Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus 

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New Yorkers may have noticed a few more costumed characters than usual as the New York Comic Con returned to Manhattan this weekend. 

The event’s organizers announced the cancellation of their four-day in-person annual event in 2020, due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

In its place, a virtual event called ‘New York Comic Con X MCM Comic Con Metaverse’ was on those dates. 

The convention returned in 2021 with a requirement that all attendees ages 12 and up to provide proof of full vaccination in order to enter.

Many of the convention-goers were masked both to protect from COVID-19 and because that’s what was required of their colorful costumes, as they cosplayed as various characters throughout film, TV, movies and graphic novels. 

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

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New Yorkers may have noticed a few more costumed characters than usual as the New York Comic Con returned to Manhattan this weekend, including this Harley Quinn

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

The convention returned in 2021 with a requirement that all attendees ages 12 and up to provide proof of full vaccination in order to enter

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

This female Deadpool showed off how people often take liberties with cosplay, adding features to beloved characters to create a costume that’s like new

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, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

Many of the convention-goers were masked both to protect from COVID-19 and because that’s what was required of their colorful costumes, as they cosplayed as various characters throughout film, TV, movies and graphic novels, like these Spidermen (and Spiderwoman) 

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

People got into the spirit of a newly relevant costume, dressing like characters from Netflix’s Squid Game

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

The convention has drawn as many as 180,000 people over a weekend to New York’s Jacob Javits Center

Celebrities who both create and portray those beloved characters are always a big part of conventions, and the 2021 New York Comic Con is no exception. 

Autograph seekers could pay as much as $100 to get signatures from or photos with the likes of William Shatner, Hayden Christensen, David Harbour, John Cena, George Takei, Chace Crawford, Anthony Starr, Jurnee Smollet, Edward James Olmos, Erin Moriarty, Jack Quaid, Kel Mitchell, Daryl ‘DMC’ McDaniels, Jim Ross and Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler.

There were also several panel sessions, including a 40th anniversary retrospective of MTV, a virtual Q&A with the cast of the upcoming reboot of I Know What You Did Last Summer and a panel with the main cast of Amazon’s The Boys.  

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, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

Amazon’s hit series The Boys had one of the larger panels Friday, as cast members looked back on the show’s first two seasons

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, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

The series, which debuted on the streamer in 2019, combines action and comedy and satirizes the larger comic book universes popular in modern movies

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, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

Former Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford plays aquatic superhero The Deep on The Boys, which recently wrapped production on its third season

There were also planned meetups available for various fandoms. The Comic Con encouraged hour long sessions for devotees of the likes of Harry Potter, Pokemon, Star Wars, Twilight and Doctor Who. 

The convention also features several events centered around the business and hobbying of cosplay.

Attendees can find out how they can do charity work or occasionally volunteer as cosplayers. They can even learn how to turn it into a business at the ‘Business of Cosplay: Professional Development’ session.

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

The convention not only holds panels for cosplayers but encourages those who dress up from similar fandoms to hold meetup events

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, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

Convention-goers often dress up in a different costume for all four days of the convention

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, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

Some come dressed as the real thing, like this person showing off as Sonic the Hedgehog, which is awaiting a sequel to the legendary video game character’s hit film

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, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

A man dressed as Obi Wan Kenobi from Star Wars stops this costumed creature in its tracks  

Diversity and inclusion in cosplay were also hot topics at various sessions, including ones that focused on how to incorporate body positivity and disabled access into costumes, or one session that was themed around cosplay and drag. 

There are also several events centered around video games, podcasts, Broadway and even wrestling, as several AEW performers are in attendance. 

The convention runs through Sunday at Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Convention Center.

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

This woman shows off as Storm, the X-Men character most famously portrayed on film by Halle Berry 

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

Several characters came dressed as Harley Quinn, who has featured in three different films in recent years

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

The costumes ranged from homemade to professional and extremely elaborate

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

, Costumes galore as New York Comic Con returns to Manhattan after a COVID-induced hiatus , The Today News USA

Part of the joy of cosplaying at conventions is the combination of characters from various universes posing for photos, like this one of the Incredible Hulk