Friday, October 31, 2014

Creations for Charity 2014

So this year, I submitted three donations to Creations for Charity, which is less than I had intended, but that's how it went. Check 'em out below and feel free to go to the Creations for Charity Store and become a Bricklink member to support the cause!

Title: "DinoDude Versus GorillaGuy"
Description: It's Mini-Figure Mayhem!  Series 5 Dino Dude and Series 3 Gorilla Guy are on the rampage through Brickadelphia!  Their battle has already left half the block in flame and ruin, and they are headed for more destruction! Set features multiple Micro Scale buildings as well as the above mentioned Mini-Figures!

Title:"Megatron Must Be Stopped"
Description: The Decepticons are attacking the power station in search of Energon, and Megatron Must be Stopped. Join Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Red Alert on their mission to stop Megatron, Starscream, and Skywarp. Inspired by the 1986 motion picture soundtrack score composed by Vince DiCola, this model features two brick-built micro vehicles (a trailer and a sedan) and includes 6 Hasbro Kreons. Note: may feature an additional half dozen Kre-o parts/plates; the rest is 100% Lego!

Title: "The Legend of SpaceClops"
Description: Just read the picture...This one's my favorite.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review : The Remaining : from Kingstone Media

PLEASE NOTE: I Received a copy of the graphic novel for review purposes.

The Remaining
from Kingstone Media

Kingstone Media released The Remaining last month to coincide with the theatrical debut of the film of the same name. From what I gathered in the book’s credits, the Kingstone team completed the comic as an adaptation of the original screenplay by Casey La Scala rather than the film version, which La Scala also co-directed. Since I cannot speak to the original screenplay nor the movie, I will review the book on its own merits and faults; however, I should note that the adaptation completed by Roland Mann may suffer from limitations over which he had no control. Therefore, I am also giving the book a bit of grace regarding some of my critiques.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Holiday Giving for Toy Hobbyists : My latest at

My latest article at was less of an opinion piece and more of a call to action.

Here's the gist: Do you have great memories of getting toys at the holidays?  Then give toys at the holidays.

Here's an Excerpt:

...I am writing this post early and asking my fellow figure fans to join me in making this holiday special for children. Many opportunities exist to give, at least in the States, with some organizations accepting toys they pass directly to children. That’s right. You can shop for great figures that you know you will make it into the hands of children. ...

Check it. And please consider giving to Toys for Tots this season!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In God's Image : Illustrator : Javier Saltares

Over the last several months, I've had the privilege of working with Art Ayris and his team at Kingstone Media. One of Kingstone's collaborators is Javier "Jarv" Saltares, an illustrator whose art you have likely seen. He has worked on Wolverine and Ghost Rider for Marvel, as well as G.I. Joe for IDW (he was penciller on the acclaimed "Cobra: Civil War" arc). 

Jarv also did work on Book of God, which I recommended earlier this year, and he was kind enough to participate in 3LC's ongoing "In God's Image" series. Below are his answers to our standard questions, and I hope you'll take the time to get to know him better and seek out some of his work. 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Recommendation : The Bible: Volume 1 : The Beginning : From Kingstone Media

The Bible: Volume 1: The Beginning

The Bible: Volume 1: The Beginning is the first work in a graphic novel anthology from Kingstone Media, who is adapting the entire Holy Bible into a 12-volume set. This  first piece—and I assume the others—will contain some of the standalone issues already released by Art Ayris and his team, but the stories will now be contextualized into the overarching narrative of Scripture.

This first entry shows the creative license necessary in adaption while maintaining the attention to interpretation and contextual detail that one can expect from Kingstone’s work. This first volume contains the stories of Creation, The Fall, The Flood, Babel, and Job (the last of these I recommended, here).

Monday, October 13, 2014

Reflections on My First Speaking Engagement

In the last weekend of September, I had the privilege of speaking at both a men’s breakfast and a combined male/female Sunday School service at First Baptist Church. This was my first public speaking event in years—certainly the first since launching 3LC. My presentation went as I would have expected—each event had a bit of a rocky start but a fair conclusion.

Initially, I had intended to write a post entitled, “5 Things I Learned from my First Real Public Speaking Gig”, since lists and numbered posts rule the internet; but thankfully, I was delayed and am writing this instead. 

Because I feel this is going to prove more valuable to you. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Creations for Charity...And Real Posts Coming Soon


I am behind my timetable for submitting to this year's Creations for Charity. Truth be told: I am not nearly as adept at building as I once was. I simply cannot envision a model the way I could when I spent more time on the hobby, and "playing jazz" with pieces has had it's pro's and con's (for certain). My poor wife--she has dealt with two days of my needlessly stressing over this.

That being said, I am hoping to wrap up my projects by 10/19. Here's hoping I'll have at least one--if not two--articles posted on the blog before that time. So, please keep checking back.

Thanks for your patience. In the meantime, Listen to Lecrae's Anomaly and read this or these excellent works from Kingstone Media. Or THIS ;).

Again, my sincere thanks.