It takes a lot to turn heads on the subway, and while unleashing a box of worms and crickets most certainly set a new bar for seeing/saying something, straphangers are relatively nonplussed even by the showiest of showtimes. But if you’re heading anywhere near the Hudson Yards station this weekend, you might have to prepare yourself for an actual double-take. The nearly sold-out New York Comic Con is taking over the Javits Center and the 7 Train will be packed with masked vigilantes, caped crusaders, anime fanatics, and every strain of cosplayer that’s been working on their costume since last year’s convention.
Even in its 11th year, NYCC keeps the non-nerd community scratching their heads about whether Halloween has indeed come early or if this is some sort of Santa-Con spinoff. The convention has quickly grown from a place to score deals for your graphic novel collection and back issues of Uncanny X-Men to a massive, multi-media event full of film and TV panels and screenings. But it’s the cosplay community that continues to take the show to the next level of “if-you’re-into-this-really-specific-nerdy-thing, well-then, you-can-find-it-here.”