I CHOOSE- wait, what?

Alright, I’ve got another critter ready for SDCC 2019! I’ve maintained a strict “no Pokémon” policy since day one when it comes to my critters. I’ve made characters from numerous other video game, movie, and TV franchises over the years, but Pokémon is the one category that I steer clear from. It’s partially because I didn’t really grow up playing Pokémon so I don’t have the sentimental attachment to it, but it’s mostly because I know if I make just one Pokémon then people will ask me to make the whole damn Pokédex. There’s plenty of other crochet artists who make amazing Pokémon-related pieces, so I’m perfectly fine with sitting out in that category. That being said, this’ll be the closest you’ll see me come to breaking that rule.

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Something’s hiding in there.

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And it’s not what you think.

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“PIKA-SURPRISE, MOTHERF*CKERS!”

I’ve made a different Deadpool every year since 2014, and when Pokémon Detective Pikachu came out, there were memes abound because Ryan Reynolds voiced Pikachu. I was having a hard time coming up with ideas for the 2019 edition of Deadpool, but once I saw all the memes involving Pikachu and Deadpool, well, it pretty much spoke for itself!

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I still stubbornly refuse to make Pokémon, so instead of making a Pikachu dressed as Deadpool, I made a Deadpool dressed as Pikachu. SO IT STILL ADHERES TO MY RULE. Sort of. 🙂 I’ll concede just this one time because so many people had mentioned it that I couldn’t pass it up! He may not be able to throw out the thunder, but Deadpool-chu can probably still throw out a healthy dose of whoopass if needed.

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Find him at SDCC and he’s yours to keep!

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

 

Spider-what?

Two more critters ready for San Diego Comic-Con! I might be seven months behind on this one, but dammit, it was a REALLY good movie, and in what I considered to be a slow year for TV and movies it felt wrong if I didn’t make some characters from this one. So let’s talk about Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. I’ve made Spider-Man before in previous years:

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But this time I’ve added a little oinker:

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I’ll be honest, when it comes to the variations of Spider-Man featured in the movie I’d only known about Peter Parker, Spider-Gwen, and Miles Morales, and I honestly thought the other additions were created for the movie for fun. I’d never heard of Spider-Ham before, so I was even more amused to find out that not only was he a REAL character, he’s been around since 1983.

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I wasn’t going to make a little oinker without a curly tail!

The first thing that stood out about Into the Spider-Verse to me was how visually stunning it was. Love love LOVED the visual style of the 2D/3D hybrid stylization, and the little details that would occasionally revert things back to “comic book mode,” like adding sound text bubbles (I cracked up when Peter Parker threw a bagel and a “BAGEL!” sound effect bubble popped up) or having clever slow-mo shots that would make it feel like you were darting your eyes from one frame to the next. Great pacing, great moments of humor, and lots of heart. I absolutely adored it, especially when the other big comic book blockbuster release at the time was Aquaman and I was…not feeling too impressed with that one. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was a breath of fresh air after that debacle (look, I love Jason Momoa as much as the next girl, but even he couldn’t save that movie), so to see something so visually unique AND with a great flow in storytelling and likeable, well-rounded characters was such a pleasant surprise for something that I knew close to nothing about. Enough that I felt like I should make some characters to drop at Comic-Con this year. 🙂

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Both Spider-Man and Spider-Ham will be ready for drops at San Diego Comic-Con in July! Find them and they’re yours to keep!

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

 

The hooker went to Iceland!

Oh, Iceland. I’ve been back for weeks now and it’s still on my mind. It’s quite seriously the single most stunning place I’ve ever visited in my life. And it wasn’t the classic “postcard photo” spots that got me, it was the quietude of the less-mentioned areas that really struck me. Watching the sun set at a quiet lake behind my hotel in Egilsstaðir. Circling around Lake Mývatn and seeing the landscape transform from barren lava formations into a stunningly clear blue waters. Or driving through what felt like an arctic tundra on the way to Seyðisfjörður. It seriously felt like I was on another planet, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

In my usual tradition, if I had to sum up my trip to Iceland in 4 photos, it’d be these. But there’s so, so much more.

Read on for more about my trip! Continue reading

The Hooker’s Going to Iceland!

UPDATE: After getting some feedback I’m getting the impression that my “drop ‘n go” in a local shop, cafe, etc. way of doing things might not work as well in Iceland. I’ll still bring the critters with me, but if I do any drops at all it’ll be in Reykjavik where there’s a larger tourist presence (and only indoors! I never intended to leave these guys outside at all anywhere in Iceland), otherwise the alternate plan is to hand them off directly to friendly people I meet along the way!

Iceland! It’s been on my bucket list for so long and it’s finally happening! I’ll be taking the Ring Road around the entire island for 11 days and I can’t wait to see all the gorgeous scenery and see some puffins, whales, and those adorable horses with the rockstar hair. And of course it wouldn’t be a hooker vacation unless I brought some critters with me:

Porgs. Freaking porgs. Fun fact: porgs exist because the creators of Star Wars: The Last Jedi couldn’t get rid of the puffins during filming, so they just CGI’ed them into a whole new species. Since Iceland has lots of puffins, I felt that it was appropriate that I bring some porgs with me! I’m bringing not one, not two, but THREE of these little buggers to the land of fire and ice. (Side note: I also have a free pattern written up for these little guys if you can’t find one out in Iceland!)

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I’m also bringing a little Mario mushroom with me! I made one of these for my trip to Singapore and Bali back in January, and I’ve made another for this round in Iceland! I had mentioned offhandedly on my social media accounts back then that I was going to post a pattern for the mushroom – things got busy for me, but the pattern is finally up! So if you don’t get a chance to find the mushroom out in Iceland, you can make one yourself at home! 🙂

That’s a total of four critters that I’ll be taking with me on my trip. If you’ll be in Iceland from 4/24-5/4, be on the lookout for these little guys! I plan on dropping two in Reykjavik, one on 4/24 and another on 5/4, but the remaining two will be dropped somewhere around other parts of the island between 4/25-5/3 as I make my way around!

If you’ve never followed my drops before, here’s what you need to know:

  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.

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  2. Follow the hashtag #CRITTERDROP to filter out my tweets if you want to see the ones pertaining to the drops only.
  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 over something during my trip, but otherwise I’ll try to keep it tame. 😉 Instructions on how to set this up can be found here.
  4. Critters will be dropped one at a time. No groups of critters will be dropped.
  5. 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.

No specific hints on where my critters will be dropped, just follow along and try your luck! 🙂 Happy hunting!

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If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters in Iceland,  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

 

“Say my name” (no, this isn’t about Breaking Bad)

SHAZAM! I liked it! I liked it a lot more than I thought I would! I went in with zero to low expectations, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I saw Aquaman with low (like REALLY low) expectations and somehow that movie managed to do worse than I expected. So Shazam was a breath of fresh air considering the poor run that’s been coming from the DC Extended Universe lately.

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It was definitely a lot darker than I thought it would be but it still had a lot of heart. And dammit, Zachary Levi nailed it when it comes to portraying a kid in a grown man’s body. Billy Batson might have a superhero’s build and powers, but at the end of the day he’s still just a kid.

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Otherwise read on for my thoughts on Shazam! SPOILERS AHEAD: Continue reading

Higher, further, faster

I saw Captain Marvel last week! I was a little worried because I wasn’t seeing a lot of buzz about it, but I walked in keeping my expectations at bay, and I liked it! But I didn’t love it. I’d rank it as a solid middle-of-the-road Marvel film, but I’ve got some misgivings with that sentiment alone. Either way, I liked it enough to make a critter to drop at San Diego Comic-Con!

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Meet Carol!

Carol’s pretty cool. Air force pilot, spunky, and well, she kinda had this thing happen to her where she kinda lost her memory and thought she was an alien. Don’t worry about it, she managed to figure it out.

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Carol’s cool, but anyone who’s seen the movie can agree that her furry little friend named Goose stole the show. I won’t say how, but he’s quite the little troublemaker.

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Goose can be a handful, but otherwise he’s a good boy. A very, very good boy.

Otherwise here are my thoughts on Captain Marvel! SPOILERS AHEAD: Continue reading

Cat ‘n Bat

A bit of a late start this year, but at least it’s started! SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON CRITTER MAKING SEASON HAS BEGUN. If you’re new here, hello! I like to crochet little characters and every year I go to San Diego Comic-Con to scatter them around for strangers to find! And with that, I present to everyone the first two critters for San Diego Comic-Con 2019!

I’ve made Batman dozens of times. He was one of the first critters I ever made, and I’ve brought a Batman with me every year ever since I started doing my critter drops back in 2011. He’s been dropped at numerous comic conventions, vacation spots, etc. He’s been a constant in my lineup of critters for San Diego Comic-Con, and this year is no exception.

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But one of his most famous counterparts, Catwoman? Not so much. I made a Catwoman ages ago, but I’ve never made her for Comic-Con. Which is a damn shame because Catwoman’s such an iconic character, and one who wasn’t just on screen to be eye candy. Selina Kyle is kind of a badass, and it’s about damn time I brought her with me to Comic-Con.

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Like many of the Batman characters, Catwoman’s had several different looks over the years and across different media, but the animated series Catwoman (and Michelle Pfeiffer’s amazing Catwoman look in Batman Returns!) are always who I picture whenever Catwoman is mentioned!

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While I’d argue that Catwoman’s greatest weapon is her smarts, of course she wouldn’t be out without her bullwhip either:

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One of the fun parts of making Catwoman was having an excuse to draw on some cat eye makeup for her!

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But the part I was most excited about was her ears. Because after eight years of crocheting, I FINALLY MADE A TINY, POINTED TRIANGLE OH MY GOD.

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I’m not even joking about how stupid happy I was about this. This has been a struggle for me every time I make Batman. Those little ears always turn out a little bit rounded and I always have to fiddle with them so that he looks a little less like Bear-man and a little more like a bat. It never works out 100%. I didn’t figure this out until I made Catwoman, so Batman’s ears are still a little rounded out, but goddammit, I FINALLY GOT IT.

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At any rate, Catwoman will be causing trouble as usual and Batman will be trying to keep up with her at San Diego Comic-Con this year! Find them and they’re yours to keep! Comic-Con critter making has commenced!

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