Most of the time, I love living in Ireland; where else can you get a perfectly salty spice bag? Though sometimes, I wouldn’t mind buying a one way ticket to America and never coming home. There are many factors as to why I can’t do exactly that, such as not having a green card or a visa, but man, if I could, I’d be gone! One of the reasons why I’d love to move there is that if you want to buy geeky apparel, there just happens to be a lot more choice over in the states. Sure, we have Amazon, Etsy and eBay, but that can work out pretty pricey! It’d be a lot easier if we had a one stop shop, such as Hot Topic.
Hot Topic is a store that get a lot of abuse. Known as the emo hot spot (pardon the pun), many internet users love to rip the piss out of the store. There has even been a game made that makes fun of the renowned franchise! If you like playing nonsense internet games, play it. Open it up in a tab and play it after you finish this article. Seriously, it’s a pretty fun game! Violent at points, but has some nostalgic tunes for us old emo/scene kids.
Back to the point at hand; Hot Topic and geeky clothes, which it has a lot of. I’m fortunately travelling to New York in May, and already I’ve a list of apparel and general stuff I plan on getting whilst over there from Hot Topic. Heck, half of my geeky stuff are bits I’ve ordered off the stores website and delivered here to Ireland! Despite it’s reputation, it actually has some good bits for those who are into comic books, anime, gaming, and such. It’s especially good for people who are interested in comic books, and if you happen to like the recent DC Bombshell’s launch, then you’re going to love what Hot Topic have just announced; a DC Bombshell clothing collection!
Some of the Bombshell’s variant covers
The Bombshells live in a universe where female superheros guard the homefront during World War II. Originally created as a series of statuettes inspired by 1940 pinups and dieselpunk, it later sparked two runs of variant covers, the first being in August 2014 and again in October 2015, this time to coincide with the launch of their own series, DC Comics Bombshells. Since their launch, the powerful women have been cosplayed numerous times. It’s a rare sight to not see at least one Bombshell cosplay at a convention these days! Not only are they fun and new, but they’re actually pretty easy to create. The only hard task would be if you were cosplaying Harley Quinn and having to make her jacket. Fortunately, Hot Topic has solved that problem as they are selling her jacket! For a more authentic look, you can add on the elbow patches and pins, but half the work is done for you. Don’t want to be a villian and fancy being a hero? Don’t worry, look no further for the most WONDERful news! You can snag not only the Wonder Woman top, but the bottoms too.
Unfortunately, as this is an American store, the shipping costs can charge you up to €40! But they do often have half price international shipping, and if you’re buying a bit, it can actually work out pretty handy. Be mindful of import charges, they can be sneaky. Last time I bought around €100 worths of bits, paid €20 shipping, and €20 import tax. So if you’re interested in just one or two things, chip in with friends or find a long lost relation in the States, or even sneak onto Amazon or eBay to find an alternative!
Nonetheless, it’s a pretty cool collection, and you ca check them out here.