With the COVID-19 global pandemic raging on, New York Comic Con joins the ever-growing list of fan conventions that have canceled their physical, in-person event. ReedPop, the world’s leading producer of pop culture events, has announced that the annual event, which takes place at the Javitts Center in New York City, is officially partnering with YouTube for an all-digital event that “will bring the excitement, community, and incredible content expected from NYCC directly to fans around the world.”
“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. 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,” said Lance Fensterman, President of ReedPop in a press release. “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.”
Dubbed the “New York Comic Con Metaverse,” the event will run from October 8-11. Panels will exclusively be live-streamed from the New York Comic Con YouTube channel and will feature leading entertainment brands. Confirmed panels include American Gods from Starz, Star Trek Universe from CBS All Access, a showcase of television animation from DreamWorks Animation, and programming from Hulu & FX.
Fans will also be able to participate in talent Q&As during panels, have opportunities to get up-close and personal with meet & greets, personalized autographs, videos, and professional workshops. ReedPop will also be creating a virtual marketplace for fans to explore where exhibitors and creators will share their newest items.