Everything You Need To Know About This Year’s San Diego Comic-Con – It’s Online, And It’s Free

Attending a San Diego Comic-Con is a genre fans dream – a journey to the promised land – the convention of conventions. It’s where the happening people go to find out what’s happening and I assume like quite a few of you – there was no way in Hell I was ever going to be able to attend one. There has been a ton of questions this year – given the circumstance our nation finds itself in – on if an SDCC would even be happening. All the other major cons have smartly canceled – Wizard World has been attempting to do a series of online events – but San Diego Comic-Con will be the first to hold their entire event online. Yep – all four days, all the panels, all the exhibitors, the whole shebang – online – and completely free.

As with all things having to do with the Covid nightmare – everyone has an opinion about if this event should still be held – should they just cancel it for this year – maybe next year too. I say BS – having it online to the degree that they are going to attempt is innovative, daring, and actually – rather exciting.

The event will take place starting Wednesday, July 22nd at 9 am and continue through Sunday, July 26th. All the panels and events will be watchable via YouTube. They have an interactive map that will allow you to visit all the exhibitors – you can print your own attendee badge – I mean, they are really trying to make this as much like the actual event as they can.

Now – the purpose of this article isn’t to argue the point of if the con should venture into the online territory but rather – to point those who are interested in all the information they need to have a great Comic-con weekend so – let’s have at it, shall we?

So, where do we begin?

First off – the day by day programming schedules. CLICK HERE and you can access all the days of the show – each days links will take you to all the events occurring on that specific date – breaking them down into start times and offering links to the YouTube page where the event is being held.

If you’re interested in still having a show badge, or partaking in the cosplay contest – you’ll want to CLICK HERE – this is the “create your own experience” page – all kinds of things you can do here to personalize this experience – give it a click and play around a bit.

Here is the Comic-con’s YouTube page – a ton of the content will end up being archived here when all is said and done. Right now there is a wealth of pre-show information there.

If you want an advance look at the online exhibit hall – you can CLICK HERE and check it out. It’s a pretty cool notion.

Remember – this is all available to you free of charge. Will the cons servers be able to handle the crowds? Will YouTube crash under the weight of hundreds of thousands of people attempting to watch the same thing at the same time? All these questions and more will be answered this coming week. Hopefully, this little article will give you enough info to start you off on your virtual Comic-Con trek.

Dave Dreher
Co-Founder / Lead News Reporter at Gruesome Magazine
Dave is co-founder and lead news reporter for Gruesome. Dave has built his resume working for Diabolique Magazine, The Horror Channel, Horrornews.net, House of Horrors and Creature Corner. He has worked with Tom Savini on his official site since 1997 and is also co-host of the popular podcast Horror News Radio.