Last year, Tri Force Entertainment decided to do something to bridge the gaps between local comic cons that happen around Charlotte. They launched a bi-monthly geek fest at The Rabbit Hole that encourages its patrons to come dressed up in theme (which changes every time).
I attended Doctor Who, Star Wars and Batman themed events and it lived up to the hype — what can beat sipping themed drinks and getting your groove on with Darth Vader and Batman?
I got in touch with Dave Harlequin of Tri Force Entertainment to talk all things Geektopia:
What is Geektopia all about?
At the end of the day, Geektopia is really just a place for nerds, geeks and fandom culture to come party and have fun in a safe, judgment free environment, away from all of the typical types of people that frequent nightclubs and such.
What can one expect at a Geektopia event?
Geektopia is always something different, yet always similar, too. Each event has its own unique theme, based on a particular fandom.
For example, when we did our ‘Gotham Nights’ event we decorated the venue to mimic a Gotham City ballroom, had the Bat-Signal out front, and ran a Murder Mystery game throughout the event.
We worked closely with The Rabbit Hole’s bar staff to come up with themed drink specials for every show as well. Sometimes we bring out bands to perform, sometimes theatrical performers; it really all depends on what fits that particular night.
And of course we always have DJs playing dance music throughout the night, costume contests with various prizes, games and vendors at every single show.
What’s coming up for Geektopia?
Our next Geektopia will be “A Party of Ice & Fire” on March 19 celebrating the return of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and the wonderful novels of George RR Martin.
This is one we’ve all wanted to do for a long time now, but decided to wait until March to line up with the new season.
We’ll have everything I mentioned above, and we’re hoping to get some episodes of the show playing on all the TVs in The Rabbit Hole as well.
Geektopia is slowly becoming a new home for cosplayers and geeks alike.
No longer do they have to wait for a comic con to roll around anymore.
The environment is just like going to a con but without the hassle of booking rooms and worrying about missing a panel. Each theme is different and each experience is different. Even if you aren’t that big of a geek, it’s a fun time — and especially cool to see some of the more creative and time consuming costumes.
Check out their Quentin Tarantino event this Friday, Feb. 26, or hold out for the long-awaited Game of Thrones themed event in March.
All images courtesy of David Fullam