Comic-Con offers details on [email protected] initiative
This year saw the global outbreak of the coronavirus cause the shutdown of a number of major cultural events around the globe, one of the most notable being San Diego Comic-Con, and now the organization behind the convention has offered details on a new initiative, [email protected], to circumvent the shutdown.
Circumstances involving the pandemic and California’s restrictions against large gatherings have forced SDCC to cancel their 2020 international celebration that brings fans and professionals from all over the world to San Diego. [email protected] was first teased in early May with a short video announcement and a promise of details to come, and pop culture enthusiasts will note that this initiative joins the Comic-Con Museum’s virtual endeavor, Comic-Con [email protected], already ongoing.
Although conditions prevent celebrating in person, the show, as they say, must go on. With [email protected], SDCC hopes 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. Plans for [email protected] include an online Exhibit Hall complete with everyone’s favorite exhibitors offering promotions, specials, and limited-edition products unique to the celebration, as well exclusive panels and presentations about comics, gaming, television, film, and a wide variety of topics from publishers, studios, and more. As if that weren’t enough, [email protected] will also have a Masquerade, gaming, and many other activities in which fans can participate from their own homes.
“For the first time in our 50-year history, we are happy to welcome virtually anyone from around the globe,” SDCC spokesperson David Glanzer said in a statement. “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.”
Although [email protected] will provide badges for fans to print and wear proudly, all aspects of the initiative are free and there are no limits to how many can attend. The online edition will be held on the same dates as the previously canceled in person event, July 22-26, 2020, and attendees are encouraged to use the official #ComicConAtHome hashtag to be included in the virtual activities. Organizers and participating entities will begin providing additional details in announcements leading up to the event. Interested fans are encouraged to check Toucan, the official Comic-Con and WonderCon blog, SDCC’s website and social channels and the official channels of their favorite pop culture creators in the weeks to come.
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