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Step right this way for stuff the likes of which one formerly had to attend a con to get ... T shirts, key chains, necklaces, and wristbands, now coming to your favorite shopping mall courtesy of Hot Topic, the boutique beloved by wannabe Goth guys and gals.

To give Hot Topic credit, I do have to say that they were also the only place where you could get T shirts for Neil Gaiman's MirrorMask.

(What I can't figure out is the situation with the Death Note live-action movie itself, for which this Hot Topic deal is a tie-in/promo. There are special showings May 20-21, for which you have (had?) to enter and win a little contest, and the DVD is coming in September, but will the movie ever go into regular release? It sounds like it's going direct to DVD.)


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May. 12th, 2008 02:54 pm (UTC)
Something tells me I should maybe get a few more Death Note things on my table this year. XD
May. 15th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)

Not a bad idea!

May. 12th, 2008 03:06 pm (UTC)
Hrm? Hot Topic has had random anime and cartoon stuff for quite a while...I got an Avatar shirt there last year. DN seems huge enough that it's just the sort of thing they would stock -- kind of like the Naruto stuff they were selling a few years ago.

(Mmmm, smells like baby mallgoth and mallcore, dang kids these days don't know how good they have it, in my day we had to walk uphill in the snow both ways just to find fishnets and Manic Panic and black nail polish, grumble grumble grumble... *chuckle*)
May. 15th, 2008 02:33 am (UTC)

Since I wasn't aware of the shop until I had a kid, it's hard for me to imagine it having things that I like - despite all the evidence to the contrary! The young lady loves that place.

May. 15th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
Torrid also *used* to be good for that sort of thing -- they started out as essentially Hot Topic's sister store for girls a little heavier or curvier than the original chain's skinny-14-year-old demographic. Unfortunately, they've been shifting focus over the last couple of years and getting further and further away from their intitial gothy/punky standbys -- now they're more like Lane Bryant's edgier streetwear teenage cousin.

(Has the Y.L. been to Commander Salamander in Georgetown yet? If she likes Hot Topic she'd probably eat their stuff right up...)
May. 17th, 2008 03:37 am (UTC)

Eeee, Commander Salamander! Talk about a venerable institution - that was the ultra-cool place to shop when I was her age! No, we haven't been there in this generation! It used to be very black-leather-and-studs in my day. She isn't interested in the more extremely hard-edged gothy stuff, and in fact, it doesn't suit her, with that very English Rose complexion. She tends to go for the goth/folkloric-style stuff - like the Tripp brand brocade-and-black-lace things we can see at Torrid. But she won't dress up for school - jeans and Ts all the way, with maybe a sweater or a hoodie over them (she likes the Ts at Threadless, or movie or show Ts) - so there's a limit to how much of that dressier gothy stuff I'm going to buy for her!

May. 17th, 2008 12:00 pm (UTC)
Hee, they still have lots of the punk/goth/emo stuff that's a bit too edgy for the mallcore Urban Outfitters or Hot Topic crowd, but they've usually also got a fair bit of the funky t-shirts and more romantigoth girly stuff from Lip Service and the like in velvets and lace and such, and random retro styles -- I got an adorable purse on their clearance rack once that looked very 1930s. They also typically have a bunch of cutesy/kitschy novelties in the accessory section upfront -- lots of Hello Kitty and goofy stuff from the Archie McPhee catalog. It's a fun little place. :)
May. 19th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)

Well, she's all for the idea, although she's wondering whether they'll have things to fit her (she's like a size 22 on the bottom, but she can wear men's XL T-shirts, just like Mom). And she wants to drag Liz along. Goodness knows when we'll be able to do it, though. (The number of weekends before we go out of town is diminishing rapidly.)

May. 20th, 2008 05:45 pm (UTC)
I don't recall if their girly stuff runs up to larger sizes -- I don't head out to Georgetown terribly often, the lack of a Metro station makes it less convenient than a lot of other neighborhoods that aren't so annoyingly infested with tourists and drunken frat kids -- but they definitely should at least have XL guy shirts in stock. And of course there are all of the funky little accesories and such where size isn't really an issue...
May. 23rd, 2008 05:15 pm (UTC)


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