Trying to find a gf whom really loves horror movie paraphernalia and anime? She that are sitting across away from you at nyc Comic Conâ€™s event that is speed-dating. Brian Heater reports.
a Convention goer appears close to Ork from Warhammer 40,000 throughout the 2010 nyc Comic Con during the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City 8, 2010 october. (Timothy A. Clary, AFP / Getty Images)
Looking for a gf whom really loves horror-movie paraphernalia and anime? She might be sitting across away from you at ny Comic-Conâ€™s speed-dating event. Brian Heater reports.
â€œYou understand Ke$ha, right?â€ asks the girl using 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 do not have guessed weâ€™d broach the task associated with the â€œTik Tokâ€ singer therefore quickly.
â€œThereâ€™s a song,â€ the lady explains, â€œTake it well.â€ She recites the chorus,
Thereâ€™s a place downtown, in which the freaks all come around. Itâ€™s a hole within the wall. Itâ€™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 perhaps not downtown, but we donâ€™t correct her. No body likes a know-it-all.) The freaks component, she claims, 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 uncertain. Iâ€™ve got a couple of theories, but provided the fairly restricted length of our date, We have them to myself.
Eventually, all of it results in that final line. Nyc Comic-Con, it appears, is a dirty free for many.
Of course, thereâ€™s absolutely nothing particularly â€œdirtyâ€ going on in space 1A20. The area is sterile and well-lit, with 40 foldable chairs nicely arranged. As soon as every three full minutes, the guys are instructed to face up, simply take one step to their right, and begin anew using the next available girl.
Emcee and self-styled geek standup Ryan Glitch operates an extremely well-oiled device in a meeting 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 guy that is big 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 kind of geek are you?â€ a lady asks me personally. We hesitate for a moment and react, â€œComics, i assume.â€ Itâ€™s not as popular a solution when I expected.
It really is an issue, without doubt, provided by both lines, and Glitch and his scantily clad gf start the entire process of flagging down ladies.
Glitch announces reassuringly to your type of dudes which he met their â€œlovely associateâ€ at a previous eventâ€”C5, he tells me later on, brief for Celebration, a semi-annual Star Wars meeting, the 5th of that was held come july 1st in Orlando. It had been the first-time Glitchâ€™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.
Whenever we first spot him downstairs at the Javits Center, nevertheless, he has traded their Jedi robes for sunglasses and a black colored T-shirt. Itâ€™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 heâ€™s more than simply 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 break jokes of debateable style in blended business.
Ours could be the 2nd of three such sessions held over the course of brand new York Comic-Conâ€™s 3 days, plus one about speed dating throughout the meeting seemingly have captured the imagination of this showâ€™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 number that is equal of, cutting off the line prior to me personally.
â€œCan we communicate with you for an extra?â€ I ask.
â€œAm I in some trouble?â€ the Terminator reacts.
He is told by me that Iâ€™m aided by 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 have you been looking for someone?â€
â€œWell,â€ I answer, â€œyou never know.â€