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He also co-hosts the podcasts Paying Dues and The Cross Hatch Podcast.
The people who attend conventions catering to geeks—like the bustling celebration of video games, graphic novels, and anime that was last month’s New York Comic Con—don’t have the best reputations in the wider culture.
The lines are long, and Glitch will ultimately turn people (mostly men) away before opening the doors. ”“Well,” I answer, “you never know.”It’s a good enough answer to get me through the door, to where a DJ is playing the Star Wars Cantina theme on the other side of the room. The men are all instructed to grab a nametag, numbered one through 15. For the next hour, women refer to me as “Number 15.”Now it’s the women’s turn to enter. An odd contrast, to be sure, but one I’m thankful for when the timer sounds and a chorus of “hi”s echoes through the room.He is editor of Gearlog and founder of the comics blog The Daily Cross Hatch.His writing has appeared in Spin, Entertainment Weekly, The Onion, The New York Press, and other publications.In fact, New York Comic Con (NYCC) and other fan specific spaces also do a tremendous job of inverting many carefully crafted social norms.Nowhere was this more apparent than at New York Comic Con’s speed dating event.
He counts off the women and an equal number of men, cutting off the line just before me.“Can I talk to you for a second? “Girls, up against the wall,” Glitch says into the microphone, adding, for laughs, “and spread ’em.” A man with a bit of a gut, dressed as Snake Eyes from the G. Starting a conversation from scratch 15 times in an hour is hard, even for the most social among us.