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Game of Thrones party, Dota 2, The Muppets and more highlights of NY Super Week

Each year, Batman and other caped crusaders walk the streets as if they were real-life superheroes.

Of course, it's only the most visible sign that fans of comic books and other sci-fi and fantasy entertainment have dressed up for the annual New York Comic Con, the largest convention of its kind on the East Coast.

The gathering has gotten so big that it is the "crown jewel" of a weeklong, citywide celebration called New York Super Week that runs from Oct. 5 to 11 and unofficially starts Saturday with a mega esports gaming competition at Madison Square Garden.

Aside from the convention itself -- which is sold out -- Super Week organizers are planning to hold everything from a "Game of Thrones"-themed dance party with the actor who plays Hodor as D.J. to a cosplay burlesque show.

Here are seven of amNewYork's best picks for New York Super Week. Go to to learn more about these events, find out about others or buy tickets.

Oct. 3-4: Live Dota 2 video game competition at MSG

Eight of the world's top Dota 2 teams
Photo Credit: Valve Corp. / Dota 2

Eight of the world's top Dota 2 teams battle over two days for $250,000 in prize money at ESL One at Madison Square Garden. The competition will be streamed live on Twitch but there's nothing like being in a crowd of thousands rooting for game players as they compete in a multi-player virtual universe with over a hundred heroes. Info: Saturday, Oct. 3, and Sunday Oct. 4, 10 a.m., $39-$59, Madison Square Garden Theater, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza.

Oct. 6: Sheroes: Art by women comic book artists

Attend the grand opening of this exhibition that
Photo Credit: 'Unicorn' by Alice Mechi Li.

Attend the grand opening of this exhibition that aims to showcase the "vision of women" in the comic books industry, bringing together artwork by illustrators Alitha E. Martinez, Delia Gable, Sara Woolley, Alice Meichi Li, and Micheline Hess. Info: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m., La Casa Azul Bookstore, 143 E. 103rd St.

Oct. 7: Comics and its Jewish beginnings

It's no secret that some of the earliest
Photo Credit: Action Comics

It's no secret that some of the earliest superhero comics pioneers in the United States were Jewish. This panel with "key Jewish figures of the comics industry" delves into their contributions and the history of Jews in comics. Panelists include Karen Green, Danny Fingeroth, Arie Kaplan, and Paul Levitz. Info: Wednesday, Oct. 7, $10/$7 members/students/seniors, 6:30 p.m., Center for Jewish History, Forchheimer Auditorium, 15 W. 16th St.

Oct. 8: The Muppet Vault Geeky Stuff

Come for a truly geeky night of clips
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Frazer Harrison

Come for a truly geeky night of clips from the deep vault of The Muppets hand-picked by "experts" and presented by fan website Look for possible highlights including "Pigs in Space" and guest appearances by Superman's Christopher Reeve and Wonder Woman's Lynda Carter. With The Muppets back on prime time, it's the perfect time to get fresh laughs from their classic bits. Info: Thursday, Oct. 8, 7:15 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., $10, Benzaquen Hall at the DiMenna Center, 450 W. 37th St.

Oct. 9: Big Superheroes Quiz

See the exhibition
Photo Credit: Dean Haspiel, "The Red Hook," Trip City, 2013

See the exhibition "Superheroes in Gotham" at the New-York Historical Society on Oct. 9 and then test your knowledge of costumed crime fighters at an evening of trivia. The quiz will include a lightning round, prizes and geek glory aplenty. Hosted by Quizmaster Kevin Maher. Info: Friday, Oct. 9, free, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77th Street. Reserve tickets by calling 212-485-9268.

Oct. 9: Blood Rave inspired by 'Blade' film

Blood will literally be on the dance floor
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Blood will literally be on the dance floor at this after-party based off the opening of the 1998 vampire superhero movie "Blade." In the scene, vampires at a club erupt into orgiastic fervor as sprinklers drench them with blood. The promoters of the "blood rave" at Terminal 5 are promising a similar soaking but with synthetic blood. The party will also feature a screening of "Blade," cosplay, sword-fighting and more. The Crystal Method is bringing the beats. Info: Friday, Oct. 9, prices vary, 7:30 p.m., Terminal 5, 610 W. 56th St.

Oct. 9: Party with Hodor from 'Game of Thrones'

Celebrate the wildly popular HBO series
Photo Credit: Getty Images / Jerod Harris

Celebrate the wildly popular HBO series "Game of Thrones" at this night of festivities hosted by Kristian Hairn, better known to GoT fans as Hodor but also a superstar DJ in his own right. Don't forget to dress up as your favorite GoT character ? prizes will be given out for best costumes. And, don't worry, we promise this won't end like the Red Wedding. Info: Friday, Oct. 9, $45, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square.


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