New year, new digs. Long Island’s biggest pop culture event, Eternal Con, moves from the Cradle of Aviation to the renovated Nassau Coliseum for its fifth anniversary this weekend.
“There will be more dealers, more artists, more everything,” says founder Frank Patz. “Now we have the room to offer more than 350 tables of merchandise for sale, various panels, over 100 artists, 27 celebrities and even a car show featuring the 1966 Batmobile, the Bat Tumbler, Batcycle, the ‘Back to the Future’ DeLorean and KITT from ‘Knight Rider.’ ”
Here are four special guests to meet and the legendary characters they portray.
CATWOMAN — LEE MERIWETHER
In the 1966 “Batman” film based on the popular TV show starring the late Adam West, Lee Meriwether took on the role of Catwoman made famous by Julie Newmar, who couldn’t make the shoot.
“I lived with cats all my life,” says Meriwether, 82. “Back in New York when I was studying acting, I worked on being a cat as an exercise. It was fun. I went with my instincts.”
However, Meriwether is still in shock over West’s recent death.
“I just saw him last month at a Hollywood autograph show,” says Meriwether. “He was such a dear man, a really good soul. Working with him was heaven because he had a good sense of humor and his work ethic was delightful.”
GREEDO — PAUL BLAKE
Paul Blake had no idea that taking on a bit part as a green alien in a wacky ’70s sci-fi film called “Star Wars” would turn into a 40-year journey through pop culture. However, the hotly contested debate over who shot first between Greedo and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) continues.
“Everybody has an opinion,” says Blake, 68. “I’m all for the original one from the script. It says in parentheses at the end of the scene: ‘Han shoots the alien.’ I’m completely with Han shot first. How could I have missed? We were facing each other!”
SUPERGIRL — HELEN SLATER
While Supergirl might have come from the planet Krypton, actress Helen Slater, who portrayed her in the 1984 film, grew up in Massapequa and Great Neck.
“I used to have a very thick Long Island accent,” says Slater, 53. “It still comes out when I get mad at my mother.”
Slater not only played Supergirl but several roles in the Superman canon such as Lara-El (Clark Kent’s biological mom) in “Smallville,” the voice of Martha Kent (Kent’s adopted mom) in “DC Super Hero Girls: SuperHero High” and Eliza Danvers, the title character’s adopted mom on TV’s “Supergirl.”
“I asked, begged and hoped that Eliza Danvers would have a superpower,” she says. “Just to fly because it’s so much fun to do that.”
WILLIAM ADAMA — EDWARD JAMES OLMOS
Award-winning actor Edward James Olmos (“Miami Vice,” “Stand and Deliver”) finds his four seasons on the 2004 reboot of “Battlestar Galactica” some of his favorite work.
“It’s more poignant today than anything else I’ve done,” says Olmos, 70. “It’s a character-driven morality play of how we, the human beings, created technology that ends up coming back and killing us. That’s something very feasible at this time.”
WHEN | WHERE 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, July 1 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, July 2 at NYCB Live’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale
INFO 516-900-4748, eternalcon.com
ADMISSION $29 Saturday ($15, ages 6-12), $25 Sunday ($12 child), $50 weekend pass ($25 child); $5 parking
Noon Saturday: History of “Star Trek” panel
5 p.m. Saturday: Cosplay contest
11 a.m. Sunday: Jedi Academy for kids
1 p.m. Sunday: Kids’ costume contest (ages 2-12)
and 25th Anniversary of “Batman: the Animated Series” panel.
STAR WARS DÉCOR
Regal Robot, which operates from an undisclosed location in Suffolk County, will make its Eternal Con vendor debut with its custom-made line of “Star Wars” furniture, which includes items such as a Dewback loveseat, Millennium Falcon asteroid coffee table and Han Solo carbonite desk.
“We wanted to create a mix of behind-the-scenes movie effects, prop-making and functional furniture,” says owner Tom Spina. “It’s made to show people if they want something really out there, we can do it as a one-of-a-kind.”