Pictures: Fans at New York Comic Con

Thousands of fans attended the first day of New York Comic Con—the second largest pop culture convention in America—on Thursday for the event's ninth year at Manhattan's Javits Center.

The event, which hosts the latest and greatest in the sci-fi and fantasy genres, across from comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, videogames, toys, movies and television, often sees attendees dressing as their favorite characters—ranging from zombies to classic superheros and comic book supervillains. Fans often spend large amounts of time and money on creating the "cosplay" outfits.

Organized by events co-ordinators ReedPOP, fans get a chance to interact with creators, attend exclusive screenings and autograph sessions.

So far the show has hosted a panel by cast members from the hugely successful TV show Game of Thrones—including British actors Natalie Dormer and Finn Jones—to discuss the show's upcoming projects.

Last year, 151,000 people attended the event over the weekend.