But, by mid-evening, Regina was happily engaged and chatting with men of all races, her hot pink painted mouth upturned in a shy smile.
Though it’s refreshingly counterculture, speed dating at Comic Con is not a panacea. You are stuck in a room with 50 people you have nothing in common with.
Two years ago, the company launched a convention-specific program geared at fans and enthusiasts 18 and over, promising the potential to “meet your own superhero or shinobi [ninja],” the program, which was free to this year’s 100,000 attendees, was a runaway success.
The demand was so great that they added a sixth, stealth session, announced only to those who were turned away from the advertised events.
conventions, for example, tend to skew much, much older attracting 40-50 year olds relieving their teen years in a safe environment.
In an inverse to regular speed dating (and regular New York City demographics), men vastly outnumber women—the ratio is skewed to provide three guys to every girl.
Regina B., 33, bounced up to the table with a gorgeous red patterned dress and a style equal parts Harajuku and punk rock.Another way that Comic Con speed dating is more accepting of nontraditional relationships is that there are transparently nonmonogamous people participating.Adam W., 33, a handsome black man who came dressed as Elwood Blues from , is in a long-distance open relationship.While she was ambivalent about meeting someone at the event, she said she preferred the face-to-face contact because her experience on online dating sites taught her the Internet maxim that people lie in photos.A frequent con-goer (who is into horror and costume drama as well as and anime), Regina explained how the normal dating preferences often disqualified women like her: "I have a hard time with Caucasian men because I'm taller. Punk rock guys wanna date size zero Gap girls, not me." She expressed interest in "beautiful Korean and Asian boys," but also had a list of requirements, including no one named Jimmy and no one in a band.