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Fans of comic books and superhero movies returned to the Javits Center in New York City on Thursday as they returned in person to the Big Apple after Comic-Con went virtual last year due to the coronavirus.

Attendees said they were delighted to see the four-day event come to an end after a tough and challenging year and a half of tackling the pandemic.


“It’s good to have the con back,” Brooklyn resident Hung Tran told New York’s WABC-TV. “I’ve seen a lot, done a lot, and it’s nice to have this kind of detox and enjoyment.”

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The station reported that show-goers over the age of 12 received a green wristband after presenting proof of vaccination.

New York’s WCBS-TV reported that Comic-Con also required masks—which wasn’t difficult for many fans, who chose to dress as their favorite comic-book characters, masks and all.

“It’s a little awful with the mask, but I think we’re going to get used to it for the next few days and still make the best of it,” one fan told the station.

“Star Trek” actor William Shatner, “Stranger Things” actor David Harbor and “Star Wars” actor Hayden Christensen are expected to attend the show, which runs until Sunday, the report said.

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ReadPop, the company that produced the conference, said it planned to limit the capacity to approximately 140,000 total attendees to 250,000 or so over previous years, WABC reported.

Comic-Con generated more than $100 million in economic activity in New York during the previous years, CNBC reported in April.