Recap of New York Comic-Con 2021


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Woman cosplaying “Sylvie” from “Loki”

Hundreds of fans and cosplayers arrived at the Javits Center for the return of New York Comic-Con, which took place from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10. Located in Manhattan’s West Side, the Javits Center has been home to New York Comic Con (NYCC) since 2006. After the cancelation of the 2020 NYCC because of the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been a year since fans were able to enjoy the four-day experience of being around the fandom-first environment.

The convention is home to experiential events tied to Western comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, cosplay, toys, movies and television shows. Throughout the weekend, vendors showcased merchandise such as comic books, exclusive Funko pops and clothing inspired by Marvel and Star Wars. Cosplayers donning “Hamilton,” “WandaVision” and “Game of Thrones” character costumes were roaming around the convention as well.

There were also panels and exhibits with upcoming news for shows and movies. The cast of “The Boys” had a panel on Oct. 8, reflecting on Seasons 1 and 2 of the show. The program only had few major in-person entertainment-oriented panels, such as David Harbour, who talked about what fans should expect from his character in the upcoming season of Stranger Things. Another panel presented the cast of the all-new series “Chucky,” continuing the iconic “Child’s Play” franchise. NYCC gave fans an advanced screening of the first episode, followed by a Q&A session given by creator Don Mancini and original cast member Jennifer Tilly, who portrayed Tiffany, Chucky’s wife. The series premieres on Syfy on Oct. 12.

Attendees were also given the chance to take photos with special guests, including Jack Quaid (“The Boys”), David Harbour (“Black Widow,” “Stranger Things”), Hayden Christiansen (“Star Wars”) and Dante Basco (“Avatar: The Last Airbender”). Fans also had the option to receive autographs from other special guests including Dee Bradley Baker (“Star Wars”), Chace Crawford (“The Boys”), John Cena (“The Suicide Squad”) and Jurnee Smollet (“Lovecraft County”).

NYCC is tentatively set to return next year from Oct. 6 to 9.