San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) just completed a very successful experiment with [email protected] this past week. While [email protected] was not what fans have come to expect with the wonderful and exciting hustle and bustle of SDCC, it still managed to give the “con-goers” a taste of the in-person SDCC. Comic-Con International (CCI) has announced that some of the programs, such as the online Exhibit Hall, the Merch store, and certain activities, will remain accessible for at least two more weeks, others even longer. Be sure that you tell your friends to visit CCI here before any of the panels are removed. This is a first for CCI since in previous years most of the panels were not available online. Please take advantage of the opportunity before it passes.
As everyone is aware, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the cancellation of SDCC. However, to their credit, CCI decided to hold an online event during the originally scheduled dates, July 22-26, 2020. Reporters and media outlets from around the world took part in covering this online version of the event.
SDCC used YouTube as its platform to host the majority of panels and programs, which received over 30 million impressions, with 2.5 million views worldwide, as of Sunday (July 26) evening. During a typical Comic-Con, the meeting rooms range in size from 200 seats to the famed Hall H, which accommodates 6,500. [email protected], however, boasted viewership for some panels of up to over 200,000 views over many days of viewing! Another major convenience of [email protected] has been the ability to watch the panels whenever the viewer wants (after the posting time) and the ability to watch panels scheduled at the same time.
“It has long been our hope to have some of our content online,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson for the nonprofit CCI. “Until now it’s been a little haphazard, but hopefully in the future, more programs will be able to live online indefinitely for people to view at their leisure.”
[email protected] was a success due to the hard work of the SDCC staff and the talent who took part in the online convention. But without the viewers, the fans, and all of the valued sponsors who helped SDCC defray some of the costs to produce the event, [email protected] could not have happened.