Following in the footsteps of almost every major convention happening this year, New York Comic-Con 2020 will also be cancelled. This is in view of safety guidelines discouraging large gatherings due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Instead, adopting the practices of other huge events like San Diego Comic-Con, E3 and Gamescom Asia, the New York Comic Con will be moving online too. The annual convention usually takes place in Manhattan’s Javits Center and has been around since 2006. In 2019 last year, the convention saw the highest number of celebrities invited to the event.
The virtual NYCC will take place between 8 to 11 October, and will be filled with live panels and content from the big studios, publishers and creators. ReedPop will also have the Con join forces with their sister event, MCM Comic Con in London, to present the New York Comic Con’s Metaverse which will have its first event running from 13 to 16 August.
It may be wonderful that we can still access exciting content from the upcoming digital streams, but it is still slightly disappointing to hear such news. For many con-goers, the highlight of the New York Comic Con 2020 would have been dressing up, travelling and meeting up with friends.
Unfortunately, we will have to continue staying at home in order to keep up with social distancing measures and ensure that everyone remains safe and responsible during these tough times. Hopefully, the attendance for this event will do much better than the flop during San Diego Comic-Con virtual event.