Like almost everything else these days, San Diego Comic-Con was cancelled back in April due to COVID-19, though the world’s most recognizable pop culture convention announced there would be a streaming version dubbed Comic-Con@Home. Now, details have officially emerged that the online event will be free to everyone, with no limit on participants, and take place July 22-26.
Trying to get a spot at one of the more popular panels can prove difficult at Comic-Con, with thousands of people typically camping out in the hopes of getting a seat – but this year that won’t be an issue. And, according to reports, many publishers and studios are getting involved, including Warner Bros. and Marvel Studio, though there has been no official word just yet. It’ll be more than just newsworthy exclusives and first-time trailers, however. Comic-Con@Home has plans for an online Exhibit Hall that will feature some of the favorite exhibitors, which will offer the usual promotions, specials and limited-edition products – a reason many flock to the event each year.
There will also be a masquerade, online gaming and other activities that will allow fans to participate and interact, all from the comfort of their home.
“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 in a statement to Collider. “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.”
With a little more than a month until Comic-Con@Home, there have been no exact details released as far as the specific panels planned and how fans can participate online, though the details will emerge in announcements leading up to the event. Fans should also check Toucan, the official Comic-Con and WonderCon blog, as well as SDCC’s social channels.
Speaking of social channels, you can follow along with the hashtag #ComicConAtHome.