Before I get rolling with my thoughts, and I’ll say this again at the end, you can go to Eternal Con tomorrow 6/15/14. It is a two day event and doors tomorrow are at 10AM until 5PM! Go get your tickets now!
MUReview brought you coverage of Eternal Con 2013 last year, around the same time. This year, we were honored to once again be guests for Eternal Con 2014 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City New York.
In Eternal Con, Long Island (New York) has an incredible gem to behold. A convention that is very quickly coming into it’s own by growing just right and playing to it’s fantastic strengths.
On entering the convention grounds con goers are flanked by a video game bus and a LARPing ground with eager LARPers right out there in the open flinging arrows and flailing swords at each other. A common enough occurrence in the geek world, but a rarity to see out in the open and certainly not something you get to see out in front of a building on concrete.
The down to earth nature of con staffers cannot be touted enough. I attended today as a member of the press to bring this event to you, but before my passion for all things pop culture and comics, is my passion for my family…so I had to bring my wife (chief photographer) and two little guys with me…and my nephew (no they weren’t press, they were paid entrants and it was worth every penny!). A gentleman of some convention approached my wife seeing her holding my two year old in the line and walked us up to the front of the line concerned for my wife’s well being having to hold my little guys lumpy little butt standing in line. I’ve lived on Long Island my whole life…that kind of stuff is so rare, but so appreciated.
On entering we were given a flier with show info and a map. While appreciated, eventually the flier seemed a little out of date. I don’t tell you this as a complaint, but if you are going tomorrow, know this. Celebrity signings were not on the third floor, nor were photo op or signing tickets. Celebrities were off the main hall in a door to the right follow the path around to a room with signing tables. The ticket purchase desk for signings is now in that same room.
That SNAFU aside, our hunt for the autograph tables took us on a quick goose chase of the upper levels where we got to check out floors without fighting crowds that probably wouldn’t have made their way up their until later. That said, you enter the show to an open area of vendors with all sorts of incredible collectible wares for you to buy and I suggest you do. Some vendors of note, Razorsedgecollectibles.com, Tribbletoys.com and Bestcomics.com. It seems like most if not all vendors support transactions by credit card thanks to handy dandy tablets and either Square or Paypal card readers. As a warning though, there appears to be some wifi troubles with so much use and you would be better served, and certainly more quickly if you pay in cash.
Let’s go up to the third floor though, that’s where we started. Interesting tables with independent artists and authors abound, you really shouldn’t miss it. The same was the verse for the second floor where I met Derwin Roberson, a man who draws a mean Nova Prime. His table is not to be missed, nor should you walk by any of the other artists tables without stopping.
Another stop not to miss on the second floor, movie prop displays and a little hall of horrors, check it out!
Heading back down to the first floor, I don’t want to forget to talk about all the exceptional Panels that can be found there!
A highlight of any convention is it’s celebrities. Eternal Con hit home with me big time here, Zack Galligan, Catherine Mary Stewart, Taimak! All a few feet from each other….well Zack and Catherine Mary were…and that was so full of awesome I’ll be telling my grandkids about it. (I don’t have grandkids yet). Autographs and photo ops were priced very reasonably. However, be warned that photo ops are around the corner from the autograph table, and do not expect to receive your photo right away. We took pictures at about 11:30 AM and I had to return between 5 and 7PM to pick up a picture. Not a big deal, just prepare for it.
Now then, I mentioned playing to it’s strength. Cosplayers. Cosplayers rule this con! Features of costume creation abound, and I’m not sure whether they are formally part of the show or not but the roaming zombies are both incredible and horrifying. Keep an eye out for them in the area just behind the vendor hall at the entry (where you can also find more vendors).
Not to be missed as well, gaming areas on the first floor, tand the car show exhibit to the left of the building entry.
I’m thrilled to have been able to be a part of Eternal Con 2014. I know there are some things I missed that I can’t get back, a few panels I wanted to see and the Cosplay parade, but I can’t win them all and thankfully, with how fast this con seems to be growing in both attendance and physical size (they definitely took up more space at The Cradle of Aviation Museum just around the corner from Nassau Coliseum than they did last year), well, there is always next year! I can’t wait for it either!
If you like what you read and you want to check it out, I absolutely implore you, buy a ticket and get to Garden City tomorrow for 10AM doors!
Now, for your enjoyment, see a little of what we saw today!
I have been to more than my fair share of conventions, Baseball, Football, Video Game, Film, Software, Hardware, Comic. It’s amazing the variances you see in these conventions. They range from a few tables in someone’s garage all the way up through multiple floors at the larget convention halls that you can possibly imagine with everything in between.
To this point, most of the ‘local’ Long Island conventions that I have been to have been hotel hosted and have had very limited participation and representation from local and national retailers.
I’m happy to report to you, Eternal Con got it right, it was no garage, and there was plenty to look at! Best Comics, Epic Collectibles, Lost 4 Toys, the 501st Legion, The Long Island Ghostbusters, so many vendors, cosplay troops and excellent exhibits, there was more to see than the 8 hours of doors open could let you see enough of….That, being my only complaint.
Eternal Con was outstanding, and I’ve got more to say about it, but let me start with what I didn’t like. 1 day! Next year, and there absolutely should be a next year! Give me two days or more! There were certainly enough people there to make it happen.
Walking in we were greeted by what I felt was one of the main attractions, the classic TV era Batmobile! Folks could step right up and take pictures from behind a line or for a few bucks, they could get nice and close and have a picture taken with the car. Further down the outside stretch were more vintage TV and pop culture automotive icons, KITT from Knightrider not being the least impressive of which.
On entering we were greeted with throngs of vendors and eager shoppers. There were deals to be had and tons of rarities and custom pieces, a ton of what you’d expect at even an international type con shopping wise. I will say though, I was a bit confused. Often times I’d pass a booth with a near frenzy of people mobbing it. Something you see a lot at larger cons, but usually they are giving something away. I didn’t see much in the way of giveaways, and maybe it was my timing, but I was left dumbfounded by the frequency of these happenings.
I did sneak away with one freebie for my little guy, a Marvel Super Hero Squad book, handed to him by a nice little girl working the booth at epiccollectibles.com We’ve read it about a dozen times by now.
While there were great deals to be had, many of which we took advantage of, there were some folks selling items at worse than Toy Hunter prices…always to be expected, but I say this because everyone should always be on their guard!
Making our way around the con we were treated to an outstanding movie prop / costume exhibit featuring Planet of the Apes and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to name a few.
The folks with the 501st were exceptionally gracious and eager to please with pictures with kids as well as volunteering to be shot with Nerf darts for donations.
As an aside from the con itself, it was a great bonus that the event was hosted at the Cradle of Aviation museum as guests were granted entrance to an outstanding hall of aircraft exhibits. I had family in from out of town and they were given quite the double feature treat!
Back to the convention! We ran in to Game Master Games, had a great conversation and we were treated to their hopes for next years Eternal Con…on site gaming!! Let’s all hope it happens.
There were whole sections of independent art and comics, this was conveniently located near the epicenter of Cosplay which appeared to be not only encouraged but supported, again with the 501st as well as official troops of GI Joe Cosplayers.
I can without a doubt absolutely recommend you attend Eternal Con in 2014. I can also only hope that next year the con gets a little bit more time and hope that it gets many more years to come! MUReview had a great time and we thank the folks that ran Eternal con for having us down. Check out the gallery to see the fun we had there!
A friendly reminder. Buy your tickets for Eternal Con 2013 online HERE. Early purchase gets you in the door for $10 per person. Kids under 2 are free, kids 2-12 are $10 online or at the door. Tickets for big kids are $14 at the door.
There is a ton of great stuff set to go on, check out this excerpt from the site.
“The Eternal Con Pop Culture Expo is the newest and most anticipated multi-media event to hit the NY area in a long time! The beautiful space of the Cradle of Aviation Museum will host this event on Saturday June 15th with 2 floors of Pop Culture Madness! In addition to our huge vendor space we will have raffles, giveaways, costumes, special guests, a car show in the parking lot, diorama contests, movie screening, full access to the Cradle of Aviation Museum (with paid admission) and much, much more! Here on the Eternal Con website you will find all sorts of valuable information about the show and be sure to check out our facebook and twitter pages for more! We are excited to bring you this event and hope to see you in June!”
Check out the full list of exhibitors HERE.
Go get your tickets! I’ll see you there tomorrow!
If the count down timer is to be believed, we are now 2 days and 14 hours away from Eternal Con 2013 at the Cradle of Aviation Museum In Nassau County, Long Island New York.
Tickets can be purchased HERE for 14 bucks a pop at the door, 10 bucks online. Kids 12 and under are $10.00.
Check out some info about the show:
“The Eternal Con Pop Culture Toy Show warmly invites you to our 1st Annual Show on Saturday, June 15th 2013, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City NY. This year’s show promises to be a fun and enjoyable day for all. We hope to grow this show into something where collectors from across the Nation and around the World come to meet and exchange ideas with other collectors and to forge friendships that last a lifetime.
Our Event showcases the history of the first “Action Figure” and offers a shopping bonanza with a great selection of figures, supplies, and memorabilia for the toy and action figure enthusiast. You will discover the span of toy collecting at our Show – from G.I. Joe and military toys to the unlimited imagination of science fiction, fantasy, and anime.”
The show will play host to Best Comics, Side Show Collectibles and Heroesinaction.com. Artists and other guests include Jimmy Shooter, Larry Hama and Walking Dead artist Arthur Suydam. You can also check out special musical guest, Blue Movie.
If you are in the Long Island area on Saturday, there is absolutely nothing you can come up with that will be more awesome than Eternal Con, that is a promise! MUReview.net will be there doing our news coverage thing and we hope to see you there!!