New York Comic Con announces cancellation of the in-person convention, to go virtual this October

The New York Comic Con has joined the ranks of all of this year’s events that have gone virtual. The event organizers announced yesterday that they are cancelling the annual in-person convention this year at the Javits Center and instead will host an all-digital event set for October 8-11.

Organizer ReedPop will be partnering with YouTube, offering exclusive live streams of panels set for NYCC’s YouTube channel. Fans will be able to participate in talent Q&As using the video platform’s Community and Live Chat features.

Among the events planning to participate at the online event are Starz’ series American Gods, CBS All Access’ Star Trek universe series, DreamWorks Animation, Hulu and FX. More content will be announced as we get closer to the event date. The virtual Comic Con will also include fan meet-and-greets, live Q&As, personalized autographs, videos, and professional workshops. ReedPop will also offer a virtual marketplace here exhibitors and creators can share their newest items.

“We are thoroughly disappointed that we can’t gather together, in-person for the New York Comic Con we love to build and our fans love to revel in,” said ReedPop president Lance Fensterman. “We look forward to this weekend all year long, just like you, and with this being our 15th edition, we were particularly excited. I will miss walking up and down artist alley and seeing friends that I’ve made since we were in the basement at the Javits Center. While this year will definitely be a different experience, we are going to look to bring the best and most engaging event to our fans, exhibitors, and studios through our partnership with YouTube.”

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