New York Comic Con may lack the cultural heft of its West Coast counterpart, but for superfans of all stripes, it's still the best time to be had on this side of the continent. And the 2014 edition even surpassed San Diego's Comic-Con International in size: This past weekend, the Javits Center bulged with 151,000 attendees, well above San Diego's 130,000.

And for the costumed and obscure-T-shirt-wearing masses, this year's iteration did not disappoint. We fought off the undead, tussled with Mike Tyson and the Karate Kid, came face to face with a 15,000-pound battle bot, and lived to tell the tale. Here's what we learned in our wanderings.