By Jorge Fuentelsaz
New York, Oct 7 (EFE).- The quintessential pop culture event that is Comic Com opened in New York on Thursday to an enthusiastic reception from fans of comics, film, television and videogames delighted to have the chance to gather together in person again after last year’s fest was canceled due to Covid-19.
People from across the United States and the world – and some who looked to have come from distant quadrants of the galaxy – flocked to the Javits Center to show off their costumes and catch a glimpse of their screen heroes in the flesh.
Spider-Man strolling with Venom, Ahsoka Tano of Star Wars getting help with her costume from a friend, the Joker taking a selfie with a Star Trek character and a pair of Star Wars Jawas browsing the merchandise constitute a small sample of the wondrous sights.
“Obviously, there was no Comic Con last year. And, in the grand scheme of things it didn’t really mean much, but we all missed it,” Charles Allen told Efe from inside his Venom getup.
“And it’s great to be back. It’s so much fun to be able to meet so many people from all over the world and have your picture taken 40,000 times,” he said.
Festival organizers are requiring proof of vaccination for admittance and everyone must wear a mask.
Lex, dressed as a manga character, describes the experience as “a lot of fun.”
“I feel like the world is getting back to normal, you know, go see things and people that I haven’t been able to seen in a while,” he says.
Like Allen, Lex is attending his fourth Comic Con.
Stars scheduled to make an appearance at the event include William Shatner and George Takei of “Star Trek,” WWE icon and actor John Cena and Edward James Olmos, who became famous in the 1980s as the taciturn Lt. Castillo on “Miami Vice” but is probably more familiar to the Comic Con set from his role in “Battlestar Galactica.”
Mike, a comic book merchant, tells Efe he comes to Comic Con to shop, chat with authors and collect autographs.
“I’m a fan and a collector and a seller, so I got to be here,” he says, carrying dozens of comics he bought at the fair.
“Comic Con keeps expanding, from comics to video games cosplay,” Mike says with approval. “Other businesses are starting to come in. So it keeps opening wider and wider for people on different interests.” EFE