As we’re preparing for our next article for Bricks Culture I thought I would share an excerpt from our last article about how to take your toys on vacation. If you would like to read the entire article and see all the photographs contributed by members of the Stuck in Plastic family, I encourage you to order a digital or print copy of issue #6.
When I began interacting with the AFOL community in 2012 online and at shows, I noticed that there was an established belief among many fans that building is the only valid use of LEGO bricks, or at least the most valid one. To me it almost felt like a class system, with ‘builders’ at the top and ‘collectors’ lower down (and ‘resellers’ deep down in the pit of Hades). From where I sat I could see many other kinds of AFOL, like my British friends Caroline and Nick who both left their jobs to run their own business designing custom mini figures or the Canadian artist Chris McVeigh who blended his superb building skills with exquisite photography and design, presenting it all neatly online via his website and social media. With the rise in popularity of ‘geek culture’ within society at large it felt like there was a new breed of AFOL emerging; unashamed of playing with a kid’s toy and keen to build upon the more established conventions, like building and displaying models, to delve deeper into different and new aspects of the hobby.Continue reading “The Culture of Bricks”
Did you know that Bricks Culture, the magazine dedicated to showcasing LEGO as an art form and not simply a child’s building toy, is now available in digital form?
This is great news for all of us adult fans who appreciate the variety of amazing art that is being created with LEGO but don’t want to pay international shipping fees. If you’re interested in reading about influential builders and creative individuals who are using LEGO to create art, you need to check out this magazine.I might suggest you start with Issue #1 since it features a lovely article on the first Stuck in Plastic exhibition. Another issue worth checking out is Issue #2 which has a nice interview with fellow lego photographer HarleyQuin. In Issue #7 of Bricks Culture’s sister magazine Bricks, there’s a great interview with Avanaut about his book Small Scenes from a Big Galaxy which you won’t want to miss! Continue reading “Bricks Culture – now available digitally”
With all the excitement on the #baltictoysafari here on Stuck In Plastic the last few weeks, you would almost forget there is a full world of plastic awesomeness out there. So now it is time for something completely different. Something not centered around magic sunlight and epic friendships in the Stockholm Archipelego (woops, what a typo, I am going to leave it in and call it pun intended), but something else. Something completely different, something awesome. Continue reading “Bricks Culture”
We were just hanging out with some cool folks earlier this week and when we brought up the topic of Bricks Culture they just bluntly admitted they did not hear of this fantastic magazine yet although we did mention it before here on the blog. It directly reminded us of the Effective Frequency of Communication. We personally believe in the magical number of seven, so please ignore this shout out if you are already the proud owner of a first edition of Bricks Culture.
If not, do read on or just head over to buy your paper copy here … (and yes, we do recommend you buy the paper copy over the digital one).
It is a good 140 pages thick and feels like one of those quality magazines you want to keep for your kids when they grow up. It is full of great articles to support even greater pictures (the only thing that is missing is the centerfold spread of an amazing build or photo, but I am sure even that will be added to a future release).
This number includes an interview with our creative collective on our very first exhibition in Seattle and takes a deeper dive behind the scenes of the “Why” we did it.
In addition you will get some great content from other fantastic folks like Chris, Kim, Guy, Alex, James and Ai to just name a few.
So, go get your exclusive first edition of Bricks Culture and discover Why we went big …
Get your printed copy here and support the fantastic folks behind this magazine that are joining us in taking plastic places …
There are two new magazines launching on April 13th, 2015 that are aimed at LEGO fans. The first one is a monthly called Bricks which will include set reviews, regular columns and interviews with staff at The LEGO Group (as it is currently pitched this magazine will be similar to Blocks magazine currently available). The sister publication to Bricks, called Bricks Culture, is the one I am more interested in. This magazine is a quarterly publication aimed at LEGO and how it intersects with pop culture.
We here at StuckinPlastic are excited for the launch of this magazine because the editorial staff has been incredibly supportive of us. In the inaugural issue they will be featuring an article on the In Lego, We Connect exhibition and we couldn’t be more thrilled. (Personally I am curious what they will say.)
Bricks Culture will also be featuring one of our favorite LEGO bloggers, David Alexander Smith. David is capable of defining LEGO and it’s surrounding culture in a much broader social context. I find his point of view refreshing; I hope his views will get the larger platform they deserve.
I am concerned that the staff of these new magazines has only include one woman on its list of contributors. I think if you they are trying to reach a broader audience, beyond those steadfast AFOL’s, having a larger woman’s point of view could be useful. But I am willing to take a wait and see attitude on how this develops.
In the meantime I have my subscription to Bricks Culture ordered and I hope you will at least give issue #1 a try (they are offering both print and digital versions of the magazine). You can order the first issue or the entire first year here. I would love to see this project succeed since it is relevant to what we do on Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, etc.
All though publishing in the age of the internet and a fast moving information stream seems a bit like a Sisyphean task, I will be rooting for them to succeed!!!
Is a magazine like this something you are interested in? Regardless of your answer I would be curious your opinion.
If you would like to read about the fine folks people behind these magazines I will send you to Brickset for the official press release.