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

If Spider-Man, Wonder lady, Harry Potter, Harley Quinn, Wolverine and many Jedis had been all collected in an area, the phrase “nervous intimate tension” may possibly not be the very first thing which comes in your thoughts.

But that is exactly just what took place Thursday on starting nights Sci-Fi Speed Dating at Salt Lake Comic Con, where about 100, mostly costumed, pop-culture fans arrived together when you look at the hopes of creating a love connection that is nerdy.

Or at minimum land a date when it comes to brand brand new “Thor” film.

This is the very first of 10 hourlong rate dating sessions during Comic Con — two of these 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 are not any guarantees you’ll have such a thing in keeping with anyone,” Glitch stated. “ right Here, also if you’re not really a ‘Star Wars’ fan, you at the very least realize the ‘Star Wars’ fandom because you’re a fan of one thing too. You have got that commonality 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?

“Those never appear to work,” Glitch says.

Marvel fans versus DC fans?

“That frequently leads to a few figures.”

Before things started, Glitch laid straight straight down a ground that is few: that is anonymous rate dating, therefore no exchanging of names or cell phone numbers — that’ll be sorted out later on if there’s a match. Each pairing has precisely three full minutes to obtain familiarized prior to the guys need certainly to slip one seat to your right and get to the woman that is next.

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 want to see my number of individual fingernails?” is a truly bad starting line.

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

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

“I’m trying to come out of my boundaries and satisfy brand new individuals,” Smith stated. “I’ve attempted dating to my terms that are own it didn’t work down since they don’t have similar interests. . I’m extremely traditional. Dating to me personally is similar to courtship, me to a potential wedding. and so 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 somebody who shares comparable passions and who’s prepared to happen to be other Comic Cons in Sweden and Japan.”

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

“i eventually got to fulfill many people. A lot better than last time.”

Joshua Rush, whom lives near Logan and it is dressed as a “Star wars Sith that is their 3-minute times went very well.

“It had been enjoyable and there were a large amount of good girls, that was really refreshing,” Rush stated. “For the $20 enrollment charge it absolutely was well invested. Love does not have any cost like this, appropriate?”

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