By Amanda Moses
October is a month of creativity for costume lovers, cosplayers, and comic book aficionados because of New York Comic Con, an annual four-day convention extravaganza at the Jacob Javits Center (additional panels and screenings are also held at Madison Square Garden, the Hammerstein Ballroom, the New York Public Library at 476 5th Avenue, and the Hudson Mercantile).
Every year, almost 200,000 fans are treated with a host of entertainment guests, comic book artists, and other infamous talent who are willing to take selfies, sign autographs, and/or speak at a series of panels regarding their work. After waiting on lines and scrambling for seats at panels or autographing lines, attendees can also enjoy the show floor and artists alley.
A Brief Tour of New York Comic Con
The show floor is the grand arena where various exhibitors distribute free merchandise samples from their brand and where vendors sell comics, toys, paintings, statues, video games, clothing, and other memorabilia. In addition, collectors can find exclusive items sold only at New York Comic Con. The show floor is also where participants can take pictures with various cosplayers, life-sized character statues and even climb on top of a gigantic dragon for a quick and free photo-op.
Video gamers can also rejoice in playing upcoming, or recently released, games for free. On display this year was Shadow of War, Life is Strange, Dead by Daylight and so much more.
The Artists Alley is another wonderful section of New York Comic Con that is dedicated to comic book artists, who showcase their latest artwork and even draw custom designs for attendees. Overall, the most memorable part of New York Comic Con, at least for most people, is the experience meeting and participating in cosplaying. Some revelers go all out by creating their outfits from scratch based on pop culture characters, while others don the latest costumes to hit the racks for Halloween. It is these celebrants that make New York Comic Con so much fun because they embrace the comic culture and pose with other attendees.
Photos by Dean Moses