SDCC 2019 – the recap!

Oh, Comic-Con. This was my ninth year going, and while it may have been considered a slow year compared to previous years, it was still a fantastic time. It’s interesting to see how my perspective on Comic-Con has changed over the years, and how priorities have shifted over time. I’ve mellowed out a bit over certain things, but I like to think years of experience affords me that kind of luxury to take it easy and not be as frenetic over trying to get to “that panel” or to scramble for “that celebrity sighting” because I’ve already done those things. This may have been the most carefree Comic-Con I’ve been to to date, and whether or not that was reflective of the quality of activities around the convention this year (generally more popular activities = more frantic planning and scrambling to get to places), it’s still always a good time at San Diego Comic-Con. Here’s my recap!

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From Scotland, with love

Gina and I have never met in person, but since 2016 she’s been sending adorable little crocheted characters of her own all the way from the Czech Republic every year for me to drop for her at SDCC, and we’ve been keeping up with the tradition! She now lives in Scotland, and she still sent three little buddies on a long journey to make it to SDCC! Her work is crazy detailed, and I always forget how much smaller her little critters are until I get them in the mail. She packs so much into such a small little piece, and I LOVE it. Here’s who I’ll be dropping on her behalf!

Mysterio

A little bubble head Mysterio!

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Check out the detail on the cape!

America Chavez

A little America Chavez!

Tony Stark

And a little Endgame Tony Stark!

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Gah, lookit the detail. And all the feels. Oof.

If you want to find one of these little guys at SDCC this year, just follow me the same way you would for the rest of my critter drops! 🙂 As usual, finders keepers. Oh, and did I mention she has an etsy shop? Because she has an etsy shop. So if you don’t find one of her fun little critters at SDCC, she’s available to make one for you! 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

 

Excelsior!

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON IS UPON US! And I’ve managed to squeeze out another critter. By and large I’ve made my critters based on characters from TV shows, movies, video games, you name it. But I think this might be the first time that I’ve made a critter based on a real person to bring with me to San Diego Comic-Con.

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It’s our dear Generalissimo! The godfather of comic books. The man who started it all.

The thing about Stan Lee is that his story isn’t one about a man achieving his dream. He wanted to be a novelist. A “serious” writer. Comic books were never in his plan. He took on a job writing comics because he needed to put food on the table.

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Little did he know that he’d become one of the most influential people in the world of comics. For a man who grudgingly took on a job because he had to, not because he wanted it, he became arguably the most beloved figure in the history of comic books.

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With his signature tinted glasses and his catchphrase “Excelsior!”, I’ve made Stan into a critter to drop at San Diego Comic-Con! Find him and he’s yours to keep!

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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

Plan on looking for a critter? Here’s what you need to know: 2019 edition

COMIC-CON APPROACHES!! Which means the hunt will be starting soon! I’m working on another critter (stay tuned!), but in the meantime I’ve been getting questions about how the drops will work from newcomers. The general guidelines for my drops will be the same as previous years, so 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.

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      1. Search for the hashtag #CRITTERDROP to filter for critterdrop-related updates. 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 sort things out.
      2. 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, but otherwise I’ll try to keep it tame. Instructions on how to set this up can be found here.
      3. 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.
      4. Critters will be dropped one at a time. No pairs/groups of critters.
      5. I’m not the only one doing drops next week! See here for a full list of other awesome folks who are dropping their own art for everyone to enjoy! GO STALK THESE PEOPLE TOO.

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 HAVE dropped critters in the hallways outside of the main exhibition floor, both upstairs and downstairs.
  3. No badge? No problem! I actually drop a large majority of my critters out in the Gaslamp Quarter! 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. No drops 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 Wednesday-Saturday. No drops on Sunday. 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!

The more the merrier, 2019 edition!

I’m not the only one doing art drops! Over the years I’ve found other people who make cool stuff and leave them behind for the rest of us to enjoy! If you’re doing drops of your own, let me know and I’ll gladly spread the word! Check out these awesome folks and stalk them like crazy at SDCC to get a chance to pick up some of their art! Read on to see who else will be dropping fun stuff at SDCC next week!

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Getting hammered

IT’S CRUNCH TIME. San Diego Comic-Con is coming up in two weeks and I’m in a mad dash to squeeze out a few more critters before the big show! Avengers: Endgame was such a huge part of the comic book movie landscape this year that it would’ve felt wrong to exclude some characters from my adoption lineup this year. So here I present not one, not two, but three little Avengers that I’ll be bringing out with me:

Captain America (R)

Captain America has been a staple in my SDCC critter drop lineup for several years now, and 2019 will be no exception.

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Iron Man has made a few appearances before too, but with the way things panned out for Tony Stark in Endgame I knew I had to include a little Iron Man for this year’s lineup.

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“I love you 3000.” AUGH OK GONNA GO CRY NOW.

But there’s one “classic” Avenger that I’ve somehow never made in all my years of crocheting these little guys. Thor has been left out for far too long. I’ve made his sister Hela before, but somehow I never made the god of thunder himself. And the one time I decide to do it he comes out looking uh…a little different.

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Wassup.

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STOP. Hammer time!

Oh, Fat Thor. I loved it. I kept waiting for that fan service moment where there’d be a montage of him losing all the weight and showing up ripped and shirtless all over again, BUT THAT MOMENT NEVER CAME and it cracked me up so much. Fat Thor stayed fat. Lebowski-Thor made me so freaking happy.

Handmade Mjölnir!

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Belly comparison next to a decidedly svelte Iron Man. The belly isn’t quite so obvious from a frontal view, but the chub is definitely there.

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And with that, that’s three additions to my SDCC 2019 adoption lineup! Find these little guys at SDCC and they’re yours to keep! THE HUNT BEGINS SOON. So, so soon!

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

 

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