Comicpalooza 2019

Comicpalooza is the largest annual, multi-genre comic book, science fiction, anime, gaming, and pop-culture event in the Southern United States.  It is held each May at George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas.

At Comicpalooza 2019 Houston Brick Club had about 1,200sf of space where members displayed models made from LEGO® bricks.  These models included a 4’x12′ town, an amusement park with multiple working rides, detailed sports cars, a representation of the Alamo, plus other builds based on various pop culture themes.

Public attendees were enthralled by the attention to detail shown by Houston Brick Club members.  They were also able to build their own creations using the provided play brick.

Comicpalooza attracts 50,000 – 60,000 public visitors each year over a three-day weekend.  Houston Brick Club is happy to part of this event, and we look forward to next year’s show!

Photos and models are by members of Houston Brick Club.  Additional photos may be seen in a Facebook album.

 

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April at the Children’s Hospital

On April 19 eleven members of Houston Brick Club provided a display of MOCs at a local children’s hospital.  Models were set up on a pedestrian bridge where patients, families, and staff could look at them as they walked by.  Many patients came down from their rooms just to see the displays;  we heard that staff members scheduled “walking meetings” to come here also.

Houston Brick Club does a similar display at this hospital about twice a year;  it is the most rewarding activity many of us do.  We are thrilled to add a little joy in the lives of these patients and families.

A few photos are below; more are in a Facebook album here.  All models and photos are by members of Houston Brick Club.

 

February activities

TexLUG-Houston provided displays at four events in February.

On Feb. 16, four members went to Lobit Middle School in Dickinson for LEViaCon, a comic-con themed event for young teens.  Displays included custom Star Wars® models, a city scene with superheroes, large-scale cars, and a train from the Harry Potter movies. Photos can be found in a Facebook album.

Both days of that same weekend found 8-9 TexLUG-Houston members at the Children’s Museum of Houston.  Models included two train/town layouts, an airport, and a historical recreation of the Alamo.  Photos are below.

Models and photos are by members of TexLUG-Houston.

 

The next weekend, Feb. 23, nine members of TexLUG-Houston set up displays at BrazCon, “Brazoria County’s teen comic con and geek-fest!”  This event is run by the Brazoria County Library System and Alvin ISD, and was held at Manvel High School.  Displays included an assortment of models based on comic and superhero themes.

On Feb. 26 two TexLUG-Houston members joined the Needville Middle School Science Night.  MOCs here included a motorized model of an atom, a great ball contraption, and more – see photos below.

 

All models and photos shown here are by members of TexLUG-Houston.

2018 Wrap-up

In mid-December about 30 TexLUG-Houston members of all ages gathered for the annual holiday party at a member’s home in Katy.  There was a large draft of set 76108 Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown;  a Dirty Brickster gift exchange;  a holiday ornament exchange;  plus food, drink, and lively conversation.  Photos by members of TexLUG-Houston.

In the past year TexLUG-Houston members participated in eight public display events;  held 12 monthly meetings;  and had many play sessions at the children’s hospital.  Active members for the year were 39 adults and 7 teens.  These are all increases over the previous year.  TexLUG-Houston continues to grow; new members and event ideas are always welcome!

Happy Holidays from TexLUG-Houston!

Houston Maker Faire 2018

On October 13 and 14 almost thirty members of TexLUG-Houston participated in this year’s Houston Maker Faire.  In addition to the usual displays of custom models built with LEGO® bricks, we ran speed build contests, organized a scavenger hunt, and built a power wheels race car.

Speed build contests are common at AFOL shows.  Houston Maker Faire is different in that it celebrates Makers of all kinds, not just the ones that love LEGO®.  Most of the public attendees that took part in the speed builds had never done a contest like that before, and they were very excited about it.

The Hidden Bricks scavenger hunt was set up with the help of the Maker Faire staff.  TexLUG-Houston members created 20 small models that were placed in various locations around the whole event, not just in the TexLUG-Houston area.  Using a page with pictures of the models, public attendees visited all the other exhibitors and vendors to locate the models.  Each day a winner was selected from all the correct entries.

Power Wheels racing was a new event at Maker Faire this year.  Thanks to our AFOL car mechanic, TexLUG-Houston won the overall event after a series of races on Saturday and Sunday.  While the vehicle started out fully decorated with LEGO® parts, by the end of the last race it was down to the bare frame.

Displays this year included a large Wild West layout, an amusement park, various Star Wars® builds, detailed sports cars, and Halloween scenes.  In addition, Texas Brick Railroad set up an extensive train and town display.

Houston Maker Faire took place at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas on Oct. 13-14, 2018.  Public attendance was about 4,500 total for the weekend.  TexLUG-Houston has displayed at this event for at least the last 5 years, and we look forward to continuing the partnership for many years to come.

Models and photos are by members of TexLUG-Houston.  More photos and videos can be seen in our Facebook album.

Maker Faire Preparations

Once again TexLUG-Houston will be participating in the Houston Maker Faire.  This year it will be held on October 13-14 at George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston.  Maker Faire is a showcase for “makers” of all kinds, a place to show off hobbies, experiments, and projects.  There may be everything from quilting to robotics, crafts to drones at this event.

In mid-September about 17 TexLUG-Houston members met to discuss Maker Faire and other upcoming activities.  The meeting was held at the LEGO® Brand Retail Store in the Galleria Mall.  TexLUG-Houston’s participation at Maker Faire will likely include large Space and Wild West displays, many individual models, loose brick for free builds, and some building competitions.  There will also be a train/town display by Texas Brick Railroad.  Many thanks to the LEGO® Store for allowing us to meet there ahead of regular business hours.

About a week later a few members met to decorate the Power Wheels racer that TexLUG-Houston is working on.  Maker Faire is encouraging these projects, and will provide a track for the cars to be run on.  TexLUG-Houston’s racer, named “The Highly Sophisticated Interlocking Vehicle System,” is fully operational and ready to go!

Come on out to Houston Maker Faire, stop at the TexLUG-Houston area, and see all the other makers and their projects!

https://houston.makerfaire.com

Photos by members of TexLUG-Houston.