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NYCC: Kneel Before Zod and the Superman II Zod Squad

Sometimes, the perfect cosplay presents its self when you're not expecting it, which is what happened to >this< reporter during 2018's New York Comic Con (NYCC).

(Editor's note: This article first appeared on Aggressive Comix.)

It was my first time at the event, and aside from being COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED with the size of the Javits Center and the length of women's restroom lines during the con (seriously, two freaking stalls? wtf), the cosplay and guests were top notch.

Imagine my absolute joy when I ran into a group of folks dressed as Superman baddies General Zod, Ursa, and Nod freshly escaped from the Phantom Zone. I even put them on my Trailer Park 2.0 panel, where we spoke about upcoming films and dissected their trailers on Friday.

Consisting of Jared Butler as Terrance Stamp-style General Zod, Jim "Tank" Dorsey as Jack O'Halloran-style Non, and Faye Murman as Sarah Douglas-style Ursa, the #ZodSquad were a freaking highlight.

Not only did they get stopped often by Javits Center staff asking "Where's Superman?", but while sitting in the food court a line of kneelers presented themselves to the General (which was even better when he wasn't paying attention).

There was a photo booth involved, there was arm wrestling, and a visit to Times Square (see, TOLD YOU it'd be worth it!) where out of every possible thing that could happen, another photographer came running up to the Squad to present his T-Shirt, which just HAPPENED to be a General Zod graphic tee.  Like it was meant to be.

Please enjoy my gallery of the #ZodSquad (all photos by photographer Mary Anne Butler. If used elsewhere, please credit and link back):

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Mary Anne ButlerAbout Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

 Though she be but little, she is fierce. #MabTheProfessional
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