San Diego Comic-Con Switches To a Virtual Format This Year

Waves of cancellations striking the entertainment world are not over, and one of the year’s most anticipated events switched gears in light of COVID-19. We’re speaking of San Diego Comic-Con.

A hot ticket for pop culture awesomeness, cosplay, and bombshell announcements for TV and film, the Comic-Con party won’t be held this year at the convention center. Fans were disappointed yet understanding about the news, but there is still a chance to attend.

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Comic-Con is coming to your home

Organizers behind Comic-Con must all be wearing capes because it’s been announced that there will be a virtual celebration this summer. Rather than scrap the party altogether, festivities will be moved online with one of the greatest benefits being free parking. Cosplay is welcome.

The official Comic-Con International social media accounts shared an announcement teasing that fans should get ready to strap in for the at-home convention. Hall H will be very different this year.

There’s no word on which panels, creators, or exhibitors will be on deck for the event, but it is something fans are happy about. In April, the Comic-Con team released a statement about canceling due to coronavirus.

Spokesperson David Glanzer acknowledged fans while also pointing to the necessity of the decision.

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.

Fans love the idea

It didn’t take long for the Comic-Con video to garner attention and the internet approves. On Instagram, one fan remarked “My room is going to become Hall H,” while others cheered the move.

Over on Twitter, a number of commenters are saying they finally get to attend as first-timers, and tweeting “You had me at no lines.”

Many are throwing out their choices for which actors and panels they want to see such as Jared Padalecki for Walker, Texas Ranger, Marvel sneak-peeks, and Supergirl. There is also an overwhelming amount of fans who want the Zack Snyder cut for Justice League to be addressed.

However, in the midst of the excitement, people want to know when the virtual gathering is and if it will be free. All we know is details are forthcoming.

What’s up with Comic-Con in the future?

Though it’s the first time in 50 years that Comic-Con’s been canceled, the plan is to hold the face-to-face gathering in July 2021. Per the website, the event has been rescheduled for July 22-25, 2021 and refunds or transfers are being offered for the 2020 convention.

In the meantime, organizers are promoting the WonderCon At Home event which is taking place virtually in lieu of the one that was supposed to occur in Anaheim.

Fans are invited to participate each Wednesday to check out featured panelists and vendors who would have appeared at this year’s WonderCon.

Additionally, the Comic-Con Museum is opening its virtual doors to fans and is offering series and other content for your enjoyment. Stay tuned for more information for 2020 Comic-Con.