“And that’s just what we know from people telling us on our Facebook page! “We got lucky, we hit on a good idea, and we ran with it.” Since then, he and a rotating staff of friends have organized speed-dating events at about twenty cons per year; Sci-Fi Speed-Dating reality show Geek Love aired briefly on TLC, then moved to gaming website IGN.
” A “big old nerd” from a family of NASCAR enthusiasts in upstate New York, Glitch is a gleeful one-man show of movie quotes, silly voices, and fart jokes. “Next year I’m going to try to push it to 35 [conventions],” Glitch says. Well, live meagerly, I should say.” Between cons, Glitch works in the back room of a local Walmart, assembling floor model displays.
“I got an e-mail back asking, ‘How does speed dating work? The day I met him, he was wearing an Indiana Jones costume rigged to play the movie theme song when he walked.
He doesn’t think he’s the fastest Walmart assembler in the world, but admits that in 25 years he’s gotten pretty good. In the craft economy of costuming, his specialty is fabricating armor.
Lamenting the tyranny of football at his high school, he offers to show me his Pokall, but a Jedi knight with spiked hair yells, “Time’s up! Weekend Jedi warrior Ryan Glitch is the 27-year-old owner of Sci-Fi Speed Dating, which in three years has organized hundreds of speed-dating events at dozens of super-fan conventions.
Glitch’s sessions have resulted in five marriages, two babies, nineteen engagements, “and over a hundred couples dating seriously,” he tells me at one of New York Comic-Con’s eight Sci-Fi Speed Dating sessions.
mon character hitting on an older woman, the kid is surprisingly suave.
“This is my third Comic-Con, but it’s the first year I was old enough to do this,” Ash Ketchum says, gesturing to the 82 men and women seated in pairs in a conference room in the basement of the Javits Center.
“It was like twenty guys and five girls,” he recalls. Later that year, he emailed the organizers of Stars Wars Celebration V to suggest they try speed dating. He says his friend and speed-dating collaborator Jeff Hubbard is the best assembler in the world. Hubbard has been assisting Sci-Fi Speed-Dating setup and ticket sales since the beginning.(LGBT speed dating generally occurs in separate sessions.) He is strict about lines.