San Diego Comic-Con Goes Virtual

Comic-Con 2020 Goes Virtual: Here’s What You Need to Know

Over 300 Free Panels Available to Online Attendees

San Diego Comic-Con, the largest convention dedicated to comics and related pop culture, is going virtual this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, the Comic-Con 2020 live convention was canceled for the first time in 50 years. Officials later announced that rather than inviting the 100,000+ attendees to take over various venues online, the panels will be accessible to comic fans from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

The appropriately-named [email protected] will take place from July 22nd to July 26th and feature between 300 and 400 panels, almost all of which will be recorded ahead of time. SDCC has already announced panels based on beloved shows and movies, including Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Bill & Ted, The Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead, The Simpsons, and more. The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman with have a panel, Keanu Reeves will reunite with other cast members of Constantine, and there will be a panel for Marvel’s new television show Helstrom. Fans of Netflix’s Witcher show, based on the popular video game, won’t be disappointed, either, and Disney+ will be presenting multiple shows.

Fans can head to the SDCC website to see the final schedule as officials announce the last of the panels. The MySCHED tool allows them to register for panels over the five-day virtual convention; however, SDCC says many panels will remain available after the con. All panels will be available on SDCC’s Youtube.

Although there is plenty of awesome content to appeal to fans, the digital format does restrict some of the most-loved perks of attending SDCC in person. Because events won’t be live, fans won’t be able to participate in live sessions with their favorite talents; although, some panels will include commentary from social media. A lack of live reactions might mean that [email protected] doesn’t foster viral videos and GIFs as the live con has in previous years.

Still, if [email protected] manages to capture just a little of its in-person magic with its virtual event, it’s bound to be a success and might encourage virtual content in future years, even when the live convention returns.

SD Virtual Comic-Con Details

San Diego Comic-Con, the largest convention dedicated to comics and related pop culture, is going virtual this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In April, the live convention was canceled for the first time in 50 years. Officials later announced that rather than inviting the 100,000+ attendees to take over various venues online, the Comic-Con 2020 panels will be accessible to comic fans from the comfort and safety of their own homes.

The appropriately-named [email protected] will take place from July 22nd to July 26th and feature between 300 and 400 panels, almost all of which will be recorded ahead of time. SDCC has already announced panels based on beloved shows and movies, including Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Bill & Ted, The Walking Dead/Fear the Walking Dead, The Simpsons, and more. The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman with have a panel, Keanu Reeves will reunite with other cast members of Constantine, and there will be a panel for Marvel’s new television show Helstrom. Fans of Netflix’s Witcher show, based on the popular video game, won’t be disappointed, either, and Disney+ will be presenting multiple shows.

Fans can head to the SDCC website to see the final schedule as officials announce the last of the panels. The MySCHED tool allows them to register for panels over the five-day virtual convention; however, SDCC says many panels will remain available after the con. All panels will be available on SDCC’s Youtube.

Although there is plenty of awesome content to appeal to fans, the digital format does restrict some of the most-loved perks of attending SDCC in person. Because events won’t be live, fans won’t be able to participate in live sessions with their favorite talents; although, some panels will include commentary from social media. A lack of live reactions might mean that [email protected] doesn’t foster viral videos and GIFs as the live con has in previous years.

Still, if Comic-Con 2020 manages to capture just a little of its in-person magic with its virtual event, it’s bound to be a success and might encourage virtual content in future years, even when the live convention returns.

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