Fans of comics and superhero movies flocked back to the Javits Center in New York City on Thursday when Comic-Con personally returned to the Big Apple after being virtual last year due to coronavirus.
Participants said they were excited to see the four-day event return after a difficult and challenging year and a half of dealing with the pandemic.
“It’s good to have Con back,” Hung Tran, a resident of Brooklyn, told WABC-TV in New York. “I’ve seen a lot, been through a lot, and it’s good to have it for a kind of detox and enjoy.”
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Show-goers over the age of 12 received green wristbands after presenting evidence of vaccination, the station reported.
Comic-Con also had a mask requirement — which was not difficult for many fans who chose to arrive as their favorite cartoon characters, masks and all that, WCBS-TV in New York reported.
“It’s a little creepy with the masks, but I think we’ll get used to it the next few days and still make the best of it,” a fan told the station.
Celebrities expected to appear on the show, which runs until Sunday, include “Star Trek” actor William Shatner, “Stranger Things” actor David Harbor and “Star Wars” actor Hayden Christensen, the report said.
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ReedPop, the company that produces the convention, said it planned to limit capacity to about 140,000 total participants from the approximately 250,000 or so from previous years, WABC reported.
Comic-Con generated more than $ 100 million in economic activity in New York in previous years, CNBC reported in April.