Looking for a gf whom loves horror film paraphernalia and anime? She might be sitting across away from you at nyc Comic Conâ€™s event that is speed-dating. Brian Heater reports.
a meeting goer appears close to Ork from Warhammer 40,000 throughout the 2010 nyc Comic Con during the Jacob K. Javits Center in new york 8, 2010 october. (Timothy A. Clary, AFP / Getty Images)
Looking for a girlfriend whom really loves horror-movie paraphernalia and anime? She might be sitting across away from you at nyc Comic-Conâ€™s speed-dating event. Brian Heater reports.
â€œYou understand Ke$ha, right?â€ asks the girl with all the synthetic Freddie Krueger glove.
â€œSure,â€ I answer, a bit baffled. Because of the unlimited conversational subjects presented because of the convention that is jam-packed above our minds, i might not have guessed weâ€™d broach the job regarding the â€œTik Tokâ€ singer so quickly.
â€œThereâ€™s a song,â€ the girl explains, â€œTake it well.â€ She recites the chorus,
Thereâ€™s a accepted place downtown, where in actuality the freaks all come around. Itâ€™s a hole when you look at the wall. Itâ€™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 certainly not downtown, but we donâ€™t correct her. No body likes a know-it-all.) The freaks component, she says, is inherentâ€”the geeks, the dorks, the nerds (my terms), all decked call at costumes and paraphernalia.
The â€œhole into the wall surface part that is ambiguous. Iâ€™ve got a couple of theories, but offered the fairly restricted length of your date, We have them to myself.
Finally, it all results in that line that is final. Nyc Comic-Con, this indicates, is a dirty free for several.
Of course, thereâ€™s nothing particularly â€œdirtyâ€ going on in space 1A20. The area is sterile and well-lit, with 40 foldable chairs nicely arranged. When every three full minutes, the guys are instructed to face up, just 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. â€œThey call me personally â€˜Giganakin,â€™â€ Glitch announces before the session commences, â€œbecause Iâ€™m overweight, and my costume is Anakin.â€
The declaration is not totally accurate. Heâ€™s a big guy, certainlyâ€”a self-proclaimed stereotypical showgoer (hefty, white, nerdy)â€”but thereâ€™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 â€œsausage-festâ€ several times, and generally lamenting the dearth of X chromosomes as he separates us.
â€œWhat sort of geek have you been?â€ a lady asks me personally. We hesitate for a brief moment and react, â€œComics, i suppose.â€ Itâ€™s not as popular a remedy when I expected.
It really is a concern, without doubt, provided by both lines, and Glitch along with his scantily clad gf start the entire process of flagging down ladies.
Glitch announces reassuringly towards the 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 â€œlovely assistantâ€ at a past eventâ€”C5. It had been the time that is first one-man company, Lightning Fast Speed Dating, had taken component this kind of a show, and it also ended up being a rousing success, by many reports.
Once we first spot him downstairs at the Javits Center, nevertheless, he’s got exchanged their Jedi robes for sunglasses and a black colored T-shirt. Itâ€™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 heâ€™s more than simply wireclub a speed-dating host; heâ€™s a cyborg sent through the future to facilitate nerd love, offer water containers in return for Star Gate trivia, and split jokes of dubious flavor in blended company.
Ours could be the 2nd of three such sessions held during the period of brand new York Comic-Conâ€™s three times, the other about speed dating through the convention seemingly have captured the imagination regarding the showâ€™s attendees. The lines are long, and Glitch will fundamentally turn individuals (mostly guys) away before opening the doorways. He counts from the ladies and an equal quantity of guys, cutting from the line prior to me personally.
â€œCan we communicate with you for an extra?â€ We ask.
â€œAm I in some trouble?â€ the Terminator reacts.
He is told by me that Iâ€™m because of the press. That Iâ€™m right here to report in the event, undercover.
â€œAre you single?â€ he responds. We nod.
â€œAre you right here in order to report, or will you be looking for someone?â€
â€œWell,â€ I answer, â€œyou never understand.â€