Since 2014, the Eastern Championships of Cosplay at New York Comic Con has been a major proving ground for cosplay on the east coast. For the past two years, the contest has been a part of the global Crown Championships of Cosplay, which brings together cosplayers from around the world to compete for the title of global champion. For Saturday's event, 33 cosplayers from the region made their way to the Main Stage to compete for a spot on next year's championship, which takes place at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo.
Judges Kelly L. Holt, Vamp, Stephanie Maslansky and Ashley Eckstein were on hand to determine the night's winners. The contestants were split into three separate divisions. The armor division brought some heavy gear to the stage, including last year's runner up outLAW2LK as the Megazord from the Power Rangers movie and lighting director Kevin Uribe, who made things a bit smoky with his Medieval Spawn cosplay.
The needlework division heavily dealt with the sewing aspect of cosplay, and cosplayers such as Charles Battersby, who donned a split Cinderella and Belle gown, and Shikarius, who showed off their Mable Taylor cosplay, put a plethora of detail into their final product. The FX division focused more on visual effects, and Cowbutt Crunchies Cosplay's Seraphim cosplay and Khepera Cosplay's transformation into Ame Comi Brainiac were among those dazzling the stage. When it came time to crown Best In Show, Brooklyn's own Alchemical Cosplay, who came prepared as an Astrologian from Final Fantasy, took the victory and a slot in the finals.
AXS checked out some of the best cosplay around the convention on day three. Check out the photos above.