My Friends

Arrow Up

Arrow Up
Arrow Down
,
  • Fri
    24
  • Sat
    25
  • Sun
    26
  • Mon
    27
  • Tue
    28
  • Wed
    29
  • Thu
    30
Reading of Terror! Apr 25, 2015 An evening of readings from States of Terror Vol. 1 featuring Ryan Bradford, Hanna Tawater, Rachel Taylor, Jim Ruland, Julia Evans, and more. 103 other events on Saturday, April 25
 
Cocktail Tales
Jackson Milgaten incorporates classics and finds from his travels
Seen Local
The second in our series on the artists awarded grants through the Creative Catalyst Fund
Nibbles | Food & drink
MEAT San Diego event with Dona Esthela and Javier Plascencia
North Fork
Popular Carlsbad spot has its own farm
Well, That Was Awkward
Local cat dad indulges feline feelings at San Diego's first kitty coffee shop

 

 
Log in to use your Facebook account with
San Diego CityBeat

Login With Facebook Account

Recent Activity on San Diego CityBeat
 
Home / Articles / Arts / Seen Local /  Rebecca Hicks
. . . .
Wednesday, Jul 20, 2011

Rebecca Hicks

The geeky gal behind the “Geektopus” on the front page of this week’s CityBeat

By Kinsee Morlan

Comic-Con is in the air and, if you’re like San Diegan Rebecca Hicks, it’s time to let your geek-flag fly.

“I’m a writer and an artist, but before that, I was a geek,” Hicks says. “I’ve been a geek since the day I was born. I love all things pop culture—science fiction, fantasy, comic books. I’ve loved all that stuff since I was a kid. I think Star Wars is to blame. So, the ‘Geektopus’ is just a piece kind of reflecting all those aspects of geek culture I love so much.”

“Geektopus,” the eight-legged octopus proudly exhibiting his geek-meets-hipster sensibilities on the cover of CityBeat this week, is one of Hicks’ fun one-off character drawings. She sells prints of those sort of things at comic conventions alongside shwag from her bread-and-butter, Little Vampires, a web comic that was boat Comic-Con five years ago.

“It was just a side project,” Hicks says of the cutesy, pint-sized vampires with a penchant for blood oranges.

Little Vampires started as a hand-bound book at the Con. She was pushing a different comic-book project at the time, but people kept commenting on the darling little bloodsuckers instead.

“People were like, ‘More, more, more,’” she says.

So Hicks developed the characters and made more books, magnets and other Little Vampires bobbles and doodads. People dug it, so, by 2009, she decided to make it a web comic, and she’s steadily been working the comic convention circuit and growing her fan base more every year.

The initial idea for the loveable Dracula juniors was inspired by her husband, James, whom she calls “the wind beneath my geeky wings.” James has type II diabetes and, because of the disease, has tiny pricks at the tips of his fingers from constantly checking his blood-sugar levels. One day, the two were joking about the little holes in his fingers saying he looked like he’d been attacked by miniature vampires. The image wouldn’t leave Hicks’ head.

“So, that’s how it got started,” Hicks says. “Because of a random comment about my husband’s chronic disease.”

 

Rebecca Hicks will be at Booth 1435 in the web-comic section at Comic-Con.




 
 
 
 
 
 
Close
Close
Close