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's picks:
Women on the Dark Side (12:00pm - 1:00pm)
This topic is definitely interesting because it shows you that women can be bad, and don't always have to be prissy or goody-two shoes. They can go dark and challenging, in pretty much every form of entertainment.
A Conversation with Nathan Fillon (2:00pm - 3:00pm)
This could be very good for fans of his who want to know more about his and career, and why he is definitely a Film and TV icon.
LBGTQ Comics and Popular Media for Young People (2:00pm - 3:00pm)
A topic that should be interesting for young LGBTQ people, to learn how comics, animation, and all other types of media can be cathartic and important for them, and to help them find the courage to follow their own desire paths.
Super Asian America (2:00pm - 3:00pm)
This should be a very timely topic about the importance of the proper and accurate representation of Asian Americas in of course every form of media.
Indie Filmmaker's Survival Guide (4:00pm - 5:00pm)
As a lover of indie cinema, among other types, this is a topic that shows the importance of the Independent Film, and how its filmmakers put their blood, sweat, tears, and dedication to this often misunderstood genre. It can also show how great films can be created from personal experience.
Gordon S. Miller's picks:
Celebrating 80 Years of Will Eisner's The Spirit (10:00am - 11:00am)
"Famous for its imaginative storytelling, film noir style, unforgettable characters, and stories," The Spirit is a strip I Don't know much about and this seems like a good place to inform myself.
Hoops (10:00am - 11:00am)
Hoops, from writer-comedian Ben Hoffman (Archer), Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie), is an upcoming Netflix adult cartoon that "follows a foul-mouthed high school basketball coach who is sure he'll hit the big leagues if he can only turn his terrible team around." Rob Riggle and Natasha Leggero are part of the cast
Kevin Eastman Panel (1:00pm - 2:00pm)
Just read my first issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which was the landmark first issue. Am curious to hear from one of the co-creators. Hope nothing gets spoiled but that's on me for taking so long.
The Art of Film and TV Posters (3:00pm - 4:00pm)
Overlooked artists can have some of the most interesting stories about the business of show business. Looking forward to hearing from legends, such as Greg Hildebrandt (Star Wars) and Drew Struzan (Back to the Future)
Ray Bradbury Goes to Hollywood (4:00pm - 5:00pm)
Orton Ortwein of the Ray Bradbury Experience Museum discusses the author about Ray's career in Hollywood. Hope he covers Something Wicked This Way Comes.
Sunday's entire schedule is available here.