Nyc Comic Con’s Speed Dating for Geeks

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

Brian Heater

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

Looking for a gf whom loves horror-movie paraphernalia and anime? She might be sitting across away from you at nyc Comic-Con’s speed-dating event. Brian Heater reports.

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

“Sure,” I answer, a bit baffled. Because of the limitless conversational subjects presented by the convention that is jam-packed above our minds

, i’d do not have guessed we’d broach the task associated with “Tik Tok” singer therefore quickly.

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

There’s a place downtown, in which the freaks all come around. It’s a hole within the wall surface. It’s a dirty free for many.

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

The “hole within the wall surface” part continues to be ambiguous. I’ve got a couple of theories, but because of the fairly restricted timeframe of your date, We have them to myself.

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

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 organized. When every three full minutes, the guys are instructed to face up, just take one step to their right, and begin anew using the next woman that is available.

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

The declaration is not completely 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, as he separates us into lines of male and female, forbidding pre-show inter-gender conversations, muttering the phrase “sausage-fest” many times, and generally lamenting the dearth of X chromosomes.

“What sort of geek are you currently?” a female 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 concern, without doubt, provided by both relative 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 previous event—C5, he tells me later on, brief for Celebration, a semi-annual Star Wars meeting, the fifth of that has been held come early july in Orlando. It had been the time that is first one-man business, Lightning Fast Speed Dating, had taken component such a show, plus it ended up being a rousing success, by many accounts.

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 bottles in trade for Star Gate trivia, and split jokes of dubious style in blended business.

Ours may be the 2nd of three sessions that are such during the period of New York Comic-Con’s 3 days, the other about speed dating through the meeting appears to have captured the imagination for the show’s attendees. The lines are long, and Glitch will eventually turn individuals (mostly guys) away before opening the doorways. He counts from the ladies and an equal wide range of males, cutting from the line right before me personally.

“Can we speak with you for an extra?” I ask.

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

I make sure he understands that I’m aided by the press. That I’m right here to report in the event, undercover.

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

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

“Well,” I answer, “you never understand.”