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New York Comic Con 2018 pics (Star Wars, Spider-Man & more from Thursday)

Thousands flocked to Manhattan’s Jacob Javits Center on Thursday (10/4) for the start of the 2018 edition of New York Comic Con. One of the biggest pop culture events on the East Coast, the worlds of comics, genre television, movies, gaming, and anime all have a place under the Comic Con umbrella; there are even some music-related happenings. A vast array of products, including Funko Pop! figures, comic books, t-shirts, and action figures, fill the show floor, and elsewhere you can attend panels, screenings, signings and photo ops, and commission original art in Artist Alley.

Another favorite Comic Con activity is cosplay. We saw a bunch of excellent Star Wars costumes on Thursday, and various different riffs on the Spider-Man theme, including a Bob Ross Spider-Man and a Spider-Man pope. Some of the other costumes we saw included Doja Cat’s viral “Mooo!” cow, Gandalf, Cinderella, various Game of Thrones characters, Tina and Louise Belcher from Bob’s Burgers, The Mask, and more. Check out pictures from day one at Comic Con in the gallery above.

Meanwhile, some anticipated trailers premiered on Thursday at Comic Con, including Marvel’s Daredevil: Season 3, the upcoming Netflix series She-Ra and The Princesses of Power, YouTube’s new sci-fi series Origin, season two of Siren, and a first look at the animated DC Universe series Harley Quinn. Watch those below.

Watchmen artist and co-creator Dave Gibbons is at Comic Con to promote the upcoming HBO series (which Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross are scoring), and he spoke to Deadline ahead of a panel. Damon Lindelof has said the series will be a “remix,” rather than a straight adaptation, and Gibbons described it in a similar way to Deadline:

I think as happens with all works that are around long enough and are successful enough, that people do want to explore things further. As far as this new one, TV clearly is the medium of the moment. It’s where the preeminent and most exciting areas for telling stories of the moment. The fact that Damon Lindleof has found a way to bring Watchmen into that area and do it with something I consider exciting, entertaining and absolutely worthwhile on the subject matter? I think that’s great.

It does pursue the idea of an alternative reality. And that’s essentially what Watchmen was [in its original comics form], an alternate-reality story. I think what’s happening with the TV version is it presents yet another variation. And while I’ve only read the screenplay — and I can’t speak to the tone or the way the things been shot — I’d say the reality it inhabits is one that feels quite authentic. It’s not here, it’s not now, it’s something slightly sideways.

New York Comic Con continues through Sunday, and badges for the remaining three days are sold out. If you can’t be there, you can livestream some panels and events. We also rounded up the music-related stuff at this year’s convention.

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