Valentine’s Day as a geek can typically be described in one of the following ways: 1) A second Christmas in which both people get a present that can only be found inside the pages of a Previews catalog or 2) A somewhat to extremely lonely night of rereading Twilight* for the umpteenth time.
SoulGeek aims to eliminate fanboy (or fangirl) loneliness by offering a dating site specifically tailored for geeks, according to founder Dino Andrade, who started the network after discovering how difficult it was to meet people in his own experiences.
As a seasoned voice actor of many cartoons and video games, it was only natural that Andrade would fall in love with Mary Kay Bergman, famously known for creating and performing all the original female roles on South Park (including the Blame Canada song!!). When she tragically passed away in November of 1999, the two had been married for over a decade.
It took years to recover from the loss, but eventually he decided to get back on the saddle, according to Andrade, who said the most difficult part about it was being a geek.
“When you’re in your 30s and you tell people you read Batman and watched Star Wars 25 times in the theater, it makes it impossible to connect with anyone,” Andrade said. “You would have thought that being a widower would have been a bigger hurdle to jump. Not the case.”
Now in his 40s, Andrade found love again with his old high school sweetheart — who’s also a fangal. However, he never forgot the difficulty of weeding out the majority of the population to find a geeky soul mate and so he started SoulGeek.com in 2007 with the money left to him by his late wife.
“My dream is to have the children of a happy SoulGeek couple be watching cartoons made by Mary Kay, and then have them know that she is the reason their parents are together,” he said.
The site currently boasts 15,000 users from across the world with another 1,000 added each month. Free accounts let you see who else is in the area and find out about those folks in very match.com-like profile summaries, which are more akin to LiveJournal with links to fan-fiction, convention photos, and rationale for why you are a particular kind of geek. They’ll make their first public appearance at WonderCon 2009, with meet-ups to follow at future conventions, most notably, Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia.
For more info check out the site: soulgeek.com
* Nobody wants that to happen, least of all, Stephen King.