The New York Comic Con has been bringing people together to celebrate the work of comics and more since 2006. Since then they’ve expanded to include many other pop-cultural institutions such as Television, Anime, Manga, Video Games and even full feature length films. Due to the large overlap in the interests in 2010 the New York Anime Festival was joined with the New York Comic Con. From a respectable beginning with an estimated 33,000 attendees the comic convention has grown exponentially to take over the Javits Center with an attendance of over 105,000, according to the official New York Comic Con website.
There are no signs of slowing down at this year’s New York Comic Con either. Exhibitors and Professionals alike consistently elicited a mixture of astonishment at what many felt was the largest attendance yet. While the official numbers haven’t been announced at this time the sheer size and excitement made this event a must-see for any fan of entertainment.
People come from all over the country and beyond to attend New York Comic Con not just look for things, but to be a part of something bigger. Whether at the convention to snag that rare hard-to-find comic you’ve been searching for, previewing the latest game or attending the panel of your favorite author, the New York Comic Con offers the chance to meet people; lots of people.
As the very name implies, a comic convention gathers people from all over the comic industry. Sellers come to offer their collection of comics, figures, and other paraphernalia. Some of these products could be rare – required by someone to finish their collection – or there may be a new comic that will be the start to a lifelong interest.
As with most conventions, the New York Comic Con not only has people buying and selling goods, but many from the industry as well. Comic artists come to sign their work, experts give panels on their subjects, and video game producers preview their latest trailers.
Of course, what would a comic convention be without the people who choose to dress as their favorite characters from comics, anime, manga, video games, or their own special creations? This is where the cosplayer comes in. As much an attraction as the products and exhibits being showcased, these costumed people show their love and pride to everyone. Some may be simple while others are large and complicated, but they’re all there to have fun.
The word cosplay comes from a combination of the words “costume” and “play”. No matter the subject or material it’s the having fun that matters. Which one(s) of the below cosplay outfits are your favorite and why?
Stay tuned for more from the Northeasts biggest comic convention from highlights, panels and interviews from the people and genres that you love.