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Comic-Con Is Virtual For One More Show

In-person event planned for Thanksgiving weekend

There will not be an in-person Comic-Con this summer only a virtual one. The ...

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Above: There will not be an in-person Comic-Con this summer only a virtual one. The last time the pop culture convention had an in person show was July of 2019. July 20, 2019.

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Comic-Con International, the massive summertime celebration of pop culture, has once again been forced to substitute an online version of the show for an in person one. It runs Friday ... Read more →

Aired: July 19, 2021 | Transcript

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Comic-Con International, the massive summertime celebration of pop culture, has once again been forced to substitute an online version of the show for an in-person one. It runs Friday through Sunday.

The last time pop culture fans got to meet in person for Comic-Con was in 2019, when the event was celebrating its 50th anniversary.

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Spokesperson David Glanzer noted that doing a second online event is "a lot less stressful, which should not be confused with not stressful."

The show will be shorter this year, only running this Friday through Sunday, with all events, including the Eisner Award being available online and free.

As with last year's Comic-Con@Home, panels will drop at specific times but will remain up for at least a few weeks after if you want to catch up. Although I miss the in-person event, I was able to attend 70 hours of programming last year and was thrilled. The great thing is that panels, which might have been in rooms for a couple of hundred people, could reach thousands because their panels were available on YouTube. I got to watch panels on political cartoonist, inking and coloring, and Aztec video game, and comics and the Holocaust, as well as studio panels on "Lovecraft Country" and horror.

I encourage people to take advantage of this online Comic-Con to enjoy access to panels like you have never had at the live show and will likely never have again. The full schedule is available online and it is very easy to create a personalized schedule of what to watch. Another thing I appreciate about this online experience is that you can create a list of must-see panels as well as alternates because, unlike at the live show, if you start a panel and just hate the moderator or discover it's not what you expected, you can simply log off and immediately jump to a different panel without missing a beat.

Comic-Con has announced an in-person show in November for the Friday through Sunday after Thanksgiving. Details are still in flux but it will be at the San Diego Convention Center and probably not use Hall H or the full convention space. After the virtual show, Comic-Con will focus on fine-tuning the details and releasing information on ticketing, panels, and exhibit hall particulars.

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Beth Accomando
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opening quote marksclosing quote marksI cover arts and culture, from Comic-Con to opera, from pop entertainment to fine art, from zombies to Shakespeare. I am interested in going behind the scenes to explore the creative process; seeing how pop culture reflects social issues; and providing a context for art and entertainment.

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