Earlier in April, the ever-famous San Diego Comic-Con 2020 was officially cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
However, Comic Con International decided to run their own online version of the iconic pop culture event.
Comic-Con @ Home
The concept was first teased in May by Comic-Con International. More recently, additional details are provided for the “Comic-Con@Home” online event.
The event hopes to combine the traditional convention experience with the feeling of comfort and safety within one’s home.
From the official release, SDCC aims 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.”
The event will be held on the original date planned for the canceled Comic Con, on July 22-26 2020.
An official Comic Con announcement video was also uploaded on YouTube
“Coming soon. Free parking, comfy chairs, personalized snacks, no lines, pets welcome, badges for all, and a front row seat to Comic-Con@Home.”
Online Exhibit Hall
The planned Comic-Con@Home will include an Online Exhibit Hall, where exhibitors can offer special promotions and other limited edition products.
The San Diego Comic Con is often where major merchandisers announce their new products or season exclusives.
Even without an in-person convention this year, Star Trek fans can still expect something new!
Trek Movie, for instance, reported an SDCC exclusive— a new Picard facepalm bust from Icon Heroes.
The online event also promises of:
“exclusive panels and presentations about comics, gaming, television, film, and a wide variety of topics from publishers, studios, and more.”
CBS used SDCC in recent years to announce new Star Trek projects, hold panels, and release new official images and videos.
SDCC has also hosted news-making panels and other events related to the Star Trek comics, merchandise, and projects. So it’s very likely to see new Star Trek-related news or releases during the Comic-Con@Home.
Comic Con International has already done something related with WonderCon@Home, another successful online convention.
Virtual fan-inclusive events
To keep the spirit of the traditional convention alive, Comic-Con@Home is planning to host an online version of the Masquerade fashion show, games, and other related activities.
The best news about this online convention is that it will be entirely free to anyone who wants to be a part of it.
Badges will also be provided for fans to freely print out and wear if they want to showcase their geekiness.
To those who are interested in joining the online event, don’t forget to use the official hashtag #ComicConAtHome for a chance to be included in the many virtual activities.
SDCC spokesperson David Glanzer said:
“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.”
More details will soon be provided by the organizers and participants prior to the event in July.