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 Hollingworth's picks:
Diversity and Comics: Why Inclusion and Visibility Matter (12:00pm - 1:00pm)
This topic sounds interesting to me because with the wake of all the police brutality and non-stop discrimination against the LGBTQ community, it would be fundamental to see how people of color, women, disabilities, and the LGBTQ can help bring change and a different, much-needed perspective to comics.
Women Rocking Hollywood 2020: Supporting Female-Helmed Film and TV (2:00pm - 3:00pm)
A fascinating topic of how far women have come to shake up Hollywood, and why Hollywood needs to be changed by them.
Learn How to Color Comics (3:00pm - 4:00pm)
If you were to ever dabble in comics, I think this will be a great start to learning how to transform and bring your comics to life.
How to (Still) Be a Nerd For A Living (6:00pm - 7:00pm)
Another interesting discussion of how certain industries that are considered 'nerdy' can help bring peace and change during a time of unbelievable global turmoil. It also can show you that you're not the only nerd in the world, if that makes sense.
Out in Comics 33: Virtually Yours (6:00pm - 7:00pm)
I think this sounds like another amazing discussion of how LGBTQ people can bring life and their own stories to comics, and show that comics belong to everyone.
Gordon S. Miller's picks:
Warner Archive's Secret Origins of Saturday Morning Cartoons(10:00am - 11:00pm)
What's Saturday without cartoons? Terrible! Glad to see Leonard Maltin, Jerry Beck, Warner Archive Home Entertainment senior vice president of theatre catalog marketing George Feltenstein, and the Warner Archive Podcast team of D.W. Ferranti and Matthew Patterson paying tribute. Get a bowl of cereal for this one.
Back to the Moon and Beyond With NASA (11:00am - 12:00pm)
"NASA is returning humans to the surface of the moon by 2024 as part of its Artemis program."
Um, what? This is news to me and I am happy to hear about. William Shatner hosting the panel is a wonderful bonus.
Tribute to Dennis O'Neal: Beyond Batman (3:00pm - 4:00pm)
It was a month ago that we lost the writer who took "Batman back to his darker roots and weave[d] humanity and social consciousness into the adventures of Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Iron Man, and many more." Will be good to lean about the man behind the scenes from his
Bill & Ted Face the Music (3:00pm - 4:00pm)
Who knows if this will get released in August, but remains a highly anticipated sequel in my books.
What We Do In The Shadows (5:00pm - 6:00pm)
The stars of the funniest comedy on TV currently (Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Kayvan Novak, Mark Proksch, and Harvey Guillén) have a chat with panel host and former co-star Haley Joel Osment.
Fantagraphics and IDW: Classic Comics Reprints (6:00pm - 7:00pm)
Am currently working my way through Peanuts, Dick Tracy, and Steve Canyon. Can't wait to see what new things are in the works for other old strips.
Saturday's entire schedule is available here.