Comic Cons, along with any other fandom-related events, have been postponed or canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s certainly a bummer, but in darkness, there are always folks out there trying to find the light.
Enter the Geek Asylum Facebook group, which will be hosting a virtual Comic-Con along with Monopoly Events and Savage Beast Events. How cool is that, folks?! In a time where most people are stuck at home and trying to get through this difficult reality, there are people out there bringing Comic-Con into our homes.
The digital Comic-Con is set to bring stars from Star Wars, Games of Thrones, Doctor Who and the original IT for the virtual event. Details on exactly who is coming haven’t been released yet, but I love the idea. Imagine getting to interact with a celebrity from one of these shows or movies along with thousands of other people.
Kerry King-Neale, the organizer and admin of Geek Asylum, is excited about the opportunity this will present for fans all around the world. There are so many people who are unable to attend Comic-Cons for various reasons, and providing this opportunity to them is a wonderful way to bring the community together. “The event is a great way to help small traders as many businesses have closed down due to the coronavirus, a lot of people are worried about paying the rent and making a living,” King-Neale said. “We wanted to create something that people wanted to join in with and in a time where we’re all encouraged to keep our distance, this way we can still have fun together.”
Things like the coronavirus do affect the group, we can visit up to 20 ComicCons a year, it’s a great way to bring people together. […] Some of the people that come to these conventions have bad social anxiety, so for them to have a place they feel safe taken away from them just when they’ve started to feel comfortable is awful – we’re a massive family.
I’m definitely excited about this virtual event and think it will be a new and wonderful experience, especially during these hard times. It will kick off on Sunday, April 26 at 10:00 AM BST and run for 13 hours.
Tickets cost £2 per person, with a total of 50,000 tickets available. The best part? All the proceeds will be going to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. If you’re interested in attending, tickets are now available and can be purchased by clicking here.
Will you be attending the virtual Comic-Con? If so, I’ll see ya there!
For more information about COVID-19, visit the CDC’s website or the website for your state’s Department of Health.