(4 Oct 2019) COSPLAY DOMINATES PACKED OPENING DAY AT NEW YORK COMIC CON
Fans packed the sold-out Javits Center as their favorite characters Thursday (3 OCTOBER 2019) at New York Comic Con.
Cosplay was on full display as fans embraced their favorite comic book characters, video game antagonists, movie heroes, and numeorus other genres.
Maddie Michalik, Senior Editor for the entertainment industry magazine Pop Insider, spoke about the increased popular of New York Comic-Con.
“This event is about people embracing all of the things that they love most. So, anything from movies to TV shows, video games, books, and more. Everything is here. So you can do everything from meet your favorite comic book artist to see some of your favorite actors on stage, it’s really just encompassing so much,” Michalik said.
Rhiannon Schneider, who came dressed as Starlight, from the Amazon Prime series, “The Boys,” says this is her third time attending.
“It’s exciting. Every year I think you get more and more into it, and you develop your cosplay a little bit better early on, because the problem is you have a year to prep, and all of a sudden, it’s two weeks out, and you realize you’re still trying to hot glue stuff. So, it’s a – we’ve gotten better over the years, I’ll give us that,” Schneider said.
For Jackie Bell, it’s her sixth New York Comic-Con, and this time she came dressed as “Toothless,” one of the dragons from “How to Train Your Dragon.
The Long Island native was in costume when she took the train to the event.
“I take the wings off and the tail off. Other than that, I was kind enough – a photographer was kind enough to put my wings on for me. And the tail (spins around) is just a belt,” Bell said.
San Diego is considered the flagship of the popular convention circuit, but more than 100 events from Arizona to New York hold some version of a Comic Con.
Artist Christopher Uminga, who counts DC comics and Disney among his clients, says this one has a different feel.
“New York is a hustle show, man, just like the city. It’s nonstop. It keeps you on your toes. San Diego is much more mellow, I feel, and New York, you have to be on your A-game when you’re here,” Uminga said.
New York Comic Con’s website boasts that it’s one of the largest comic gatherings in the country, with more than 250,000 fans attending in 2018.
The annual event runs until Sunday (06 OCT 2019).
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