There are a lot of reasons to love New York Comic Con. Of course, there are the obvious ones: all the wild panels, fun interviews, and the breaking news produced by both of them. And then there's the cosplay, which is notable both for its incredible creativity and for the fact that it fills the New York subways up with people decked out in superhero costumes, ridiculous armor, wild masks, blood-red paint, and other genre accoutrements.
We have our eyes peeled for the best of the best cosplay at the Javits Center, and on day one we were not disappointed. There was a great mix of classic superheroes, group costumes, and horror icons — both classics for the month of Halloween and new favorites from It and Stranger Things.
Whether you're planning to attend the con or not, check out our gallery of some of the best of the best cosplay from the first day at NYCC!