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When Batman met Wonder Woman: Superhero speed dating comes to Aberdeen

When Batman met Wonder Woman: Superhero speed dating comes to Aberdeen

Superheroes routinely save the world, but fixing up a date can prove a lot more difficult.

Just think of all those furtive glances between Lois Lane and the heavily-disguised (bespectacled) Clark Kent in Superman or the painful rites-of-passage endured by Peter Parker in Spiderman.

And it can be just as hard for those geeky comic book fans who enjoy dressing up as the heroes to find the time for romance.

But now there's a potential solution: a night of speed-dating which is being held by the organisers of Aberdeen's inaugural Cos-Con at Slains Castle on October 16.

It's the prelude to the main event on Saturday at the Rox Hotel. But if you want a ticket, you had better get your costume ready and move like The Flash.

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The Cos-Con confreres are refreshingly honest. They're not pretending the evening has any connection to 50 Shades of Grey.

Instead, as organiser Alasdair Watson said: "This is no 'Boy meets girl, they fall in love, get married, and have awesome cosplay babies' type event.

"This is a 'Geek meets geek, they talk about geeky stuff, they become geeky friends and have awesome geeky times together' type event.

  (Alasdair Watson)
via STV via STV

"Whether you're new to the Cosplay scene, a bit shy, want to make some friends before you attend Cos-Con or simply expand your circle of awesome friends, this is for you.

"Through a series of activities, games and shenanigans (plus a beverage or two), you'll have the chance to meet some new people, make some new friends, or perhaps learn a bit more about some people you already know.

"It's kinda like speed dating, but without the desperately trying-to-hook-up bit (although extra points will be awarded to anybody who hooks up)."

  (Alasdair Watson)
via STV via STV

That chance to utter the phrase "Amours Assemble" heralds the launch of what Alasdair describes as an action-packed Saturday programme.

He told STV: "With a surprisingly large and active cosplay community, Aberdeen is an ideal location for an event like this.

"Cos-Con North will be an intimate and engaging all-ages convention, taking place in the luxurious Rox Hotel, with activities hand picked by the organisers to appeal directly to costumers - without all the queuing and massive piles of merchandise to fight your way through which you find at large comic cons.

"A small selection of high quality vendors and artists will be set up throughout the day selling a selection of toys, art, clothing and costumes."

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Thom Wall, the other organiser of Cos-Com added: As well as the chance to show off your work in different cosplay competitions, there will also be a series of workshops and panels.

"And there will be discussions and demonstrations of a huge variety of creative skills and techniques, such as make-up, wig styling and armour building, led by some of the UK's best cosplayers and cosplay professionals.

"The entire event is being hosted by Edinburgh comedian Des O'Gorman and Glasgow entertainer Veronica Le Strange, with an afterparty in nearby Slaines Castle - which is being run by the organisers of Granite City Comic Con.

"But tickets are going fast, so we advise anybody who wants to get involved to do so now."

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