Superheroes, villains, aliens and zombies gathered in "Gotham City" for New York Comic Con 2016. The annual convention for fans of cosplay, comics, video games, and action films draws thousands of costumed revellers. More than 165,000 people attended last year's NY Comic Con, making it the largest comic book and pop culture gathering in the US.

New York Comic Con 2016
Chen Yifa from China poses for a selfie with a man dressed as William Birkin from Resident Evil at New York Comic Con Andrew Kelly/Reuters

One of the main events this year was the Eastern Championships of Cosplay, giving fans the opportunity to show off their costume design and make-up skills. The contest was won by Rachel Sanderson, also known as Lucky Grim. She won $1,500 (£1,200) and the chance to compete in the Global Cosplay Championships in 2017. IBTimes UK presents a gallery of the amazing costumes on show this year.

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