Fantasy and horror fans know the much-loved and always-packed San Diego Comic Con is dead for this year…or is it?
Convention organizers have given all fans a reprieve by announcing a streaming at-home event–San Diego Comic-Con@Home–for an unspecified date this summer, according to Deadline.
The exact date is yet to be announced, but since the original in-person Con was slated to start July 23, 2020, the smart money says the streaming event will most likely slip into that time slot.
Organizers sent out a tongue-in-cheek announcement video that said the following: “Coming soon…free parking, comfy chairs, personalized snacks, no lines, pets welcome, badges for all and a front-row seat to…Comic Con At Home”.
Sounds good, right? Much better than the release that shared the gloomy news that festival organizers were forced to cancel this year’s gala, due to the coronavirus crisis, and move it to July 22-25, 2021 (which remains the date for next year’s Con).
That announcement, as reported in Horror News Network last month, said the organizers “recognizing that countless attendees save and plan for conventions each year–and how many exhibitors and stakeholders rely upon the events for a major portion of their livelihood–had hoped to delay this decision in anticipation that COVID-19 concerns might lessen by summer.”
But, the release continued, “continuous monitoring of health advisories have made it clear that it would not be safe to move forward with plans for this year.”
Now, the cavalry has arrived, in the form of a digital version of the convention.
This year’s Con was to be held July 23-26, and organizers had every reason to believe the usual 150,000 fans would jam the San Diego Convention Center to absorb the latest news and exhibits from the comic-book world. But, of course, that was before the grim reality of COVID-19 set in.
Keep reading Horror News Network for updates on the digital Comic Con, including the exact dates.