Published on January 5th, 2015 | by Ellyssa Kroski

WinterCon: NY Comic & SciFi Expo

Last month hundreds of cosplayers, comic book artists, and pop cuture fans descended upon the ResortWorld Casino in Queens, NY for the first ever WinterCon: NY Comic & SciFi Expo. This fledgling one-day con which was attended by xxx fans was a collaborative effort between the organizers for Long Island’s EternalCon event and Mike Carbo’s Big Apple Con.

One of the things that I love most about going to smaller cons is that they often have unique programming, and Wintercon didn’t disappoint. And unlike the mega-cons it’s possible to get into the panels and programs without waiting on a 2 hour line beforehand. There were panels on topics such as Careers in Comic Books, The Silver Age of Comic Book Art, and 75 Years of Marvel Comics as well as a Combat Corral in which spectators could watch Jedi battle Sith as cosplay groups such as The New York Jedi took up arms (or lightsabers!).

Guests included comic book legend and Eisner Award winner Neal Adams who helped create some of the definitive modern imagery of the DC Comics characters Superman, Batman, and Green Arrow. (Wikipedia), as well as Herb Trimpe, artist for Iron Man, Wolverine, G.I. Joe, Sean Chen, artist of X-Men, Wolverine, Nova, Frank Tieri artist of Marvel vs Capcom 3, Wolverine, Punisher, and many more.

Star Wars cosplay groups had a strong presence at Wintercon with a turnout from the 501st Legion, Empire Saber Guild, and NY Jedi. And Star Trek groups were not to be outdone, they had representation from Fleet 31, and the U.S.S. Iwo Jima groups and they hosted the New York City Premiere of Star Trek Prelude To Axanar, a 21-minute short film. Other cosplay groups in attendance included the New York Cosplayer Network (of which I’m a member!), and The Finest, a G.I. Joe cosplay group.

There was an official cosplay contest late in the afternoon, however the big draw for cosplayers was the unofficial DC Photo Shoot organized by DC Cosplayers East (of which I’m also a member!). The shoot took place on the balcony outside the con overlooking the Aqueduct Race Track and drew a significant crowd of both cosplayers and photographers, and a very surprise appearance by famed cosplayer Yaya Han who came out to take part in the group shoot.

In all, this was a very successful and fun comic con. The organizers hope to bring this one back next year. Be sure to check out the WinterCon Cosplayers Gallery for pics!

About the Author

Executive Editor Ellyssa is the Director of Information Technology at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 35 books including her latest book Cosplay in Libraries: How to Embrace Costume Play in Your Library. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Pratt Institute and Drexel University, and an international conference speaker. She's also an avid cosplayer and has appeared on the Cake Boss TV show as well as in the official music video for New York Comic Con and many other events. Contact her at

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