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    Posted October 11, 2013 by
    New York, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    New York Comic Con 2013

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    Stardate 2013: NYCC Has Arrived


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     NYCC veteran JDAlady is back again this year at the increasingly popular sold out convention: 'This year, the vendors are catering to steampunk and Doctor Who more than I've ever seen before. Also, the first day was more crowded.'
    - hhanks, CNN iReport producer

    In a world where costuming knows no bounds, a small group of several tens of thousands gather. Drivers along the West Side Highway become passerby witness to this display of fandom and imagination. Within this labyrinth convention, heroes and villains find common ground. New York Comic Con has become a sold-out haven for various exhibitors, guests, artists and attendees.


    Roaming the halls, Xena and Poison Ivy keep good company while a Ghostbuster eyes an Ecto Blaster. Cat Smith was dressed as Gabrielle, Ann McManus was Xena, Alexander Boruff was Joxer, and Andre Almodovar was Ares. Bane was quite a mask challenge but dedication is part of the character. Steampunk cosplayers have also landed their invasion and their vendors were abound. An Inspector Gadget caught most by surprise, yet his helicopter hat was not a fully functional one. With the high level of authenticity at these conventions, you never know what will end up flying through the halls.


    Starfleet are usually in hand especially when Black Cat is nearby. Also touring the convention floor was Kristen Bloschak in Celes' opera gown, from Final Fantasy VI, partnered with Emma Frost. Rogue protects the press room while Avacyn, from Magic the Gathering, takes on the minion crowds. In flowing garb and ominous stance, Snape endows us with his presence.


    Some of the spotlight entertainment guests are Patrick Stewart, William Shatner, David Duchovney and Gillian Anderson. John Barrowman has a panel which is timely for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, where at this convention Colin Baker is the resident Doctor.


    NYCC is beyond packed and brimming with their 2013 program, a separate dimension must lurk within the grounds.


    by Diane Abela

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