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Karen Gillian, Elizabeth Henstridge among stars headed to Eternal Con

We are only a few weeks away from “Eternal Con,” also known as the Long Island Comic Con, a three-day event taking place at the Cradle of Aviation’s Reckson Center in Garden City.

The event has become a popular destination for fans of film, TV, comics and pop-culture. This year Eternal Con will be welcoming Karen Gillan (Doctor Who, Oculus, Guardians of the Galaxy), Elizabeth Henstridge (Reach Me, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Brent Spiner (Star Trek, Independance Day: Resurgence), William Kircher (The Hobbit, Out of the Blue, Xena: Warrior Princess), Chase Masterson (Star Trek DS9), Amy Jo Johnson (Power Rangers, The Division, Felicity), Yūta Mochizuki (Power Rangers, Magical Doremi), Reiko Chiba (Power Rangers, Great Dinosaur Battle!), and a “Sailor Moon” reunion with original voice actors Linda Ballantyne (Serena/Sailor Moon), Toby Proctor (Darien/ Tuxedo Mask), Susan Roman (Lita/Sailor Jupiter) and Katie Griffin (Rae/Sailor Mars)! More guests to be announced in the coming weeks.

The event will also feature quite a few cosplay guests. Among them are Yuffie Bunny, The TANK – Life Size Action Figure, Jennifer Rose, Ruby Rinekso, The Real Ghostbusters of Long Island, Browncoats of New York City, and returning again this year will be the Lucasfilm recognized Star Wars costumed charity performance group Empire Saber Guild.

Special events for children include “Youngling Training” by the aforementioned Empire Saber Guild, where young Jedi are invited to join the NY- Jedi instructors in a supervised training session to learn basic Lightsaber choreography & technique. Every child who participates will receive a free lightsaber, which is much easier than crafting them with Kaiburr crystals.

The cosplay parade will also be open to the public this year, it’s a totally free event that will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday June 11th in the Aviation museum’s parking lot and proceed along Charles Lindbergh Blvd and lead into the Cradle.

Since 2013, the Eternal Con Film Festival (ECF Festival) has been dedicated to showcasing fan film shorts and presenting innovative programming. The festival’s main objective is to provide a platform for indie filmmakers to screen their work in the Cradle of Aviation Museum’s 350-seat IMAX Dome Theatre.

Filmmakers and audience members will have the unique opportunity to interact in an intimate setting. Attendees will enjoy an enhanced experience with a few fun surprises and complimentary popcorn. The ECF Festival is committed to the support and promotion of independent fan films and, this year, it kicks off Eternal Con – The Long Island Comic Con. Get ready for an ALL NEW experience on Friday night, June 10th 2016. It will be a night of red carpets, films, Awards, Q&A’s, and much, much more!

One of the biggest events during Eternal Con is the Cosplay Contest, also in the IMAC theatre, with a pre-judging session and a walk-through display. This live event will be simulcast on the IMax screen so everyone in the theatre gets a good look at all the costumes. More info on the event can be found here on the official website.

Judges will be looking at the costume itself, the workmanship, design, and inspiration. This will be open to groups and individuals, experts and novices, and costumes from mainstream or self-creative. All genres are welcome, including film, television, theater, comics, video games, sci-fi, anime, horror and original creations!