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Luffy is the biggest thing at New York Comic Con (literally)

One Piece is bigger than ever, and you can see that on the Javits Center show floor

Photograph of Luffy float in Javits Center
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If there's any doubt that One Piece is the biggest thing right now in the comics and TV world, those doubts should be put to rest with the giant Gear Five Luffy hanging above the heads of fans at New York Comic Con.

Photograph of Luffy float in Javits Center
Image credit: Popverse

While New York Comic Con is home to many fandoms of all sorts, the one fandom that seems to be dominating the show floor this year is One Piece. Not only is there a giant Luffy hanging from the ceiling, straw hats are everywhere-- on merch tables, the heads of cosplayers, and just general congoers. Not to mention the merch featuring characters from the manga and anime spread across many many tables in the show hall.

But it isn't just NYCC that giant Luffy's taking over - a brand-new Luffy float will debut at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade this year, and you can even get a sneak peek of a model of the float right underneath the giant Luffy watching over the show floor.

It looks like it's safe to say that it's truly Luffy's era.

Photograph of Luffy float in Javits Center
Image credit: Popverse

Popverse will be providing wall-to-wall coverage of New York Comic Con 2023, with an all-star crew of writers, editors, and video producers there all four days (and nights), as well as in advance of the show. You can follow along to this coverage as well as the panels we're streaming with our NYCC Popverse coverage guide.
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Tiffany Babb

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Tiffany Babb is Popverse's deputy editor and resident Sondheim enthusiast. Tiffany likes stories that understand genre conventions (whether they play into them or against them), and she cries very easily at the movies— but rarely at the moments that are meant to be tearjerkers.