- Here's all the information you need to take part in Comic-Con@Home.
In its 50-year history, organizers were forced to make the heartbreaking decision to cancel the annual celebration of comics and pop culture. Organizers announced an online version to launch July 22, the official start date of the originally scheduled convention.
“We’re very excited about bringing Comic-Con online,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson for the nonprofit organization. “And it couldn’t have been achieved without the help and support of so many of our usual friends, and some new ones too.”
The virtual event will be free with the official Comic-Con website transforming into an Online Exhibit Hall with various events and interactive elements, being supported by a variety of different platforms.
Each day will offer programming for virtual attendees to watch. Comic-Con is working again with Sched.com for those who would like to create their own daily schedule.
The Comic-Con Museum began offering activities earlier this summer through Comic-Con Museum@Home and will continue through the Comic-Con@Home weekend and beyond.
YouTube will host over 350 panels and programs as well as the 2020 Eisner Awards. The Online Exhibit Hall, with approximately 700 exhibitors, will exist on the GoExpo by Community Brands page. And for fans of Gaming, those activities will live on the Discord platform.
Fans will be able to shop official Comic-Con related merch with the official event t-shirt with artwork by DC Comics.
Amazon and Prime Video are official sponsors of Comic-Con@Home and will be treating fans to additional activities from a variety of Amazon-owned platforms through their Amazon Virtual-Con portal. Prime Video is also the official sponsor of the Comic-Con 2020 print-at-home badge, which will allow participants to print and wear the free badge and take part in many fun, yet to be announced, interactive challenges.
Collaborator and sponsor IGN will stream roughly 34 Comic-Con@Home panels as well as produce extensive hosted shoulder content, hosted interviews and more, all in support of the online initiative.
Tumblr will serve as the platform for both the Comic-Con Art Show and the always popular Masquerade. The 46th annual Masquerade will open for viewing Friday, July 24, and winners announced on Saturday, July 25.
Funimation will exclusively host all of the anime watch parties including Black Clover and Fruits Basket. Scener is a Chrome browser plug-in that will allow fans the ability to simultaneously watch and discuss movies and anime.
FX will also unveil a digital experience. FX UNLOCKED will allow fans to engage with virtual activations for American Horror Story, What We Do in The Shadows, Cake and DAVE.
FutureTechLive! returns for a fifth year to present the virtual “World Builders” activation, featuring content by a global community of creators. In this unique experience, participants can explore new worlds in mixed reality, and unleash their imagination to create some of their own.
Other activities include portfolio review, gaming, a SideWalk Art Challenge, a Cosplay Challenge, the SuperVolunteer Challenge, and even some shared recipes should you need a break and a little sustenance during the Comic-Con@Home weekend.
Comic-Con will also be offering an online version of its Souvenir Book, which will be available as a free, downloadable PDF, starting on Wednesday, July 22. The 260-page book contains new art and articles celebrating various anniversaries, including the 100th birthdays of Ray Bradbury and Ray Harryhausen, plus celebrations of EC Comics, Moomin, Jack Kirby’s Fourth World comics, and more. This year’s cover is by William Stout.
“This type of online event is a first for us,” Glanzer continued, “and we are grateful for the support of all involved. Our hope is that Comic-Con can provide a small respite from the confines of various stay-at-home orders. While we can’t be together in person, we can be together online.”
Everything will be accessible at the www.comic-con.org website with the event kicking off at 9 a.m. PDT on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.