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

If Spider-Man, Wonder lady, Harry Potter, Harley Quinn, Wolverine and lots of Jedis had been all collected in a space, the expression “nervous intimate tension” may not be first thing which comes in your thoughts.

But that’s 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 came together into the hopes of earning a love connection that is nerdy.

Or at minimum land a date for the brand brand new “Thor” film.

This is initial 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 activities at around 60 conventions every year.

“With conventional rate dating, there aren’t any guarantees you’ll have such a thing in keeping with anyone,” Glitch stated. “ right Here, even if you’re not really a ‘Star Wars’ fan, you at the very least comprehend the ‘Star Wars’ fandom because you’re a fan of one thing too. You have got that commonality to meet up with individuals and build from.”

That does not suggest all Comic Con folks are obviously suitable.

“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 systems.”

Before things started, Glitch laid straight down a few ground guidelines: that is 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 precisely three minutes to have familiarized prior to the males need to slip one seat off to the right and get to the next girl.

Glitch, a natural standup comedian, kept things entertaining: a Utah-is-so-white crack, 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 individual fingernails?” is an extremely bad line that is opening.

“I’ve always tried to create people laugh, as well as in a situation 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 is the reason that is whole 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 scarlet wig, dressed as Anastasia from the 1997 animated movie of this name that is same.

“I’m trying to walk out of my boundaries and satisfy people that are new” Smith stated. “I’ve attempted dating back at my terms that are own it didn’t work down simply because they don’t have similar interests. . I’m extremely conventional. Dating to me personally is much like courtship, me to a potential wedding. thus 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 comparable interests and who’s ready to go to other Comic Cons in Sweden and Japan.”

“If i recently get one quantity from this, I’ll be delighted,” said Slade Trevethick of Southern Salt Lake, who’s rocking a 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 it is dressed as being a “Star wars Sith that is his 3-minute times went very well.

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