As you probably expected, ReedPop has announced that they are canceling the in-person New York Comic Con and will hold a virtual event instead.
“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.”
Instead, NYCC and MCM Comic Con in London, its sister event across the pond, will team up for Metaverse, which is the brand ReedPop is using for its virtual events.
They are actually holding an event this weekend that starts tomorrow under the Metaverse brand, with a slate of programming you can view here or on the NYCC YouTube channel. There are only a few comic-related events, but some of them will feature Junji Ito, AWA Comics, Tom King, Marguerite Bennett, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Khary Randolph and Archie Comics. They’re even offer virtual “meet and greet” sessions with creators and other guests; for $22, you can spend three whole minutes chatting with some of the creators mentioned above.
There’s nothing yet about the programming for the virtual NYCC, but I imagine they’ll update the Metaverse site sometime after this weekend’s event is over.