Nerd seeking nerd: Speed dating at Salt Lake Comic Con is the possibility for fans to produce cosplay love connections

Nerd seeking nerd: Speed dating at Salt Lake Comic Con is the possibility for fans to produce cosplay love connections

The phrase “nervous sexual tension” might not be the first thing that comes to mind if Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Harry Potter, Harley Quinn, Wolverine and several Jedis were all gathered in a room.

But that’s just exactly exactly what occurred Thursday on starting nights Sci-Fi Speed Dating at Salt Lake Comic Con, where about 100, mostly costumed, pop-culture fans arrived together within the hopes of creating a nerdy love connection.

Or at land that is least a date for the new “Thor” film.

It was the very first of 10 hourlong rate dating sessions during Comic Con — two of those reserved for LGBTQ folks — and it is a huge draw every year, stated Ryan Glitch, the evening’s referee, whom hosts these dating occasions at around 60 conventions every year.

“With conventional rate relationship, there aren’t any guarantees you’ll have any such thing in keeping with anyone,” Glitch said. “ Here, also at least understand the ‘Star Wars’ fandom because you’re a fan of something too if you’re not a ‘Star Wars’ fan, you. That commonality is had by you to generally meet individuals and build from.”

That does not indicate all Comic Con folks are obviously appropriate.

“Star Trek” fans versus “Star wars fans that are?

“Those never appear to work,” Glitch says.

Marvel fans versus DC fans?

“That usually leads to a number of systems.”

Before things started, Glitch laid straight straight down a ground that is few: this might be anonymous rate dating, therefore no exchanging of names or cell phone numbers — that’ll be sorted away later on if there’s a match. Each pairing has exactly three minutes to obtain familiarized ahead of the males need to slip one seat towards the right and progress to the next girl.

Glitch, a natural standup comedian, kept things entertaining: a Utah-is-so-white break, a dig at one dater whoever Spider-Man costume he declared become “too Walmart,” and a tip that “Hi, do you need to see my number of peoples fingernails?” is a truly bad line that is opening.

“I’ve always tried to produce individuals laugh, plus in a scenario such as this, when they’re laughing, they’re perhaps perhaps not nervous. We figured i really could make people laugh and bring them together, that’s the whole reason behind achieving this,” he said.

Caitlyn Smith arrived down from Boise for Comic Con and thought she’d provide Sci-Fi Speed Dating an attempt. She’s in a vivid red wig, dressed as Anastasia through the 1997 animated movie of this same title.

“I’m trying to come out of my boundaries and fulfill people that are new” Smith said. “I’ve attempted dating to my terms that are own it didn’t work away since they don’t have similar interests. . I’m extremely traditional. Dating to me personally is similar to courtship, me to a potential wedding. therefore I would instead someone court”

Sami Newell-Nickel of western Jordan — decked down as Elizabeth Liones through the Japanese anime “The Seven Deadly Sins” — said she ended up being “looking for a person who shares similar interests and who’s prepared to go to other Comic Cons in Sweden and Japan.”

“If i recently get one quantity using this, I’ll be delighted,” said Slade Trevethick of South Salt Lake, who’s rocking an appearance through the anime video clip game “Steins;Gate.”

“i eventually got to satisfy lots of people. Much better than last time.”

Joshua Rush, whom lives near Logan and is dressed as a “Star Wars” Sith, stated his 3-minute times went very well.

“It had been enjoyable and there have been plenty of nice girls, that has been really refreshing,” Rush stated. “For the $20 enrollment cost it had been well invested. Love does not have any cost that way, appropriate?”