New York Comic Con’s Speed Dating for Geeks

Friday, December 25, 2020

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 ny 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 nyc 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 that are sitting across away from you at nyc Comic-Con’s speed-dating event. Brian Heater reports.

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

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

“There’s a song,” the lady 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 within the wall surface. It’s a dirty free for many.

The parallels between ny Comic-Con and that track are unmistakeable, she claims. 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 states, is inherent—the geeks, the dorks, the nerds (my terms), all decked down in costumes and paraphernalia.

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

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

Of course, there’s absolutely nothing particularly “dirty” going on in space 1A20. The area is sterile and well-lit, with 40 foldable chairs nicely arranged. When every 3 minutes, the guys are instructed to face up, just take a step to their right, and begin anew using the next available girl.

Emcee and self-styled geek standup Ryan Glitch runs an extremely well-oiled device in a meeting room therefore steeped in intimate awkwardness you could 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 completely accurate. He’s a guy that is big 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?” a female asks me personally. We hesitate for a moment and react, “Comics, i assume.” It’s not as popular a solution when I expected.

It really is an issue, no doubt, provided by both lines, and Glitch along with his scantily clad gf start the entire process of flagging down ladies.

Glitch announces reassuringly to your type of dudes he tells me later, short for Celebration, a semi-annual Star Wars convention, the fifth of which was held this summer in Orlando that he met his “lovely assistant” at a past event—C5. It absolutely was the very first time Glitch’s one-man business, Lightning Fast Speed Dating, had taken component this kind of a show, and it also ended up being 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 leather-based 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 split jokes of debateable style in blended business.

Ours could be the 2nd of three such sessions held during the period of brand new York Comic-Con’s 3 days, and one about speed dating through the meeting appears to have captured the imagination for the show’s attendees. The lines are long, and Glitch will fundamentally turn individuals (mostly guys) away before opening the doorways. He counts from the females and an equal amount of males, cutting from the line right before me personally.

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

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

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

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

“Are you here in order to report, or will you be searching for someone?”

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