The outbreak of COVID-19 has caused a mass extinction of all possible events. These measures are supposed to prevent people from getting infected. San Diego Comic-Con is one of the victims of lockdown, facing tough times due to the pandemic across the world.

However, according to cnet’s original article, fans can get their props out of their wardrobes and join the event in a format that slightly differs from what they’ve gotten used to. Organizers of the event are planning to put on an online Comic-Con@Home event for July 22-26. Park yourself on your comfy sofa, grab some food and fizzy drinks, throw aside everything that can disturb you, and enjoy the event. Here is everything you need to know so you can orient well in the new Comic-Con@Home.

The starting point of Comic-Con 2020

Set a reminder that Comic-Con@Home will be online from July 22-26th, and the most pleasant fact — it’s totally free. But that doesn’t mean that the show will be diminished or anything like that, there’ll still be around 350 panels featuring actors, writers, and other famous people connected with television, movies, gaming, and comics.

Comic-Con panels used to reveal long-awaited teasers, trailers, and new knick-knacks that somehow would please your inner geek. We don’t know what to expect from movie companies because there are so many projects that were postponed because of COVID-19, but I think it will be clear during the event. The Wrap reported on July 6 that all the panels will be prerecorded so there’ll none of the cringe or awkward fun moments we like so much.

Where to click?

The most common path is to subscribe to Comic-Con’s official YouTube channel and click on the bell to receive notifications. In this way, you can follow along with the freshly uploaded panels. You can also keep an eye on Comic-Con’s official Toucan blog for the latest news. The last option is to try the SDCC Unofficial blog because it’s nice too.

These panels are a must to follow

Comic-Con is the place where every media material brings something interesting to this world. You should listen to your own preferences not to get lost among all this information. You can emphasize local indie comics or follow huge Hollywood blockbuster panels. There are so many of them, though here are six to watch for.

The Walking Dead

Chris Hardwick, who hosts the Walking Dead after-show Talking Dead, will moderate a panel about the AMC zombie show. Cast members Norman Reedus (Daryl), Melissa McBride (Carol), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (Negan), and Lauren Cohan (Maggie) will be featured, as will executive producers Greg Nicotero and Scott Gimple, and showrunner Angela Kang.

Date and time to be announced

Bob’s Burgers

Fire up the grill. Bob’s Burgers creator Loren Bouchard and his voice cast, including H. Jon Benjamin (Bob), John Roberts (Linda), Kristen Schaal (Louise), Eugene Mirman (Gene), Dan Mintz (Tina) and Larry Murphy (Teddy) will discuss the animated Fox comedy and answer fan questions.

Date and time to be announced

Marvel’s 616

Marvel will take part in Comic-Con 2020’s show too. Disney Plus will launch Marvel’s 616 anthology series which will uncover the dark angel of the Marvel Universe. Writer and host Angélique Roché will moderate the panel, which will include directors Gillian Jacobs and Paul Scheer and executive producers Sarah Amos and Jason Sterman.

Thursday, July 23, 1 p.m. PT 

The Right Stuff

People all over the world still have questions about the Apollo moon landing even though it’s been more than 50 years since the event. Disney Plus has taken the initiative to relaunch the original series The Right Stuff as a flashback to the early days when the space program was only on a paper. Former astronaut Mae Jemison will moderate the panel, which will include the enormous cast as well as showrunner Mark Lafferty and executive producer Jennifer Davisson.

Saturday, July 25, 1 p.m. PT

Bill & Ted Face the Music

Dudes, be excellent to each other. Bill & Ted Face the Music reunites Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter as the now-middle-aged rocker best friends, who have daughters of their own. Filmmaker Kevin Smith – yes, that Kevin Smith – will moderate the panel, which will include Reeves, Winter, director Dean Parisot, and writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson.

Date and time to be announced

The New Mutants

It is a honey-melody for my ears when I hear that directors nowadays are trying to experiment and create a superhero horror film. I hope The New Mutants will be good company for Brightburn. The New Mutants is a spinoff of Marvel’s X-Men universe. Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones fame and Charlie Heaton from Stranger Things are among the stars on who’ll be on this virtual panel

Distant Cosplay

The very first thing people think of when they here “Comic-Con” is colorful cosplayers with creative ideas and unpredictable characters. My favorite cosplay was three bodybuilders wearing The PowerPuff Girls costumes. Organizers of the event promise that there will be a virtual version of the Masquerade.

The Masquerade website will be available to access on July 23, though judges will provide participants with points beforehand, and winners will be announced online on July 24.

How to spend money on different souvenirs

When a normal Comic-Con is in full swing, how to orient yourself in the atmosphere is a really tough question. People are provided with maps of the exhibit hall so they can see the point they are stuck at. The same thing will be done with the online event. On July 22, the Comic-Con@Home Online Exhibit Hall will be online too. Visitors can click on the interactive floor plan and then on a cross-section of exhibitors where they will find different categories so visitors will not be lost for a moment.

The book of memories

Comic-Con plans not to ruin the tradition and publish a 2020 souvenir book, but in a more affordable PDF format. Usually, the book is a full-color paperback given to all attendees for free. The virtual variant will include memorable photos of the event’s guests, tributes to industry stars who have died in the past year, exclusive comics, and articles.

What will happen at Comic-Con next year? 

Organizers tend to believe that it will be in a regular format and so do we. Comic-Con 2021 will be in San Diego on July 22-25 at the sprawling San Diego Convention Center.