New Orleans – the recap!

Oh, New Orleans. There’s so much romanticism to the place while carry such a heavy and dark history underneath it all. I love that it’s got Southern charm but it still has plenty of grit to keep things grounded. The thing that’s so baffling about this visit for me is that New Orleans is so close to me in Houston and somehow I’ve never visited as an adult. It’s like living in New Jersey and never visiting New York City. Either way this trip has been long overdue and I can’t way to go back to visit our gulf coast neighbor.

If I had to sum up my trip in four photos, it’d be these:

Otherwise keep reading to find out more about my trip!

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The hooker’s going to New Orleans!

As a Houstonian with a huge love for Cajun/Creole food, I’m ashamed to say that I’ve somehow never visited New Orleans as an adult, even though it’s just a 5 hour drive away and it’s full of food, culture, and lots of amazing spooky history. It’s basically right up my alley, and it’s SO easily accessible to me, and somehow the only time I went was as a teenager with my parents. That being said, I’ll be visiting The Big Easy next week from 11/7-11/10 to basically stuff my face and make up for lost time! And I’m bringing two little critters with me to drop! I’ll be leaving these little guys around with clues to their locations posted to my facebook and twitter in my usual tradition.

If I’m going to be visiting NOLA, it only felt appropriate that I make characters who are also New Orleans natives!

First up, a smooth-talking Cajun with a propensity for throwing cards at people:

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“Playin’ for keeps is still playin’, mon ami, so take a card.”

I know Wolverine gets most of the attention from the classic X-Men animated series, but let’s be honest here, Gambit was easily the coolest cat on the team.

And the other critter: a princess who is no stranger to hard work and knows how to handle herself!

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“What you give is what you get.”

Princess Tiana might be one of the only Disney princesses to talk about working for what you want, and I am ALL for that.

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. 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. Drops will take place from 11/7-11/10
  6. I’ll only drop one critter per day. No pairs/groups of critters.

No specific hints on where my critters will be dropped, and I’ll drop them whenever the time and place feels right! Find them and they’re yours to keep!

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If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters in New Orleans, 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’s going to Copenhagen and Sweden!

UPDATE 9/10: I wasn’t able to make an extra critter to drop in Sweden, so it’ll be two little porgs being dropped somewhere in Copenhagen on 9/11-9/13!

I’m heading to Copenhagen and Sweden next week for a vacation! And I’ve decided to take some critters with me! I’ll be in Copenhagen from 9/11-9/13 and parts of southern Sweden from 9/14-9/16 to eat my way around, see some scenery, and just have a good time in general. I’ve made two porgs so far to drop on my trip! I’m hoping that I can crank out at least one more before I leave next week, but otherwise I plan on leaving these little guys around with clues to their locations posted to my facebook and twitter in my usual tradition. If you find these little guys around they’re yours to keep!

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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.

    The Geeky Hooker

  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. 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. Drops will take place in Copenhagen from 9/11-9/13
  6. I’ll only drop one critter per day. No pairs/groups of critters.

No specific hints on where my critters will be dropped, it’ll just be one per day, and I’ll drop them whenever the time and place feels right!

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If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters in Copenhagen and Sweden, 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

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!

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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:

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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