Comic-Con Preps for a Convention Like No Other in the Time of Coronavirus
By Luis Monteagudo Jr. Just one year after celebrating its landmark 50th anniversary, Comic-Con kicks off Wednesday with a convention unlike any other in its history. Support Times of San Diego's growth with a small monthly contribution The Coronavirus pandemic that has affected daily life in every part of the world has forced Comic-Con to go completely online for the first time.
That means no massive crowds inside the San Diego Convention Center. No fans in costume wandering the Gaslamp area. And for San Diego, no desperately needed economic boost from a convention that brings about 135,000 visitors to San Diego for one week each year and generates more than $147 million in economic activity. For fans, it’s a win-lose situation.
Fans will not have to wait in long lines under a hot sun, walk thousands of steps each day and shell out hundreds of dollars for hotels, parking, food and merchandise. But fans also will not enjoy the opportunity of meeting favorite celebrities, catching up with old friends and getting that buzz of being one of a lucky few in the Convention Center’s Hall H when studios announce major new projects. One distinct advantage for fans, however, is that they will not have to agonize over which panel or event on Comic-Con’s usually crowded schedule they have to miss because of a competing panel. Since all the programming will be online and is free, fans can fill the rest of the month of July and perhaps August watching panels they might have missed. The panels will be broadcast on Comic-Con’s YouTube channel and although many of them are scheduled by day, the videos can be watched anytime. For more the schedule and more information, visit So, with all that to consider, here’s a preview of some of the key Comic-Con@Home doings this week.
The Con in the Time of Coronavirus Comic-Con has survived many ups and downs over it’s half-century history. But it only seems fitting that it’s biggest challenge has been a global pandemic like the kind that you’d find in the movies, television shows and comic books that the Con celebrates.