Seeing strange people on the streets of Manhattan isn’t unusual. But, if you were anywhere near the Jacob Javitz Convention Center this weekend, you’ll have seen the hoards of graphic novel obsessed fans descending on the glass and steel center on Manhattan’s West Side.
Elves, Japanese chicks in blonde wigs and Victorian dress, Lord of the Ring characters, Star Wars characters (some brandishing light sabers), blue and pink bob wigs, a Mr. T lookalike, and the occasional catsuit means there’s probably something to keep everyone focussed. (We’ll let you guess what we liked most of all.)
There was genuinely a good vibe about the convention. People dressed up, dressed outrageously, and got into their favorite character — whether that’s Pikachu or some sharp-dressed future businessman, maybe of their own invention. But at the same time they were pretty chilled out, with people posing for photographs for complete strangers.
Comic Con has an amazing ability to bring together really very different types of people, from the most effeminate geeks (yes, I mean of the male gender) to musclemen to parents and children. And that’s why we love it.