New York Comic Con (NYCC) was held this past weekend at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan. The convention has been running since 2006 and has gradually progressed to epic proportions, coming closer every year to rivaling the San Diego Comic Con in size and celebrity appearances. Part of the appeal is the fact that there are comic book aficionados, sci-fi/fantasy/adventure television connoisseurs, and superhero movie fanatics all in one place – along with some of the creators, actors, and writers involved. Another great appeal is the opportunity to dress up and be photographed in clothing that pays homage to fans’ favorite characters from these different creative forms.
In 2011, NYCC attracted over 105,000 attendees from all over the country. While the numbers for the four-day event are still being calculated for this year, it’s safe to assume there were just as many if not more attendees. Notable guests over the course of the convention included Veronica Taylor of Pokemon fame, The Walking Dead mastermind Robert Kirkman, the quintessential comic maven Stan Lee, and the noteworthy Anne Rice.
Of particular interest to Anglotopia, though, was spotlight guest Peter Davison. Davison was the fifth incarnation of Doctor Who. He played the good Doctor from 1982 to 1984. At the time he played the role, he was 29 and deemed the youngest actor to play a lead role. During his two-year run on the show, he encountered all sorts of memorable opponents, including the Cybermen and the Daleks.
The line to receive Davison’s autograph at the Con was reportedly very long at any given time, and he was in attendance on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
In addition to Davison’s presence, there was much excitement in the air for Anglophiles. There were dozens of attendees dressed in their best Dr. Who and Sherlock cosplay. There were meet-ups organized via Livejournal for both Dr. Who and Sherlock, that involved connecting with fellow fans and even posing alongside them in an impromptu photo shoot.
Overall, NYCC was a great success with immense amounts of fun had by all attendees.
Check out the photo gallery for some cosplay highlights throughout the weekend.