June 16, 2020
The organizers of the annual San Diego Comic-Con, which was canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, will instead present the show as an online event called Comic-Con@Home. Dates for the virtual show will be July 22-26, the same dates this year’s convention had been slated to take place at the San Diego Convention Center.
Plans for Comic-Con@Home include an online exhibit hall offering promotions, specials and limited-edition products unique to the celebration. As well, Comic-Con@Home promises exclusive panels and presentations about comics, gaming, television, film, and a wide variety of topics from publishers, studios, and more. Comic-Con@Home will also have a Masquerade, gaming, and many other activities in which fans can participate from their own homes.
Although Comic-Con@Home will provide badges for fans to print and wear, all aspects of the initiative are free and there are no limits to how many can attend.
“For the first time in our 50-year history, we are happy to welcome virtually anyone from around the globe,” SDCC spokesperson David Glanzer said in a statement. “Though stay-at-home conditions make this a very difficult time, we see this as an opportunity to spread some joy and strengthen our sense of community.”
Virutal events will be announced at Comic-Con.org.
The initiative joins the Comic-Con Museum’s virtual endeavor, Comic-Con Museum@Home, which is already ongoing.
It remains to be seen how much studios will participate in a virtual Comic-Con as opposed to presenting their own online promotional events. Warner Bros. just announced a virtual event Aug. 22 called DC FanDome to promote movies and TV shows based on DC Comics.