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10 Best Things We Saw and Heard at New York Comic Con

Cosplay all-stars, ‘Walking Dead’ cast members, the original Karate Kid — here are the highlights of this year’s premier east-coast geekathon

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New York Comic Con

Mireya Acierto

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.

Ralph Macchio, Billy Zabka and Martin Kove of 'Karate Kid'

Mireya Acierto

‘The Karate Kid’ Mini-Reunion

No, not the lame Jackie Chan remake — we're talking the original Karate Kid, the one with the Survivor soundtrack and Mr. Miyagi catching flies with chopsticks. Ralph Macchio, Billy Zabka and Martin Kove showed up to look back on the film's 30-year legacy, and to talk about how awesome the late, great Pat Morita was. Zabka recalled sitting in his dad's Volvo listening to Zebra right before his audition, to pump himself up, and Macchio said that director John G. Avildsen used to refer to he and his costar, a very young Elisabeth Shue, as "the strawberry shortcake and the gannoli." As for Kove, who played the movie's villainous sensei, he joked that he has Sweep the leg written in blood over his bed. We're apt to believe him.

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