Real Heroes: An Ode to the Everyday Cosplayer

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October 12 marked the end of this year’s New York Comic Con. The 3-day comics, TV, and film convention takes place annually at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, and hits different cities throughout the country, year-round.

The turnout for this year was as massive as any other. With stars from each medium, memorabilia, autograph signings, and discussion panels galore, NYCC is a dream for fans of all ages. But, comic con is also a place where the fans get to delve into the stardom for a bit, by participating in cosplay: the transformation of fans into characters, through costume.

Walk anywhere within a mile of the convention and you’re likely to see your favorite costumed hero, portrayed not by muscular actors or big screen starlets, but by ordinary folks like you and me. This is dedicated to them. Honest, hard-working Americans who for one weekend in the year don’t need to experience a touch from the gods or a bite from a radioactive spider to transcend their human forms. They simply slip on a costume and let the cameras catch their glory.

After all, what’s it all for, if not the fans? Here are a few shots from the NYCC cosplay participants that don’t get the spotlight they deserve.

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And even I joined in on the fun!

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OK, OK mine’s just terrible. But hey, it was fun all the same!

Sibu Puthenveettil | News Cult