The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of many folks around the globe, including those who had planned to attend this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Its cancellation was a great disappointment but the resourceful folks behind the scenes are putting on a virtual convention by hosting a variety of panels over the dates the convention was supposed to occur. According to their site:
Comic-Con@Home 2020 will feature over 350 separate panels spread out over all five days of the event. There will be something for everyone! Here’s how it works:
Once the daily schedules go live, you’ll be able to read the descriptions and decide what you’d like to see. The majority of our panels will also be available AFTER the July 22-26 dates, although there are some that may have a limited time period attached to them. Each panel will contain a link; when you click on that link, you’ll launch another page that has the panel video embedded on it … that video will be available on the date and time listed. When it’s available, simply push play and watch! It’s that simple.
All the panels will also be available on the Comic-Con YouTube channel, so you can also access them there. Subscribe to us on YouTube.com at https://www.youtube.com/user/ComicCon
We here at Cinema Sentries are happy to see the Comic-Con tradition is continuing so we are going to continue our tradition of picking panels that look the most interesting to us.
Dave Hollingsworth picks:
"Crazy" Talk: Mental Health, Pop Culture, and the Pandemic (10:00am - 11:00am)
As someone who has suffered from mental illness for many years, and who uses movies, music, and other elements of pop culture, to understand how it actually helps during these harsh times, I could also get perspective of how mental health can and should get represented more often in all forms of media.
Lights, Camera, LGBTQI-dentity! Never Alone (10:00am - 11:00am)
As a gay man and member of the LGBTQ community, this would help me find my own story and identity, in a world that continues to want to shut us out, if that makes sense.
Entertainment is Female: a Conversation with Hollywood Executives (11:00am - 12:00pm)
I think this a very important issue/topic, to show how essential it is to listen and get the point-of-view of the entertainment industry from women, who just want to be represented, and represented properly.
TragiComics (11:00am - 12:00pm)
This should be a great discussion, because comedy can be used as a support system for people of all ages, and how cartoonists use their own pain and trauma to create comic characters that everyone can relate to.
The Living Dead: Celebrating the Legacy of George Romero (5:00pm - 6:00pm)
This should another great discussion, on Romero's legacy and influence on horror cinema/culture. It should also be cathartic and emotional for his fans that want to see The Living Dead completed, in his honor.
Gordon S. Miller's picks:
Charlize Theron: Evolution of a Badass - An Action Hero Career Retrospective (10:00am - 11:00am)
The actress/producer talks about playing characters from Æon Flux to The Old Guard. Hopefully she'll talk about how the industry has changed over the years.
Decoding the Kirby/Lee Dynamic (11:00am - 12:00pm)
The relationship between Jack Kirby and Stan Lee resulted in the creation of the Marvel Silver Age, which ushered in some of my favorite. Am curious to hear behind-the-scenes stories about these two talented men.
HBO MAX: Adult Animation Panel (3:00pm - 4:00pm)
Show creators of Robot Chicken, Samurai Jack, Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal, Black Dynamite, Lazor Wulf, and Final Space share their favorite San Diego Comic-Con memories. Wonder if we share any?
Archer @Home (5:00pm - 6:00pm)
Consistently one of the funniest panels at Comic Con, cast members Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash, and Lucky Yates, plus executive producer Casey Willis reveal not-to-be-missed details about the new season. Unfortunately, no free shirts this time.
SYFY: TZGZ's Adult Animated Originals (6:00pm - 7:00pm)
Did anyone else know SYFY had a late-night adult animation block? Other than Alien News Desk, I didn't realize it was a thing. Here's a look at upcoming shows Wild Life, Hell Den, Magical Girl Friendship Squad, and Devil May Care.
Friday's entire schedule is available here.