Nyc Comic Con’s Speed Dating for Geeks

Nyc Comic Con’s Speed Dating for Geeks

Trying to find a gf who really loves horror film paraphernalia and anime? She might be sitting across away from you at ny Comic Con’s speed-dating event. Brian Heater reports.

Brian Heater

a meeting goer stands next to Ork from Warhammer 40,000 through the 2010 ny Comic Con during the Jacob K. Javits Center in new york October 8, 2010. (Timothy A. Clary, AFP / Getty Images)

Trying to find a gf whom loves horror-movie paraphernalia and anime? She might be sitting across away from you at ny Comic-Con’s event that is speed-dating. Brian Heater reports.

“You understand Ke$ha, right?” asks the lady with all the synthetic Freddie Krueger glove.

“Sure,” I answer, a bit baffled. Provided the limitless conversational subjects presented because of the jam-packed convention taking place above our minds, i might do not have guessed we’d broach the task associated with the “Tik Tok” singer therefore quickly.

“There’s a song,” the girl explains, “Take it well.” She recites the chorus,

There’s a accepted place downtown, where in actuality the freaks all come around. It’s a hole when you look at the wall surface. It’s a dirty free for many.

The parallels between ny Comic-Con and that track are unmistakeable, she states. First, the convention is downtown. (really, the Jacob K. Javits Center is certainly not downtown, but we don’t correct her. No body likes a know-it-all.) The freaks component, she claims, is inherent—the geeks, the dorks, the nerds (my words), all decked call at costumes and paraphernalia.

The “hole within the wall surface part that is confusing. I’ve got a couple of theories, but offered the fairly restricted timeframe of your date, We have them to myself.

Finally, all of it results in that last line. Nyc Comic-Con, it appears, is a dirty free for several.

Of course, there’s absolutely nothing that is particularly“dirty on in room 1A20. The area is sterile and well-lit, with 40 chairs that are folding arranged. When every three full minutes, the guys are instructed to face up, simply take a step to their right, and begin anew using the next available woman.

Emcee and self-styled geek standup Ryan Glitch operates a rather well-oiled device in a seminar space therefore steeped in intimate awkwardness you can cut it with a light-saber reproduction. “They call me personally ‘Giganakin,’” Glitch announces before the session commences, “because I’m overweight, and my costume is Anakin.”

The declaration is not totally accurate. He’s a big guy, certainly—a self-proclaimed stereotypical showgoer (hefty, white, nerdy)—but there’s no Jedi paraphernalia on his big framework. Our company is first introduced to him outside, into lines of male and female, forbidding pre-show inter-gender conversations, muttering the phrase “sausage-fest” several times, and generally lamenting the dearth of X chromosomes as he separates us.

“What kind of geek have you been?” a lady asks me personally. We hesitate for a moment and react, “Comics, i assume.” It’s not as popular a remedy as I expected.

It’s a problem, without doubt, shared by both relative lines, and Glitch along with his scantily clad gf start the entire process of flagging down females.

Glitch announces reassuringly into the line of dudes which he came across their “lovely associate” at a previous event—C5, he informs me later on, brief for Celebration, a semi-annual Star Wars meeting, the 5th of that has been held this summer in Orlando. It absolutely was the first-time Glitch’s one-man business, Lightning Fast Speed Dating, had taken part this kind of a show, also it ended up being a rousing success, by many records.

Him downstairs at the Javits Center, however, he has traded his Jedi robes for sunglasses and a black T-shirt when we first spot. It’s only after an assistant hands him a black colored leather-based jacket|leather that is black} and fake synthetic shotgun with a bright orange tip that he’s more than just a speed-dating host; he’s a cyborg sent through the future to facilitate nerd love, offer water containers in return for Star Gate trivia, and break jokes of dubious flavor in blended business.

Ours could be the 2nd of three sessions that are such during the period of brand new York Comic-Con’s three times, then one about speed dating throughout the meeting seemingly have captured the imagination of this show’s attendees. The lines are long, and Glitch will finally turn individuals (mostly guys) away before opening the doors. He counts from the females and an equal quantity of guys, cutting from the line right before me personally.

“Can we speak with you for an additional?” We ask.

“Am I in some trouble?” the Terminator responds.

We simply tell him that I’m aided by the press. That I’m right here to report from the event, undercover.

“Are you single?” he responds. We nod.

“Are you right here simply to report, or will you be looking for someone?”

“Well,” I answer, “you can’t say for sure.”

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