Yes, you read that right, fellow book nerds: New York Comic Con’s physical event at the Javits Center is canceled due to COVID-19, as officially announced by ReedPop, the “world’s leading producer of pop culture events,” with any and all Comic Cons usually being at the center of attention among the most anticipated events.
This is not surprising, but nevertheless, it’s still leaving a bitter taste in your mouth just reading this piece of news, isn’t it? However, ReedPop has also announced that it will be partnering with YouTube on an all-digital event to bring all that Comic Con originally had to offer at its physical event to all its hard-core fans, and then some, all over the world!
So, don’t worry about missing out on the joy, the sense of community, and all the exciting news of what’s to come, that Comic Con no doubt has given you over the years gives all because of the Coronavirus! The nerdy fun only stops when we let it stop. (Also, shouldn’t it really be called “Global Comic Con” instead of “New York Comic Con”? Something to think about…)
The New York Comic Con YouTube channel will be live-streaming its panels from leading entertainment brands, such as Starz (with American Gods), CBS All Access (with the Star Trek Universe), Dreamworks Animation (with the best of TV animation), and both Hulu and FX (with what the two streaming platforms have to offer for all their fans worldwide).
Any more news on what else there is to come – fan contests, premieres, and much, much more – will be made in the coming weeks. All of this from October 8-11! So, mark your calendars, because that is only a little less than two months away!
Lance Fensterman, president of ReedPop, states,
We are thoroughly disappointed that we can’t gather together, in-person for the New York Comic Con we love to build and our fans love to revel in. We look forward to this weekend all year long, just like you, and with this being our 15th edition, we were particularly excited. I will miss walking up and down artist alley and seeing friends that I’ve made since we were in the basement at the Javits Center.
He also adds, with the kind of optimism we all need right now, “While this year will definitely be a different experience, we are going to look to bring the best and most engaging event to our fans, exhibitors, and studios through our partnership with YouTube.”
Just so the fans can be part of the online action, there will be “talent Q&As” during the panels to participate in, turning the panels into watch parties for all the fans to enjoy and giving them the chance to interact with each other using YouTube’s Community and Live Chat features! Who said that going digital with NYCC was going to be lonely this year?
Speaking of chances, fans will also get opportunities to have actual meet & greets, live Q&As, personalized autographs, videos, and professional workshops. And in lieu of having the full in-person Comic Con experience of walking across the Show Floor and Artist Alley, ReedPop will also be having a virtual marketplace, perfect for fans to explore the exhibitions’ stands and view the exhibitors’ newest creations!
ReedPop will also be hosting Metaverse August, starting in the next couple days – from August 13-16 – to “give fans the ability to assemble together for one-of-a-kind virtual experiences with celebrities and creators, discover new releases, explore a marketplace, and access exclusive merchandise.”
Needless to say, NYCC brings out the best that comics, television, film, exhibitors, celebrities, cosplay, anime, and other things which had become staples of nerd and geek culture have to offer, and therefore knows that everything needs to go digital in order to ensure the safety of all of its fans and other event-goers. Comic Con is the place to go “to create memorable, uniquely exciting experiences,” which “transcend beyond the walls of the Javits Center and continue to live beyond the weekend of NYCC through the online world of ReedPOP digital content.”
So, as long as we’re all being safe and staying indoors while we enjoy the nerd and pop culture excitement that is New York Comic Con, then let the nerdy fun live on(line)! That is something that COVID-19 can never touch.
For more information about Comic Cons other digitalized plans, please visit the NYCC site at NewYorkComicCon.com and NYCC’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).