In pictures: All the best costumes at Comic-Con San Diego 2017

Zombies, Weeping Angels and White Walkers mingle with superheroes and aliens at San Diego's annual Comic-Con.

Zombies, Weeping Angels and White Walkers mingled with superheroes and aliens at San Diego's annual Comic-Con, taking place from 20 to 23 July 2017.

What started as a comic-book convention with 300 participants in 1970 has grown into a corporate-heavy media showcase that draws more than 130,000 attendees, many of whom have spent months working on their costumes – with attendees dressing as characters from Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars and various Marvel and DC Comics favourites. In this gallery, IBTimes UK looks at some of the best costumes at this year's event.

Christina Silvoso plays a Weeping Angel from Doctor WhoBill Wechter/AFP
Christina Silvoso, dressed as a Weeping Angel, laughs after getting an autograph from Doctor Who supremo Steven MoffatBill Wechter/AFP
Todd Schmidt as the iceman from the X-Men seriesSandy Huffaker/Getty Images
Emjaye Adamson of San Diego as an Avatar characterMike Blake/Reuters
A zombies arrives in costumeMike Blake/Reuters
Jim Hampshire in Game of Thrones costumeMike Blake/Reuters
Cosplayers dressed as Mr Spock and Captain Kirk from Star TrekSandy Huffaker/Getty Images
Michelle Hoffman of Wisconsin plays Mystique from the X-Men seriesBill Wechter/AFP
David Schoelen is helped with his Demogorgon costume by Paul Baum dressed like Eleven, both from Stranger ThingsMario Anzuoni/Reuters
Charles Lewin and Mark Todd as a couple of GhostbustersBill Wechter/AFP
An attendee dressed as Syndrome from The IncrediblesMike Blake/Reuters
Benilda dressed as Queen Amidala from Star WarsMike Blake/Reuters
Kaija Harris as Poison Ivy and Kimmey Baykian as Harley QuinnBill Wechter/AFP
A family poses for a picture with Sponge Bob caharactersMike Blake/Reuters
Christian Ganiere, 8, plays The JokerBill Wechter/AFP
Joe Phillips as the Cowardly LionMike Blake/Reuters
Emily Brewer of CarlsbadMike Blake/Reuters
Attendees arrive dressed in costumeMike Blake/Reuters
An attendee arrives dressed in costume for the opening day of Comic Con International in San DiegoMike Blake/Reuters
John and Michelle Pina are Mr and Mrs Silver SurferBill Wechter/AFP
Wookies arrive at Comic-Con in San DiegoBill Wechter/AFP
Bree Gergen as Princess Allura from the comic strip VoltronBill Wechter/AFP
Jon Worstein, 17, plays the Green Goblin from SpidermanBill Wechter/AFP
Lesly Easson makes a phone call while in her costumeMike Blake/Reuters
Captain America checks his phoneSandy Huffaker/Getty Images
Lucinda Jones, dressed as a Star Trek character, sits with her sonSandy Huffaker/Getty Images
Attendees portraying characters from OutlanderSandy Huffaker/Getty Images
Spiderman Cosplayer Andrew ChoySandy Huffaker/Getty Images
Twin sisters Jessica and Amy Dawler, 18, both from the United Kingdom, play the parts of Cat Noir and Miraculous LadybugBill Wechter/AFP
Vivianne Archer, 13Bill Wechter/AFP
Jonni Swensen plays a Twi-lek from Star WarsBill Wechter/AFP
Visitors take selfies at The Walking Dead boothSandy Huffaker/Getty Images
Brianna Firefly plays mad scientist Rick from the TV series Rick and MortyBill Wechter/AFP

Comic-Con has become an increasingly important tool for Hollywood to generate interest in upcoming projects. Yet this year, television rather than cinema is at the forefront, with Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory dominating the 6,500-capacity Hall H, usually reserved for movie studios bringing in A-list talent.

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