Virtual San Diego Comic-Con Kicks Off July 22nd, Will Be Free To Everyone

Under normal circumstances, pop culture fanatics like yours truly would be feverishly preparing for San Diego Comic-Con, booking flights, hard-to-get hotels, and locking down panels to attend. But that’s not happening this year. The coronavirus put the kibosh to that, but organizers came up with a solution that was announced last month. Comic-Con At Home, a virtual comic-con experience open to anybody and everybody from the comfort of their couches. And now SDCC has revealed some details on what all of us geeks can expect. The event will be FREE and held from July 22nd-26th.

Plans for Comic-Con@Home include an online Exhibit Hall complete with everyone’s favorite exhibitors offering promotions, specials, and limited-edition products unique to the celebration. As well, Comic-Con@Home promises 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, Comic-Con@Home will also have a Masquerade, gaming, and many other activities in which fans can participate from their own homes.

What else? Attendees will also get their very own Comic-Con badge which they can boast “proudly” while watching the festivities. It’s unclear how the Exhibit Hall is going to work, and whether the promotional and sale items will be the mind-numbing, soul-crushing mess they are in-person. Considering Comic-Con @ Home is free to attend, it really could go either way. The good news is you won’t have to stand next to the sweaty guy in the Captain America t-shirt to get a cool toy you paid too much money for.

No details on special guests, panel schedules, etc., but look for SDCC to drop more info on their official blog very soon. It won’t feel like Comic-Con without an exclusive trailer or two, so hopefully they can get the big studios involved.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.