Cradle-Con: The Ultimate Fan Experience

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Long Island’s newest comic and pop culture event arrives

Scheduled for Saturday, June 24 and Sunday, June 25, Cradle-Con is Long Island’s newest, progressive, comic, collectible and pop culture convention, built for fans, by fans. The Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center has been host to many expos, conventions, weddings and catered events over the last few years. But this year, the museum is hosting its own comic convention, to address the changing needs and wants of an evolving fandom making it accessible for all and delivering an intimate, genuine fan experience like no other. In addition, the event is raising much needed funds to support the museum’s Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education Programs.

Cradle-Con is a new opportunity for readers to meet and greet their favorite comic book creators, for collectors on the hunt for those elusive rare books and toys, and for cosplayers to show off some of their best work. This is a spectacular new experience for fans of all ages to gather, socialize, and be passionate about what they love.

“It’s an innovative community and family-friendly event in response to the fans’ evolving needs and our changing climate,” said Seamus Keane, Director of Special Events, Cradle-Con, Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center. “The guest artists, vendors and panelists have all been carefully curated to deliver an exceptional fan experience that showcases local talent, recognizes the diversity of a changing fan base, and is all about nostalgia and having fun among a community of clever, creative and collaborative members. Its built entirely around what the fans want.”

Curated by fans with input by fans, the family friendly event is geared towards supporting local artists in the community. With awe-inspiring space serves as ideal backdrop for cosplayers to take photos highlights of the convention include a live podcast with Rick & Morty co-creator, Dan Harmon; Comic Artists: Billy Tucci (Shi, Heroes for Hire), Mark Russell (Flintstones), Jennifer Hernandez (Sonic the Hedgehog), Edgardo Miranda-Rodriquez (Ricanstruction), Rich Drezen (Luckyzilla); Pop Culture Actors and Voice Actors: Michael Bell (X-Men, GI Joe, Call of Duty, Star Wars), Larry Kenney (Lion-O on the Thundercats), Michael Copon (Power Rangers, One Tree Hill); Jedi Training and visits from 501st Legion Star Wars Cosplayers; Cosplay Costume Contests and a Retro Arcade Game Lounge featuring Space Invaders, Ms. Pac Man, Star Wars and more.

Affordably priced tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids (2-12) or a $30 2-Day Pass for advance sale only. Parking at the event is free.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center is located on Museum Row, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., in the Garden City/Uniondale area. For more information call 516-572-4111 or visit www.cradlecon.com.

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