At Paste, we’ve seen a lot of cosplay. From the multi-media maelstrom of San Diego Comic-Con to last month’s PAX West , our reporters and editors have witnessed all manner of costume design from the most gloriously indie manga references to the small armies of Harley Quinns and Deadpools of late. (Kudos to whomever bought stock in Daddy’s Little Monster shirts and Louisville Sluggers before con season.)
But last weekend’s New York Comic Con had its own distinct flavor that transcended polyester and plastic. The cosplaying population may not match that of its competing cousin in southern California, but for those who do indulge, the innovation and ornamentation go above and beyond.
A thousand of these words won’t match one of these pictures, so enjoy the gallery above, and check out our favorite NYCC Cosplay Part I.