With geek culture having established an undeniable influence over mainstream entertainment, New York Comic Con has become a major annual event—drawing more than 180,000 aficionados of comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies and television from around the world. Big names show up for signings, screenings and panels. With a multitude of cosplayers (costumed participants dressed like fictional characters) roaming the Javits Center, you’ll find yourself gawking at Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, Boba Fett and many others making small talk in the aisles.
Comic Con. Photo: Marley White