San Diego may tout the biggest pop culture convention in the United States, but New York has made its own aggressive strides, with the Javitz Center housing roughly 15,000 more revelers in recent years. And with those crowds come streams of cosplayers, fans who have labored with vinyl, zippers, leather and clasps for days (weeks? months!?) to recreate their favorite characters. Jeanette D. Moses will be canvassing the floor all weekend, taking shots of the best efforts. Check out the gallery above for our favorite selections from Thursday.