In just under two weeks, cosplayers, collectors and rabid fans will descend upon New York to revel in a comic convention for the books.
Now, we’re most certainly not talking about New York Comic Con, for that takes place in the fall.
Instead, we’re looking a bit more East and casting a light on Eternal Con, the largest Long Island comic convention. I’ve been attending Eternal Con for a few years, as seen by my prior recaps here and here. However, there’s a big change this year, and it may convince outsiders to travel beyond New York City. Eternal Con has a new home, separating from its unique venue air and space museum the Cradle of Aviation, to the newly renovated Nassau Coliseum, just a few blocks away.
In prior years, my biggest gripe was that Eternal Con was on a fast pace to outgrow the museum. It was difficult to find some booths in the labyrinthine layout, and while the premise of hosting a comic convention in one of the nerdiest kinds of museums was awesome, the venue just could not live up to what Eternal Con aspired to be.
With its new home, Eternal Con seems dead set on its path to bringing the best of comics, movies and pop culture entertainment to the masses. The convention is in its fifth year, and it is run by locals who are really passionate about the industries. It shows in how they bring together a little bit from each corner. At the con this year, guests can meet with Edward James Olmos (Bladerunner 2019, Battlestar Galatica, Agents of SHIELD) or Brianna Hildebrand (Deadpool) among a slew of other guests. They have Power Rangers such as Jason Flaunt, Erin Cahill and Deborah Estelle Philips. Star Wars alums Paul Blake and Jerome Blake will also be making our friends. And we’re excited to see a bunch of our favorite wrestlers return and make their introductions, we know our good friend Brimstone will be there.
Guests can also meet and shake the hands of their favorite artists, such as Billy Tucci, Frank Tieri and Nik Virella. If you’re aspiring to join the creative side of the comic business, it may be a good opportunity to bring a portfolio.
Eternal Con is also a great place to bring the family, with activites in gaming, cosplay, and movie prop and car exhibits. The show takes place on July 1 and July 2. Also to note, parking is $5.00. More information can be found on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.