I am delighted to bring you the press release for two new LEGO magazines which have been in the works for some time now. Bricks features set reviews, regular columns and interviews with staff inside TLG itself. Bricks Culture looks beyond this to see how and why the LEGO brick exists today as part of popular culture.
The team is now accepting pre-orders for both magazines, which will be sold worldwide, directly from the Republic66 Media website. Update: At the moment this is only working if you add the item to your cart from the front page, but this issue is being fixed right now.
The full press release follows after the break, with full details on the content of each magazine and how you can order a copy...
We are pleased to announce two brand new LEGO fan publications, Bricks and Bricks Culture.
We invite you to share in our passion for all things LEGO with two magazines being launched on April 13th but available to you for pre-ordering now! Do not miss out!
What happens when you gather together some of the most respected names in the world of LEGO to work exclusively on new fan publications? Bricks and Bricks Culture, that’s what!
You probably already know of Huw Millington, Tim Johnson and Mark Guest; well they head up our quality editorial team that includes some of our community’s finest contributors.
We wanted to let you know about what is coming before we informed the world at large because our whole ethos for these magazines has been designed specifically with AFOLs in mind. So obviously you need to hear it first before we go public with this news. The LEGO Group are the only other people who know about this and we’re delighted to say that they fully support what we have put together and our plan for the future.
We have aimed everything we are doing to meet your high expectations with an unrivalled breadth of content that we are sure will inform, entertain and inspire you. Brought to you by a dedicated team of passionate adult fans of LEGO, we know that Bricks and Bricks Culture will deliver more content, with more quality, to more people who love LEGO, in more ways than ever before.
Our two publications will be delivered to you like never before:
Bricks will deliver exclusive, community-focused content every month, covering all aspects of the hobby. It will contain regular columns from well known members of the fan community, the latest and greatest releases, in-depth analysis, interviews with TLG members and celebrities, plus plenty of hints and tips to enhance your LEGO lifestyle. Each print edition will sit alongside a digital magazine, and is supported by multiple levels of interactive content and numerous ways for you to engage with the brand. We are sure that you will be surprised at what we have in store.
Bricks Culture is a sister publication examining the rich and complex cultures that have developed in adult LEGO communities. This lavish quarterly magazine celebrates the creators of stunning artworks, the entrepreneurs transforming their hobby into their employment, the intellectuals analysing this pop culture phenomenon and the innovators filling gaps in the market with their own products and services.
Here’s a taster of the quality of the team behind Bricks and Bricks Culture:
- Mark Guest - Creative director and Editor-in-chief.
Mark is a lifelong LEGO fan with a massive collection of old and new LEGO. Mark was the founder of Blocks and was responsible for its success. Having worked in publishing for over 20 years, Mark carries plenty of experience in magazines to know how to meet the needs of LEGO fans.
- Huw Millington - Consultant Editor.
The brains behind Brickset, one of the world’s largest and most popular LUG websites. With over 18 years’ experience in the industry and a wealth of knowledge on everything LEGO, Huw is at the forefront of the UK scene and is certainly a key member of the global community.
- Tim Johnson - Bricks culture editor and community manager.
Tim Johnson is the founder of LEGO parts blog New Elementary and builds models for DK Publishing’s ‘Ideas’ books of inspirational fan builds. His background in digital production and marketing blends perfectly with his love of LEGO for delivering our vision.
- Chris Pearce - Licensed set specialist and features writer.
Chris is one of few LEGO fans not to have experienced a dark age – he’s been playing with LEGO for his entire life. His eye for detail, dedication to perfection and knowledge of licensed themes makes him ideal to satisfy the Bricks market.
- Mark (Of LEGO) Campbell - Columnist and events director.
Mark is a stalwart in the LEGO world and spends his time running the LEGO department at the world famous Hamleys toy shop. He is also the first port of call for TLG at events for content management.
- Dr Dave Watford - Features writer.
Dr Dave is a LEGO collector, blogger, builder and first and foremost, a lifelong fan. Dave is an active member of the LEGO fan community, his expertise and enthusiasm make him a fantastic addition to the team.
- Gary Istok - LEGO historian.
Author of the ultimate collectors’ guide to LEGO, Gary specialises in the entire history of TLG with an unrivalled archive of history and information.
- Adam White - Contributor and games expert.
Adam has thoroughbred credentials in the LEGO scene, from collecting sets to the online world of LEGO video games. He is also an editor of Brick Fanatics, a UK-based LEGO news site.
- Lucy Boughton - Columnist and features writer.
Lucy is an expert on all things LEGO and is very focused on quality and creativity within the community. A regular contributor to Brickset, Lucy delivers perfect tone and artistic flair.
- David Alexander Smith - Features writer and columnist.
David recognises LEGO as an artistic medium and, as founder of the blog Building Debates, writes with intellectual rigour about the deeper aspects to the culture surrounding it.
- Are J. Heiseldal - Features writer and columnist.
A respected builder and contributor to the LEGO Adventure Books, Are is a journalist who brings passion and vast knowledge to his articles.
- Mike Doyle, Chris McVeigh and James Pegrum - Guest contributors to Bricks Culture.
These well-known and respected LEGO artists and authors are lending their expertise by contributing regular articles to Bricks Culture magazine.
Bricks will deliver more content across more pages with a cover price of only £4.99 per issue. Our quarterly sister title Bricks Culture is even bigger and is only £9.99 per issue. Why not beat the queues and pre-order today?
Press launch set for April 9th 2015.
General public launch April 13th 2015.
Stay tuned for further updates and teasers here on Brickset as the April 13th release date draws closer!