I have been twice to Copenhagen, once in 2015 the other in 2019. One of the must-visit sites in the city that I didn’t want to miss is the LEGO store. It was in my second visit that I decided to buy my first set of LEGO. Looking for something relevant, not too difficult, and not too easy I stumbled upon “40291, Creative Personalities 2018”, a building set commemorating Hans Christian Andersen. It seems that 40291 was a promotional set given for free on purchases in the LEGO on-line shop, but here it is available for purchase. I got the set, and I stored it away.
Two years later, I have decided to finally assemble it.
I open the manual decided to follow thru to the end. The first suggestion is to sort the pieces by color. This approach proves to be very helpful; I find the required pieces with ease.
I continue page by page following the instructions. Each page illustrates the new pieces to add and the result after bringing them together.
When I get to the middle of the manual, I stop for a moment. It seems that I need a construction that I have not yet done. Ops, I need to build the “page” twice, one for each side of the book. I could have had a first reading to avoid surprises, but I find that to discover the steps as I go on is very entertaining. I go back to the beginning. The second time, I build faster. There are fewer pieces to triage in each color group. And I already know how all of them will fit together.
After two hours of moving one page to the next, I am finished. I can understand why so many people like to assemble LEGO sets. I have a feeling of accomplishment and the result is mesmerizing.
A friend asked for a list of good comic books and graphic novels to read. I have compiled a list of my personal favorites, and I realized that almost all of them would be in most top lists of any usual comic reader.
“Bone”, Jeff Smith
“Space Usagi”, Stan Sakai
“Blacksad”, Juan Díaz Canales
“Maus”, Art Spiegelman
“The Maxx”, Sam Kieth
“I Kill Giants”, Joe Kelly
“The Incal”, Alejandro Jodorowsky
For the super-heroes genre…
“Shazam! The Monster Society of Evil”, Jeff Smith
“Kingdom Come”, Mark Waid
“Batman: The Dark Knight Returns”, Frank Miller and Klaus Janson
“League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”, Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill
“All-Star Superman”, Grant Morrison
“Marvel 1602”, Neil Gaiman
Some longer series…
“Saga”, Brian K. Vaughan
“Fables”, Bill Willingham
“Y: The Last Man”, Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra
This has been one of the strangest trips I have had the opportunity to make. China is politically a complicated country, and I am just barely familiar with most of the country’s history.
Also, I spend two days in Wuhan while the pandemic was developing. That generated some talk once I went back to Stockholm. Only months later, I saw the significance of the situation. I am guessing that I could have gotten the virus while in one of the many train stations in China. I felt more tired than usual and had a sore throat for half of the trip. But I am not sure. I do not know even I had the virus or not. When Europe started to worry about it, more than a month have already passed since my arrival. It did not matter anymore, as or I avoided it or I already have passed it.
And this year 2020, I am probably not travelling anywhere. Nor me, nor most people. Thanks to cheap and fast transportation the world had become a very small place until this year that it got big and farther away again.