County Executive Ed Mangano announced that Long Island Comic Con will return to Nassau for the third consecutive year, on Saturday, June 13, and Sunday, June 14. Eternal Con 2015 will once again takeover three floors of the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, with more than 250 tables of pop culture madness. Eternal Con brings together comic books, collectibles, gaming, sci-fi, cosplay and horror. Meet the original Power Rangers and many of your favorite comic book artists. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Eternal Con’s organizers will once again raise funds to benefit several local charities, including the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged. Operated with private sector donations, the Games provide differently abled young athletes the unique ability to compete in the annual weekend of competition, with friends from across the State of New York.
“I invite all residents to visit Eternal Con 2015—the largest pop culture event of the summer,” said County Executive Mangano. “This special two-day event of fun also raises funds to benefit young athletes who compete in the Nassau County Empire State Games for the Physically Challenged. I thank Eternal Con for their corporate generosity.”
This year’s celebrity guests include Nichelle Nichols (Star Trek), Marina Sirtis (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Gigi Edgley (Farscape, Quantum Apocalypse, Beastmaster), Vernon Wells (Innerspace, Mad Max II—The Road Warrior), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, Doctor Who, Runaway Train), Marky Ramone (The Ramones), WWE wrestlers Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Chyna, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Andrew Anderson and Mick Foley, famed voice actor Larry Kenney (Thundercats, Imus in the Morning, Family Guy) and a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers original reunion with Austin St. John, David Yost, Walter Jones and Karan Ashley.
Among the top names in the comic book industry attending are Ming Chen and Rob Bruce of AMC’s hit Comic Book Men, John Romita Jr. (The Amazing Spider-Man, Iron Man, Kick-Ass), Larry Hama (G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero, Wolverine, Elektra), Bob Camp (G.I. Joe, Conan the Barbarian), Billy Tucci (Shi, The Ring of Fire), Amy Reeder (Batwoman, Madame Xanadu, Fool’s Gold), Ken Kelly (Conan the Barbarian, Tarzan, KISS) and more than 70 comic book professionals are expected to be in attendance.
Special events for children include “The Jedi Academy,” where young Jedi are invited to join the New York Jedi instructors in a supervised training session to learn basic light saber choreography & technique. Every child who participates will receive a free light saber.
“Fan Films” will be the theme of the 2015 Eternal Con Film Festival as book, comic book, movie and TV fans flock to the 350-seat IMAX Theatre for films like Batgirl Rises, E.M.M.A. and the Long Island debut of director Anthony de Lioncourt’s ’80s-style sci-fi feature, The Protokon, starring Jaiden Kaine.
Returning for its second year is the cosplay parade. This free event is open to the public. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday June 13 in the Aviation museum’s parking lot and lead into the Cradle. More information on the parade is available on the Eternal Con website.
One of the biggest events of 2013-14 was the cosplay contest, also in the IMAX theater, with a prejudging session and a walk-through display. This live event will be simulcast on the IMAX screen so everyone in the theater gets a good look at all the costumes. The contest is open to all cosplayers and fans.
Throughout the weekend, attendees will have the opportunity for portfolio reviews, gaming tournaments, informative panels, the return of the movie prop gallery showing original costumes and props from classic motion pictures, a car show, an expanded art show, cosplay groups, special performances and a vendor room with more than 150 tables of toys, jewelry, clothing and collectibles.
Admission for Eternal Con 2015 is $25 for adults and $12 for children (ages 2 through 12) on Saturday. On Sunday, admission is $20 for adults and $6 for children.
For more information and details visit www.eternalcon.com or www.cradleofaviation.org.
—Submitted by Eternal Con