The Heroes of Comic Con
Milk Made loves seeing subcultures. We love putting ourselves in the midst of any gathering of people where they can break away from their normal daily routines and have the chance to let their freak flags fly with other like-minded weirdos. It’s obvious then why we we are so enthralled by the idea of going to Comic Con and getting our chance to gawk at it’s colorful cast of Cosplay characters (check out that alliteration!). Andrew Boyle reports:
Holy geek overload true believers! New York Comic Con took over the entire Javitt’s Center on Manhattan’s West Side for it’s 7th year – evolving into the premier comic, video game and movie pop culture convention on the east coast. Like a mecca for science fiction, 100,000 people arrived across three days for this sci-fi extravaganza and arguably New York’s most enjoyable event. Guests this year included Adam West and Burt Ward (Batman & Robin in the 60s), Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings and Nickelodeon’s Ninja Turtles), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Stan Lee, Christopher Lloyd (Better known as Doc Brown from Back to the Future), Lou Ferrigno (the original TV Hulk), and hundreds more.
Arrival is overwhelming, moving through a football field length entrance lobby, attendees in spectacularly elaborate costumes making Halloween seem like a mere dress rehearsal, thanks to ‘cos-play’ exploding in the U.S. Cos-Play (short for costume play) was born in Japan and street styles like ‘Lolita’ made their way to New York from the streets of Harajuku.
And of course – the super hero costumes. Fans pull out all stops ranging from detailed Marvel, DC, Star Wars and sci-fi inspired attire, through to insanely clever and obscure ensembles that range from steampunk remixes on popular characters, to full commitment such as the Nightmare Before Christmas fans dressed as Jack Skellington standing 10 feet tall on stilts. Nerdy girls turned heads all day as they don rather revealing costumes based on video game franchises like Tekken and Soul Caliber, with impossibly tight and sparsely covering body suits.
Photos By: Andrew Boyle