Universes will collide next weekend at the Cradle of Aviation as superheroes and super fans come together to geek out over all things comic book related at Eternal Con, Long Island Comic Con.
The annual convention brings together actors and actresses from the superhero, anime, sci-fi and anime genres, as well as their creators and fans, for a weekend-long celebration of the comic book and superhero worlds. Attendees get a chance to get up close and personal with their favorite stars and comic book artists and are also encouraged to come in costume; this is probably the only place on Long Island where you can see a Spiderman hanging out with a Harley Quinn, or Superman learning light saber skills.
A smaller-scale version of New York City Comic Con, Eternal Con allows Long Islanders the opportunity to meet the stars from their favorite shows and movies, attend question and answer panels, show off their cosplay (costume play) skills, see authentic movie props, learn about the comic book industry and more, without having to trek into the city. The convention has met with success since it was started four years ago by Frank Patz, a comic book aficionado and collector who wanted to share his love for the illustrated arts with others.
“When we started, we thought we’d only get 800 people. Over 3,000 showed up,” Patz said, adding that Eternal Con is a great family event. ”People always say nerds love comic books, but now everyone loves that stuff.”
Adding to the Con’s appeal is the venue. Held in the Cradle of Aviation, an aerospace museum in Garden City, the masses of fans, guests, and exhibitors not only have space to spread out, but there’s plenty to explore.
“I didn’t want to do this in a regular convention setting like a hotel or hall. I wanted to do it where we had a great backdrop,” Patz said. “The Cradle is very interesting. It’s beautiful with the planes and aviation history when you go through. You can see the beautiful costumes and vendors [from Eternal Con] and cool planes [from the museum]. It’s a great combination of both worlds.”
The show is growing every year, and Patz said they are expecting more than 10,000 people to come to the Cradle over the three-day convention on June 10-12. Exhibits and panels are planned throughout the weekend; and attendees will get the chance to hear from special guests including Karen Gillan, from Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy. Also on the guest list are Elizabeth Henstridge from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Brent Spiner from Star Trek: The Next Generation, original red and pink Power Rangers Yuta Mochizuki and Reiko Chiba, the original voice actors from Sailor Moon and William Kircher from The Hobbit franchise. In addition to the special guests, attendees can enjoy a cosplay contest and parade, car show, film festival and numerous children’s events.
“Comic books are the stories that we have. These are our mythologies,” Patz said. “People from older generations, even young kids, it’s something every generation seems to like.”
Eternal Con comes to the Cradle of Aviation, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., in Garden City June 10-12.
For more information and tickets, visit www.eternalcon.com.
Check out more about Eternal Con’s lineup: Geek Out.