The four-day pop culture bonanza that is New York Comic Con 2016 kicked off this morning at the Javits Center.


The convention is expected to draw 180,000 people, many of them in elaborate costumes, and our photographer Brandon Hardin will be capturing them all along with the best scenes around the Javits' halls in daily galleries.


Check out the highlights from Day 1, and if you're headed to the west side, we've got your guide to the best events, celebrities and photo ops.