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:
Art and the Holocaust (10:00am - 11:00am)
I think that this is a really important topic about how art can transcend through unspeakable pain and trauma. It would be very interesting to see how that art captures the sheer emotion of one of the most devastating events in human history.
LGBTQ Characters on Television- What's Next? (5:00pm - 6:00pm)
There has been a gigantic spike of LGBTQ characters on TV, and I so really love that. It's about time that we are represented in any type of media. We have strengths, weaknessess, and flaws just like everyone else, and I think it's way past time that our characteristics be shown and embraced.
Shudder: Horror is Queer (6:00pm - 7:00pm)
I always felt that horror is a true medium for the LGBTQ community. The genre doesn't seem to discriminate against anyone like maybe other genres do. It welcome you with open arms and doesn't turn away. There may been many directors of horror that are LGBTQ, and that have put their own distinctive spin on stories and plot that feature relatable characters that you either love or hate.
Gordon S. Miller's picks:
Star Trek Universe Virtual Panel (10:00am - 11:00am)
Although not a user of CBS All Access nor watcher of Discovery and Picard, I am curious about what's ahead for the franchise.
Amazon Prime Video: Truth Seekers (12:00pm - 1:00pm)
"A new original supernatural horror comedy by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost... " is all I needed to have my curiosity piqued.
Oddball Comics Not-So-Live! (12:00pm - 1:00pm)
Described as "a relentless cavalcade of mind-blowing, offensive and hilarious images of vintage comic books from Scott [Shaw!]'s collection, accompanied by his wry, observational commentary," this panel has delivered plenty of laughs everytime I have been lucky enough to see it.
HBO Max and Cartoon Network Studios: Close Enough (3:00pm - 4:00pm)
As a huge fan of JG Quintel's Regular Show, I am eager to learn about his new show, Close Enough, "a surreal animated comedy about a married couple, their five-year-old daughter, and their two divorced best friends/roommates all living together on the east-side of Los Angeles."
Bugs Bunny's 80th Anniversary Extravaganza (4:00pm - 5:00pm)
This is a no-brainer. A celebration of that wasically wabbit with three of the current voices of Bugs Bunny--Billy West (Space Jam, Futurama, Doug), Jeff Bergman (Tiny Toon Adventures, Our Cartoon President), and Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons, Muppet Babies)--alongside Looney Tunes Cartoons executive producer Pete Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), movie historian, author and TV personality Leonard Maltin (Entertainment Tonight), animation historian and author Jerry Beck (Animation Scoop), and Warner Archive senior vice president George Feltenstein.
23rd Annual San Diego Comic Con Superhero Kung Fu Extravaganza (6:00pm - 7:00pm)
For me, it wouldn't be Comic-Con without popping in to Ric Meyers (Films of Fury, Atlas Originals Presents Targitt) and friends presenting the most amazing action scenes of the year.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: A Panel Panorama (6:00pm - 7:00pm)
MST3K creator Joel Hodgson and former cast members Bill Corbett (Crow T. Robot #2) and J. Elvis Weinstein (Tom Servo #1) as they engage in some good old-fashioned Q&A.
Thursday's entire schedule is available here.