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
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1 year 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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Theory Buchannon
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1 year ago

HOW THO

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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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Lyop
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1 year ago

AWESOMMMMMME!!

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#4

Mysterio

Mysterio

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Mathieu Morger
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year ago

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

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#6

Storm

Storm

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Athenalikesowls
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1 year ago

Wow

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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
Community Member
1 year ago

Groot!

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#8

Colossus

Colossus

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Agent K
Community Member
1 year 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
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1 year ago

She's so pretty!

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#10

Newton Scamander

Newton Scamander

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Zelda
Community Member
1 year 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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Simon Proulx
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1 year ago

Missing the beard!

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#12

Him

Him

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Lyop
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1 year 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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Theory Buchannon
Community Member
1 year ago

Jontron is that u

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#14

Venom Bowsette

 Venom Bowsette

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Theory Buchannon
Community Member
1 year ago

Nice

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#15

Shy Guys

Shy Guys

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glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

They're adorable.

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#16

Captain Jack Sparow

Captain Jack Sparow

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Theory Buchannon
Community Member
1 year ago

Johnny Depp is still hot as hell

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#17

Wario

Wario

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David Jeu
Community Member
1 year ago

Nailed it

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#18

Mario & Luigi, Samurais

Mario & Luigi, Samurais

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glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes! This is awesome!

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#19

Thanos

Thanos

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glowworm2
Community Member
1 year ago

What a wonderful interpretation of Thanos!

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#20

Gambit

Gambit

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Kate Johnson
Community Member
1 year ago

Yes yes yes yes YES!!!

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#21

Katana & Joker

Katana & Joker

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Taras Berestyuk
Community Member
1 year ago

0hmycosh thats adorable

#22

Female Pennywise

Female Pennywise

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CookieNeerrrrd
Community Member
1 year ago

ho ho ho... yes this is it

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#23

Lara Croft

Lara Croft

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Terd Fergison
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1 year ago

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Lara crotch!

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#24

Scarlet Witch

Scarlet Witch

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CookieNeerrrrd
Community Member
1 year ago

lol the thanos head tho

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#25

Cruella De Vil

Cruella De Vil

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Molly Universe
Community Member
1 year ago

Oooo me likey

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#26

Kilmonger & Black Panther

Kilmonger & Black Panther

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Simon Proulx
Community Member
1 year ago

Even with the lights!

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#27

Princess Leia

Princess Leia

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Lisa Vinci
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1 year ago

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Hate women who just take advantage of the opportunity to walk around basically naked...

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#28

Princess Zelda

Princess Zelda

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CookieNeerrrrd
Community Member
1 year ago

...thank you

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#29

The Good Fairy

The Good Fairy

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year 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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Theory Buchannon
Community Member
1 year ago

i wish i could meet him tho

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#31

Mr. Reflection

Mr. Reflection

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PandaPiñata
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

I love the flying monkey.

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#33

Raiden

Raiden

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Minnie-me
Community Member
1 year ago

love this interpretation

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#34

Jane Foster & Lady Loki

Jane Foster & Lady Loki

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Kaisu
Community Member
1 year ago

Really well crafted costumes, they look awesome!

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#35

Rey

Rey

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Zelda
Community Member
1 year 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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Surftailwarrior
Community Member
1 year ago

So nice to see him without his helmet on!

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#37

Alladin, Jasmine, & Jafar

Alladin, Jasmine, & Jafar

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glowworm2
Community Member
1 year 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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Tarah G
Community Member
1 year ago

**try not to look at it** ....yup

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#39

Powerline & Roxanne

Powerline & Roxanne

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Michelle Bertrand-Porter
Community Member
1 year 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
Community Member
1 year ago

They look like they’re having fun!

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Note: this post originally had 61 images. It’s been shortened to the top 40 images based on user votes.