San Diego Comic Con 2020 May be Canceled, but EVERYONE Can Experience ComicCon@Home 2020

I have written about my favorite convention before, Comic Con International: San Diego, affectionately called San Diego Comic-Con or simply SDCC.

People will often say “There are no comics at Comic-Con” and I always tell them they are wrong. Comics have always been there, but TV/Movies/Toys/Video games are flashier and often overshadow them because they have a wider audience (including comics readers).

Almost all comics readers ALSO like TV, movies, toys and video games, but the converse is not true: There are lots of fans of media/toys that don;t care about comic books at all.

Then there is the actual convention itself, which is MASSIVE and takes over all of downtown San Diego. Take any 10 people and each one could have a completely different convention experience. Some go to buy stuff and spend most of their time on the dealer floor. Some go to meet favorite creators. Some to Cosplay. Some to hang out with friends and just experience the spectacle… the list goes on.

This year the physical convention has been superseded by COVID-19. It’s really not a good idea to jam 125,000+ people all together for this show, but the convention organizers are bringing as much of the convention experience as they can to the virtual world.

Check out the Comic-Con@Home site. There are links to people selling stuff (for people who like buying stuff) and I’m sure a lot of the exclusives will sell out quickly just like at the live convention. One thin I hope will happen with Comic-Con@Home is that more people will check out some of the awesome panels provided by the SDCC organizers. When at the convention, people get caught up doing stuff and will often not get a chance to go upstairs to see the panels…. or they will spend time in line to get into the infamous “Hall H” or one of the other large rooms to see the most massive media and big publisher related panels and as a result miss a lot of the smaller more intimate panels.

Over the years I have gone to LOTS of great panels at San Diego Comic Con and posted about them, but people not at con have not been able to see them with me. This year, thanks to ComicCon@Home, you can watch SDCC panels from the comfort of your own home.

Sure, there are loads of panels about TV, movies, cosplay, gaming, etc. But there are ALSO lots of panels about comic books, comic book creators, making comics, etc. I have over 30 panels that are mostly all about comic books selected for viewing this year.

Some of my faves are missing, but there is Scott Shaw’s Oddball Comics, a Terry Moore Spotlight panel, a few cool panels hosted by Mark Evanier, some great stuff focusing on Jack Kirby, and lots more. Better still, this year I may actually be able to see multiple panels that are all scheduled at the same time by viewing some of them a bit later after they have happened as “re-runs” on YouTube.

My schedule is presented below, if you’d like to see the kinds of thing that catch my eye. Join me virtually in some of them. I hope people who normally go to SDCC and even those who may never have had a chance to go take this opportunity to check out some of the great content provided by Comic-Con@Home.

Thursday, July 23

11:00am-12:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* James Bond – 007 in Comics!

12:00pm-1:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Oddball Comics Not-So-Live!
* Paperfilms’ Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner

1:00pm-2:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Terry Moore Is Still Drawing Comics

2:00pm-3:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* The Brave New World of TwoMorrows
* Draw Along With Dark Horse
* SYFY:The Roast of Todd McFarlane

3:00pm-4:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Humanoids Legacy

4:00pm-5:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Graphic Novel or Illustrated Book: You Make the Call

5:00pm-6:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Image Comics Spotlight

6:00pm-7:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Heavy Metal: Forging The Future of Genre

Friday, July 24

10:00am-11:00am @ Comic-Con@Home
* Last Gasp: 50 Years of Publishing the Underground Part I The comics, moderated by Jon Cooke and mainly focused on the period 1970-1995

11:00am-12:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing
* Decoding the Kirby/Lee Dynamic

12:00pm-1:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* History Goes Graphic

1:00pm-2:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Harryhausen 100: Into the Ray Harryhausen Archive
* AMC’s The Walking Dead
* Make Mine Marvel: Bringing Back Marvel Classics for Today’s Readers

2:00pm-3:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* AMC’s The Walking Dead: World Beyond

3:00pm-4:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* The Annual Jack Kirby Tribute Panel

4:00pm-5:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Comic-Con: Robert Kirkman at Home

5:00pm-6:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* IDW: The Mueller Report in 10-minutes

6:00pm-7:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* The Wonderful, Horrible World of E.C. Comics

7:00pm-8:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* 32nd Annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

Saturday, July 25

10:00am-11:00am @ Comic-Con@Home
* The Guide: Overstreet’s 50th Anniversary
* Last Gasp: 50 Years of Publishing the Underground Part II lowbrow art, 1996-2020

12:00pm-1:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Jim Lee’s X-Men Artist Edition Spotlight
* Dark Horse All-Stars

1:00pm-2:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Tribute to Dennis O’Neil: Beyond Batman
* Masters of Storytelling

2:00pm-3:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* IDW in 2020 and Beyond

3:00pm-4:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Future of Humanoids

4:00pm-5:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Adrian Tomine spotlight panel

6:00pm-7:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Fantagraphics and IDW: Classic Comics Reprints
* Ahoy Comics: Expect More!

Sunday, July 26

10:00am-11:00am @ Comic-Con@Home
* Celebrating 80 Years of Will Eisner’s The Spirit

11:00am-12:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Jack Kirby 101: An Introduction

12:00pm-1:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* The Craft of Worldbuilding in Comics

4:00pm-5:00pm @ Comic-Con@Home
* Public Domain Comics: From Sherlock Holmes to Mickey Mouse and Beyond

Opinion piece by: Bob Bretall
( By Fans who Love Comics For Fans who Love Comics

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