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The top ten New York Comic Con events 2016

Here’s your primer on the best New York Comic Con events—2016’s lineup includes dance parties, fan gatherings and more

Photograph: Courtesy Comic Con Vixens

If you’re searching for cool New York Comic Con events, 2016’s lineup is pretty stellar. In fact, the convention floor is just the beginning. After you shop around and check out the best New York Comic Con 2016 panels, party with your fellow fans at these killer fan gatherings, including the best places to dance. Whether you’re looking to shake it in your cosplay, witness some geek-centric burlesque or meet some of the greatest queer superheroes in the flesh, you’re certain to have a blast with these picks.

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New York Comic Con events 2016

1

Pre-NYCC Cosplay Cruise

Test out your costume before the big weekend and hit the sea with fellow party-loving fans. Lua Suicide and Maki Roll host this lavish yacht affair, which features three floors of dancing and geek mingling, and includes a raffle to win a three-day pass to the convention.

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Until Sun Sep 25
2

We the Heroes Ball

Queer fans gather at Rockbar to watch an ensemble of cosplaying Drag Queens serve cosmic avenger realness on stage. Check out insane performances from the likes of Fifi Dubois, Avant Garbage, Hazel Tart and more, and be sure to participate in the stacked raffle, which benefits the Trinity Place Shelter for homeless LGBTQ youth.

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Until Mon Oct 3
3

Comic Con Vixens

Now in its third year, burlesque diva Dangrrr Doll’s ingenious geek revue promises to take striptease parodies of X-Men, Stranger Things and Game of Thrones to an even more bodacious level. This year’s tassel-twirling stars include Stella Chuu, Sweetpea, Michael Karas, Nona Narcisse and more.

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Until Wed Oct 5
4

Anime Dance Music's Annual NYCC Party

Cosplayers get reduced entry prices to this celebration Anime’s kinetic and vibrant culture. DJ Contro1Freak spins poppy jams inspired by your favorite Japanese toons, from Sailor Moon to Naruto, sending die-hard fans into a dancefloor frenzy.

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Until Fri Oct 7
5

Rock Comic Con followed by BATDANCE: NYCC’s Official Video Dance Party

Set your con weekend on fire with this packed night of fan-centric revelry, which kicks off with geek rock performances and ends with a late night of sweaty costumed dancing. While superhero cage dancers start the party, check out bangin’ sets with pop culture references galore from Kirby Krackle, H2Awesome!, Daenarys and the Targaryens and more. Then, Music Video Time Machine DJ Stephen Pitalo serves up comic book-inspired dance hits all night.

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Until Fri Oct 7
7

GBX: Electric Underground

Get delirious to EDM remixes of your favorite anime and video game music at this LED-lit rager at Space Ibiza. Check out high-octane performances from Korean pop star Jessica Jung, Japanese dance music sensation DJ Taku Takahashi and more. If you’ve got a light-up costume, now that’s time to recharge the batteries.

 

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Until Sat Oct 8
8

Boozy Bowling Afterparty

Get off the convention floor and spread your legs at this athletic event, where you can bowl, dance, play arcade games and drink like a superpowered champ. We recommend leaving your Furiosa gauntlet at home if you plan on partaking in unlimited bowling.

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Until Sun Oct 9
9

Skint! Disco Inferno Geeks OUT Dance Party

Gender-bent X-Men, barely-clad Thors and a whole lot of grown-up Elevens gather at this queer afterparty, at which Damien Cote will spin pop favorites late into the night. If you didn’t meet your superhero soulmate on the convention floor, you’ve got a good chance of finding them on the dancefloor.

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Until Sun Oct 9
10

New York Comic Con ’90s party

This throwback bash delivers all the geeky glory that grown-up children of the ’90s could ask for. Compete in a drunk Mario Kart 64 competition, dance to jams from Britney Spears and TLC, and party with the finest Street Fighters, Darias and Donkey Kongs in town.

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Until Sun Oct 9

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