Meet Citizen Brick Issue 2: Master Photographer, CB Kits Designer, and Beard Enthusiast Bryan McLean
Bryan has a pretty solid origin story here at CB. In his own words:
About 4 years ago I got a bit of stop motion software to learn for commercials. I needed something to put in front of the camera and dug out my old Lego collection, but they were all discolored, dirty, or had teeth marks in them. I was a little bummed. Then I remembered "Holy crap! I’m an adult. I can just go buy a LEGO set."
The day I went to the LEGO store was the day they released a new Collectible Minifig Series. The Lego store I went to, on a weekday no less, was packed with adults. Every open surface in the store was covered in little foil packets. At the time I would’ve thought “whatever nerds” and turned right back around, but I had just had that realization that I was an adult. I was in and I’m still glad I went to the Lego store that day.
I soon found Citizen Brick. The second I saw the neutral face I fell in love, it was just brilliant. When I saw the packages came from blocks away here in Chicago I immediately thought I need to meet these guys one day. Within the month I probably placed 4-5 orders and was using the pieces in a series of photos about sad LEGO people inspired by the neutral and sad faces. On the the last order in Sharpie was scrawled “BRYAN Y U NO WANNA TALK TO US…CALL JOE” and his number.
Turns out Joe had been trying to reach me for a while through Facebook and email which I mistook for shipping confirmations. The first time I met Joe and Ashley they were printing in this tiny fume soaked closet of a space in an old building converted to artists spaces. I started doing some promo shots for new releases and occasionally catalog shots of CB products.
I built out a fairly large lab background for the original “Chemistry Enthusiast” figure. After some interest in the background Joe asked me to condense the design to make into a set that could incorporate other figures and printed parts. The end result was the Superlab Playset. Earlier this year I came onboard part time and have gotten more involved in the day to day.