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Sci-Fi Speed Dating was a hit for self-proclaimed geeks and nerds at New York Comic Con this year -- people signed up and got real fictional. The room is sterile and well-lit, with 40 folding chairs neatly organized.
First, the convention is downtown. It's all in hopes that someone they picked out wrote down their number, too. No one likes a know-it-all. He counts off the women and an equal number of men, cutting off the line just before me. The lines are long, and Glitch will ultimately turn people mostly men away before opening the doors.
I grab a seat on a folding chair.
Only once does the topic of what I do for a living come up. But a love scandal ripped hearts in two during one of the sessions on Saturday, leaving lusty Princess Leias and sexy Superwomen without partners in crime fighting.
I choose my favorite New Mutants character for the lady in the Nightcrawler T-shirt Warlock, for the record. Just ahead of me in the rotation is a writer from a popular comics blog, asking interview-style questions of each of the women, with two cameras trained on him at all times.
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She just really, really likes Freddie Krueger, it turns out. The molten hot asteroid of several women's eye was a man dressed up as Bane, one of Batman's arch enemies.
Starting a conversation from scratch 15 times in an hour is hard, even for the most social among us. On the female side, at least, anime fans have a healthy lead over fans of American comics.
Other participants, like Batman -- also known as Kamel Nelson, 25 -- had a blast talking with other like-minded fanboys and girls.
I respond, unwisely, by talking about The Wire. Nearly all of the women, however, are decked out, or, at the very least, have an accessory: I fall back on my reporting background almost immediately, conducting these sessions like interviews. Check out more Sci-Fi Speed Dating photos below!
But during one of Saturday's sessions, married and monogamous Bane skewed the results -- for Sharcoff, anyway.
And like that, the three minutes are up. The men are all instructed to grab a nametag, numbered one through New York Comic-Con, it seems, is a dirty free for all.
Cheat Sheet A speedy, smart summary of all the news you need to know and nothing you don't. Joe movie, stands next to them silently. Not one of the 15 men seated is in costume.
I do, however, walk away with seven email addresses. So much for the dirty free for all. But it turned out that Bane was a real life Two-Face. When we first spot him downstairs at the Javits Center, however, he has traded his Jedi robes for sunglasses and a black T-shirt.
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The freaks part, she says, is inherent—the geeks, the dorks, the nerds my wordsall decked out in costumes and paraphernalia. The parallels between New York Comic-Con and that song are obvious, she says.
Emcee and self-styled geek standup Ryan Glitch runs a fairly well-oiled machine in a conference room so steeped in sexual awkwardness one could cut it with a light-saber replica. Bane refused to comment on his alleged debauchery.
Instead they're assigned a number -- to avoid the occasional stalker -- and at the end of dozens of rounds, each person writes down his or her favorite numbers.
It is a concern, no doubt, shared by both lines, and Glitch and his scantily clad girlfriend begin the process of flagging down women. Only now, with the women lined up against the wall facing us, is the contrast made painfully obvious.
At least this time … I'll go again. We will not share your email with anyone for any reason. The absurdity of the whole scenario is a frequent topic of conversation. Once every three minutes, the men are instructed to stand up, take a step to their right, and start anew with the next available woman.
Ladies who spoke to HuffPost Weird News said the man was a real charmer during the 2-hour quick-date fest, despite his character being a real nemesis.
I discuss the works of Haruki Murakami with one woman and Hayao Miyazaki with another. His Batman questions seem to go over much better. The topic of Buffy comes up at least once.