October in Manhattan means two things: Halloween and New York Comic Con. If you can’t wait until the 31st to dress up, or enjoy the fun costume creations of others, you can head over the Javits Center for the 4-day comic book extravaganza. While most people agree the convention is mainly about comics, you can’t ignore the fully decked out fans that invade the showroom floor ever year to let their geek flag fly.
The characters seen roaming NYCC cross every dorky medium including video games, books, graphic novels, comic books, TV shows, movies, urban myths, and even the imaginations of the costume’s creator. Loyal NYCC attendees can spend up to several months crafting their look. IBTimes TV took to the showroom floor at NYCC 2013 to show you the ‘cosplay’ highlights.
‘Cosplay,’ a term short for “costume play,” is a performance art in which participants wear costumes to represent a specific idea or character. Favorite sources include anime, comics, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, manga, and films. The popularity of ‘cosplay’ has grown exponentially over the years, and the largest event for cosplayers outside of Asia is NYCC’s big brother, the annual San Diego Comic-Con.