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New Yorkers get their nerd on at Comic Con

By Henry Hanks, CNN
updated 10:07 AM EDT, Mon October 14, 2013
Now in its eighth year, New York Comic Con is a force to be reckoned with, as fans descended upon the Big Apple in the hundreds of thousands from October 10 to October 13 to celebrate their favorite sci-fi, fantasy and comic books. Some, such as this group of <a href='http://t.co/iqL7lKyZrY' target='_blank'>1990s X-Men</a>, take part in what's called "cosplay," masquerading as popular or at times, obscure characters. Click through the gallery for more photos from NYCC: Now in its eighth year, New York Comic Con is a force to be reckoned with, as fans descended upon the Big Apple in the hundreds of thousands from October 10 to October 13 to celebrate their favorite sci-fi, fantasy and comic books. Some, such as this group of 1990s X-Men, take part in what's called "cosplay," masquerading as popular or at times, obscure characters. Click through the gallery for more photos from NYCC:
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Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
Fans, stars flood New York Comic Con
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Now in its eighth year, tickets for New York Comic Con sell out
  • 116,000 fans attended in 2012; this year's attendance should exceed that
  • Stars mingle with costume players as big comic book and TV announcements are made

(CNN) -- It was the annual gathering of the geeks in the city that never sleeps.

After an attendance of 116,000 in 2012, New York Comic Con tickets were sold out this year, as crowds lined up to attend panels, meet their favorite sci-fi/fantasy celebrities and comic book creators and show off their latest cosplay (or costume play) creations.

Despite a controversy on the first day of the convention on Thursday -- in which the Con tweeted on behalf of attendees on their own Twitter accounts -- it appeared that the enthusiasm of fans did not let up with long lines over the rest of the weekend. The convention ceased that particular Twitter practice on Friday.

"It's a little more intimate than some of the larger Cons," said veteran convention attendee and iReporter Rene Carson.

"I just got out of a panel for David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, and it was really easy to get into. With the others [conventions], you can't get into those [kind of panels] without waiting for hours and hours."

Aside from Duchovny and Anderson's 20th anniversary reunion, there were many other big events.

Cosplay fans attend the second day of New York Comic Con 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Friday, October 11. New York Comic Con is one of the largest comic book and science fiction conventions. It brings together fans of fantasy role playing, science fiction, movies and television. Pictured is a a fan dressed as Harley Quinn. See what other attendees are wearing this year. Cosplay fans attend the second day of New York Comic Con 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Friday, October 11. New York Comic Con is one of the largest comic book and science fiction conventions. It brings together fans of fantasy role playing, science fiction, movies and television. Pictured is a a fan dressed as Harley Quinn. See what other attendees are wearing this year.
The costumes of NY Comic Con 2013
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The costumes of NY Comic Con 2013 The costumes of NY Comic Con 2013

The smash hit TV series "The Walking Dead" announced two new actors joining their cast, Michael Cudlitz (in attendance) and Josh McDermitt, both playing characters from the popular comic book.

A "10th season" of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" comic book was confirmed with a new creative team, and a fourth season of MTV's "Teen Wolf" series was announced.

DC Comics talked up their 2014 weekly series, "Batman: Eternal."

And Marvel Comics finally confirmed that it would reprint the classic 1980s series "Miraclemen," alongside announcing new series starring "Silver Surfer," "Punisher" and "Ghost Rider."

But for many fans, "NYCC" is about the costume play and the chance to meet their favorite stars.

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