New York Comic Con 2020 opens, goes virtual – and free – amid coronavirus pandemic


NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – Around this time each year, comic book fans flock to New York Comic Con. Like most other big annual events, however, the coronavirus is forcing organizers to change plans and go virtual. Think Comic Con and crowds come to mind. More than 100,000 fans pack the Javits Center each year, but today the Great Hall is empty – closed by the pandemic with so many other things.“The first thought we had was how to make it worth it for the fans? Said event director Kristina Rogers. “How can we bring the same thrill, this same excitement, and try to imitate him as much as possible?” The answer came via YouTube, where fans will be able to participate in free roundtable discussions.

“There’s a chat screen all the time, right next to the video,” Rogers said. “As you watch the panel, you can ask questions. ”

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Studios and networks have long depended on Comic Con to showcase new projects like Marvel’s “MODOK,” a new stop-motion animated series coming to Hulu and voiced by Patton Oswalt.

The actor and comedian said he would miss being at the event in person.

“I like walking down Artists Alley and getting sketches and seeing smaller, independent publishers with their booths set up, and they’re selling, you know, new artists, new writers,” he says. “All this aspect that I like. ”

He’ll be on a virtual panel on the show, and for fans who love what’s called cosplay, there’s a digital contest that lets people dress up at home.

“It’s encouraging to see so many people participating,” said Rogers. “It won’t be accidentally hit by wings in a living room aisle, but I think it will be quite fun to watch. ”

New York Comic Con is more democratic this year because much of it is free.

In previous years, it could be quite expensive to attend, especially if you couldn’t resist purchasing the available merchandise.

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There are a few paid “experiences” this time around, but most of the events – which you can find at – won’t cost you anything.

“New York Comic Con is for everyone,” Rogers said. “We’re going to do a very, very, cool paid section, and then everything else is,” Let’s just treat the nerds. “”

The New York Comic Con opened on Thursday and ends on October 11.


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