How much time and money would you spend to impersonate your favorite comic book heroes? New York Comic Con 2016 kicked off on Friday at the Javits Center in New York City. So MONEY dropped in to ask some attendees about their experiences.
On average, people told us, they spent about $100 on their costumes — although some had spent weeks to prepare multiple outfits ahead of the four-day event, which runs through Sunday.
Tickets to the event are completely sold out through the official site, although some of the panels will be streamed online. Last year, about 167,000 people attended the four-day event and organizers are expecting the same this year.
Check out some of this year’s attendee getups.
Costume Cost: $10
A regular attendee, Courtney Lamica flew in from Gainesville, Florida, and spent almost $400 for several costumes she’s planning to wear throughout the weekend. But her costume on Friday—Waddles the pig from the animated show, Gravity Falls—only cost about $10 because she reused pieces of older outfits.
Zantana Zatara & The Reaper
Costume Costs: $280 for two
Savannah Chapman (at left) and Cameron McKenzie drove in from Syracuse, New York. He spent $180 for his Reaper costume and it took him about three weeks to source and gather all of the pieces. Chapman spent $100 on her Zantana Zatara costume, a character from the DC Comics universe. She says she bought pieces online and pulled it all together in about a day.