New York Comic Con’s Speed Dating for Geeks

New York Comic Con’s Speed Dating for Geeks

Looking for a gf whom really loves horror film paraphernalia and anime? She that are sitting across away from you at New York Comic Con’s event that is speed-dating. Brian Heater reports.

Brian Heater

a meeting goer appears close 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 really loves horror-movie paraphernalia and anime? She might be sitting across away from you at nyc Comic-Con’s event that is speed-dating. Brian Heater reports.

“You know Ke$ha, right?” asks the girl utilizing the synthetic Freddie Krueger glove.

“Sure,” I answer, a bit baffled. Provided the limitless conversational subjects presented by the jam-packed meeting 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, in which the freaks all come around. It’s a hole into the wall surface. It’s a dirty free for several.

The parallels between New York Comic-Con and therefore track are clear, she states. First, the convention is downtown. (really, the Jacob K. Javits Center is maybe 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 terms), all decked away in costumes and paraphernalia.

The “hole when you look at the wall surface” component continues to be unclear. I’ve got a couple of theories, but provided the duration that is fairly limited of date, We have them to myself.

Fundamentally, all of it results in that line that is final. Ny Comic-Con, this indicates, is a dirty free for many.

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

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

The declaration isn’t totally accurate. He’s a big guy, certainly—a self-proclaimed stereotypical showgoer (hefty, white, nerdy)—but there’s no Jedi paraphernalia on their big framework. We have been 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 suppose.” It’s not as popular a remedy when I expected.

It really is a problem, without doubt, provided by both lines, and Glitch along with his scantily clad gf start the entire process of flagging down females.

Glitch announces reassuringly to your type of dudes which he came across their “lovely associate” at a past event—C5, he informs me later on, brief for Celebration, a semi-annual Star Wars meeting, the fifth of that was held come july 1st in Orlando. It absolutely was the time that is first one-man business, Lightning Fast Speed Dating, had taken component this kind of a show, also it was a rousing success, by many reports.

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 fabric coat|leather that is black} and fake synthetic shotgun with a bright orange tip that he’s more than simply 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 style in blended business.

Ours may be the 2nd of three such sessions held during the period of brand new York Comic-Con’s 3 days, plus 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 people (mostly guys) away before opening the doorways. He counts from the ladies and an equal amount of guys, cutting off the line right before me personally.

“Can we communicate with you for an additional?” I ask.

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

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

“Are you single?” he responds. I nod.

“Are you right here simply to report, or have you been searching for someone?”

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



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