To my Epic Mario supporters,
Wow, what a tremendous week for Epic Mario. We (my fantastic contributors and I) started last tuesday with a $100 contribution right off the bat. At weeks end the project now has just over $4500 in funding which is about 17% of the goal. I also got a shout out from LEGO Master Nathan Sawaya.
The project has been getting a lot of press this week and there is more to come. There was an article about the project in the Willamette Week followed by a blog post on PC World. These were followed up by posts on Engaget, PC Advisor, Joystiq, Boing Boing, Kotaku, Wired, Game Informer, Geek.com, and The Daily What. If you have seen this posted on other blogs or sites, please let me know. I also just completed an itnterview for On The Level Gaming and I am doing another interview with Those Guys tomorrow.
I also want share my appreciation for those of you who have reached out to me with offers of help and support for getting my foundation started regardless of the outcome of this project.
Thank you again to all my supporters out there and keep on getting the word out. I hope that in the week two recap, we will be over 50% funded and have more blogs/articles to share.
I recently did an interview with the Willamette Week. Here is a link to the article about my project.
My appologies to anyone whose name got cut in the final version of the article. The full version of the interview is listed below.
Penelope Bass: What do you do when you’re not building things with LEGO bricks?
“The basic game play of Mario Bros and LEGO is the same – it’s all about leveling up. Can I advance Mario and his brother Luigi through the sewers of New York? Can I make my next LEGO model bigger, taller, better? In addition, Mario and LEGO are both classic retro games that harken us back to our childhood. It will be interesting to see if Zachary Pollock can level-up and blend the two fan favorites.” - Nathan Sawaya, artist and founder of brickartist.com
Thanks again to everyone who contiues to support the project!
I want to give a quick thanks to Bill Ward who made sure that my use of the LEGO® trademark fell within the comapny guidelines. It was a fantastic bit of information and I will be sure to keep within those guidelines going forward.
The site has been up for about 12 hours now and I have just under $500 donations, including one $100 and one $250! A very special thanks to everyone who has donated. I am in the midst of emailing a blurb about the project to LUGs in every state so hopefully the contributions will start to ramp up tomorrow.
If anyone has a fantastic blog they would like to see the project featured on, please let me know so I can reach out to them.
Cats and kitttens, boys and girls, children of all ages, I am thrilled to announce that I have just launched my kickstarter site called Epic Mario. I need to raise just over $26,000 and have only 30 days to do it. I need your help. Please donate! Every dollar helps, and by all means, tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell your friends neighbors and and your neighbors fri…ends. Please blog it, tweet it, tumbl it, and sing it to the mountains! This is a tremendous project and your support is the key to its success.
Here is a link to the project. Please Donate!
This is the extended version of my project bio from the kickstarter page.
“Epic Mario” combines Legos and Mario for epic sized fun!
1985 was a particularly great year. I was six, and being six is pretty awesome. It was the year that I got my very first 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System and with it Super Mario Brothers. A game that I believe will live on in the collective consciousness for time immemorial. It was also the year that I designed the first Lego set that I felt was worthy of their attention. I took photos and drew instructions and wrote The Lego Group a letter asking if they would kindly share my idea with the world. My mother being the wonderful women that she is sent with my package a letter asking them to humor me with a press kit. In the first lines of the letter she wrote “My son Zack is a Lego maniac.” A year or so later there were a commercial on the air with those exact sentiments.
For as long as I can remember I have been building with Legos. As a child, many a long afternoon was spent on the floor of my bedroom endlessly building, un-building, and rebuilding. Planes trains and automobiles were just the tip of the iceberg. Then there were gadgets, gizmos, and contraptions. By the time I was 14 I began designing entire product lines of Lego sets and illustrating the instruction manuals so I could build them again later. That drive for building continues to this day, but the scale has changed.
Traditional Lego sets available for purchase have anywhere from about 20 – 1,000 pieces. In the last several years The Lego Group has started releasing more and more sets the push the envelope of brick count and complexity with their sets, which now top out at over 5,000 pieces. In comparison, my projects have hovered between 6,000 – 15,000 pieces for the last several years. This project trumps all of that by leaping to almost 780,000 pieces. No one that I am aware of has done a Lego mosaic this sale before. It will stand seven feet tall and over 90 feet wide.
This project has several goals. First and foremost I want to inspire a new generation of Lego enthusiasts, and to hopefully show some people that have forgotten, that building with Legos can be done at any age. Second, this project aims to push the limits of imagination about what you can do with Lego bricks, and particularly to break down stereotypes people have about both Legos and video games only being toys. I want to show the world Legos and video games can be works of art as well. Last but certainly not least, I (and I think many other people) really want to see the entire level 1-1 of Super Mario Brothers made from Legos, because it is just FUN! Sometimes as adults we forget to have FUN. I want to create a little nostalgia and a little excitement.
Now for some FAQs
What does your contribution pay for?
Primarily it pays for Lego bricks. 780,000 of them if I get enough funding. Your money will also go to other materials critical for the installation of the work. Items like plywood, Plexiglas, and mounting hardware.
The funding will not cover items like labor (of which there will be a lot), transportation of the finished project to various conventions around the country and the associated convention expenses. That stuff I will figure out a way to handle if I can get your help with funding the materials.
Where can I see it when it is finished?
I will be posting updates to the project at http://pladsquirrel.wordpress.com It will also be on display at 2012 BrickCon Expo in Seattle and as many other conventions as I can get to over the year following its completion like PAX and Comic-Con, pending their approval. 90’ is a lot of real estate at a convention.
When will it be finished/how long will it take?
I am currently a working on my Master’s degree and due to the scale of the work it will take quite a lot of effort to get it assembled. Just building the display for it will take me a week of Saturdays. My goal is to host a series of brick building parties in the Portland area. Every contributor will get an email invitation to these events. I will be providing food and beverages and hopefully with 10-20 people each time, we can get the mosaic assembled in two or three work sessions of a few hours each.
For those in the know, I have been talking about an epic Lego sculpture for sometime. Well that time has finally come. In the next day or two I am launching my kickstarter site to raise funding for the largest Lego project I have ever tackled. Level 1-1 of the classic Super Mario Brothers, entirely in Lego. If funded entirely, the project will be built to the scale of one brick per pixel and will feature over 768,000 pieces. I hope to unveil the project at PAX this year pending the approval of the guys over at Penny-Arcade. I also want to show it at Brick Con (and any other convention I can make it to next year). So if you guys want to see this thing built, please dontae to my cause once I get the site up. I have built a sample section of it for reference and to give people a visual for kickstarter. I will be posting updates here as the project moves along. Check back soon for more details.