Nananananananana – you know the rest!

San Diego Comic-Con might be months away (good luck to everyone during open registration this weekend!), but that doesn’t mean I can’t get an early start on my critters! With my book coming out soon I’ve got a lot on my plate, so I’m trying to pace things a little further out in terms of making Comic-Con critters. That being said, here’s the first two critters for San Diego Comic-Con 2017’s critter drops! And this time I decided to go retro:

Classic batman copy

Nananananananana BATMAN!!

Batman has shown up to Comic-Con every year for my critter drops since I first started making these little guys back in 2011, but I’d always modeled him from the animated series.

Batman 2011

First Batman I ever made! Memorieeees…

This time I went with classic Batman. There’s so much more color! And fun campiness! And all of the crazy onomatopoeias that would blare up on the TV screen whenever there was a fight. BAM! POW!

Batman detail copy

One that always confused me was “BIFF!” Not sure what kind of fight would produce the sound “BIFF!”, but it sounds kind of fun.

And Batman wouldn’t be complete without a villain! The beauty of the Batman franchise is that there’s SO many good memorable villains to pick from:

I’ve previously made the Joker, Harley Quinn (both classic and Suicide Squad), Two-Face, Catwoman, and Scarecrow, and I’m still nowhere close to making a dent into Batman’s extensive list of foes. For classic Batman, I decided to go with an eccentric little ornithophile:

Penguin copy

“QUACK QUACK QUAAAAACK!!”

I don’t know about you guys, but it wasn’t until I was making this little guy that I realized that Penguin historically has nothing to do with actual penguins, with the exception of Tim Burton’s Penguin. (let me know if there are others!) He’s just a kooky dude in a tux who quacks and has an arsenal of weaponized umbrellas. Huh.

Penguin detail copy 2

You’re looking dapper as ever with your monocle, Mr. Cobblepot.

My first two critters for San Diego Comic-Con 2017, ready to go! You know the drill, if you find them at Comic-Con they’re yours to keep! If you’ve got your badges from return registration, congratulations! If you’ll be fighting the good fight during open registration this weekend, may the odds be ever in your favor.

Batman & penguin copy

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

Advertisements

Splitting hairs

Sherlock hi-res copy

After years of fangirling over Benedict Cumberbatch, I finally made a little Sherlock! One of my friends in the UK is doing me a favor by transporting this super awesome sweary adult coloring book to the US for me when he visits (shipping to the US would have been outrageously expensive), so in exchange I made a little Sherlock for his wife! The mop of hair. THAT F*CKING MOP OF HAIR. The things I had to go through to get that look.

Sherlock hair 1

First I had to hook on each strand one by one…

Sherlock hair 2

Then I’d cry when I realized that I was nowhere near being done. Why all this hair, Cumberbatch? WHYYY???

Sherlock hair 3

After hooking all the strands of hair, I then had to manually fray out each strand. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. I started re-evaluating my life choices at this point. I also started to think he’d make a good Merida if I used reddish yarn instead.

Sherlock hair 4

I started to hate the world, so I took a break from all the fraying with a tasty beverage.

Sherlock hair 5

NO, YOU REMAIN CALM DAMMIT.

Sherlock hair 6

I took out my frustrations on the beer can.

Sherlock hair 7

I finished fraying all the hairs, refrained from yanking my own hair out, and gave him a haircut.

Sherlock hair 8

I sat back and looked a the final result. Was it worth it? I’m still not sure, but I’m just glad it was over.

7f77546945f948560cdc26b12b99d5ccd390c2e39d2849d3423ae7608dac066a

Sherlock hair

BEHOLD! The mop of hair that caused me so much pain and strife! Damn you, Sherlock. Damn you and your mop of curly, fluffable hair. I’m sure my new sweary adult coloring book will prove to be therapeutic after all that work.

As much as I’d love to make another Sherlock to keep for myself, I think I’ll sit this one out. He’ll be heading back to the UK in March to a new home in Oxford!

Looking for love? Look no further.

Valentine’s Day is around the corner, and it’s time for a little romance up in here. Let’s play a game, shall we?

dating-game

Three lucky bachelors, looking for love! Let’s meet these dapper gentlemen:

Bachelor #1:

Link 2016

  • Has elvish good looks.
  • Likes to go LARPing on weekends.
  • Plays an instrument.
  • You can ride off into the sunset with him on horseback.
  • Manages to make a good living out of landscaping and breaking pottery.

Bachelor #2:

Magento 2016

  • Strong and intelligent.
  • Sometimes described as misunderstood, but he simply has an intense loyalty to those who share his interests.
  • Has a passion for civil rights.
  • Has an undeniable magnetism to him. Literally.

Magento 2016 clips

Bachelor #3:

Deadpool 2016

  • Loves Mexican food.
  • Is a cancer survivor and is really, REALLY living out his new lease on life.
  • Has uh….unique looks under the mask.
  • Can verbally and literally smack down just about anyone.
  • If he likes you enough, he will woo you with money, jewelry, flowers, just about anything you could want. Just don’t ask where he got them from.

Telling from popular opinion, it looks like foul-mouthed Bachelor #3 is going to be quite a winner this weekend. Famous, charming in his own vulgar way…DEADPOOL, YOU WIN!

Deadpool portrait 2016

So who else is planning on seeing Deadpool this weekend for Valentine’s Day? It should be a fun ride. And out of the three bachelors Deadpool actually IS available for keeps, because he’s the first critter to be ready for SDCC this summer! The San Diego Comic-Con hunt is on once again this year, so follow along as I update the blog until the big kahuna of geek conventions arrives in July! Otherwise whether you’ve got someone in your life or not, enjoy the hell out of Valentine’s Day, because one way or another it’s just one day out of the year and we all deserve some love. Have a great weekend everyone!

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

新年快樂!

Happy Lunar New Year! To celebrate the year of the monkey, I’m re-sharing some photos of a little monkey I made a few years back for a co-worker:

monkey

monkey banana

monkey tail

Unfortunately I don’t have the little monkey in my possession, otherwise I would’ve taken some new photos with some nifty New Year’s backgrounds to celebrate. 🙂 To all who are at the receiving end of lucky red envelopes this year, may you reap ALLL the rewards of being in a younger generation. To all those who are giving out the red envelopes, may your bank account be under the protection of the gods. When in doubt, follow this handy flowchart:

do-you-need-to-give-this-person-a-lai-see-imgur

Credit where credit is due, pattern for this cute lil’ monkey is by Joanna Ma of cuteamigurumi.com and can be found here!

Keeping an eye on things

I’ve got a third critter to take with me to San Francisco this weekend! You could say he’s got…a vision. And a keen eye for detail. It’s enough to make anyone green with envy. Ok, ok, I’ll see myself out.

Mike SF

It’s Mike Wazowski!

mike

That rounds it out to three critters that I’ll be taking with me to San Francisco: Anger, Baymax, and Mike.

anger

Baymax SF

mike

Be sure to read this post for a general idea of how the drops will work if you plan on hunting this weekend! A few quick reminders:

  • I’ll be in town 11/6-11/9, but I only plan on doing drops 11/6-11/8.
  • I’ll only be dropping one critter a day
  • Drops will most likely be in touristy spots since I’m visiting as a tourist! Sorry!

Otherwise I fly out tomorrow morning! Looking forward to eating everything in sight and hoping for some successful critter adoptions. 🙂 Happy hunting!

Plan on looking for a critter? Here’s what you need to know!

I’m flying out to San Francisco on Friday morning, and I’ve got 3 critters ready to go for adoption! Here’s some tips if you plan on trying to find one of my little dudes this coming weekend:

  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. Critters will be dropped one at a time. No pairs/groups of critters.

To recap, here’s who I’m dropping this weekend:

anger

Anger

Baymax SF

Baymax

Mike SF

Mike Wazowski

I’ll be in town 11/6-11/9, but I only plan on doing drops from 11/6-11/8, and I’ll only drop one critter per day. And a warning that I’ll most likely end up dropping them at touristy spots since I’m visiting as a tourist! Otherwise let’s get these guys some good homes! Happy hunting, everyone!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

business zombie vday copyFlowers for me?? Oh, you shouldn’t have…oh wait, you want me to take your arm with it? You…uh, ok. Thanks. Just to be clear, you realize that Valentine’s day is NOT a day for you to EAT people’s hearts, right?

I don’t like Valentine’s day. I really don’t. I fall squarely in the category of people who feel like it’s a corporate holiday, how it cheapens the concept of love, blah blah BLAH. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a Christmas grump, and I’m definitely a Valentine’s day grump too, even when I’m in a relationship (apparently I just don’t do holidays very well unless it’s Halloween or Thanksgiving).

BUT…that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate love either way. I just feel like it should be celebrated rest of the 364 days out of the year too. But hell, if there’s a day to bring it further to the forefront, then dammit, let’s celebrate. Celebrate your love for your significant other if you’re in a relationship. Celebrate your love for brains if you’re a zombie. Celebrate your love for time and space travel if you’re a Time Lord. Love doesn’t have to be romantic love, so celebrate what you love, not because Hallmark tells you to, but because you freaking LOVE it. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. 🙂