Despite what some may have you believe, the coronavirus is not gone. In the past week, the United States hit 2 million cases, with more than 112,000 deaths. The dire news comes as states continue to re-open, people return to work and society attempts to get back to normal.
At least one event is listening to the experts. San Diego Comic-Con, the annual Super Bowl of fandom, which invites hundreds of thousands of people to celebrate Spider-man and Boba Fett at the San Diego Convention Center, announced that they’re taking the show online this year.
Comic-Con@Home will take place this year from July 22nd through 26th and is free for anyone. That means no lines, free parking and decreased risk of catching the coronavirus. What’s better than that?
“For the first time in our 50-year history, we are happy to welcome virtually anyone from around the globe,” said San Diego Comic-Con 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.”
“Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and while we are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision. We eagerly look forward to the time when we can all meet again and share in the community we all love and enjoy.”
In mid-April, Comic-Con stated that they would be canceling this year’s event, announcing that it would “not be safe to move forward with plans for this year.” More than 130,000 people attended the convention in 2018. Weeks later, organizers introduced Comic-Con@Home.
This year’s @Home version of Comic-Con will feature similar events that fans have come to expect, such as interviews, exhibitors, panels, as well as gaming and activities.