By Scott C.
While San Diego Comic-Con 2020 is canceled for in-person fun (thanks a lot, coronavirus), there will luckily be a digital version called [email protected] held July 22nd-26th. A first for the organizers of Comic-Con, this online con will offer tons of free content for stay-at-home fans.
“We’re very excited about bringing Comic-Con online,” said San Diego Comic-Con’s spokesperson David Glanzer, regarding the event going virtual this year. “It couldn’t have been achieved without the help and support of so many of our usual friends, and some new ones too.”
The online event will take place on the Comic-Con website; it will change into [email protected] on Wednesday, July 22nd, at 9 a.m. PT. The home page will give fans access to all of the online programming, the Online Exhibit Hall list, as well as many other things hitting [email protected] Comic-Con is also teaming up with Sched.com once again, so go ahead and make that schedule before the event gets going. (Don’t forget to download and print the free [email protected] badge.)
Comic-Con Museum will also be joining the online event by hosting interactive activities for fans, which have already begun during the Comic-Con [email protected] event.
As for the programming, YouTube will host over 350 panels as well as 2020’s Eisner Awards. The Online Exhibit Hall, which has 700 exhibitors listed on it, will be on the GoExpo by Community Brands page (it should be accessible through the Comic-Con website when it goes live). Gamers, meanwhile, should visit Discord, as that platform will house multiple gaming activities, so game on everybody!
Tumblr is the platform to check out for the Comic-Con Art Show and the 46th annual Masquerade event. The Masquerade itself opens for viewing on Friday, July 24th, while winners day is Saturday, July 25th.
Films and anime will be on the Scener Watch Party Platform, which is a Chrome browser plug-in, that will allow fans to watch and talk to each other during each viewing. Note that some of the content will need a subscription to a streaming service such as Amazon Prime, Disney+, or to Netflix to watch any of their content. Funimation will host all of the anime watch parties.
FX will have a digital experience called FX UNLOCKED. It will house many online activations by using themes from American Horror Story, What We Do in The Shadows, Cake, and DAVE. And don’t forget to check out Miclpea’s article about the upcoming Adult Swim Con.
FutureTechLive! is going to present the virtual “World Builders” activation. [email protected] 2020 will also have portfolio reviews, a SideWalk Art challenge, a Cosplay challenge, the SuperVolunteer Challenge, and food recipes for all to try. Fans can also download the online version of this year’s free 260-page PDF Souvenir Book now. 2020’s cover is by artist William Stout. Overall, everything else should be on the Comic-Con website this Wednesday (9 a.m. PT).
A [email protected] T-shirt will be available to buy, as well as many other official Comic-Con-related items over on the merch page. The T-shirt will have DC Comics artwork on it. The 2020 items will go on sale this Wednesday (July 22nd) at 12 p.m. PT.
“Our hope is that Comic-Con can provide small respite from the confines of various stay-at-home orders,” said Glanzer. “While we can’t be together in-person, we can be together online.” Indeed, anything that can help us get through this pandemic and social isolation is always a plus to me.