Shari Goldhagen at Penthouse looks at the idea of meeting members of the opposite (or same, we suppose) sex at conventions . The article is very tongue in cheek while reinforcing some of the very worst ideas about nerd culture.
Sci-fi conventions such as San Diego’s Comic-Con are under-the-radar hook-up havens. No, really.
So I was more than a little surprised when my friendly neighborhood comic-book-store clerk told me she was looking forward to this year’s New York Comic Con because “conventions are all about the sex.”
Yeah, right, I thought. In other news, the world is flat and simultaneous orgasms occur readily outside of Smallville fan fics.
But, she discovers, it’s the PARTY scene that really gets things cookin’:
The big cons—SDCC, NYCC, and Alternative Press Expo—all have VIP parties with open bars, which can lubricate the social interaction for sure. You’re not going to go home with Jessica Alba in her fuck-tastic Fantastic Four garb, but as Vic Holtreman of ScreenRant.com notes, “There’s a lot of hitting on people and flirting; there’s a feeling of community.” And any celebs in tow are well aware that a review from a popular fan site can make or break a sci-fi movie, so they’re at their most approachable.
How to, indeed! Anyway, as you read, you’ll meet Jennifer, who is dressed as Wonder Woman but thinks guys aren’t checking out her double-eagles. And Eva, “who was a very naughty elf at I-CON last year.” And also Valerie D’Orazio and David Gallaher make a cameo.