Comic Con New York 2019 has passed, but cosplay never stops. Pictures of cosplayers in their favorite superhero (or supervillain) attire from this year’s NYCC are still surfacing on the Internet.

Ali Reza Malik, a Brooklyn-based photographer, is the artist behind a handful of iconic cosplay photographs from this year’s Comic Con New York. Ali’s work focuses primarily on South Asian communities, exploring the different forms of portraiture with the aim of promoting the visibility of these and other minority communities in the US. He may have taken a short break from his usual work once at Comic Con New York, but his camera had no rest.

Bored Panda got in touch with Ali Reza Malik, who was kind enough to show the Comic Con cosplay scene through the lens of his camera. Read our interview with Ali and vote on your favorite cosplay from NYCC 2019 below.

#1

Mario, Borderlands-Style Cell Shaded

Mario, Borderlands-Style Cell Shaded

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dxmxx 3 weeks ago

The amount of details here is amazing! Can't imagine how long it must have taken him.

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#2

Aang & Avatar Korra

Aang & Avatar Korra

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Zelda 3 weeks ago

Fucking yes this needs more points

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Ali traces his photographic roots back to the mid aughts, when he got hooked on art submission websites and blogs: “[This] threw me on the path of design, music, writing, and photography (instead of my major—finance) by force-feeding inspiration for hours on end each day.”

It didn’t stop there. Ali’s passion for all things media was further fostered by a close friend. “It was only further perpetuated by a close friend of mine during that time—a constantly optimistic presence who never left her camera at home, even when we (bitterly) asked her to shelve it for a night,” jokes Ali.

#3

Yondu

Yondu

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glowworm2 3 weeks ago

Looks just like him.

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#4

Mysterio

Mysterio

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Mathieu Morger 3 weeks ago

Also great

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“I have her to thank mostly, and seeing photography in practice eventually triggered something in me to do the same.” This was enough to inspire ten years (and counting) worth of freelance creative projects and branded work.

When asked what drew Ali to attend Comic Con, he explained: “Comic Con is a haven for all of the interests that I've maintained since high school, but never found a community to enjoy them with. Even without hunting down exclusives or attending panels, the simple act of walking through an environment full of constant unadulterated excitement and recognition for every type of fandom makes NYCC feel like home.”

#5

Landlady From Kung Fu Hustle

Landlady From Kung Fu Hustle

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vp 3 weeks ago

This one needs to be relabeled as "Kung-Fu Hustle Landlady"

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#6

Storm

Storm

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Allan Breum 3 weeks ago

Looks far better than the movie versions.

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“Cosplayers best exemplify the peak of what NYCC offers, not only in terms of dedication but in artistic prowess and creative ingenuity. It's a judgment-free zone that celebrates instead of competes, and everyone has the chance to feel part of it,” continued Ali.

Finally, we asked Ali to name some of the more memorable cosplays at NYCC: “The standout cosplayer is the obvious choice: Borderlands Mario, created by Akellyz. I caught him in a rare display of widespread awe in the middle of the convention floor, where a tremendously wide and complete circle was formed around him—wider than anything I'd seen at NYCC before.”

#7

Groot, Gamora & Yondu

Groot, Gamora & Yondu

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dxmxx 3 weeks ago

Groot!

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#8

Colossus

Colossus

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Agent K 3 weeks ago

That's great - not many people can pull that off physically, but he's got it...

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“I also had the pleasure to shoot a group of cosplayers, all donning a hijab, getting together to portray different Marvel villains with immaculate attention to detail while tweaking the characters to fit each of their individual styles,” carried on Ali.

Of course, Comic Con isn’t only about cosplay. “Outside cosplay, I was lucky enough to be part of a booth run by Omar Mirza of The Last Ansaars, who had his own hectic weekend trying to maintain wild demand for the release of the third issue of his political satire series, The Incapable Trump (@theincapabletrump).”

#9

Aquawoman

Aquawoman

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glowworm2 3 weeks ago

She's so pretty!

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#10

Newton Scamander

Newton Scamander

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Zelda 3 weeks ago

NEWT SCAMANDER WHOOP

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“We've been handing out a limited number of issues for free for the past few years, and started seeing them flipped on eBay for upwards of $1,000. Someone even returned this year with their 9.8 CGC copy of the first issue, and it was signed by Stan Lee—that was, by far, the highlight of the weekend,” added Ali.

If you haven’t had your fill of cosplay, continue scrolling to see the rest of Ali’s NYCC experience and check out more Comic Con New York cosplay here provided by Bored Panda. Let us know if we’ve missed any cosplay character names in the comments!

#11

Captain America

Captain America

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Silverfish_13 3 weeks ago (edited)

This is amazing! He looks perfect for a slightly younger version of Steve

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#12

Him

Him

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Lyop 3 weeks ago

Ibdont know why this character creeps me out! I think its how he talks....

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#13

Luiji (Luija Board)

Luiji (Luija Board)

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A. Jones 3 weeks ago

That's awesome

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#14

Venom Bowsette

 Venom Bowsette

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glowworm2 3 weeks ago

That's not Peach, that's Bowsette-- a meme in which Bowser wears the Super Crown power up. Note the red hair, horns and spiked collar.

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#15

Shy Guys

Shy Guys

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glowworm2 3 weeks ago

They're adorable.

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#16

Captain Jack Sparow

Captain Jack Sparow

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Lyop 3 weeks ago

Hahaha! The eyes!!

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#17

Wario

Wario

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David Jeu 3 weeks ago

Nailed it

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#18

Mario & Luigi, Samurais

Mario & Luigi, Samurais

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glowworm2 3 weeks ago

Yes! This is awesome!

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#19

Thanos

Thanos

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glowworm2 3 weeks ago

What a wonderful interpretation of Thanos!

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#20

Gambit

Gambit

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Gregg V 2 weeks ago

William Dafoe's cloned son! Scary as SH#T!

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#21

Katana & Joker

Katana & Joker

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Taras Berestyuk 3 weeks ago

0hmycosh thats adorable

#22

Female Pennywise

Female Pennywise

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CookieNeerrrrd 3 weeks ago

ho ho ho... yes this is it

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#23

Lara Croft

Lara Croft

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Blueplanet 3 weeks ago

Where did the square chest go

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#24

Scarlet Witch

Scarlet Witch

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CookieNeerrrrd 3 weeks ago

lol the thanos head tho

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#25

Cruella De Vil

Cruella De Vil

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Lemon Garnished Potato 3 weeks ago

gorgeous, darling!

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#26

Kilmonger & Black Panther

Kilmonger & Black Panther

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Simon Proulx 3 weeks ago

Even with the lights!

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#27

Princess Leia

Princess Leia

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Mackenna Mueller 3 weeks ago

Lisa Vinci- You know what I hate, when people judge others for their appearance. Or, just in general judge. Kind of what you are doing. I think these women are beautiful, and any dignified person would agree. Of course you have you oppinions but some are meant to be kept quiet. The both of them look stunning, and the fact that she is brave enough and confident enough to walk around like this is inspiring. She looks so badass! Let her damn well take advantage because this is what this event is for! Be your weird nerdy selves for a day, your gorgeous nerdy selves. You should too, sometime.

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#28

Princess Zelda

Princess Zelda

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CookieNeerrrrd 3 weeks ago

...thank you

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#29

The Good Fairy

The Good Fairy

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Kaisu 3 weeks ago

This is a really beautiful and well-made costume. Can anyone tell where this is from?

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#30

Deadpool

Deadpool

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A WhiteRunGuard 3 weeks ago

This it great

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#31

Mr. Reflection

Mr. Reflection

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PandaPiñata 3 weeks ago

He is not unknown - He is mr. Reflection.

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#32

The Wicked Witch Elphaba

The Wicked Witch Elphaba

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Alexandra Hughes 3 weeks ago

I love the flying monkey.

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#33

Raiden

Raiden

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MN Free Spirit 3 weeks ago

I cant believe no one said "FINISH HIM"

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#34

Jane Foster & Lady Loki

Jane Foster & Lady Loki

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Kaisu 3 weeks ago

Really well crafted costumes, they look awesome!

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#35

Rey

Rey

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Zelda 3 weeks ago

Thank you— some people don’t adhere to the same gender characters!

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#36

Samurai Gengi

Samurai Gengi

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Mathieu Morger 3 weeks ago

Cue the song you should of picked mercy

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#37

Alladin, Jasmine, & Jafar

Alladin, Jasmine, & Jafar

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glowworm2 3 weeks ago

I'm pretty sure that's actually Aladdin. Also, you forgot Rajah in the stroller.

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#38

Space Ghost

Space Ghost

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Mikyla McEwen 3 weeks ago

Oh god, I looked!

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#39

Powerline & Roxanne

Powerline & Roxanne

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Michelle Bertrand-Porter 3 weeks ago

Max and Roxanne from the Goofy Movie!

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#40

Shy Guys, Domino & Storm

Shy Guys, Domino & Storm

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Zelda 3 weeks ago

They look like they’re having fun!

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