Assembling LEGO 40291 – Hans Christian Andersen

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.

Graphic Novels, a list

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
  • “Preacher”, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon

For Japanese authors…

  • “Akira”, Katsuhiro Otomo
  • “Dragon Ball, Vol. 1 & Vol. 2”, Akira Toriyama
  • “Dominion”, Masamune Shirow
  • “Lone Wolf and Cub”, Kazuo Koike
  • “Buddha”, Osamu Tezuka
  • “Black Jack”, Osamu Tezuka
  • “Death Note”, Tsugumi Ohba
  • “One Piece”, Eiichiro Oda

Not yet read, but looking forward to read…

  • “Locke & Key”, Joe Hill
  • “Monstress”, Marjorie M. Liu
  • “Smile”, Raina Telgemeier

My winter 2019 trip to China. Summary.

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.

December 2019- January 2020