My husband and I decided to check out Eternal Con this past weekend, over at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Long Island. My two older kids poo-pooed the idea (I made them wear the Cone of Shame), but since my 1 year-old really didn’t have a say in things, he graciously decided to join us.
I have to say, we were pleasantly surprised. This was a lot bigger than we expected – the con was spread out nicely over two floors of the museum and had a good mix of vendors, guests, and artists who were signing and drawing for fans. The admission price was reasonable and if you were so motivated, you could check out the museum exhibits in addition to the convention areas. Not a bad perk, because the museum is very cool in and of itself. And where else can you find a deal like that, right?
Any con that starts my day off with a glimpse of the Batmobile is a good omen. And the Batmobile was there to raise money for children with learning disabilities, so I hope they made a ton.
There were a lot of comic dealers there, which is always a good thing; I love those dollar boxes, and I love catching up on my “lost years” by bulking up on trades, which are usually deeply discounted at these events. I found one vendor who created storyline sets, bagging up a title’s storyline issues together and charging one price. Thank you, thank you, thank you – I was able to pick up the first six issues of Runaways, along with a Wonder Woman story arc.
There were toys galore for collectors, t-shirt vendors aplenty, and since there was a costume contest, there were cosplayers wandering around. And they were good. I saw a great Emperor with the Crimson Guard and a Tusken Raider, and a group of Ghosbusters – with the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man – were kind enough to take a picture with my toddler, whom friends on Facebook know as Gozer.
I enjoyed some Doctor Who fan art, and a large, private collection of movie memorabilia on display that included a substantial amount of Planet of the Apes costumes and props, and a fantastic American Werewolf in London full-sized wolf.
There were artists in Artist Alley, a few of whom I’d have loved to have talked to and gotten some work from, but I just couldn’t get near the tables. Again, this is a good thing. Because a lot of these indie artists are getting their name and their work out there, and I couldn’t be happier to see fans enjoying their stuff.
We were in and out in about an hour and a half, but next year, I’ll be back. With an agenda.
Enjoy some of the props collection!