Today, we got word, regarding how San Diego Comic-Con will be running Comic-Con@Home in July, an online event that will combine aspects of the convention experience with the comforts of home, in the absence of the physical show. Comic-Con@Home was first teased in early May with a short video announcement and a promise of details to come. This initiative joins the Comic-Con Museum's virtual endeavor, Comic-Con Museum@Home, already ongoing.
With Comic-Con@Home, SDCC hopes to deliver the best of the Comic-Con experience and a sense of its community to anyone online with an interest in all aspects of pop culture. Plans for Comic-Con@Home include an online Exhibit Hall complete with everyone's favourite exhibitors 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 proudly, 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," said SDCC spokesperson David Glanzer. "Though stay-at-home conditions makes this a very difficult time, we see this as an opportunity to spread some joy and strengthen our sense of community." Comic-Con@Home will be held on the same dates as the previously canceled Comic-Con, July 22-26, 2020, and online attendees are encouraged to use the official #ComicConAtHome hashtag to be included in the virtual activities. Organizers and participating entities will begin providing additional details in announcements leading up to the event. Interested fans are encouraged to check Toucan, the official Comic-Con and WonderCon blog, SDCC's website and social channels, and the official channels of their favorite pop culture creators in the weeks to come.
Guess what though? I missed my panel guest spot due to timezone clash…