It’s official: New York Comic Con will not be happening this year. Instead, like San Diego Comic-Con in July, it will be replaced by an entirely virtual event hosted on YouTube. This news will come as a surprise to no one, considering October-based events like Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights have already been called off.
The virtual event will partner both NYCC and its sister convention, MCM Comic Con London, for “New York Comic Con’s Metaverse,” which boasts virtual events like panels with studios and publishers, fan events, and networking opportunities. The virtual Metaverse event will take place on the dates NYCC would have been held, October 8-11. But it will not be the brand’s first run at a virtual event.
On the weekend of August 13-16, NYCC’s parent company ReedPop will be hosting a Metaverse digital event to combine some of the attractions that would have been held at events like Emerald City Comic Con, MCM Comic Con Manchester, and FloridaSuper Con.
In a statement, the company ReedPop promised they will be rolling out new announcements and schedules for the virtual events as the dates draw nearer. Updates, as well was guest announcements, virtual events, and viewing protocol can be found at findthemetaverse.com.
With any luck, the virtual event will have more success in generating fan excitement and engagement that the virtual SDCC did this year–which, unfortunately, failed to garner any real attention.
New York Comic Con’s virtual event will be held October 8-11.
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