Plan on looking for a critter? Here’s what you need to know: 2022 edition

COMIC-CON APPROACHES!! Which means the hunt will be starting soon! If you’re new here, welcome! Since 2011 I’ve been crocheting little characters to bring to San Diego Comic Con and leave them behind for strangers to find by posting clues to social media, which later expanded to occasionally dropping them during my travels as well! I’m back for SDCC 2022, and I’ve got a total of nine drops that I’ll be doing, plus another 3 guest critters by Gina! I wish I did more, but one way or another I’m just excited to be back! Here’s the lineup of critters that I’ll be bringing with me:

And 3 guest critters by Gina! She also takes commissions, so if you don’t snag one of her cuties at SDCC you can order one from her Etsy! Don’t forget to tag her as well if you find one of her critters! She’s @moon_catcher on Twitter and @disconnected_child on Instagram!

The general guidelines for my drops will be mostly the same as previous years, so here’s a recap:

  1. Follow me either on Instagram or twitter, but I tend to favor twitter for drop-tracking, because it has an option for you to see your feed in chronological order.
  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 mobile alert on your phone! This isn’t required, but it’ll help! This way your phone will notify you every time I make a post, so you won’t miss a single drop! Instructions on how to set this up can be found here for Twitter and here for Instagram.
  4. If you find a critter, let me know that you found it! 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 with the exception of Pac-Man and Inky.

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 make it a point to 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, so 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.

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. Pick your social media poison and start following me to join the hunt!

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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