Back in 1970, a small group of nerd enthusiasts decided to begin the first comic convention to gather and geek out together. The meager 300 people in attendance back then is grossly overshadowed by the now average of 167,000 attendees every year. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans haven’t been able to meet up in person. Nevertheless, SDCC pushes forward to give us the content we need…all online this summer!
Last year, every convention in the country struggled to figure out how to keep their shows going despite not being able to host an in-person event. Emerald City Comic Con was the first to feel that strain when COVID lockdown went into effect the week of the convention. Attendees and press alike had reservations about showing up anyway, but the showrunners were able to scrape together an online presence at the last minute. Thankfully, SDCC organizers had more time to gather their programs, artists and vendors into an online experience. This year, they’re aiming to be more inclusive by providing ASL interpreters for deaf and hard-of-hearing fans.
This year, SDCC will again be hosting its online events beginning Friday, July 23rd through the 25th. The Comic-Con@Home programming schedules and more can be found here.
The convention giant will also be hosting a much smaller, in-person event this fall. Comic-Con Special Edition will be held November 26-28, 2021, if health standards allow.
All of us at TGON will be covering SDCC virtually! Do you have a panel or event you’d like to see content for? Drop a comment or reach out to me on Twitter and we’ll get you covered!