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Archive for April, 2014

TRU May 4th build event.


This Saturday Toys R us is holding another build event. This time children can build a mini Tie-fighter and a mini X-wing. The event runs from noon to 2pm.  Plus save 30% off selected LEGO Star wars sets(see below).

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Keep a wary eye out


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Look what’s popped up in the neighborhood. This is a sign from the Renaissance Festival I’ll be at this weekend.


LEGO events this week


It’s a busy geek weekend. The Simpsons minifigs are due to be released Thursday, May 1. look for the blind bags wherever you buy your LEGO sets.  The Simpsons LEGO episode airs Sunday night be sure to watch on May 4th.
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May the 4th is also a big Star Wars holiday. Many companies will have sales on Star Wars Merchandise.   I know that at least one of the shirt a day sites has a couple of Star Wars themed designs planned. LEGO is offering a free Darth Revan minifig with purchase of $75 of LEGO Star Wars sets.  They will also have a free poster with any Star Wars set. They will have sale on some Star wars sets but those sales have not been announced yet.  I will post them when they are announced late Friday night. I will participate by running sale on my star wars toy photography themed prints this weekend.

The Star Wars blog usually posts a list of the sale and specials for May the 4th.  So be sure to check the blog this weekend.

I will participate by running sale on my star wars toy photography themed prints this weekend.

Also this Saturday is Free Comic book day check your local comic book store for details.


A few questions


Here’s a quick survey to help me get more feedback from my readers. Please take a minute to fill it out.

Thank you.


I scream, You scream, Yeti screams for ice cream.


The Yeti found a new summer home.
lego Yeti and giant ice cream cone.


A fandom poll


I’m adding this poll as part of the blogging 201 challenge. I’m trying to learn more about my followers.

 


Minions in Despecable Escape and Darkside of Force from ShirtPunch Affiliate Post.


Two original trilogy Star Wars themed shirts at  ShirtPunch on April 27. Darkside of the force mashes Darth Vader and Akira. while Despicable Escape merges the Death Star Escape with minions.

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Plus Doctor Who at ShirtPunch TV.

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ShirtPunch is an affiliate site and purchasing the shirts via the links on this site helps supports my artwork.

And At TeeFury  has (LEGO) Good Cop, Bad Cop, Ugly Cop by DWdesigns in their after hours section for $14 but only till 9am EST.

 


Blogging 201, Day Twelve: Give ‘Em What They Want, Part Two


Blogging 201, Day Twelve: Give ‘Em What They Want, Part Two

Blogging 201, Day Twelve: Give ‘Em What They Want, Part Two.

Today’s assignment is to create a poll or survey for you blog. I’ve used polldaddy for polls before but not surveys. I’ll see if I can get one posted tonight. Sound like a good way to get more feed back from my followers.

In Blogging 201 related news our day one assignment was to set some goals for our blogging. One of mine was to for each month of this year beat last years traffic numbers. Today I made that goal for April. Four months in a row I’ve surpassed last years traffic numbers. That’s because of all of you so thank you all for visiting.

Chris.


Affiliate post: Lego Good Cop, Bad Cop, Ugly Cop shirt.


At TeeFury  Saturday April 26th only! Good Cop, Bad Cop, Ugly Cop by DWdesigns. $11 each shipping starts at $3. the design is available on black, navy and dark chocolate.

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If you like these shirts remember to use the links in this post. TeeFury is an affiliate site. Sales made through these links help support this site.

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LEGO CUUSOO to become LEGO Ideas


on April 30 LEGO CUUSOO will change to LEGO Ideas.

In the fall of 2008, CUUSOO SYSTEM and the LEGO Group teamed up to launch the LEGO CUUSOO crowdsourcing experiment. Initially, the site was only available in Japanese. But the promising results from the pilot led to the launch of the international LEGO CUUSOO beta site in the fall of 2011. Today, the LEGO Group is very happy to announce that the partnership with CUUSOO SYSTEM, has been such a success that we have decided to integrate the CUUSOO concept more closely into the LEGO experience called LEGO Ideas.

Other than the name change whats new.

1. Beginning April 30th, 2014, all Projects will have one year to reach 10,000 supporters.

Existing projects will receive a full year starting April 30th, 2014 and ending May 1st, 2015 to qualify, and will keep their existing supporters. Projects published after April 30th, 2014 will each receive one year from their publication date to reach 10k.

If a project doesn’t reach 10,000 supporters within the year, it will expire and will no longer accept supporters. After that, you’re welcome to re-submit and try again with the same project, but it will re-start at zero supporters and must reach 10,000 unique supporters within one year’s time to be considered in the LEGO Review.

2. If you are between 13-18 years old you may now create and submit projects, but if your project reaches 10,000 supporters, we will require written permission from a parent or legal guardian before your project is considered in the LEGO Review.

 

When LEGO Ideas goes online April 30th you’ll be able to sign in with a LEGO ID, find your old LEGO CUUSOO account, and connect to it on LEGO Ideas after clicking a confirmation link we will send you via email.

There’s more details at LEGO CUUSOO


We’re not the only ones excited about half price candy!


The minions are ready for cheap candy.

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Blogging 201 days four-six


Day Four: Get Read All Over
The goal was to make the blog mobile friendly. I’ve already used Appearance > Mobile > “Enable mobile theme”. The preview really doesn’t help it just shows a small window for the phone preview. I have scroll around to see the page. It should have readjusted to fit the screen. And possibly changed to the Minileven theme with a white background. It looks fine on my tablet.
If you are viewing on a smart phone how does the site look?

Day Five: Give them what they want.
Conduct a short and simple stats analysis that will help you create an editorial calendar for the next 30 days. I responded to this in the main thread. After reviewing my stats I finally have chosen my regular features. Now I need to create them. Long work week plus finally decent weather has kept me from making new pictures. We will have a garden this year.

Day Six: Drive Traffic to my Archives
I keep a list of my most popular posts on my about page . I have a similar list on my sidebar that also includes a few of my personal favorites. Today I updated both. There has been a slight change since the start of the year.
I use the top post widget to show off my most liked posts. I make use of the related posts feature as well.

Despicable Me minions


Star Wars : Rebels clip


A clip from Star Wars: Rebels was released at Wondercon today!


Blogging 201


I signed up for wordpress Blogging 201 challenge. It just happened to start on one of my busiest work weeks. So I’m behind.

Day One: set three goals.

I don’t remember if I’ve posted these before but here are my 2014 blog goals and where I am in them.

  1. Each month beat 2013 traffic for the same month.
    For the first three months of the year I have made that goal. I’m trending to make that goal for April as well. I more than doubled my visits for Feb 2014 verses Feb 2013. But last year February was one of my slowest months.
  2. Increase my community by increasing followers and feedback.
    I have gained followers here, on twitter, and tumblr. But I’ve not gotten as much feedback as I had hoped.
  3. Develop a regular feature. I had considered new comic Wednesday, with a new hero theme comic on the day comic books are released or a Mythic Monday feature focusing on Mythic creatures.
    I have still not managed to do this. I am  going to get this done this spring.
  4. Learn more web developement skills.
    I am taking some coding courses now. I have yet to use the new knowledge here but I will soon.

 

Day Two: Audit my Brand.

Short answer to this I need to streamlined my blog’s look. I want the main blog’s  color scheme and feel to be shared with my social media sites as well. That’s part of the reason I’m taking the coding courses mention above.

Day Three: You got the look.

Test out themes and looks. I’ve tried different themes before. My conclusion was I was happy with my current one. But now that I know more CSS, I will attempt changes.  But I’ve got to get some rest first.

 

 


It’s April 15th , You know what that means.


Here’s a little fun make today better.

Tax day april 15 what happens if you don't file.

We’re holding a print sale till April 16th. Save %15 on prints in my online shop Order 2 8x10s and I’ll add a random 4×6 print!

Previous tax day posts

Tax Day D’oh
Darth Vader Tax Collector

Things to make tax day better.

  • Sonic happy hour all day 1/2 drinks and slushes plus they have Teen Titans Go toys.
  • Arby’s Free small curly fries with online coupon.
  • Cinnabon two free Cinnabon bites 6-8 PM
  • Great American Cookies free chocolate chip cookie.
  • Office Depot Free document shredding with coupon.
  • Papa Murphy’s $5 for a large pepperoni pizza
  • Schlotzsky’s  Free small sandwich with purchase of  32Oz drink and chips.

More at USA Today and Deal News


Print sale


Save 15% on prints in the shop till April 16th. Get some new art for your walls!

Print Shop.

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Affiliate post: Lego Grumpy Uni-kitty, and Benny shirts


At TeeFury  Thursday April 10th only! Nothing is Awesome by griftgfx vs. SPACESHIP! by chocopants. $11 each shipping starts at $3. Nothing is Awesome is offered on slate, sand, and charcoal. Spaceship is offered on charcoal, red, or blue.

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If you like these shirts remember to use the links in this post. TeeFury is an affiliate site. Sales made through these links help support this site.


Legolas, LEGO event at Toys R Us, Minions Surprise


Desolation of Smaug

The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug is out on dvd and bluray today. Target has an exclusive Legolas Greenleaf with Accessory Kit with purchase. Be sure to look for the packaging with the mini fig on the cover.15244585_201402200652

Minion Surprise

Target also still have the Minion Surprise blind bags for $2.39. The only one i saw were in the entertainment section next to Despicable me 2 dvd which is on sale for $10 this week.

Walmart has Minion Surprise in the toy section and in the Easter section. I just wish they have a series 2 of the figs. I have all the minions.

 

Toys R Us event on Saturday

 

the lego movie build event at toys r us     *Event intended for children ages 5-up. Parental supervision required at all times. All giveaways and event materials available while supplies last and distributed to participating children only. Limit 1 per child. Quantities limited; no rain checks.


Happy Tartan Day


LEGO Bagpiper celebrates Tartan day

Renaissance Faire Pictorial is one of my other sites the blog is here.


Affiliate Post Godzilla, Deadpool, and Jon Snow in detention.


Godzilla at  ShirtPunch. “King of the Kaiju” by Chip Skelton Art & Storytelling, “Tacos and Unicorns” by Jml2art, and “I Know Nothing” features Jon Snow at the Springfield elementary blackboard is on shirtpunch Tv. “King of the Kaiju” was offered by one of the other shirt place last year. so if you missed them here’s your chance.

 All three at Shirt Punch and Shirt Punch TV April 6th 2014 for $10 each.

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ShirtPunch is an affiliate site and purchasing the shirts via the links on this site helps supports my artwork.

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Kreons and Minons on sale


Target finally carries the Minion surprise blonds bags. In fact there are on sale this week.  You can also get one free if you purchase the Despicable me dvds.

Despicable Me minions

Walgreen has the KRE-O micro changer Transformer Kreons for $1.99 each if you have the Walgreen’s loyalty card.

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It’s saturday so today might be the last day for both sales.


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Have a great weekend.


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Brick no More shirt from ShirtPunch Affiliate Post.


Brick no More at  ShirtPunch.  shirtpuch Tv has a Neil deGrasse Tyson “Science” shirt.

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ShirtPunch is an affiliate site and purchasing the shirts via the links on this site helps supports my artwork.

 

 


Movoto shows you the Real Estate of Heroes and Villains.


Movoto.com has  created an infographic of 35 Hero Hideouts You Wish Were Real. go to the site to see the full version plus hover over each hero’s home and get a brief description and estimated size of each base..
Don’t forget the villains they have to live somewhere too.

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