Though the in-person event is cancelled, San Diego Comic-Con 2020 will host a virtual event that will be free to attend!
After cancelling San Diego Comic-Con for the first time in its 51 year history due to the coronavirus pandemic, Comic-Con International announced earlier in May that an at-home version of the event would be streamed this summer — with details to be announced later in the summer.
Those details have now been released, with the most exciting one being that San Diego Comic-Con @ Home will not only be streamed, it will be free to attend for anyone around the world.
The event will still take place from July 22-26, 2020 and will have no limits on how many can attend. In addition to the panels and events, those who love the event for its exclusives and merch will still get to experience the joy of SDCC.
According to Comic-Con International, SDCC @ Home has plans for an online Exhibit Hall, which will have everyone’s favorite exhibitors offering promotions, specials, and limited-edition products unique to the celebration.
Additionally, the event will also have a Masquerade, gaming, and many other activities in which fans can participate from their own homes.
SDCC spokesperson David Glanzer said, “For the first time in our 50-year history, we are happy to welcome virtually anyone from around the globe. Though stay-at-home conditions makes this a very difficult time, we see this as an opportunity to spread some joy and strengthen our sense of community.”
Though we still don’t know the exact details on the types of panels that are in the works or exactly how fans will be able to participate online, San Diego Comic-Con says they will begin providing additional details in announcements leading up to the event.
And though the event is going digital this year, Comic-Con International fully intends to return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021.