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My odd sense of humor gets together with a comic strip and some LEGOs. Nothing good can come of this... oh dear.
About this creation
I never end up building what I intend to build... I started some work on a covered hopper traincar, got bored, and made this instead.


I started out making the spilled black liquid itself, and by the time I had finished it had reminded me of one of Gary Larson's Far Side cartoons. I ended up with this, a vignette that reminds me of his humor, which means I'm either a genius or insane (or possibly both).


My collection doesn't include many scared faces. I'll need to fix that later, or I won't be able to keep making vigs like this.


I do realize I violated the "two minifigs or less" vignette rule, but I just couldn't make this feel right without at least three people. I concluded that the subject and composition of the vig is simple enough that I'm in compliance with the spirit, if not the letter, of the rules.


Here's the back of the build, revealing the probably unsurprising truth about the amount of dark red bricks I own. It's pretty simple and uncluttered, and its only purpose is to support the roof and prevent too much light from coming through the windows.


Here's what it looks like from above. Not much to say here, but it helps demonstrate that the vig is small enough not to break the size rule. It was all built on top of a 16x16 baseplate.


Here's a better photo of the spill itself, bubbling away and corroding the sidewalk. When I first made the stonework on the building, it was all light grey and bley, and I thought it looked a little odd. Then I realized that anything that can eat away at a sidewalk can probably corrode stonework as well, so I darkened the stones right above the spill so they looked like they were starting to corrode.


Here's a final picture of the best, and most important, part of the build. The liquid spilling out of the window is a LEGOŽ whip, and the bubbles should be somewhat obvious. The surface is a bunch of standard LEGOŽ bricks, SNOTted.

Thanks for looking, please rate & comment.



Comments

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  June 19, 2014
Very clean vig. Nicely done, Mark!
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  September 10, 2013
Hey, this is excellent! Also, could you possibly get me the HTML to do that, "You" thing you have on your homepage?
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  April 17, 2011
Very cool !! where can i find a copy of the 2 sets of MOC vig rules you mentioned? i wasnt aware there was any, guess i am not as intouch with the AFOL world as i thought i was lol hopefully i will have some of my works posted soon so you can check them outi would love any and all feedback from such a talented artist :)
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  April 1, 2011
Cool job with the Goo!
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  March 31, 2011
Quoting Jacob Austin I'm talking about the riddle that Tom Simon was talking about, the one which was about which container was holding the solvent. I would also like it ALOT if you were to take out the back wall so we could have an inside view, if it isn't against the rules. (I don't know them.)
Nope, technique shots and such are fine... but the interior really is just a few random pieces of junk, and no revolutionary techniques to speak of. I just shoved a whip through one window, a scientist through the other, and went from there. The riddle concerns a universal solvent... if there really was a substance that could dissolve anything, it would be nigh on impossible to contain, leading to the question "what would you keep it in?"
  March 3, 2011
I'm talking about the riddle that Tom Simon was talking about, the one which was about which container was holding the solvent. I would also like it ALOT if you were to take out the back wall so we could have an inside view, if it isn't against the rules. (I don't know them.)
 I made it 
  February 23, 2011
Quoting Jacob Austin What is the riddle??? Also i would like to know any others if you know any (I love riddles!). And What ARE the bubbles made of?
What riddle? I never said anything about one. It's just a funny little scene I made. The bubbles are made out of a few different ball joint elements and dishes.
  February 23, 2011
What is the riddle??? Also i would like to know any others if you know any (I love riddles!). And What ARE the bubbles made of?
 I like it 
  January 14, 2011
Nice creation! By the way, thanks for all your comments on my stuff.
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  January 9, 2011
Quoting Tom Simon This is a very good build. It only looks simple, which is part of the mastery. Insane and genious are too closely related to warrant being considered separately. Besides being very Larson like, this also reminds me of a riddle about what container was holding the solvent.
I'm familiar with that riddle as well. Right now, the answer is no containers at all.
Quoting El Barto ! Cool!
Quoting E.K.O (on vacation) Very cool vignette!
Thanks!
 I like it 
  January 8, 2011
This is a very good build. It only looks simple, which is part of the mastery. Insane and genious are too closely related to warrant being considered separately. Besides being very Larson like, this also reminds me of a riddle about what container was holding the solvent.
 I like it 
  January 3, 2011
Cool!
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  January 3, 2011
Very cool vignette!
  December 30, 2010
Ah, O.K.
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  December 30, 2010
Quoting Matthew Novosad Noice. I defiantly like the side walk. But, I didn't know there was a mini-fig limit for vigs...
Like I mentioned below, I'm using Shannon Young's vignette rules, because I think they're truer to the nature of vignettes than the MOColympics rules. Thanks for commenting.
Quoting Danny Morgan Cool! From the first pic it looked like there was a big cavity where the black stuff was. Cool bubbled too.
Well, I guess one way or another, something's eating up the sidewalk. Thanks!
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  December 30, 2010
Noice. I defiantly like the side walk. But, I didn't know there was a mini-fig limit for vigs...
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  December 30, 2010
Cool! From the first pic it looked like there was a big cavity where the black stuff was. Cool bubbled too.
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  December 6, 2010
Quoting Deus The Risen The bubbling and floating sidewalk make it almost move!
Quoting Chaos Master cool! i love the bubble effects.
Quoting Brian Lyles Very cool bubbling effect and the thought behind changing the color of the wall.
Quoting Nitrosity The CyborgNinja very nice. looks slimy and bubbly, great job!
Quoting Mudskipper 4 Very nice. I love the humor, and the liquid is great.
So many kind comments from so many kind people! Thanks everyone.
 I like it 
  December 6, 2010
The bubbling and floating sidewalk make it almost move!
W. Mark
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Chaos Master
  November 29, 2010
cool! i love the bubble effects.
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  November 13, 2010
Very cool bubbling effect and the thought behind changing the color of the wall.
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  November 11, 2010
very nice. looks slimy and bubbly, great job!
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  November 11, 2010
Very nice. I love the humor, and the liquid is great.
 I made it 
  November 11, 2010
Quoting Abundantly Abominated (A.K.A Noface) I wasn't aware of this vignette 'rule'. Who told you that?
It's from Shannon Young's vignette and diorama contest. The set of rules for vignettes in that contest was quite helpful, and perhaps better than the current 8x8 with overhang rule.
W. Mark
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Abundantly Abominated (A.K.A Noface)
  October 26, 2010
Nice vignette, the liquid looks like a tar pit. I also wasn't aware of this vignette 'rule'. Who told you that?
 I made it 
  September 29, 2010
Quoting Nick Barrett Amusing and nicely done. A great little vig.
Thanks.
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  September 29, 2010
Amusing and nicely done. A great little vig.
 I made it 
  September 14, 2010
Quoting Yuri Fassio I can be nice too, when people don't come to tell me to have a MOC off having it all figured out, without asking me anything first. Especially, I can be nice on a page like this: it's awesome!
Hahaha... I'll deliver a more official challenge sometime later, like when you're aren't judging in any contests I know about. If you want I can set up a private group to arrange stuff when the MO contest is over. Thanks a lot for your comment.
Quoting Quoting Fred Ottens Funny Vignette.
Thanks.
 I like it 
  September 13, 2010
I can be nice too, when people don't come to tell me to have a MOC off having it all figured out, without asking me anything first. Especially, I can be nice on a page like this: it's awesome!
 I like it 
  September 13, 2010
Funny vignette.
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  September 12, 2010
Quoting Flare . Haha nice vignette!
Thanks.
Quoting Firas Abu-Jaber Nice and scary little scene :O well done on the build, so smooth.
Thanks. I've learned the importance of keeping visible studs to a minimum, partly from you. I didn't realize until now how close this is to studless.
 I like it 
  September 12, 2010
Haha nice vignette!
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  September 12, 2010
Nice and scary little scene :O well done on the build, so smooth.
 
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