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.”
Still confused? Our advice: enjoy the people-watching, play “Count-the-Harley-Quinns,” and watch out for all the swords. And even if you’ve got no intention of actually going to the convention, you can still enjoy some of these early-bird cosplay standouts, who took to the streets of NYC just as the big event was getting underway this week…
Dr. Strange: Earth's Sorcerer Supreme and ZogSports Ultimate Frisbee Champion
When your dragon Uber is 10 minutes late and you got seven damn kingdoms to conquer.
Apparently DR has a "No shirt, no shoes, no Shredder" policy.
Headless Rick and Morty haunting the 7 stop.
Best "Construction Worker Costume" or just a construction worker? You make the call!
Even Gods of War need to moisturize before heading into battle.
That's so Raven! In fact, it actually is Raven from Teen Titans.
Unicorn-helmeted cosplayers also run (or at least walk) on Dunkin'.
Things are looking up for Spiderman's nemesis Venom, here in mid-transformation.
Life lesson: when you dress like the Joker you're going to sit alone.
Princess Mononoke in the wild.
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