Can’t find a critter? Be a hero and win one.

So I’ve got 15 critters lined up for adoption. Cool, right? But dammit, you just can’t find one. You’re glued to my twitter, you’re borderline stalking my location (please don’t do that), and they just keep escaping you! BUT WAIT. There’s another way to get a critter! AND you get to save lives in the process.

I’m incredibly proud to say that I’ll be providing prizes for the annual Comic-Con blood drive once again! This time around I’ve got 3 critters ready to go for a lucky soul who donates blood. If you donate blood, you’ll have a chance at winning any one of these three critters:

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Captain America, reporting for duty!

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Chewbacca, ready to always be your partner in crime!

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And Spock, ready to be a loyal companion and to inject a healthy dose of logic now and then.

Here’s the information for the blood drive:

The Blood Drive is open from 9:00 AM–6:00 PM Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and 10:00 AM–3:30 PM on Sunday. The Blood Drive location has changed this year: it’s now located at the Manchester Grand Hyatt, in the America’s Cup, Regatta, and Nautical rooms (on the 4th floor of the tower closest to the Convention Center). The Hyatt is located at 1 Market Place, on Harbor Drive (the same street as the Convention Center), at the corner of Market and Harbor. If you’re registering onsite at Comic-Con, please go to the Blood Drive booth near the Freebie Table in the Sails Pavilion, upstairs at the Convention Center. After you’ve given blood, catch the Comic-Con Shuttle for a quick trip back to the Convention Center!

You can also schedule ahead of time to donate here. You’ll get a sweet goodie bag, a chance to win a critter, and most of all, the opportunity to do something truly heroic. Be a hero, get a chance to win a critter!

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Last two critters and FINAL ADOPTION LINEUP!

Alright guys, I cranked out two more critters over the weekend, thus rounding out my adoption lineup! Since I’m short on time I’ll have to recycle photos from last year, but hell, it’s the same critters (and I’ve already recycled a few photos anyway). Say hello to the final two critters of the SDCC 2014 adoption lineup!

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Captain ‘MURICA!

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And a little blue totoro! Last year I made a grey one. This year it’s blue because I ran out of grey yarn. :P

And to recap who else is coming along with me to Comic-Con this year:

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Deadpool!

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Joker, Harley Quinn, and Batman

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An Ood, the 11th Doctor, and an Adipose

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Ahoy, Spock!

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Two minions made by my friend James (these can also be purchased through his etsy store!)

Man of Steel

A little Man of Steel

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And Princess Leia and Chewie.

That rounds me out at 15 critters! How about a final yearbook photo? Yeah, that’d be cool.

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Alright kiddos, squeeze in! No, really, squeeze in because my camera frame can only fit so many of you.

The hunt is upon us! Don’t forget to read here for details on how the drops will work. Let’s get these little buggers lots of happy homes!

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Plan on looking for a critter? Here’s what you need to know: 2014 edition

I usually don’t post this until I’ve finished my adoption lineup (working on just a few more!), but I’ve been getting lots of questions of how the drops will work! Here’s an updated set of guidelines on how I’ll be dropping my critters.

  1. Follow me either on facebook or twitter, but I highly suggest twitter for drop-tracking. Facebook does a weird thing where it doesn’t show my posts in real-time based on whatever magical algorithm they use to control people’s newsfeeds. I’ll try to post my general location if I plan on doing a drop soon so that people can narrow down where the critter will be, and I’ll post a photo of the critter in its hiding spot once I drop it!

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  2. Follow the hashtag #CRITTERDROP. I’m sure a lot of you will be following lots of other people/organizations on various social media venues during Comic-Con, so hopefully the tag will help filter things out.
  3. Set up a mobile alert on your phone! This isn’t required, but it’ll help! This way your phone will buzz every time I make a post on twitter, so you won’t miss a single drop! You might end up with your phone buzzing like crazy if I’m geeking out at a panel, but otherwise I’ll try to keep it tame. ;) Instructions on how to set this up can be found here.
  4. If you find a critter, let me know that you found it! Please, please, PLEASE check in if you find a critter. Each one is tagged with a card with my contact info. I just ask for two things if you find one: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend, and 2) Let me know where the critter’s new home will be so I can add it to my map! I do this knowing that there’s a potential that anyone could swipe the critter and never get back to me on it, but it doesn’t make it any less disheartening when one goes missing.
  5. Critters will be dropped one at a time. No pairs/groups of critters.

As for WHERE the critters might be:

  1. I never drop critters out on the main exhibition floor. WAY too crowded, and I feel like the critters would get lost in the shuffle. So no worries about trying to fish for one in the mad sea of geekiness.
  2. However, I DO drop many of my critters in the hallways outside of the main exhibition floor, both upstairs and downstairs.
  3. No badge? No problem! I drop my critters out in the Gaslamp Quarter too! I’ve left little dudes in trees, in random flowerbeds outside of restaurants, etc. etc. I only do Gaslamp drops when there’s still daylight outside though. I don’t like leaving them out in the streets at night…I feel like there’s a higher likelihood that it’ll end up lost when it’s dark out.
  4. If I’m in line somewhere (like for the infamous Hall H), I might step out now and then to drop a few critters. If we’re all going to be in line for hours, I may as well try to make things fun.

I don’t have any insight in terms of WHEN I’ll drop the critters, but a large majority of the drops will happen from Thursday-Saturday, and I’ll drop at least one on Preview Night. No drops on Sunday. Also, until further notice, there should be no drops between the hours of 10 am-6:30pm on Saturday July 26th, because I plan on sitting through panels (if I can have the good fortune of making it into Hall H again!). Otherwise I try to evenly distribute how many I drop per day throughout the course of the con, and I just drop ‘em whenever it’s convenient and if I happen to spot a good drop location!

And most of all, HAVE FUN. It’s Comic-Con, for pete’s sake. There’s always something awesome going on, so enjoy yourself. And while sleeping is optional, don’t forget to bathe. Comic-Con stank is a very real thing. Happy hunting!

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The princess and the wookiee

I’ve got two more critters ready for SDCC!

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One little intergalatic princess.

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And a tiny little walking carpet.

Princess Leia and little Chewie will both be making appearances at SDCC 2014! Find them and they’re yours!

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That brings me up to 13 critters! YOU GUYS. COMIC-CON IS IN ONE WEEK. ERMAHGERD.

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year,  follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

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MINIONS! GO FORTH AND uh…attempt to conquer?

A few months ago a fellow hooker friend of mine wanted to get in on the adoption game and asked if I would mind dropping some critters for him. Uh…more crocheted critters to drop? And I don’t have to make them? YES PLEASE. I’m delighted to introduce two guest critters to be dropped off at SDCC!

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MINIONS!!!

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Minions, today we have a plan. GO FORTH AND WREAK HAVOC.

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…uh, I don’t remember “havoc” involving coffee.

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…wait, now you guys are going fishing?? Oh, nevermind.

Two little minions, ready to be dropped at SDCC, thanks to my friend James! When he first messaged me, I suggested to him not to make anything TOO elaborate since there’s always the chance that a critter could go missing. But dammit, he didn’t listen, and I just have to show off the details on these little dudes:

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The goggles come off!

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And they’re posable! You can practically make these little dudes do the macarena.

Let’s find these little troublemakers some good homes, yeah? If you find either one of these little dudes, be sure to tag James on twitter, because dammit, he deserves ALL the credit! I’m just the delivery girl for these guys. And if you aren’t able to find one at SDCC, he’s also just opened up an etsy store! Otherwise, these two little dudes have some work to do! MINIONS! ONWARDS TO SAN DIEGO!!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year,  follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

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Up, up and away!

I’ve got two more critters ready to go for Comic-Con! One of them spends some of his time in the skies:

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And the other spends his time beyond the skies into the stars:

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Little Spock and Superman, ready to report to San Diego! This will be Superman’s fourth appearance for adoption at SDCC, and Spock’s third appearance! For anyone keeping track, here’s what I’ve got so far to be left for adoption at SDCC:

That’s nine critters ready to go, and more to come as SDCC approaches! Woohoo!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year,  follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

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Sometimes you need a doctor…

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‘ello, Doctor! Nice fez.

Out of a little blue box came a great man who traveled through time and space. BUT…it looks like he ended up with a few stowaways.

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Like a telepathic alien…

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…and a chubby little fat baby.

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Looks like he’ll have to haul them back into his TARDIS and see where they end up. My guess is they’ll be in San Diego next. ;)

It’s about damn time that I’ve made some Doctor Who critters. With a CRAZY fan presence at SDCC, it just didn’t seem right that I hadn’t brought in some critters for the Whovians out there! Be on the lookout for these little guys next month! :)

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year,  follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

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Quit clownin’ around!

HarleyHiya, puddin’!

Gather ’round, my friends, and I’ll tell you a love story.

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Of Harley Quinn and her dear, dear, Mister J.

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And oh, how they ran amok, how they caused so much trouble!

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But Batman was there to stop them, on the double.

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But little Harley Quinn didn’t mind, she’d stay in jail all day.

Just as long as it meant she could be with her beloved Mister J.

That’s three more critters ready to go for drops at San Diego Comic-Con! Batman is the veteran among the group, with this being his 4th appearance at SDCC, this will be Joker’s second go-round for adoption, and this is Harley Quinn’s adoption debut!

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Keep on lookout for these little guys in July!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at San Diego Comic-Con this year,  follow me on either twitter or facebook to track my drops! I just ask for two things if you find a critter: 1) Send me a photo of your new friend! 2) Let me know where the little buddy’s new home will be! Good luck, and happy hunting!

The Geeky Hooker

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My love letter to Comicpalooza

Oh Comicpalooza. I know it’s been over for two weeks now, but I kind of feel like my recap in the last post didn’t do it justice. It was lazily written and it only served to recap what I did, but not WHY I had such a blast, and why I hope to continue having a blast each year. I really didn’t give it the love that it deserves. So here’s a better recap of Comicpalooza, with FEELINGS. OH THE FEELS.

So for anyone who’s kept up with this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been to my share of geek-cons. I won’t claim to have been to TOO many, but I’d like to think I’ve been to enough that I have an idea of what’s a good geek-con and what’s not. San Diego Comic-Con is of course the biggest and best convention, hands down. It’s not every day that you can say “oh, no big deal, that’s just HUGH JACKMAN WALKING DOWN THE STREET.” It’s not to say that it doesn’t come with its own frustrations, but it’s seriously an incredibly stressful, overwhelming, and ridiculously AWESOME experience. Definitely a bucket list item for any geek out there.

That being said, I honestly feel like Comicpalooza is one of the best conventions I’ve been to. But where are all the big movie stars? Where are all the fancy sneak previews of big upcoming movies and video games? SCREW ALL THAT. The thing that sets Comicpalooza apart is that it has that perfect small-scale convention feel where it’s genuinely about the love of all things geeky and not as much about the big movie and comic book studios trying to pimp out their next product. Because if we had to be honest about San Diego Comic-Con, yes, it’s absolutely celebrating all things geeky, but it’s most DEFINITELY a giant promotional event. “Hey you, look, there’s a new movie coming out with Captain What’s-His-Face, come get a freebie and tell ERRRBODY about it!!” “Oh look, a free video game demo! Make sure you brag to all your friends that you got to play it first and buy the real thing later.” I’m not saying this is a bad thing by any means, but it’s unfair to compare Comicpalooza to something as rich with star power as SDCC.

Comicpalooza is about reinforcing a geek love or introducing a new interest. I’d never painted a figure before, but I had so much fun at the figurine painting table that I missed the first 20 minutes of John Barrowman’s panel. I’ve never seen the movie Gravity but I was absolutely fascinated by the Gravity panel where an astronaut and a NASA space debris scientist picked apart scenes of the movie and explained what REALLY would have happened in space. There were dalek races and they had booths showing off 3D printing workshops and robot building classes. Apparently one of our public libraries has a 3D printer that you can use FOR FREE. There’s a genuine kind of fun that you just don’t get at the big-name geek-cons, and Comicpalooza is absolutely brimming with it. I’m so incredibly proud to have a flourishing geek convention right here in my own backyard, and it can only get better from here on out.

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Comicpalooza 2014: The recap!

COMICPALOOZA! This was my second time going to Comicpalooza and I still stand by my belief that it’s easily one of the most fun geek-cons out there. If there’s one thing I’ve learned about geek-cons, it’s that bigger does NOT mean better (see my recap of New York Comic Con for evidence). Right now Comicpalooza is at that perfect size where it’s big enough to bring in some big names, but still small enough that it’s not overwhelming. Late for a panel? No problem, it just means you’ll have to sit a little farther in the back. If it were San Diego Comic-Con it’d be like “LOL you mean you didn’t get in line 6 hours ahead of time?? N00B.” Comicpalooza has only been around for a handful of years so far and I’m already excited that it’s only going to get better from here on out.

But first, the critter roundups! I had three critters to drop at Comicpalooza. Let’s see how they fared:

Spider-Man:

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Status: FOUND!

Spidey’s sticking around right here in Houston! Woohoo!

Iron Man:

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Status: FOUND!

Iron Man had a successful adoption too! He’ll be hanging around in the suburbs of Houston.

Wolverine:

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Status: Unconfirmed :(

Unfortunately I haven’t heard back on Wolverine. If you or someone you know has Wolverine, please check in with me! Keep in mind that if you have a protected twitter account I won’t see your tweets, so please e-mail me at geekyhooker [at] gmail [dot] com if you’ve got a protected account!

Otherwise, ON TO THE CONVENTION!

SPECIAL GUESTS:

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STAN THE MAN. OMFGWEIOFJALSDKFAKLSD.

Oh, is that Stan “the man” Lee, holding a little Spider-Man that I made for him? Yes. YES IT IS. Unfortunately I didn’t get to see his panel on Friday, but I showed up Saturday morning to get a picture with him. I went back and forth on whether or not I wanted to get a photo with Stan Lee because I’ve never been willing to pay for a photo op. Once I realized that this man’s appeal would probably never die, and that I wouldn’t have many other opportunities where I could easily get a photo with him (compared to bigger geek-cons where I’d have to be in line for HOURS), I decided to go for it. And dammit, if I’m going to get a photo with Stan Lee, it’d be wrong of me not to gift him a critter. So in a last minute decision, I stayed up late and crocheted another Spider-Man to give to Stan Lee, and the next morning I sleepily waited in line for the photo op. Once the line started moving, the photo op went BLAZINGLY fast. Stand in, smile, and you’re gone. Not even a chance to say anything more than a quick hello. So when my turn came around, I kind of became that asshole who held up the photo op line, even if it was just for a few seconds. I told Stan I had something for him and handed him little Spidey, and after exchanging thank yous (no, thank YOU, sir, for influencing so many generations!) it was all shouts of “ma’am, look at the camera” before I had to scurry off. My tiny little victory was when I saw his handler try to take the little Spider-Man away from him and he snatched it away and put it in his pocket as if to say “NO, MINE.” Stan Lee now has one of my critters in his possession. VICTORY!

THE PANELS:

Sure, Comicpalooza doesn’t have nearly as much pull as San Diego Comic-Con and it’s not going to have the likes of Tom Hiddleston or Hugh Jackman there. But they still had some heavy hitters show up and it was AWESOME. The quality of the panel guests is pretty much what will determine what the experience is like, so you know you’re in a good panel if you can still enjoy it without knowing anything about whatever show/movie that person might be famous for. I’ve sat through some star-studded panels at San Diego Comic-Con that were AWFUL because the guests were terrible speakers. Thankfully Comicpalooza’s guests were all fun people and it was a great time for everyone.

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  • Gravity Panel: Nope, not a panel with Sandra Bullock and George Clooney! Since this is Houston, OF COURSE we’d bring our nerd on with some folks from NASA. This was a panel with astronaut Stan Love and space debris scientist (how cool is that?) Sue Lederer. They explored the movie Gravity, picked apart various scenes, and explained how things REALLY would have happened in real life. It was like a giant geeky show-and-tell for adults, complete with pieces of space debris up for display. Super fun and absolutely fascinating. And if you thought the movie was pretty terrifying, the reality behind the events are much, MUCH worse. Like “heads exploding in helmets”-worse.

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  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel: I actually don’t watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I watched the first few episodes and quickly lost interest. But it was still a fun time at this panel just seeing the cast joke around with each other, and the best part….
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    Stan Lee and Lou Ferrigno crashed the panel! I love that Ming-Na Wen was geeking out and trying to get a selfie with him. :)

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  • Billy Dee Williams panel: I walked in late and walked out early. Sound quality in the room was awful and I couldn’t hear anything but muffled babbling from where I was sitting. I eventually walked out because I had no clue what was being said. On the other hand I SO wish I was there to see the guy who mistook him for Carl Weathers because that sounded GLORIOUSLY hilarious. Anyone got a video to share?

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  • Power Rangers panel: IT’S MORPHIN’ TIME! I showed up to this panel on a “why the hell not?” impulse, and it ended up being a lot of fun. Walter Jones (the original black ranger) hasn’t aged a SINGLE FREAKING DAY since my days of watching him on TV. What the hell are you eating, dude?? The first question asked was “Can you morph for us?” They all groaned, but they were good sports and did it at the end of the panel anyway…but not without calling the guy out for asking the worst question of the panel, haha.

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 They’re so unamused. I love it.

  • 1-DSC05030John and Carole Barrowman panel: Admittedly I’m more of a fair-weather Doctor Who fan. I like it enough to appreciate the fun of the show (it’s been on for 50 years for a reason!), but not enough to go nuts over seeing Captain Jack Harkness in person. I also haven’t watched Torchwood or Arrow, so any questions about those shows were lost on me. That being said, remember how I said a good speaker will still make for a fun time even if you don’t know anything about the shows/movies that made the person famous? John and Carole were HILARIOUS. Some of the questions were lost on me, but that didn’t matter because these two would go off on insane tangents to the point where the question didn’t even matter anymore. They were good about bringing it back to the question at hand, but not before going off on something absolutely ridiculous. Unfortunately I walked into the panel late, but I heard there was a same-sex proposal that happened during the panel too! Wow. Such geek. Much love.

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  • Cary Elwes panel: AS YOU WISH. Of COURSE he had to utter that line at least once during his panel. Cary is by far the nicest celeb I’ve seen in a panel, for three big reasons:
    1) He went out of his way to ask each person their name first and would greet them before they asked their questions. He probably won’t remember any of these people, but I’ve NEVER seen anyone go out of their way to greet each fan by name before.
    2) When a few nervous fans started rambling on about how much The Princess Bride meant to them or how much his other movies influenced them he would hop off the stage and go give them a hug out of appreciation. I mean, this guy VOLUNTARILY gave his fans hugs! How awesome is that??
    3) The panel actually ran 15-20 minutes OVER the allotted time. Sure, he had the last panel of the day in the room so there was no rush to get out, but at almost every panel I’ve been to the guests are usually itching to get the hell out of there, even if they’re having a good time.Super sweet guy, indulged us in LOTS of stories involving everything from his days filming The Princess Bride to Robin Hood: Men in Tights, down to humoring us all by doing his awkward “claw” from Liar Liar when he was asked to do so. And he’s got a book coming soon about his time filming The Princess Bride! MOAR STORIES!

THE LITTLE THINGS:

It’s the little things that REALLY set Comicpalooza apart from other geek cons. And it’s the little things that make me want to see Comicpalooza grow, but not grow TOO much. Arcade consoles were set up for anyone to stroll by and play a game, you could sign up for sword fighting lessons from Miltos Yeromelou aka SYRIO FREAKING FOREL from Game of Thrones, there were workshops on how to build your own dalek, and my favorite: a figure painting table where the first figure is free, and any additional figures you paint are $1 each. That would NEVER happen at a bigger convention. There’d be utter chaos with people waiting for a painting spot, or people losing/spilling paints and damaging painting supplies, etc. I was able to walk away with a fun little souvenir because of awesome little events like this going on at Comicpalooza.

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My blank slate!

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And the finished product! Couldn’t resist taking the badass with a chainsaw amongst the elves, orcs, zombies, and other fun little figures.

Thanks for another awesome weekend, Comicpalooza. I can’t wait to see what will come in the future, and I’m proud to have one of the best geek conventions in Texas right here in my own backyard. :)

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