The eighth annual New York Comic Con, which took place October 4–7 at the Javits Center in New York City, drew a record 250,000 attendees. The celebration of comics and pop culture brought together fans, authors, artists, and other creators. We’ve rounded up a selection of highlights from this year’s gathering.

The “Don’t Go Alone: Friendships in Middle Grade Adventures” panel featured collaborators (from l.) Brooklyn Allen and Mariko Tamaki (Lumberjanes: The Moon Is Up); Eugene Yelchin and M.T. Anderson (The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge); and Brendan Reichs and Ally Condie (The Darkdeep).

A Flash cosplayer checks out Abrams’s NYCC exclusive edition of The Flash: The Secret Files of Barry Allen, a guide to the CW series.

R.L. Stine (l.) and James Murray after the “Thrills, Chills, and Laughs for All Ages” panel.

Authors (from l.) Alexandra Bracken (The Darkest Legacy), Liz Braswell (Part of Your World: A Twisted Tale), Dhonielle Clayton (The Belles series), Christine Lynn Herman (The Devouring Gray), and Serena Valentino (Mother Knows Best).

A cosplayer showed her love for Luke Pearson’s Hilda; 100 dolls based on the character were sold and given away during the convention.

Pearson signed books after his event at Books Are Magic.

Jeffrey Brown, author of the Lucy Andy Neanderthal series, in the Random House Children’s Books Get Graphic booth.

The “Weirdness Accessible” panel featured speculative fiction experts (from l.): moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde, co-owner of Mysterious Galaxy Books, and authors Vivian Shaw, Sarah Beth Durst, Margaret Stohl, Edgar Cantero, and Christina Henry.

One Carmen Sandiego is elusive, but two are unstoppable: HMH Books for Young Readers marketing manager Alia Almeida (l.) found a kindred spirit at the Javits Center.

Graphic novelist Nidhi Chanani signing copies of Pashmina (First Second).

Astrid Scholte and her Four Dead Queens.

(From l.): Authors Alex London, Tomi Adeyemi, April Genevieve Tucholke, Marissa Meyer, and Ngozi Ukazu took part in the Fierce Reads panel.

How to Be a T. Rex by Ryan North, illustrated by Mike Lowery, ends up in the perfect hands.

V.E. Schwab (City of Ghosts) received a handmade crown inspired by her Shades of Magic series.

The “Scholastic Women of AFK” panel, featuring (from l.) Cassandra Rose Clarke (Halo: Battle Born), Lindsay Jones (voice actor, Ruby Rose, RWBY), Carly Anne West (Hello Neighbor: Missing Pieces), and Chloe Fraboni (editor at Scholastic).

Graphic novelist and cartoonist Judd Winick, author of the Hilo series.

Illustrator Kim Smith signing copies of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the other Pop Classic picture books. Photo courtesy of Jhanteigh Kupihea.

Author-illustrators (from l.) Molly Ostertag (The Witch Boy and The Hidden Witch), Gale Galligan (the Baby-sitters Club graphic novels), and Raina Telgemeier (Smile) created drawings based on audience suggestions at the “Graphix Drawesome” panel.

Jarrod Shusterman (l.) and Neal Shusterman, co-authors of Dry.

The “#OwnVoices Worlds” panel with (back row, from l.) Tochi Onyebuchi, Marlon James, (front row, from l.) Sam J. Miller, Julie Kagawa, moderator Ali T. Kokmen, and Maura Milan.

Simone Legno, the artist behind Toki Doki.

Author Amy Ratcliffe signing a book for a Star Wars fan, who re-enacts the cover image from Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy (Chronicle). The book features 75 female characters illustrated by 18 women and non-binary artists.