In a galaxy not so far away, 110 self-proclaimed anime fans, nerds, cosplayers and sci-fi fanatics gathered together under a common objective:
In this episode of Sci-Fi Speed Dating, I, …
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Denver Comic Con
There were several speed dating sessions held during this year's Denver Comic Con, including three for the LBGTQ community.
In one of those episodes of Sci-Fi Speed Dating, I, along with over one hundred men and women disguised as their favorite characters, lined the walls near a room at the Denver Convention Center at this year’s Denver Comic Con, waiting to embark upon 20 three-minute conversations with one another hoping to find the Uhura to their Spock and the Aragorn to their Arwen.
“Ladies, follow the green stick of mating,” instructed our Jedi-knight Ryan Glitch, founder and organizer of Sci-Fi Speed Dating, with his green light saber. The event travels around to various cons and events helping people who share in nerdy passions meet others – and find love - in a no pressure and thematic setting.
“Oh, there are 50 of you and one of me – all right,” Glitch laughed as he instructed the ladies on how this event was about to go. He then laid down the rules – no names, no ages, and no locations - and gave us the signals for help, if we should encounter a creepy dude.
“No matter what the world says – I’m on your side – Boobs before dudes ladies!”
One by one the ladies dressed in everything from Disney’s Merida, a Scottish princess to a lady Deadpool cosplayer, sat in chairs lining the room, numbered 1 to 55, waiting for their opportunity to meet new people, and find that one to share in at least a brief conversation – if not life – with.
“I’m not cosplaying anyone today,” said No.22 also known as Sarah, a young woman sitting next to me along the wall. “But we’ll see what comes out of it.”
“Hey, No. 20!” Shouted No. 17 to the lady on my left as the men began to enter the room. “There’s a dude Deadpool over there!”
“YES!” No. 20, cosplaying as a lady Deadpool, replied while making some bawdy gestures.
And after the men heard the rules, the game, I mean the event, began.
One by one men - dressed in characters such as The Great and Powerful Oz to Naruto Uzumaki, an anime ninja of the League Village - sat across from me, complimenting me on my Channel 6 Reporter April O’Neil cosplay from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comics, asking about my experience at the con, my profession, my favorite genres of shows, and what nerdy things I liked.
“I like that April O’Neil cosplay, it’s the original,” said No. 22 or Isaac, as I later found out, after the session ended.
After about an hour of fun, energetic conversations and 20 micro-mini dates, the session ended. We were then instructed to write down the badge numbers of those we’re interested in furthering conversation with, and go to a table – one for ladies and one for guys – and give out our contact information.
“Did you have any luck?” I asked my newly-formed friend, Elise, a shy pirate, after we gathered our sets of numbers we both received from the session.
“Yea, I found a few!” she replied, telling me about the three men she found interesting.
And while we exited, unique match-ups began to form.
So perhaps you can find fellowship in the unexpected after all – if you make it so.
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