By: John M Jerva

For the first time in its entire existence, the OG Comic Con affectionately linen as the San Diego Comic Con was forced to cancel this year’s event in July for reasons we all know to all. All events this year have been shut down and entertainment has been hard to come by this year to say the least.

To soften the blow of all these wonderful festivals and events getting the axe, many have gone on line to offer fans a virtual experience where they can still attend panels and do meet and greets with celebrities.

SDCC is officially joining the virtual world and yesterday, the announced that the four day event for this year will be all on line for fans to partake in all the excitement. Best of all, it’s completely free! Now I know it doesn’t take the place of being there live, trust me I know, but this is certainly a great idea. The event is officially titled Comic Con at Home.

SDCC will hold all it’s exclusive panels for film, TV, comics and more on the weekend of July 22-26th which would have been the same weekend the event world have been held in San Diego.

SDCC spokesperson David Glanzer stated, “For the first time in our 50-year history, we are happy to welcome virtually anyone from around the globe. 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,”

Still sounds like a win to me people and I will certainly be taking in all that I can that weekend.

Check out the official SDCC press release with all the info below!

San DiegoSan Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual comics and pop culture convention Comic-Con, today shared details for an initiative in the works, Comic-Con@Home, an online event that will combine aspects of the convention experience with the comforts of home. Circumstances involving the COVID-19 pandemic and California’s restrictions against large gatherings have forced SDCC to cancel their 2020 international celebration that brings fans and professionals from all over the world to San Diego. Comic-Con@Homewas first teased in early May with a short video announcement and a promise of details to come. Pop culture enthusiasts will note that this initiative joins the Comic-Con Museum’s virtual endeavor, Comic-Con Museum@Home, already ongoing.

Although conditions prevent celebrating in person, the show, as they say, must go on. With Comic-Con@Home, SDCC hopes to deliver the best of the Comic-Con experience and a sense of its community to anyone with an internet connection and an interest in all aspects of pop culture. Plans for Comic-Con@Home include an online Exhibit Hall complete with everyone’s favorite exhibitors offering promotions, specials, and limited-edition products unique to the celebration. As well, Comic-Con@Homepromises exclusive panels and presentations about comics, gaming, television, film, and a wide variety of topics from publishers, studios, and more. As if that weren’t enough, 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.

I have attended the NYCC three times now and the Boston Fan Expo once and I’ve always wanted to go to SDCC but never had the opportunity so I am very excited that I will be able to participate and bring all of you all the great news that comes out of the weekend.

I’m sure there will be negative reaction to this but this is the world we are living in at the moment so I’m trying to stay positive and this is a great thing to keep all our spirits up.

More info is on the way but you can check out Toucan, the official Comic-Con and WonderCon blog, SDCC’s website and social channels for all the latest updates. Let’s get ready to party and join forces and celebrate all that is great in life!

Stay tuned and keep it locked and loaded right here as we are your destination for everything action and Comic Cons!

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