I can crochet just fine, but I can’t sew worth crap. I’m a grown-ass woman who still needs mommy to help hem some pants, and my embroidery skills are okay at best. I started looking into cheapo sewing machines to learn with, when my friend Ellen was generous enough to give me hers!


It’s so pretty. And scary. WHAT TO DO.

I insisted on repaying her somehow, so I made her a little lucky cat!

Lucky Cat


Thanks again for the sewing machine, Ellen! Hopefully I don’t end up with a needle in my finger. May the little kitty bring you lots of good fortune!

P.S. Ellen does some cool work of her own! She’s well-traveled and takes cool photos. You can check out her cafe blog here.

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When I initially asked Urian what characters he wanted as thanks for his help with this year’s adoptions at SDCC, he gave me a few choices to pick from. He put a lot of time and effort into coming up with ideas for the drops, and his girlfriend was a huge help too, so I decided “screw it, they get TWO!” One of the other items he threw out was a Moogle from Final Fantasy. Now that’s something I AM familiar with, even if the only Final Fantasy game I’ve ever played extensively was a bootleg PC copy of FFVII back in the day. Who could forget those cute little buggers with the antennae on their heads?

Moogle 2


Moogle carrot

This…this is not a kupo nut. WHAT IS THIS GARBAGE?

The little moogle’s on its way to California along with little Luffy as we speak! Safe travels, little friend. Hopefully you’ll get those kupo nuts you were looking for.

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Yo ho, yo ho, a pirate’s life for me.

Since my accomplice Urian is an awesome person, it only seemed right that he gets a critter or two as thanks for helping me out with my drops this year in San Diego. When I asked him what he would like, he suggested Luffy from One Piece. To which my mental reaction was “Awesome! Wait, who?”

So yeah, I don’t watch One Piece. Never have. But it’s a fun challenge to make characters that I’m not familiar with, and considering that Urian put on a freaking banana suit to do a dance-off for little Star Lord, if the man wants a Luffy, he gets a Luffy. I did a bit of research, and here’s what I’ve got!


All hail the feared pirate Luffy!

Luffy hat

I personally would have preferred a classic tricorn hat for pirate headwear, but the straw hat suits him just fine.

Luffy box

Behold! A treasure chest!

Luffy money

Awwww yiss, diamonds and money!

Luffy infinity & ring copy

…and an ugly glove and a ring with some weird writing on it. Probably nothing important. And it’s still not the One Piece that will make him the pirate king. AWAY WITH THIS GARBAGE.

Luffy flag

Ladies and gentlemen, the future king of pirates. He might want to watch a few episodes of Antiques Roadshow to see what’s actually valuable and what’s not.

Little Luffy, to set sail for San Francisco Cupertino! Thanks again for all your help, Urian!

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San Diego Comic-Con 2015: The recap!

Another year, another con gone. I can honestly say this year might have been my best year yet, and for better or worse, a large majority of it all took place outside of the convention center. I’ve had the idea that I’d probably still fly out to San Diego even if I didn’t get SDCC badges so that I can enjoy all the festivities, but this year cemented that sentiment even further. Here’s the recap:

The Panels:

OMG OMG STAR WARS PANEL!! Yeah, no, I didn’t do that. I kept on holding out hope that maaaaaaybe I could handle it, but as soon as I saw how ridiculous the line was by Thursday morning, I noped out of that idea pretty quickly. It would have been pretty cool to be there for what was undoubtedly a historic moment at Comic-Con though! The only panel I went to was for Drunk History, and I was perfectly happy with that. There was no line, I got to see the tail end of the Supermansion panel (hooray, Bryan Cranston!), and I got to see some hilarious footage for season 3 of Drunk History. Got everything I wanted to see and more, which is perfectly fine with me.


drunk history

Conan O’Brien Tapings:

I’ll say it right now: having Conan O’Brien at SDCC is going to be a HUGE game changer from here on out. I was lucky enough to get tickets to Wednesday’s show, and we had so much fun that we decided to try our luck to get standby tickets for Saturday’s “mystery” show. The show tapings were tons of fun, you got to have the star-struck moments of seeing your favorite celebrities, and you walked away with what might have been one of the most sought-after pieces of swag of the convention after the show. I have nothing but good things to say.


conan elijah IT’S FRODO!!!

conan hardwick And Chris Hardwick!

conan seth And a surprise lightsaber fight with Seth Green!

conan seth 2 Poor Seth iz died.



conan fassbender Be still, my heart. Oh Fassbender, you sexy beast. Well, technically Nicholas Hoult is the beast, but he’s pretty sexy too. :D

conan xmen The rest of the X-Men crew!

conan funko And the swag: everyone got Conan Funkos! People were offering to buy them off of us as soon as we walked out of the theatre…and hours later they were up on eBay for hundreds of dollars a pop. Helllll no I’m not giving up my super cool Conan Funko. I honestly feel like the show tapings were better than any Hall H panel that I’ve ever been to, and here’s why:

  • Wait times: I feel like the folks at SDCC could learn from Team Coco in this category. Line management was incredibly organized and efficient. If you wanted standby tickets, you lined up in the morning, then at 8am you’re given a numbered wristband, and then you can leave. Then you line up a little before 3pm to see if they call out your number. That still leaves the hours between 8am-3pm for you to go back and take a nap, explore the rest of the convention, etc. etc. Even if you didn’t get a spot, the amount of time you’d spend waiting on standby tickets was nothing compared to the number of hours you’d have to put in to attempt to get a spot in Hall H. This alone already made the show tapings a better bet than Hall H to me, as time is a precious commodity when there’s SO much going on at Comic-Con.
  • Venue: Spreckels Theatre holds about 1,500 people and is very well laid out. Even if you had seats towards the back you still had a good view of the stage (I could see faces!). I really hope they keep the show tapings here, it was just large enough to hold a good crowd, but small enough so you can still see the action.
  • Fun factor: Conan’s show tapings were just plain FUN. Hall H panels are a unique experience in that you get to feel the fervor of the crowd and get a first look at exclusive footage, but there’s still an underlying agenda to push whatever movie/TV show is in question. On Conan’s show that agenda is still there, but it felt like the guests had more freedom to goof off and say what they want, making things more fun for everyone. See: Jennifer Lawrence cussing for charity from Thursday’s show.
  • The swag: Everyone in the audience got Conan Funkos! In the past I’ve spent an entire day sitting through Hall H panels, had a great time, but left empty-handed. And if I didn’t leave empty-handed, I left with some crappy stickers and an oversized T-shirt. I was already giddy from a fun show, but to have an AWESOME piece of swag in my hands on top of that? Let’s just say it was a HEAPING load of icing on the proverbial cake.

So you spend less time in line, you get a better view of the stage, you have more fun, and you get better swag. It’s a no brainer. Needless to say, I’m excited to hear that Conan will be coming back to Comic-Con next year, and I hope some bad apples won’t sour the experience for everyone in the future (scalpers, etc.). It’s a win-win situation in that it gives more publicity to Conan’s show, it helps disperse some of the crowds from the convention, and it’s a good chance for anyone – badge or no badge – to have a Hall H-like experience and more. After having such a great time at two different show tapings, I can enthusiastically say it’s 100% worth aiming for tickets for Conan if it doesn’t interfere with other plans.

The Convention Floor:

To be honest, I think once you go to Comic-Con enough times the convention floor gets kind of “meh.” It’s the same big booths pimping out their next big movie or TV show, the same display of props and costumes, crowds of people trying to catch a glimpse of their favorite celebrities…once upon a time I was trying to squish my way through the crowds to catch some photos of celebrities at autograph signings, now I squish my way past the booth, keep my camera on video mode and held up high, and then get birthed from the crowd and hope I catch something on tape. That’s pretty much how it went for the Game of Thrones signing this year before I picked off to the Walking Dead booth to take advantage of the fact that there was ZERO line because everyone was mobbing the Game of Thrones signing table. Overall the convention floor was business as usual this year.

Outside Events:

This year the outside events really shined. I’ve already talked about the Conan show tapings, but Adult Swim had a great setup this year with the carnival. They had a ring toss, skee ball, plinko, and the one that cracked me up the most:


The “smack my uvula” station. You climb the rope ladder and…yes, you smack the poor cat’s uvula. If you smack it, you get a ticket to pick any prize you want from the prize counter, in which they had some pretty seriously good stuff there. Otherwise admission to the carnival also scores you a free T-shirt (Adult Swim shirts are always the best because THEY ACTUALLY FIT), and you can turn in your game tickets for prizes. I got a sweet Adult Swim thermos out of it. Good stuff.

I also got tickets to see Guillermo del Toro, Tom Hiddleston (TOM!! TOMMMMM!!!), and Maisie Williams at the live Nerdist podcast. After being gouged by Ticketmaster fees, a $35.00 ticket was suddenly turned into a $47.40 ticket, and I was in the orchestra section to see Chris Hardwick chat with these guys! Yay! I hop into the theatre, see that there’s a big screen projecting audience tweets and I’m thinking this is going to be great. The show starts…and it IS a good show. BUT DAMMIT, YOU HAVE A HUGE SCREEN, WHY WON’T YOU USE IT?? The lighting on the stage was harsh, so all you could see was washed-out talking blobs. For anyone who wasn’t sitting close to the front, you could barely see what was going on. I guess you could argue that since it’s a podcast you don’t need to see what’s happening, but then what’s the point of having tickets to fill a theatre full of fans if we were only supposed to listen to it? Aside from the poor visual situation, the podcast was a fun time, and Guillermo loved poking at Tom by saying “awwwww…” as a response to just about anything Tom said. Because he is freaking adorable. They also tried to get him to drop an F-bomb, and eventually succeeded. Because even Tom Hiddleston can make an F-bomb adorable. Sigh.


This is the only decent pic I got. And none of my photos of Maisie turned out.

And to save the best for last…the single best outside event that I attended was again thanks to the Conan O’Brien team: Conan Bingo. It involved free food, an open bar (that’s where things got REALLY got crazy), ridiculous karaoke contests, dance-offs, a super sweet swag bag for everyone (which included yet another Funko!), and even sweeter prizes if you won. Again, if Team Coco is coming back and bringing in more fun like this, it’ll definitely be a game changer for everyone at the convention as it gives more chances to have a great time, with or without a badge. They’ve really set the bar this year, and I’m curious to see what else they’ll bring from here on out.

conan bingo



conan bingo swag

So. Much. Swag. Kind of hard to see in the pic, but one of my favorite items in the swag bag was the mason jar. Thanks, Conan!

The critter drops:

I’ve already made a post about this, but ALL 8 WERE FOUND!! Woohoo!! Best year yet for critter drops, with a 100% response rate!

The swag:

This was easily the best year I’ve ever had for swag. So much good substantial stuff, and most of it was from outside events:


Viking drinking horns, selfie sticks, ridiculous Sharknado hats, LOTS of Conan-related goods…lots of good stuff given out this year, and you didn’t even need to have a badge for most of it.

I wish I could say more about the convention itself this year, but I honestly didn’t see much outside of the usual crowds, and this year I felt like the booths didn’t have as much going on as they have in the past. But whatever the convention lacked, the outside events more than made up for it, and it really solidified the idea that you absolutely do NOT need to have a badge to have fun at Comic-Con. With a 100% successful critter drop, good celebrity sightings, and a great swag haul, I’d say this year might have been my best year at Comic-Con yet. Badge or no badge, I hope I’ll be back again for round 6 next year!

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San Diego Comic-Con 2015 critter roundup and critter talkback!

You guys. YOU GUYS. I felt bad this year because I wasn’t able to bring as many critters as I have in the past, but YOU GUYS. I GOT A 100% RESPONSE RATE!! Every single one of my critters this year was found, and more importantly, every single one was accounted for! You guys rock so much. I (and everyone else here) also need to give a HUGE thanks to my accomplice Urian. He helped me with my drops this year, and he’s the one who came up with all the clever clues and drop spots. SO much better than my previous strategy of snapping a photo and straight up saying “hey, it’s at (insert location here), go!” He put way more thought into the drops than I ever have (hey, I just make the critters), and I really feel like he brought a lot more fun to the table for this year’s hunt. Otherwise, here’s the roundup!

Critter #1: Scarecrow

Urian dropped this one, and I thought his photo was nice ‘n vague and tricky. He also had the clever idea to give the finder a “scare,” so he stood by until someone found it! Minutes later, I got a text from him that Scarecrow had been found, and is getting a new home in Chicago! IMG_0236   Critter #2: Baymax

Baymax is the only critter out of the eight that was hidden inside the convention center. Urian came up with the great idea to put Baymax in a first aid kit and hide him near an AED…turns out people seem to like to dawdle around AEDs, so I had to find an alternative hiding spot. The first aid station seemed appropriate! Baymax was also found quickly, and he’ll be getting a new home in Camarillo, CA!


Critter #3: White Walker

I felt like this one went particularly well, and I can’t believe I didn’t think to hide my critters at grocery stores before. I hid him in the ice cream freezer at Ralph’s, and now he’s got a new home in Chatsworth, CA! IMG_0322 Critter #4: Batman Ok, I REALLY need to give props to Batman’s adopter, because I thought the clues Urian put out for this one were INSANELY vague and tricky. All I posted were these two photos: IMG_0344IMG_0346He also sent me a third photo that was more of a giveaway in case people hadn’t found Batman yet, but we didn’t need it! I thought he got you guys good this time, but MINUTES later Urian texted me telling me he saw someone find Batman! For anyone who wanted the answer: he hid Batman in one of the dog waste bags, then put it in a basket of one of the rental bikes. Super impressive work. Batman’s got a new home in San Dimas, CA! IMG_0350 Critter #5: Deadpool

I wanted to hide Deadpool at a Mexican restaurant, but I was pressed for time, so I dropped him at a planter near a table that was serving tacos and burritos outside the Omni! He’s now got a new home in LA!


Critter #6: Chewbacca

Coming down the home stretch! Urian dropped this one, and I honestly thought it would be another good tricky one too. But alas, it was found almost immediately. You guys are good. REALLY good. Chewie’s got a new home in West Covina, CA!


Critter #7: Star-Lord (who??)

This one was all Urian. He had the brilliant idea to do a dance-off to get Star-Lord. I posted a pic of the location, he dressed up in a banana suit, and the first person to find him had to do a dance-off to get Star-Lord. After busting some sweet moves, Star-Lord’s got a new home in Irvine, CA!


Critter #8: Groot

The last critter of the convention. I hid him in a hiding spot that I’ve used before, and it’s never failed me. Those trees have always been a fiendishly good hiding spot in the past, and it seemed only appropriate that Groot would be hidden in some greenery! I had a pair of eyes on the scene, and after seeing several people dig through the trees on both sides, someone had claimed little Groot! He’s got a new home in Las Vegas, where he’ll be the easiest houseplant EVER.


All eight critters were found, and all eight accounted for! It’s my first time getting a 100% response rate at San Diego Comic-Con, so THANK YOU to everyone who found the critters and reported in! It was a great critter drop year for me, but I want to hear from all of you: was there anything I could have done to make things better? Year after year I’ve had to toe the line between being too obvious or being too tricky, but it looks like even the trickiest clues were solved quickly! Either way, talk to me, let me know how I can improve, and otherwise I hope to see everyone next year!

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The hipster and his houseplant

BEHOLD! The final two critters for this year’s SDCC adoption lineup!

Star Lord

Say hi to Peter. Or Star Lord. I don’t know, he just likes to be cool and pick names for himself.

star lord headphones

He usually rocks out to an oldschool Sony Walkman, but I tried getting him to check out the world of digital music. You get TONS of music, on demand, and you don’t have to rewind. It’s cool, right?? RIGHT??

Star Lord iphone

In the end he didn’t like it. Something about how it’s too conformist. And something about how my taste in music sucked because he discovered all these “oldschool” songs before they were cool. Whatever, hipster.

Groot window

He also had a little houseplant with him. The lil’ guy seemed kinda bummed out when he was stuck inside all day. He doesn’t talk much, he just kinda says “I am Groot” over and over again in a really bummed out tone.

Groot outside Groot outside 2

But he seemed much happier outside!

Groot iphone

And even happier grooving to some music! See? At least HE likes the digital stuff. Pffft. Either way I’ll be dragging both of these lil’ dudes with me to SDCC, whether they like the music or not.

And that rounds out my adoption lineup for 2015! Eight critters, ready for adoption. Here’s the full lineup again:

If you missed it, PLEASE read these guidelines on how the hunt works. Otherwise to all those who will be at SDCC this week: good luck, and happy hunting! :D


P.S. Giving credit where credit is due, if you want to make your own lil’ Groot, the pattern is made by the super-awesome Twinkie Chan, and is found for FREE here!

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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Plan on looking for a critter? Here’s what you need to know: 2015 edition

COMIC-CON APPROACHES!! Which means the hunt will be starting soon! I’ve still got two more critters to post (I plan on posting those on Monday – stay tuned!), but in the meantime I’ve been getting questions about how the drops will work from newcomers. Most of the general guidelines for my drops will be the same as previous years, but one big change is that this year I’ll have an accomplice – or a “street walker,” as he calls it. :D (HAAA see what he did there?) People have been snagging the critters faster and faster each year, so this time I’ve got someone helping me with my drops, and we’re working to make the drops trickier and a bit more interactive! I’ve traditionally taken the “drop ‘n go” approach in the past, but this year my street walker’s got some fun interactive ideas up his sleeve, some where you’ll have to work for your critter! Otherwise all other guidelines are the same as they were last year, but here’s a recap:

  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.

    The Geeky Hooker

  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 twitter 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.
  6. I’ve had some folks reach out to me concerning livestreaming apps: while I don’t plan on livestreaming my drops, you’re all more than welcome to livestream your own hunts! Might be kind of fun to see POV videos of people looking for critters! Tag me if you do, I’m curious. :)

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 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 drops will happen from Thursday-Saturday. No drops on Sunday or Preview Night this year. Otherwise I try to evenly distribute how many are dropped 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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Life beyond the wall

In a land far, far, away, in the far, far, north, there’s a wall. And beyond that wall there’s a dude. And he’s constantly longingly looking over that wall.

white walker wall

His name is Willie, and the poor guy spends his days and nights hanging around on the other side of this wall, keeping watch.

white walker watch

It’s really cold north of the wall, but he doesn’t notice. It’s also really boring north of the wall, and he DOES notice. And for some reason the people on the other side of the wall don’t want him around, when all he wants to do is take a quick visit. People seem to think he’s got ulterior motives…

White walker throne

Like trying to take over the seven kingdoms. Which JUST ISN’T TRUE. And it’s super frustrating to him, because he’s really not trying to take over the realm…

white walker frap

Because all Willie the White Walker wants is a FREAKING MOCHA FRAPPUCCINO, OKAY?? Just because it’s ice-cold up behind the wall doesn’t mean they’ve got anything close to decent coffee up there. So can someone PLEASE let him out to the other side so someone can write his name on the cup as “Wilfred”?

white walker

So there you have it. White Walkers need overly sugary caffeinated drinks too. Find him at SDCC and he’s yours! :)

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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Return of the Potato-Wookiee!

Potato-Chewbacca is back! And it looks like he’s trying to find his ship.

chewie troopers

Unfortunately no one understands wookiee grunts.

chewie falcon

And unfortunately it looks like his ship wasn’t built to scale either.

Welp, looks like fuzzy potato-Chewbacca won’t be heading home to Kashyyyk any time soon. (side note: Google tells me it’s spelled with THREE Y’S??) But since Chewie won’t be going anywhere, maybe one of you can take him in! Find him at SDCC and he’s yours! With the Star Wars panel in Hall H being the biggest news to come from SDCC this year so far, there was no way I was going to skip out on making a Star Wars-related critter!

chewie 2015

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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Wanna fight? How about we taco ’bout it first?

Last year I made a little Deadpool for SDCC, but I thought he was missing something…

Deadpool 1

Maybe if we let him eat something he’ll be happier…

deadpool justice


“Justice with a side of guac”? SOLD. If there’s one thing Deadpool loves more than running his mouth, it’s getting some Mexican grub.

deadpool truck

TACOS AND JUSTICE HAVE GONE MOBILE. Don’t worry about who’s driving the truck, he’s a potty-trained dog.”

deadpool taco

Uh….excuse me, there’s something – er…someone in my food. I didn’t expect a Deadpool taco to be a literal Deadpool taco.

deadpool sombrero

Sombrero Deadpool, ready to serve up tacos and justice at SDCC!

You know, I never got that side of guac. RIP OFF. Otherwise keep an eye out for this lil’ stinker if you want to take him home!

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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