In Salt Lake City, we had bigger lines than A-listers.” He describes a Sci-Fi Speed-Dating line that once overshadowed a William Shatner panel.
Some men are looking for girlfriends, but most say they’d be happy even with the dreaded friend zone.
“Just someone who accepts me,” a Power Ranger with a Long Island accent says, gesturing to his spandex-clad body.
“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.
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.