Comic-Con is virtual again: When SDCC kicks off, how to attend for free from home


Even the cosplay will be virtual this year at Comic-Con.

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Comic-Con, San Diego’s giant pop culture convention that brings together fans of comic books, games, TV, movies and more, will be virtual again this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, the huge online event for the first time, bringing together stars, directors and artists via pre-recorded panels. This year, it’s scheduled for three days instead of four, July 23-25, with a few early events on July 21-22.

“While we mourn the postponement of in-person Comic-Con, our commitment to this fan community and our celebration of comics and related popular arts endures as an important part of who we are,” Comic organizers said. -Con in a statement in March. “We thank you all for your continued and unwavering support during these most difficult times.”

There are good things about the scam staying virtual: it’s free, parking isn’t a problem, and your snacks at home are probably better than you’d find there. But attendees are sure to miss seeing the stars of their favorite shows and movies — as well as other fans — in person. One of the hallmarks of Comic-Con, the creative cosplay worn by attendees, will still be featured, but in a different way. Like last year, the event plans to show all cosplay outfits online. Here’s what to know about Comic-Con 2021.

When is [email protected]? And how to follow

The event is free and runs from July 23-25 ​​online.

Subscribe now to the official Comic-Con YouTube channel and sign up to receive notifications. This way you will receive the latest news once the panels go live. You can also check the official Comic-Con Toucan blog for the latest news. The SDCC Unofficial blog is also a great place for news and tidbits. And Comic-Con is also on Twitter.

Hot signs to look for

A panel will focus on Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins.


Reading the Comic-Con schedule is like perusing one of those giant menus at a restaurant that strives to serve everything. There are huge panels of Hollywood movies that are likely to grab headlines, and smaller independent comic panels that offer specialized information you can’t get elsewhere.

Unfortunately for fans of blockbuster movies from both major comic book publishers, neither Marvel Studios movies nor DC movies will be at the convention, reports Deadline. (DC’s CW TV show Legends of Tomorrow is planning a panel for July 25 at noon PT, and there are a few DC comics-related panels, including a Wonder Woman panel on Sunday at 11 a.m. PT.)

You can read the full program here. I chose seven panels to highlight.

Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins

Hasbro is rebooting the GI Joe movies with this feature, which is slated for release on July 23. The panel includes stars Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Haruka Abe, Iko Uwais, Peter Mensah and Takehiro Hira, as well as GI Joe comic book writer Larry Hama.

Fans in select cities who tune in to the panel will have the chance to win access to a preview screening of the film on July 21, just hours after the panel.

The panel is scheduled for Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 1 p.m. PT.

Masters of the Universe: Revelation


Star Wars fans will hear a familiar voice coming from He-Man’s nemesis, Skeletor.

Video screenshot by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper/CNET

By the power of Grayskull! Netflix and Mattel have teamed up for a new Masters of the Universe series, following He-Man, Skeletor, Teela and your other 1980s favorites. The cast and creators will discuss fan questions about reviving the iconic animated franchise. (Mark Hamill performs Skeletor, although we don’t know for sure if he will be on the panel.)

This panel is scheduled for Friday, July 23 at 12:00 p.m. PT.

Adventure Time: Distant Lands

With Jake the dog and Finn the human, the fun never stops. Adventure Time is the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning animated show on Cartoon Network, and Adventure Time: Distant Lands is a series of four streaming specials based on the show. Voice actors, including John Dimaggio, who plays Jake, and executive producer Adam Muto, will talk about the specials and offer insight into the latest, Adventure Time: Distant Lands – Wizard City.

This panel is scheduled for Friday, July 23 at 12:00 p.m. PT.

Star Wars: The High Republic

Star Wars: The High Republic features novels and comics set roughly 200 years before the Star Wars movies and 800 years after the fall of the Old Republic. This panel offers a preview of upcoming titles in the series and will include writers Claudia Gray, Charles Soule, Cavan Scott, Justina Ireland, and Daniel José Older.

This panel is scheduled for Friday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m. PT.

rick and morty


You can bet your Szechuan sauce there’s a Rick and Morty sign.

Video screenshot by Gael Fashingbauer Cooper/CNET

Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon, showrunner Scott Marder, and voice actors Chris Parnell (Jerry), Sarah Chalke (Beth), and Spencer Grammer (Summer) will discuss all things Rick and Morty. The teaser promises “answers to all your Rick and Morty questions, like who is Mr. Nimbus, does Beth floss, and what are decoys?”

This panel is scheduled for Friday, July 23 at 4:00 p.m. PT.

Patrick’s Star Show

Patrick Star, of course, is the dark but lovable starfish pal of SpongeBob SquarePants, who now has his own spin-off show on Nickelodeon. Tune in for a read chart from the show featuring Bill Fagerbakke, who plays Patrick Star, along with Tom Wilson (Cecil Star), Cree Summer (Bunny Star), Jill Talley (Squidina Star) and Dana Snyder (GrandPat). Co-executive producers Vincent Waller and Marc Ceccarelli will also appear.

You can watch the first five minutes of the first episode below.

This panel is scheduled for Saturday, July 24 at 3:00 p.m. PT.

Chucky’s Legacy


Chucky is a living doll. Therefore, to say.

His name is Chucky, do you want to play? Watch an exclusive featurette celebrating the 30-year legacy of the killer Chucky doll and the Child’s Play franchise. There will also be a behind-the-scenes look and a world-exclusive first trailer for the Chucky TV series, which will be coming to the US and SYFY in Fall 2021.

This panel is scheduled for Sunday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. PT.

virtual cosplay

A highlight of Comic-Con is always the creative cosplay that attendees come up with. Last year there was a virtual cosplay challenge, and it’s back this year.

Starting July 23 at 9:00 a.m. PT, cosplayers can share photos of their outfits on social media, tagged with #ComicConAtHome2021Cosplay. Categories include “Best Makeup”, “Best Use of Household Items”, “Best Duo” and more. Full details are on the event website.

Wait, there’s also… pet cosplay? Entrants are encouraged to “dress up their dog, cat, pig or hamster and show them off under #ComicConAtHome2021Cosplay”. No categories in this pet cosplay, but there is also another pet event.

If you’re in the San Diego area and want to dress your terrier as Thor or your cat as Captain Paw-merica, you are welcome to stop by the Helen Woodward Animal Sanctuary in Rancho Santa Fe on Comic-Book weekend. Con. . There will be events all weekend, but the Pet Cosplay Contest will take place on July 24 from 9-11 a.m. PT. Furry competitors will be judged on “creativity, enthusiasm and execution” in a variety of categories.

Show your art

Comic-Con attendees are very creative. In addition to cosplay, artists are welcome to share other original artwork, from food to paintings to completely original superhero costumes.

“Calling artists of all ages!” a tweet encourages. “We want to see your creative side. Starting 7/23, post an artwork you create under the hashtag #ComicConAtHome2021Art for a chance to be featured on our website! You can use any medium…macaroni glitter art included! “

What is the Comic-Con Special Edition?

In 2020, Comic-Con hoped that the 2021 convention would be held in person. That didn’t happen, but hopes are high that the 2022 event will bring people together in person next summer.

In the meantime, Comic-Con organizers are hoping to schedule a smaller, additional in-person event called Comic-Con Special Edition, to be held in San Diego from November 26-28. (It’s 2021, so in a few months.)

“We hope that at this stage, conditions will allow in-person public gatherings of this type,” the statement said. “As the details are still being finalized, the cost of the badge, attendance capacity and related information will be forthcoming.” To follow San Diego Comic Con on Twitter for the latest updates.


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