The Traveling Sister!

Still in withdrawal mode from New York City. Still craving the food. Blech. At any rate, since I did my critter drops, the girl who adopted the Sister of Plenitude from Doctor Who sent me a WHOLE BUNCHA PICTURES. And they were AWESOME.

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The Sister of Plenitude’s pre-adoption “glamour shot.”

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Sister of Plenitude, ready to explore New York Comic Con!

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Oh snap, she found a fellow sister!

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She also found a nice resting spot. The resting spot appears unamused.

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She also ran into the 10th Doctor!

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Make that the 10th Doctor and his TARDIS.

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AND SHE FOUND THE CREATOR OF THE DOCTOR PUPPET SERIES! She had the 10th and 11th Doctor puppets with her! ERMAHGERD. If you haven’t seen the Doctor Puppet series, do yourself a favor and check them out. They’re adorable and there’s a certain charm and warmth to stop-motion videos that just doesn’t come through in an age of CGI.

I’ll be honest, out of the five critters I dropped off, I was actually concerned that people would be the least familiar with the little Sister of Plenitude (she didn’t look QUITE cat-like enough to me), but it was such a delightful surprise to see all these AWESOME photos that were sent with people who seemed to really embrace this little healer!

SUPER thanks to adopter Belinda for picking up the little sister, and letting her go on all sorts of adventures at New York Comic Con! 🙂

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New York Comic-Con: The recap!

Oh, New York City. The only other time I visited, I was in high school, I was chaperoned by a bunch of teachers, the twin towers were still standing, and MTV was still hosting TRL in Times Square. It’s been entirely too long, and it’s about time that I finally explored the place on my own terms. In short, New York City was amazing. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for New York Comic Con, but I’ll get to that later. Otherwise, first, THE NOMS. OH MY GOD, ALL THE NOMS.

I waited in line at Dominique Ansel’s bakery for the famed (and trademarked) cronut™. The crazy part is that we were running “late” in terms of getting a spot in line (it’s usually recommended to show up around 6 am (bakery opens at 8 am), we got there around 7:15 am. But lucky for us the line was relatively short (RELATIVELY), and two hours later (TWO HOURS, even in a “short” line), we got our cronut™.

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Was it good? Yes! Very good! The layers of dough had a slight crisp to it on the outside, and it crackled away to a buttery-soft interior filled with an apple-creme fraiche filling. I still felt like it wasn’t quite croissant-like or doughnut-like enough to be the best of both worlds, but otherwise it’s good enough to at least try it once. Would I get another one? Nope. Again, very good, but if you’re going to try a cronut™ (complete with trademark sign!!), I’d suggest trying to pre-order (I tried, couldn’t get through on the phones), or if you’re lucky enough, get someone to snag one for you. They’re good, but nowhere near being wait-for-two-hours good. HOWEVER, the other pastries at Dominique Ansel’s bakery are FANTASTIC, and I’d go back in a heartbeat for their kouign amann (aka a wonderful cloud of butter with a light crunch of caramelized sugar on the outside) or their canneles. They’re ridiculously good, and you can walk right up to the counter for all the other pastries. Cronuts = good, but not worth the wait, other pastries = absolutely worth trying, wide selection, and no wait required. Dominique Ansel’s bakery is definitely a win in my book, just not for the cronuts.

The other big thing I was looking forward to eating in New York City was the ramen. And sure enough, I hit up THREE ramen places while I was there. ALL THE RAMEN. ALL THE SOUPY, NOODLY GOODNESS. GAH.

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Top: Totto Ramen. Bottom left: Chuko Ramen. Bottom Right: Ippudo Ramen.

When it came to the battle of ramen in New York City, Ippudo and Totto seem to be the two big front runners on the NYC ramen scene, but in the end Totto won my heart. Don’t get me wrong, all three ramen joints that I visited were AWESOME, but Totto was so stupidly good that I had to stop and re-evaluate my life after I finished my bowl. I had to wonder how I could possibly go home while knowing that this bowl of happiness was no longer easily accessible to me. Until we can get ourselves a good ramen joint here in Houston, I’ll forever be pining for those perfectly al dente noodles with fatty slices of pork belly nestled on top, all bathed in a hearty chicken broth with a slick of their beautifully seasoned house chili oil. My heart aches just writing all that. Le sigh.

But anyway, on to the convention, no?

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The convention itself was…kind of disappointing. I obviously wasn’t expecting it to be anything like San Diego Comic-Con (the big kahuna of geek-cons), but this was underwhelming even compared to the smaller geek-cons I’ve been to, such as Comicpalooza right here in my own hometown of Houston, TX.  The biggest thing that disappointed me about New York Comic Con is that there was nothing to do. There were a lot of big-name vendors (Marvel, Ubisoft, lots of major comic/toy/videogame studios), but it felt like unless you were panel-hopping all day, there wasn’t much else in it for us. At other cons there’s usually PLENTY of activities going on at the booths, whether it was giveaways, screening tickets, or drawings for a chance to meet and greet some of the cast members or major artists involved with their projects. It didn’t need to be anything huge, just enough to have the participants come back the next day to be intrigued with whatever product they had to offer. At New York Comic Con, there were lots of big, flashy booths, but nothing to actually make you want to visit. Even at Comicpalooza, which is still in its infancy, there weren’t any big names to the convention (aside from Sir Patrick Stewart being a headlining guest), but they had SO many fun activities that it didn’t matter. Things like improv performances of Star Wars, building an entire city out of donated playing cards called “Cardhalla” and knocking it down with a marshmallow catapult for charity, or the most random activity of all: learning how to salsa dance from the freakin’ ORIGINAL BLACK RANGER. New York Comic Con didn’t seem to offer much of anything outside of the panels. Even the small vendors at New York Comic Con were kind of disappointing…it was mostly businesses reselling items that you could easily find at any other shop selling Star Wars/Doctor Who novelties, or they were reselling exclusive items from San Diego Comic-Con. At Comicpalooza, whatever they lacked in volume in the exhibitors hall they made up for in quality. They didn’t have a whole lot of vendors, but what little they did have were some brilliant small businesses who had high-quality and unique items to show off. Things like custom mini-figs, lots of clever original t-shirts, or even a group who custom-built gorgeous furniture that was specifically meant for geek-goods (with shelves that were specifically cut to dimensions for comic books, playing cards, etc.). Many of these talented vendors were present at New York Comic Con as well (the same furniture building group was there!), but I felt like the number of resellers far outweighed the number of people providing original and unique works. So basically the exhibition hall felt like it was full of lots of big name booths with nothing to keep people interested, or vendors who were selling things that I could’ve bought at a local toy shop or thinkgeek.com. Overall, just…meh. Maybe I expected too much, and maybe I was going to the wrong places, but otherwise there’s always awesome cosplayers to make things fun!

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Go on, take your chances…

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An AWESOME Vash the Stampede. I haven’t watched anime in a REEEALLY long time, but this was pretty damn cool.

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THIS GUY. THIS GUY RIGHT HERE. He f*cking OWNED the convention. He was stopped everywhere he went. He photobombed people and they didn’t even care. This man FREAKING ROCKED NEW YORK COMIC CON.

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…see what I mean about photobombing people and not having them care? This group of X-men cosplayers LOVED IT when he popped into their photo.

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Sir Ian McKellan, is that you?

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My favorite group cosplay out of them all. Everything about this cracks me up. Cyril’s foil swan. Pam’s dolphin puppet. Mallory with a drink in her hand, a smug look on her face, and the hangover sunglasses. PERFECT.

I might have griped about the convention floor itself, but dammit, geek-cons are fun because of the people who show up. And lucky for me, I’m thrilled to report that five awesome people picked up my critters and EVERY SINGLE ONE of them was accounted for! VICTORY!! Here’s the adoption roundup:

  • Daredevil: First one to be dropped, and found himself a new home in Attleboro, MA!
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  • Sister of Plenitude: 2nd one to be dropped, and she now has a new home in Queens, NY! Her new mama also posted TONS of other AWESOME post-adoption photos. I plan on making a separate post, because seriously, she sent me some SUPER fun and cool ones.
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  • Spider-Man: third to be dropped, and he’s got a new home in Miami, FL!
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  • The Thing: Number 4…ha, didn’t even realize that would be consistent with him being part of the FANTASTIC FOUR. HAAA! Anyway, he was the fourth critter to be dropped, and he seems to have no problems making new friends in his new home in Edison, NJ!
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  • Captain America: Last one to be dropped, and he’s also going to sunnier climates in South Beach, FL!
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SUPER thanks to everyone who picked up my critters! And don’t be shy about sending me those post-adoption photos! I LOVE seeing my critters take on new adventures, and it’s the biggest reason why I still do these drops. There’s something about seeing my critters out and about that gives me the warm fuzzies every time. 🙂 Otherwise, the quick ‘n dirty review of my trip to New York City:

  • The food: AWESOME. OH MAH GAH. I ate my way through the city and it was GLORIOUS.
  • New York Comic Con: Only so-so, but I may have been hitting all the wrong spots.
  • The critter adoptions: AWESOME. My first time EVER hitting a 100% turnout on a multi-critter drop, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. THANK YOU again to everyone who joined the hunt!

I came, I geeked, I NOMMED. New York City, you can be sure I’ll be back.

Final adoption lineup!

So for my adoption lineup for NYCC this week, I’ve got a little Spider-Man, a Daredevil, a Thing, and a Sister of Plenitude. But there’s just one more New Yorker that I felt like I needed to add to my lineup:

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As Captain America said so himself, “I’m just a kid from Brooklyn.” A good, upstanding New Yorker who will defend (or ahem, avenge) everyone’s right to live well and do the right thing. You go, ya little punk from Brooklyn you.

And that’s the last of my little New Yorkers that I’ll be scattering around NYCC! To recap, I’ll have Captain America, and these little dudes:

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A Sister of Plenitude from Doctor Who

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A Thing.

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A Daredevil.

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And the quintessential comic book New Yorker, Spider-Man.

Be on the lookout for these little dudes at NYCC and they can be yours! Drops will happen from Thursday through Saturday, with no drops on Sunday since I’ll be flying back to Houston then. Good luck, and happy hunting!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at New York 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

A New Yorker from another world

Feeling sick? Got something ailing you? I’ve got a little New Yorker who can cure you. Just don’t ask about how she does it.

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Meow.

It’s a member of NEW New York’s finest practitioners, the Sisters of Plenitude! Why should Marvel hog all the native New Yorker characters? Whovians need love too. 🙂 I’ll be honest, the Catkind in Doctor Who kind of freak me out, but that could just be my cat allergies talking. Find this little healer at NYCC!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at New York 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

WHAT TIME IS IT??

…if you said “Adventure time!”, you’re wrong. At least just this time.

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IT’S CLOBBERIN’ TIME!

When it comes to shirtless, strange-colored men, I usually go with The Hulk. But in the spirit of sticking with New York City-based characters, I decided to stray from my usual big green monster and went with Thing, a member of the Fantastic Four. Born as Ben Grimm on the lower east side of New York, he seemed like another fitting choice for a native New Yorker. He’ll be up for adoption at NYCC this week! That brings my total up to 3 little New Yorkers so far! And with that, I’m heading off to the airport to board my plane to NYC! I’ve got two more critters to post, and then it’s TIME FOR THE HUNT!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at New York 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

Straight from Hell’s Kitchen…

Last week I posted a public question, asking everyone to name superheroes who were specifically from New York City. Peter Parker (Spider-Man) was a popular choice, and many people pointed out that the Avengers HQ is in New York City as well, but there was another character that many people brought up…

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He doesn’t see too well…

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…but that doesn’t stop him from kicking ass and taking names.

Thanks to several helpful followers on facebook and twitter, I was informed that Daredevil is also a native New Yorker! From Hell’s Kitchen, to be exact. Which I learned is NOT a place where Gordon Ramsay shouts expletives at poor aspiring chefs. Huh. Learn something new every day. Otherwise, quick story time!

When I was in college, I had the privilege of seeing Stan Lee speak at our student events center. During the Q&A, a blind kid went up to the mike and thanked Stan Lee for creating Daredevil, saying that it was a character that he really enjoyed because it was the only superhero that he really had something in common with, and asked if he consulted with any blind people to research into the experience of being blind. Stan admitted that he didn’t speak with any members of the blind community when he was creating Daredevil, but told us that he was initially concerned that people would be offended by the idea of a blind superhero. But then the letters started rolling in from members of the blind community with an overwhelming amount of support, saying that they love the character and really relate to him, and to this day he’s really been touched by how a character that he created has been able to reach out to people in this way. It’s amazing how a fictional character can bring so much to someone’s life, both on the reader’s end and at the creator’s end. I like to think it’s a big reason why Stan Lee is still so involved with the business. 🙂

And that’s another little New Yorker in the books! I’ve got a few more that I’m working on, then it’s time to scatter them around the big apple! 🙂

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at New York 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

Critters in New York!

If I’m going to drop critters in New York City, I’ve decided to stick to a theme for my critters this time around and make characters who are actually from New York City. And the first one that comes to mind when I think of fictional New Yorkers is Spider-Man. Who better to take on a bustling city full of magnificent skyscrapers than someone who can scale walls and swing from tower to tower?

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This little smart-talkin’ New Yorker will be up for grabs in NYC, so be on the lookout! Otherwise, stay tuned and I’ll be posting more little New Yorkers who will be up for adoption next week!

If you want to join my hunt for crocheted critters at New York 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