This year, Los Angeles Comic Con had approximately 100,000 attendees over its three days from October 26, 2018 through October 28, 2018. On Saturday night, 75 lucky fans were awarded with the unique opportunity to attend a special after-party on Hot Topic’s tab! It was an amazing night full of food, fun, drinks, exclusive Funko-sponsored giveaways, and the company of a bunch of toy collectors talking about all things vinyl and pop culture.
What better way to end a long day of awesomeness at the 2018 Los Angeles Comic Con than to party on into the night as a guest of Hot Topic, hosted by Hot Topic’s Nerdette, at an intimate meetup at Downtown Los Angeles’ Lucky Strike bowling alley and restaurant?
Convention.Life joined in on the festivities. Consider us lucky beyond words.
After the convention floor shut down, we made our way past The Staples Center, through LA Live, and to the front doors of Lucky Strike, where we checked in and got our super swanky Hot Topic private event wrist bands. We were also handed a non-descript red raffle ticket that would turn out to be the key to hidden Hot Topic gold.
For the next two hours, we traded stories, compared collections, and shared a post-convention dinner against the backdrop of neon bowling, free drinks and Game 4 of the MLB World Series playing on four giant TV screens. HT Nerdette made sure everyone felt like they were at home, and talked to every single person at the meetup. One of the nicest people you’ll ever meet at a convention. Hands down. High fives and a bunch of laughs. Genuinely happy to be there.
As the night drew to a close, we all gathered at the front of the room, non-descript red raffle tickets in hand. Usually, when you’re given non-descript red raffle tickets, it usually means that a few huge prizes are given away, to a few lucky people, while everyone else walks away with a non-descript red raffle ticket souvenir. This was definitely not the case at the meetup. At the end of the night, EVERYONE at the meetup went home with a Funko-sponsored / Hot Topic Exclusive raffle prize. EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. These prizes were nothing to sneeze at, either. We saw Harry Potter prototype figures, autographed exclusive cereal boxes, New York Comic-Con Exclusives, Conan O’Brien San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Pop figures and Disney prototype mystery mini figures, just to name a few. Suffice it to say, everyone walked away from the event happy.
Thank you for an epic night, HT Nerdette. We can’t wait until the next meetup!
Check your local Hot Topic stores, or go online, to find exclusive Funko merchandise.
You can find HT Nerdette on Periscope, where she lets viewers in on all upcoming Hot Topic merchandise.