its development, although, the journal hasn't ever swayed from its fundamental missions: to offer the easiest of the LEGO grownup neighborhood, motivate the general public to construct, and invite every person to affix the neighborhood. forty five 46 (top row) The grey/bley controversy will get complete assurance with this sequence of strips. (Bottom row) Cartoonist Greg Hyland explores the unholy rage that true-blue LEGO fanatics stopover at on MEGA Bloks, LEGO’s rival. AFOLs How do you inform a LEGO fan’s detailed tale? Canadian cartoonist Greg Hyland rose to the problem with AFOLs, a comic book strip that illustrates the tales of a small workforce of grownup LEGO developers, depicted properly as human-sized minifigs. Hyland revels in such in-crowd trivia as speed-building competitions, attending to meet LEGO team proprietor Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, and fretting over beginner error reminiscent of utilizing the time period LEGOs to consult a number of LEGO parts. Hyland’s paintings has seemed in BrickJournal because the first factor and has even attracted the eye of the LEGO team together with his humanity-filled depictions of minifigs. on the BrickFest 2004 fan accumulating, the corporate gave away a 17-page comedian ebook with illustrations via Hyland. also referred to as AFOLs, the booklet the strip’s lead through describing grownup LEGO developers and all their foibles, together with adults embarrassed by way of their toy-related pastime, LUGs, fan conventions, LEGO-imitating scam bricks, and so forth. Hyland’s illustrations have seemed on a variety of version programs together with a SpongeBob SquarePants set and several other Batman bins. in fact, BrickJournal and AFOLs aren’t the one assets developers have for info and in-jokes. With choices reminiscent of RailBricks and HISPABRICK (for Hispanic LEGO fanatics) offering assurance of much more features of the fan group, the LEGO phenomenon, it kind of feels, is greater than anybody periodical may perhaps competently hide.

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