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: $40
Latanya White of New York spent about $40 for her costume, most of which was handmade. Her mallet was constructed of cardboard, PVC pipe and accents she crocheted.
Costume Cost: $150
Alisha Smith spent about $150 on her costume, Princess Hilda (a character from The Legend of Zelda). That price did not including the wig, which she purchased separately.
Costume Costs: $200 for two
Emily Schrynemakers spent about a week on her costume, shelling out about $100 total. And Andrew Galarza, who is attending as Angel from X-Men, spent about $100 on his costume, with most of the components coming from Amazon.
Costume Cost: $100
Erik Escolero—who was attending as Slayer Pantheon from the game League of Legends—spent $100 total on his costume. He paid the most for the vest, about $60, and spent a week handcrafting his shield and weapon.
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.
Costume Cost: $130
Markia Lewis, who traveled from Philadelphia, spent $130 on her Bill Cipher costume. The character is also part of the Gravity Falls TV series.
Costume Cost: $200
This is Aleksandra Wencewicz’s fourth time at New York Comic Con. Her Celestia Ludenberg costume set her back about $200.
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.