If you live within shouting distance of New York this weekend, and are a fan of comicbooks, films, and/or anything even vaguely related to pop culture, then you’ll have a truly difficult choice to make, as there are three (yes, count ‘em three) comicbook show being held in the greater Metro New York area this weekend. Special Edition: NYC (Reed Pop, the folks who stage the annual NY ComicCon) which is happening at the Jacob Javits Center in NY on Saturday and Sunday June 14–15; The New York Comic Fest (from the folks who brought us the Asbury Park Comicon) which is happening at the Westchester County Center, on Saturday, June 14th; and the Eternal Con at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City on Saturday and Sunday June 14–15. All three cons will be vying for the attention of the comic Geek crowd as they each stage their own events.
Needless to say, according to Special Edition: NYC’s own press, fans of the genre will each be able to celebrate their love of comic books, cartooning, illustration, as well as graphic arts at Special Edition: NYC, which is a new comic book festival that is being staged in the very birthplace of comics — New York City. Fans will be able to see not only rising stars as well as living legends of the industry. Special Edition: NYC is a place that fans can meet their favorite comic book heroes and get exclusive access to special guests from the pages of mainstream, alternative, indie, international, and web comics. At Special Edition: NYC attendees will have the opportunity to collect the latest comics, buy the hard to find back issues, and add original art to your collection. Special Edition: NYC is a pure celebration of comic book culture created specifically for die-hard comic book fans, creators and publishers!
Meanwhile, slightly to the north of the Big Apple, this weekend the City’s northern suburbs are going to experience their first truly local comic convention in just over a decade with the first appearance of New York Comic Fest. This family-friendly, one-day event features some of the biggest writers and artists on the planet — from DC, Marvel, and dozens of independent publishers. Plus it wouldn’t be a comics’ show without toy and collectible dealers; original art dealers; panel discussions, two costume contests, as well as a trivia contest — and the Dark Knight’s Batmobile! The convention hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. The focus of New York Comic Fest’s is to promote the people who create comics and provide a great, welcoming atmosphere to fans and families. The cost for the show is $25 day of show, with children under 12 free with a ticket-holding adult.
Then there is the Eternal Con which is being held at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City on Saturday and Sunday. Eternal Con purports to be Long Island NY’s large-scale, multimedia, pop culture convention, which is held annually convention brings together the best in Comicbooks, collectibles, gaming, Sci-Fi, cosplay, horror, and all things relating to pop culture. The 2013 event was such an overwhelming success — with upwards of 3,000 attendees — that this year’s show has expanded to two day, covering three floors and with over 250 tables of vendors. In addition to their large vendor space they also hold raffles, giveaways, as well as cosplay, special guests, a car show, movie screenings, full access to the Cradle of Aviation Museum (with paid admission) and much, more. Including that not only is it held in an actual museum. There is also have an IMAX theatre films will be shown.
While there is some honest concern as to whether holding three cons in the same weekend (which also happens to be Father’s Day) is the best idea that everyone concerned has ever had. We personally believe that there are enough fans to go around and perhaps some of them will stop in on at least two shows. So, if you are in the area of New York City this weekend, remember there are three (yes three) comic book shows that are being held. Special Edition: NYC at the Jacob Javits center in New York City (Saturday and Sunday); The New York Comic Fest at the Westchester County Center, on Saturday; and Eternal Con at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Pick a show (or two), and enjoy!
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing comicbooks for some 30 years. During that time, his reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular comicbook articles and reviews.