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Sean Kenney is the guy I almost met at BrickWorld in 2009. Instead I had to settle for having my picture taken with Nathan Sawaya (read my recent interview with Nathan). Okay, not a great loss, but I’ve still got to catch up with Sean sooner or later. Sean is the other LEGO certified professional living in New York City. He’s also the guy who runs MOCpages — an online community for LEGO builders to share their creations, and is the author of Cool Cars and Trucks.

Cool Robots is Sean’s second LEGO building book in this series. It’s due to hit bookshelves in September, and I plan to snatch one up pretty quick. Well, two really. 1 for me, and 1 for my boys to fight over.

BrickMagic is upon us. Last week Joe Meno was gracious enough to take time out of his schedule to answer a few questions for me about the life of the BrickJournal editor and his involvement with this new LEGO convention. Here’s what we had to say…

Joe Meno, editor of BrickJournal Magazine

Joe Meno at BrickWorld 2009

BrickMagic is a new convention this year. Why another LEGO convention? (not that I’m complaining…)

JM: Why not?

Seriously, BrickMagic came into being when my publisher asked me if we could do a convention in Raleigh a couple of years ago. My first reaction was that we could do one when a LEGO store opens here (yes, the discounts on a convention are a big incentive to many), and last year, a store opened in town! More to the point, another convention is another opportunity for AFOLS to meet and show the public what can be done with bricks, imagination and dedication!

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Nathan Sawaya, Brick Artist

Nathan Sawaya

Who is Nathan Sawaya?

If you’ve heard only one name in all of LEGO building, it is probably that of Nathan Sawaya. This well-known lawyer-turned “Brick Artist” has even had a category about his work on Jeopardy! He is covered regularly in various news outlets — the first time I heard of him was from a CNN article in 2007.

I’ve had the opportunity to exchange a few emails with Nathan and to meet him in person. (It really made my day at BrickWorld 2009 when he said he liked my piece, Wicked Smile.)

Last week, after getting back from a volcano-prolonged stay in Europe, Nathan took a few minutes  to answer some questions for BricksABillion. continue reading…