Embedded, virus-safe Comic-Con opens Friday after two-year COVID hiatus
Superheroes won’t be the only ones wearing masks in downtown San Diego this weekend.
After two years of absence, Comic Con International He returns to San Diego on Friday to entertain, inform, and impress pop culture fans around the world.
But this won’t be the Comic-Con you remember. This is the special edition of Comic-Con, a stripped-down three-day event that takes place over the weekend to reduce crowds during the ongoing pandemic that has forced online-only versions of the last two conventions.
Comic-Con organizers have said they want to hold an in-person event but are doing so safely. Therefore, this meant fewer days, a smaller range, and a return to the intimate gathering that those present would long remember fondly.
This means that attendees will be required to show evidence of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 tests. They will also have to wear masks or face coverings regardless of vaccination status.
So far, mission accomplished. Tickets were still available on Comic Con website Thursday, hours before the first day of the special edition event.
What will the fans find?
There will still be exhibitors on site, animation shows, autograph area, movie screenings, board and card games, role-playing and a popular costume contest.
And of course, there will be many panels where artists, creators and fans can discuss their favorite movies, TV shows and graphic novels.
Here’s a look at some of the highlights:
The first day of the Comic-Con Special Edition doesn’t start until the afternoon, giving people time to wake up from a turkey coma.
Must-watch sessions include discussions about the future of the Dr. Who science fiction series, the new interest in flying objects in light of government studies on UFOs, Latina superheroes, and a discussion about the work he does. Cartoons @ SDSUComics Initiative, Social Justice and Twentieth Celebration PresentationNS Anniversary of the precious Studio Ghibli animated film “Spirited Away”.
“The Changing Face of Popular Culture” highlighting new opportunities for cultural diversity and the barriers that remain. Other panels will focus on the interconnection between samurai magic and the “Star Wars” universe, NBC’s new TV show “La Brea,” the Bronze Age of Mexican comics, and a fictional draft of superheroes to compete on missions.
The Con concludes Sunday with a how-to panel on breaking into the comics industry, a look at the Teenager Mutant Ninja Turtle franchise and a discussion of how the holiday has been celebrated and shaped through pop culture over the years.
There has been information so far about whether Comic-Con will return next year at its full size and to its regular summer schedule.
But to satisfy your pop culture fix until then, this weekend also marks the public opening of the new Comic-Con Museum in Balboa Park. The museum will be open on Fridays and over the weekend and will then operate on a regular schedule. For more information visit https://www.comic-con.org/museum.