Gear for the littlest heroes

A few weeks ago I got an email from a staff member of WhedonCon, a charitable fan convention that celebrates all things Joss Whedon. She told me that she organizes an event called WhedonKnit Nights, where people come together to knit and crochet things to donate items for Newborns in Need, and was wondering if I could donate a pattern of my own design for the cause. She said that the charity was in need of baby hats, blankets, booties, and sweaters. I’ve been crocheting for 6 years. I’ve never made anything wearable or remotely useful in that time. Try something new? Make something geeky? And for a good cause? I’ll bite!

I asked her how “Whedon-strict” the items needed to be. Would Avengers be kosher? Or are we looking more along the lines of Firefly? She told me anything that was related to Joss Whedon or made a reference towards his work was fine. WELL THEN. That opened up LOTS of options. This was going to be fun.

Baby Jayne Cobb hats seem to be an obvious choice, but there are already plenty of free patterns out there for those, so I wanted to try something different. Captain America immediately came to mind. A little Captain America baby beanie with a little shield blankie sounded perfect to me. Here’s the thing. Everything I’ve made for the past 6 years has been in the 3″ range. The hat wasn’t too much of an issue. Since it was all done in one color, I was able to keep adding rows until it got to a good size. The blanket is where things went wrong.



I wish I had a better picture to show just how stupidly small the “blanket” initially turned out. It ended up being 9.5″ across, and that’s AFTER I stretched it out a bit. It was barely bigger than a personal pan pizza. This was a blanket meant for preemies, and it wasn’t even big enough to be a napkin.


I had to take it apart down to the blue center and work it up all over again. Surprise! Babies (even premature babies) are juuuuuust a little bigger than the 3″-sized items I’m used to making. Just a little.

I worked it up over again, and finally! Much better! Managed to add a good extra 5 inches or so to the diameter.


It’s not exactly made out of vibranium so it doesn’t hold up too well on your forearm, but I think it’ll do well enough to keep a baby safe and warm.


And of course you’ll need a little helmet to go with that shield. Safety first, folks.


Hopefully everything will be fit to keep the littlest heroes warm.


Patterns for the baby beanie and shield blanket are up for FREE can be found here. Tag me in any photos you post of your work, I’d love to see how it all turns out! Share your work if you make anything from the patterns, and share the patterns too! Happy hooking!

Here’s the link to the pattern again:–shield-blanket

  • Credit is given where credit is due, the pattern for the star in the center of the shield can be found here, written by Jodie over at her Jelly Wares blog.
  • To find more patterns for items that can be donated to Newborns in Need, look here.
  • For more information about donating to Newborns in Need, see here.
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A very odd physician walks into the universe…

I’m about two weeks late on this, but after a close call with Suicide Squad I’m back to my rule of making new critters only AFTER its source material has been released and vetted. BEHOLD! THE DOCTOR IS IN!

I think I’ve found something that might be more frustrating that putting hair on my critters: making tiny jewelry for them from scratch. The eye of Agamotto. THE FREAKING EYE OF AGAMOTTO. It involved wires, sequins, rhinestones, string, and lots of careful cutting and patience. I’m still not 100% happy with it, but short of learning to use a soldering iron it’s good enough for me.

At least it doesn’t take away from his music trivia sessions.

His sling ring skills could still use some work. Somehow he always ends up in London or on a strange spaceship.

As for my non-spoiler thoughts on the movie:

  • Doctor Strange is 100% worth seeing in 3D. I usually feel like 3D movies are a waste of money and in most movies there’s only one or two scenes that fully utilize that “OOOOH AHHHH LOOKIT THE 3D STUFF” effect, but with all the crazy folding worlds and 360 views of visually stunning effects, Doctor Strange is worth putting on those goofy plastic glasses for 2 hours.
  • Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One: I. LOVED. HER. Casting controversy aside, I’m pretty biased on this one because dammit, Tilda Swinton isn’t just an actress, she’s a shapeshifting alien from another planet who can transform into ANYONE and nails it every time.
  • It followed your classic Marvel movie formula. Introduce the big baddie by showing him/her doing something terrible. Introduce your diamond-in-the-rough hero by presenting them as a human being first. Produce a montage of the hero transforming into the hero. Throw in a few one-line zingers. Throw in the obligatory Stan Lee cameo. End off with a big fight. It’s predictable, but IT WORKS EVERY TIME. Marvel clearly knows what works for them, and they’re very good at making good use of it.
  • BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH. Swoon-worthy as usual. However. HOWEVER. If I had to point out a flaw, it’d be his American accent. It’s not ‘Murican enough. He kind of cheats and does the James Earl Jones formal American tone, and many times his English accent starts to leak through. Benny, I love you darling, but your British is showing, do cover up dear.

As for the spoilery thoughts:














  • Wong! I freaking loved Wong! I actually wish there was more of him, but I guess his character was supposed to be the stone-faced librarian to begin with. He barely talked and I still loved him. Again, Marvel’s writers know how to work out quick ongoing jokes, and the whole “let’s try to make Wong laugh” running joke was pretty fun.
  • I love how smart the writers were with including that one-liner of “It’s our wi-fi password. We’re not savages.” That single line alone broke any expectations of Kamar-Taj being some sort of ancient temple trapped in the past, so when we see Doctor Strange writing an email to Christine or Wong listening to music on an MP3 player no one would be crying out “WTF THAT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE.”
  • LOVED the fact that the final battle wasn’t actually resolved with a massive fight between Doctor Strange and Kaecillius, but with Doctor Strange basically being an asshole to Dormammu and saying “I can do this all day, bro.” It was a battle of wits in addition to showing Doctor Strange’s growing powers. When most of the Marvel heroes depend on superpowers, superweapons, or straight-up super strength for most big fights, it was fun and refreshing to see something a little different.

Needless to say, I loved Doctor Strange, and every time I think Marvel will have finally drained their resources and stop making fun movies, they prove me wrong again and again. I can’t wait to see what’s in store.

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Pretty in pink

Like many others with a Netflix account, I hit the “play” button on Stranger Things out of curiosity, and immediately lost 8 hours of my life to a bunch of kids seeing some REALLY weird stuff. It had suspense, a tinge of horror, plenty of charm, and LOADS of 80’s nostalgia hitting me in the face over and over again. Oh, and most of the show was performed by a bunch of kids. I LOVED IT. If the hooker likes it, it will be made into yarn:



I made a little Eleven! AND SHE HAS LIMBS. Up until now my critters have mostly been limbless little lumps of yarn. I thought I’d try something different this time. This decision was made largely because I felt like Eleven HAD to have her little socks.


Of course Eleven could’t go around terrorizing people/saving her friends looking the way she does. She needed to be a little more “presentable” to stave off suspicion and recognizability from the bad people.


Wow. Much blonde. So fluff.

Eh, I’m thinking she was more comfortable without the wig anyway.


It cracks me up so much to see that the wig alone is practically the same size as Eleven herself. SO MUCH HAIR. Someone call Dolly Parton.


And with that, I leave everyone with a message from the upside-down!


Enjoy. 😀

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Neko what?

When I did an art trade with Marcy of Moon’s Creations I felt terrible that I only sent her a critter and a half (a little Starlord with an even littler Groot) while she sent me FOUR awesome little crocheted bunnies. GAH. I had deadlines to meet for my upcoming book, but I vowed to send her more stuff once that was done. I recreated a Ponyo that I made years ago, and cooked up a new critter: a Neko Atsume cat! Snowball, to be specific.


For those who havent’t played, Neko Atsume is the dumbest “game” in existence. I hesitate to call it a game because there’s nothing to play and there’s nothing to win or lose. You put imaginary cat food in an imaginary bowl in an imaginary yard, and imaginary cats show up. When the cats leave they’ll give you imaginary fish, which is apparently a new form of currency. You then use said fish to buy imaginary cat toys to leave out in your imaginary yard. To attract more imaginary cats. And if you feel like it, you can take pictures of these imaginary cats to save into albums.

That’s it. That’s all you do. You don’t even get to play with the cats. It’s a lazy man’s hybrid between Pokemon Go and Tamagotchi: you don’t have to leave the house to “catch ’em all”, and nothing dies if you neglect it. It’s all so, so stupid. AND I CAN’T STOP.

Oh, and there’s cat butts too. So. Many. Cat butts.


So I couldn’t possibly leave that little detail out.


BEHOLD. THE CAT BUTT. Look deep into it. Yep.


I’ve written up the pattern for this kitty too if any of you hookers out there want to make a little Snowball of your own! Pattern is available for the low, low price of FREE! You can find the pattern here. Just a note that it hasn’t been tested, so drop me a line if you find any goofs in the pattern! Go forth, and make all the imaginary kitties!

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“I Love Lucy”

The last time I made little baseball bat-wielding critters I posted a “teaser” photo of two painted baseball bats, inviting everyone to guess who they’d be for.

The ones that I posted were for making little Harley Quinn, but there was another guess who was a frontrunner:

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“Well hello sweetheart.”

Negan was a popular guess for a baseball bat-carrying character, and once a friend asked for one as well, I thought I’d give it a whirl. One of my stupider ideas was putting actual barbs on Negan’s beloved Lucille. When I initially wrapped the wire around the little bat it just didn’t look right. I twisted up some barbs to add to the bat, and ended up making an ACTUAL hazardous item. Given it’s more like getting stuck by a loose staple than actually being beaten by a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire (thank goodness), but still, I’ve already given my friend a hefty warning to be careful with this little dude.

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Oh. Oh no. Oh no oh no. Now you’re REALLY going to late for that board meeting. It’s okay business zombie, everyone else is going to be late too. REALLY late. You’re still the best undead employee ever.

On a side note, making little Negan made me realize a little Bob’s Burger set might have to be added to my ever-growing “to-crochet” list! I’m sure Negan could probably make a killer burger. His secret technique? He’s got one hell of a meat tenderizer in his hands. Lucy’s Post-Apocalyptic Burgers, anyone?

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Suicide Squad: Better than Dawn of Justice, but FAR from being Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Yay! You didn’t suck in the movie! HARD WORK JUSTIFIED.

Alright, so I watched Suicide Squad over the weekend. Remember when I made that little Harley Quinn for Comic-Con? I spent a lot of time on that little bugger. And it made me nervous. I normally wait until the movie comes out before I take the time to make a critter from a new movie, because what if the movie sucks? Then I end up bitter that I spent all that time making something that I ended up not liking. Even with Star Wars: The Force Awakens I had people suggesting left and right that I should make a little BB-8, but I wanted to hold off on it until I saw the movie myself. That being said, I made a little Harley anyway because I loved her new look in Suicide Squad, and hoped for the best when the movie came out. Good news! The movie itself wasn’t anything great, but Harley Quinn was good. Here are my thoughts:






I’ll start with the caveat that I don’t know much about the characters in Suicide Squad outside of Joker and Harley, so I watched it more or less as a layperson. Otherwise let’s start with the good:

  • Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn: Margot Robbie’s acting skills were severely underutilized here, but for what little they DID make of her, I loved it. She got the flirty-killer thing down, and I feel like she managed to show Harley’s conflicted romantic feelings for the Joker really well in just one short scene.
  • Viola Davis as Amanda Waller: Loved her too. I also loved the parts where people would start babbling on to Colonel Flagg before he’d interrupt them and say “you need to be talking to her, not me.” That used to happen to me SO MUCH at my old job. The struggle is real.
  • Will Smith as Deadshot: Deadshot was probably the only other character who helped hold the movie together. Classic “badass who did bad things but HEY LOOK he’s a daddy awwwwwwww,” but it worked.
  • The bar scene: The movie needed so much more of this. We got some backstories (because OMG bad guys are people too), we saw the characters finally start to find some common ground…and then it all quickly went back to their disjointed “squad” that doesn’t really act as a squad. Sigh.

And then the bad:

  • Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn: See above. They could’ve done so much more with it, and they didn’t.
  • ENCHANTRESS. WTF: The introduction to Enchantress was pretty cool. Then it all went downhill, FAST. I feel like the director told Cara Delevigne “Okay, stand here and flail your arms around like one of those inflatable waving dudes you see at car dealerships. Yes, YES, WAVE MORE! FEEL THE EXCITEMENT ABOUT THE 0% APR.” No. Just no.
  • Too much in too little time (or inefficient use of time):  I still don’t know who the hell most of these characters are or why I should care about them. Harley and Deadshot were the only ones who had backstories that were fleshed out beyond an ineffective 1-minute montage. Keyword being ineffective. Ocean’s Eleven introduced ELEVEN people and still managed to make me like them for one reason or another.
  • Boomerang and Katana: They didn’t need to be there. At all. Also as much as people gripe about Harley’s hotpants and stiletto-boots, can we talk about those long-ass ribbons on Katana’s outfit? Girl, you’re going to get tangled in that shit in no time. Also Katana sobbing to her sword seemed out of place and awkward. You know what? Killer Croc could’ve been taken out too and the movie would’ve been exactly the same.
  • There was no “squad moment”: Look, movies like this follow a formula. Gather a bunch of misfits, introduce all of their individual abilities and personality quirks, and then towards the end you have a big “OH SHIT THAT’S HOW IT ALL WORKS TOGETHER” sequence. It’s cheezy, it’s predictable, but it works. Suicide Squad completely missed the point of the “squad” part. Deadshot shoots things. Diablo sets things on fire. At no point do any of them do these things in a concerted effort. They do their jobs individually at the same time, but none of it meshed together well enough to make it feel like everyone’s roles were falling into place.

On the fence:

  • Jared Leto as the Joker: Still not sure how I feel about this one. Jared Leto did pretty well to make his own Joker, which is a pretty difficult feat when you’ve already got two VERY different bars set by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger, but something still felt a little off about it. It was never QUITE where it needed to be. Not scary enough to be dread-inducing. Not crazy enough to make you say “oh holy shit, what’s wrong with you??” The end result was a mafia boss in clown makeup. Supposedly a lot of footage was cut and the Joker was meant to be much darker, but look, what matters is what’s actually IN the movie. You don’t buy a shitty chocolate chip cookie and then have the baker tell you “oh, the original batch had higher quality chocolate in it, but we had to cut it out” – what matters is the freaking cookie that you bought.

Overall impression: there were loads of flaws, but I actually liked it. It was pretty much what I expected it to be: nothing ground-breaking or particularly distinctive, but fun enough that I wasn’t constantly asking myself “are we done yet?” It’s a superhero (villain?) movie for crying out loud, you’re not going to find anything deep or substantial here. Compared to Dawn of Justice Suicide Squad did FAR better in keeping things relatively consistent (none of that “Superman can hear Lois Lane all the way in Africa but can’t hear his own mother in the same city” crap), and at the very least it didn’t take itself too seriously. On the other hand while Dawn of Justice dragged things out, Suicide Squad crammed in too much. DC needs to find a happy medium soon, or the upcoming Wonder Woman and Justice League movies are going to be a rough time for everyone.

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San Diego Comic-Con 2016: The recap!

Another year, another Comic-Con has come and passed. If I had to be honest, I’d say SDCC 2016 was kind of an off year for me. It’s never a BAD time at Comic-Con, but this year was one where I was constantly wondering where all my time went and I felt like I missed out on a lot. Anyone who’s been to Comic-Con knows that the top two things that you HAVE to set your expectations for are 1) you WILL wait in line for exorbitant amounts of time, and 2) you will NOT get to do everything you want, but the beauty of it all is that so much is going on that you’re bound to be doing something awesome regardless of whether you planned for it or not. Normally it’d be something like “Aw crap, I’m not going to make it to the Marvel panel – but OH LOOK THERE’S A ZOMBIE PARADE!” but this year somehow I always seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, with nothing going on around me. I feel like a lot of it might have been because this was the first time I chased after exclusive items (shopping for big ticket items has never been a priority for me at Comic-Con), so I was finally starting to see how much time and dedication it takes to buy the super-exclusive stuff. First you wait in line to get a chance to buy the stuff, then you’re in line again to buy the items themselves at your allotted time slot (so you have to make it back to the convention hall if you’re out and about), in which it’s never a short wait for either occasion. The thing about the Lego exclusives that I wanted is that they had a different item released each day, so I couldn’t buy all four sets at once and then be done with it for the rest of the con. On the other hand I actually had some help from family and friends with buying the exclusive Lego sets, so I didn’t even spend as much time buying them as I could have, and somehow I still felt like I missed out on a lot? Just kind of a strange year  for me. Otherwise, here’s  my recap of SDCC 2016!


When you’re chasing after exclusives, you’ll be spending a lot of time on the convention floor. I felt the same way this year about the convention floor as I did last year: once you’ve seen it enough times, it starts to all seem the same every year. However two highlights on the floor for me this year were the Nickelodeon and Sanrio booths. I’m not sure what was going on at Nickelodeon’s booth, but they seemed to be recreating my entire childhood and I was LOVING IT. I got a Tommy Pickles button and got WAYYY too excited about it. And Sanrio had the creator of Gudetama there!  I didn’t bother grabbing a whole lot of swag, but I get less and less swag-grabby each year, so it wasn’t necessarily a reflection on the quality of freebies.


LOTS of great cosplayers this year. Another side effect of going to Comic-Con multiple times is that you don’t pull the camera out as much for cosplayers as you do during your first couple of times going. This year there were lots of show-stopping cosplays out and about.


Conan O’Brien came back, and he did not disappoint! I went to Wednesday’s taping with the cast of Silicon Valley, with surprise guests Will Arnett and J.J. Abrams (!!!). They were a lot stricter on keeping cameras down during filming (to be honest I’m surprised they didn’t enforce this last year), so I didn’t get as many photos, but all I’ll say is that the taping ended off with a long joke about jerking people off and a good time was had. And we all walked out with a super-cool Superman Conan Funko! And just like last year, people were already asking us to sell them our Funkos as soon as we got out the door, just that this time it was SWARMS of them. HELL NO YOU’RE NOT GETTING MY SUPER COOL CONAN FUNKO GO AWAY.

The only downside to Conan O’Brien’s tapings is that the lines for standby tickets have now essentially become Hall H-lite. Lines are starting up crazy early, and the cutoffs for standby tickets are getting shorter with each taping. I still stand by my previous opinion that Conan O’Brien tapings are still a much better time-benefit exchange than Hall H, but people will definitely have to set their expectations accordingly if they don’t already have tickets to the show.


I went to two panels this year, Mr. Robot and Sherlock. The Mr. Robot panel was a fun time, but OMG SHERLOCK. I wasn’t originally planning on going to the Sherlock panel. Nowhere close. It was scheduled for Sunday, which is when I usually try to do last-minute things before heading home, it was in Hall H (good luck trying to get in), Benedict Cumberbatch & Martin Freeman weren’t going to be there, and I’d already seen a Sherlock panel before (I know, I know, #ComicConProblems). I was already feeling a bit deflated on Sunday morning because I felt like a lot of my time at the con had slipped away from me, but when I checked twitter when I woke up, I saw reports that as of 7:30am there were still plenty of spots for Hall H, and that Benedict Cumberbatch had been a new last-minute addition to the panel. I’M GOING. LET’S DO THIS. LEROYYYYY JENKINSSSSSSSS. I hopped in line, ended up in Hall H with zero problems, and finally got to see Benedict Cumberbatch at a panel for the actual show that I loved seeing him in. The last time I got into Hall H to see Benedict Cumberbatch was for Penguins of Madagascar, a movie I had ZERO interest in, but wanted to see Benny-boo without having to camp out in line for days for the Hobbit panel. GAME DAY DECISION PAID OFF SO HARD.



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I think another part of why this year seemed like an off year is that the outside activities were squarely in either the “meh,” or “LOL sorry you’re not getting in” category this year. Petco Interactive was highly underwhelming this year (WTF was with the $2/ride ferris wheel?), but NerdHQ and Adult Swim had a good thing going like they always do, even if they weren’t that different from previous years. I heard that it was near-impossible to get into the Suicide Squad experience if you weren’t in the Samsung express line, and even then it wasn’t worth the wait. Friends told me the Game of Thrones experience this year was also highly disappointing, so I didn’t bother getting in line for that one either. The one that I DID want to go to, but couldn’t because they constantly capped the line was Abigail, the yacht from Fear the Walking Dead. One way or another it was a stark contrast compared to last year, where the outside activities and promotions were amazingly fun, efficiently run, and lots of good quality freebies were being given out.


My swag haul gets lighter and lighter each year as I become more selective about what I grab, but otherwise I’d say it was pretty good! My favorite item is the exclusive Kidrobot Shredder vinyl figure that I found! A reporter was doing a twitter hunt of her own for exclusive Kidrobot vinyls, and I just happened to be nearby when she tweeted out that she was giving out the Shredder vinyls. I busted my ass on over to her location, and I walked out with a shiny new Shredder in my hands. My first thought was “holy shit, so THAT’s what it feels like.” Scavenger hunts are fun, heh.



THE BEST PART. THE HIGHLIGHT OF MY CON. This might have been an off-year for me in terms of the convention itself, but DAMN was this a great year for drops for me. I had a 100% response rate! YASSSSS! This was the first year that I didn’t do any drops inside the convention center, and I think I’ll probably move more towards that trend in the future. There’s better hiding spots outside, and it gives those who don’t have badges a chance to get in on the fun. I think I’ve also finally found the sweet spot in terms of making clues that are just vague enough so that the critters don’t stay in hiding for TOO long, but still long enough where people won’t snatch them up within seconds. Some you have to figure out from text clues, others you might have to zoom in on the photo to find identifying factors. They could always be trickier, but I’d say this year the clues worked out pretty well. Here’s where everyone went:

Iron Man:
This one was  such a feel-good moment for me. A few weeks before Comic-Con journalist Beatriz Valenzuela contacted me to request for an interview, and to see if she could tag along with me for a drop so she could write a story on it. We met in San Diego on Thursday morning and we were off for the first drop of the con! I scouted out a drop spot for Iron Man – I initially wanted to leave him somewhere near the Game of Thrones experience so I could make some sort of lame joke about the last name Stark, but there were too many people around, so I dumped him off in a planter outside of the Omni. Clearly I did a TERRIBLE job hiding this one, because as soon as I walked away someone came up to check out this little flash of red in the planter. Beatriz was peering around corner and told me “They’ve found it! They’re looking at it…they’re picking it up!” Once the person picked up little Iron Man she went over to speak with them while I stood by around the corner because I’m an awkward monkey like that. Turns out it was a boy and his mother, where the kid was a HUGE Iron Man fan and was super stoked to find little Iron Man! They didn’t have badges, and they come out every year just to explore the outside events, so this was an extra treat for them. Beatriz told me it was smiles all around. Guys, THIS is why I do this. This was also my first time in YEARS that a random passerby had found one of my critters, so that was an added surprise for me! Little Iron Man has found a new home in Mira Mesa, CA!

You can check out the story about little Iron Man’s super-quick hiding stint here.

I also gifted Beatriz a little Spider-Man before we parted ways…she’d mentioned that Spider-Man was her favorite because Peter Parker is also a journalist. I felt it was only appropriate to give her one as a thank-you for the writeup!


Poison Ivy was left in a planter (because OF COURSE she’d be with some plants) outside of Petco Park and has found a new home in Kansas City!

Hipster Zombie
I posted a non-descript picture of hipster zombie behind an iron-wrought fence, with the caption “Zombies, gargoyles and craft beer, oh my!” Stone brewery’s logo is a gargoyle, which would lead you to the Stone Brewery Taproom right next to Petco Park. He’s got a new home in Irvine, CA!

Batman was left in the hand of a statue. He’s got a new home in Fontana, CA! And from a repeat finder, nonetheless! POWER HUNTER STATUS UNLOCKED.

Captain America
I handed Captain America to a contact of mine who was wearing a Dragon Ball Z shirt. No photo clues, just the text “find the man who’s over 9000 in the adult swim t-shirt line and ask him if he’s from Brooklyn!” I stepped away to scope out the rest of the Adult Swim carnival for seriously just a MINUTE after I posted the clue, and when I went back in line someone had already gotten Captain America! SUPER FAST. Time from clue posting to update tweet was 4 minutes flat, which means he was found even faster than that. I asked my contact how it went, he said when the finder asked if he was from Brooklyn he just handed over Captain America. I told him “You mean you didn’t say ‘I’m not, BUT THIS GUY IS??'” That contact has been suspended from critter drop duties until he can receive further training on doling out cheezy lines. Captain America’s got a new home in San Diego!

Dr. Strange was shoved into the crevice of a statue that conveniently already had a bunch of fliers shoved into it too. He’s got a new home in Toledo, OH!

Rey + BB-8
Rey and BB-8 were planted (hehehe) in a classic hiding spot. I’ve repeated this one annually over the last 3 years. Somewhere in the trees, in this park:
I LOVE this hiding spot. It’s a tricky one, and it’s served me well. Rey and BB-8 were found and have a new non-desert home in San Jose, CA!

Superman crash-landed into a planter outside of a hotel. Thankfully he was rescued and is flying off to his new home in St. Louis!

I had an accomplice help me out with this one! I have a friend who carries a unicorn mask with her, and I KNEW I had to ask her to help for Deadpool (anyone who’s seen the movie will know what I mean by this, ha!). The only clue I posted was a photo of a blue bench and instructions to find the unicorn and tell her “Happy International Women’s Day.” My friend told me Deadpool’s adopter said he’d been waiting 3 years to find a critter! He’s got a new home in Sherman Oaks, CA!

Poe also crash-landed in San Diego (man, all the fliers are having a tough time here) near a plaza (not sure the name of it?). He was found and is going to a new home in Santa Ana, CA!

Harley Quinn
To be honest I was kind of nervous about this one. I’d put a lot of time into making little Harley, so I didn’t feel comfortable with dumping her off somewhere and walking away. I decided to hand this one off personally, but I’ve spent the last 5 years doing this incognito, so I wasn’t sure how it’d go if I had someone approach me directly. Either way I found a street corner and stood around (like the other kind of hooker, ha!), posted a photo clue to my location, and had instructions for the finder to tell me a joke to get Harley. And guess what? IT WAS AWESOME. Harley Quinn’s finder was super fun and awesome, we chatted, we gave each other hugs, and when a few runner-ups came by they also hung around to chat for a while before we all parted ways. Dammit, I freaking love Comic-Con. The joke? What do you call a camel with 3 humps? PREGNANT. Haaaaaa! Harley Quinn’s got a new home in Redlands, CA!

The convention itself might have been an off-year for me, but the drops were definitely the highlight. Thanks to everyone who hunted for making SDCC a great time for me, and I’ll hope to be back next year!

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“I don’t like sand…it’s coarse and rough and…”

…I’m not even going to bother finishing Anakin Skywalker’s horrible, HORRIBLE pickup line from Attack of the Clones. At any rate, I posted a photo of some sand on Friday to hint at the latest critter that I’ve made:

Thankfully this character came from a MUCH better Star Wars movie than Attack of the Clones. Say hi to our little friend from Jakku!

Rey & BB-8 copy

I might have to experiment more with this another time…I feel like my usual chubby quadriplegic look doesn’t work as well with Rey’s clothing, but in the meantime it’s what I’ve got ready for dropping at SDCC!

Rey back copy

She’s also got a teeny tiny BB-8 to keep her company!

BB-8 2 copy

So smol.

Find them and they’re yours! That rounds out my critter total this year to 8, plus 3 extra guest critters made by Gina.


I felt bad about not providing a critter for the blood drive last year and I wasn’t able to crank one out in time this year either, but I made a bunch of little Captain America shield pins to donate as prize drawings for the blood drive! Donate blood and you could get one of these too! Information on the blood drive here.


Crocheted Captain America shield made by me, paper Captain America art by David Minh Tam Nguyen!

UPDATE: I’ve been informed there were some unclaimed prizes from previous blood drives! Donate blood and you could either win one of five Captain America shield pins, or one of these two little buggers!

If you plan on looking for a critter at SDCC, read through these guidelines to get you started! Otherwise here’s a recap of all the characters I’m toting with me to San Diego:

  • Deadpool
  • Batman
  • Superman
  • Captain America
  • Iron Man
  • Hipster zombie
  • Harley Quinn
  • Rey + BB-8
  • Poe Dameron (made by Gina)
  • Dr. Strange (made by Gina)
  • Poison Ivy (made by Gina)

Let’s give them all good homes! SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON IS UPON US! Happy hunting!

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

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Plan on looking for a critter? Here’s what you need to know: 2016 edition

COMIC-CON APPROACHES!! Which means the hunt will be starting soon! I’m working on just one more 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.

    The Geeky Hooker

  2. 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.
  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, 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.

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 drop my critters out in the Gaslamp Quarter too! 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 Thursday-Saturday. No drops on Sunday or Preview Night this year. 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!

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She’s a bit unraveled…

On Monday I tweeted this picture of two little baseball bats drying for my next critter, asking folks to guess who I was making next:

 The two most popular guesses were Suicide Squad Harley Quinn and Negan from The Walking Dead. For those who guessed Harley, you could say you all hit a home run!

What’s up, pudding pie?

I LOVE Harley’s new look in Suicide Squad. It’s fun, flirty, and still distinctively Harley (counter example: Rita Repulsa in the new Power Rangers reboot who has ZERO resemblance to the original). I made two of these little Harleys so I could keep one for myself because I knew I was going to want to hang on to one. I may have gotten a little ambitious on this, painting little baseball bats with a toothpick, fraying out her hair to give just the right disheveled look…here’s to ensuring that someone will give her a good home out at San Diego Comic-Con next week! I’m just hoping the movie won’t end up anything like the trainwreck that was Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. They used Bohemian Rhapsody in the Suicide Squad trailer, so at least that makes me happy. Find little Harley at San Diego Comic-Con and she’s yours!

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

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