Filipino fans and artists celebrate comic book and pop culture at New York Comic-Con

NEW YORK — For four days, popular characters from movies, TV shows, video games and comics came alive at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC.

More than a quarter-million people descended from around the world to attend the biggest comic convention in the East Coast – held annually in the real-life Gotham City.

Even Fil-Am actress Ella Jay Basco, who is set to play Cassandra Cain or Batgirl in the DC Extended Universe, said she has the best time at her first New York Comic-Con.

From finding rare comic books to the latest toys and action figures – Comic Con is a collector’s haven.

The Artist Alley showcases works of art from artists and designers from around the globe — including the Philippines.

Filipino artist Raymund Bermudez said the artists and designers are the lifeblood of this annual event.

For first-timers like Bermudez – getting into the con allowed him to share his talent and art.

From a gathering of 30,000 in 2006, the New York Comic-Con has grown into a billion-dollar industry with at least a quarter of a million attendees every year.

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