Greetings Skkawliens! We hope that you and your loved ones are doing well and staying safe. These are trying times. A lot of life feels overwhelming. Usually, at this time of year, we would be frantically preparing for San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC). Of course, as you are all well aware, things are different this year.
At a time when everything feels overwhelming, preparing for the digital SDCC event this year, Comic-Con@Home, can’t help but feel like a lot. But, we are writing this article today to get the word out because this is truly a once in a lifetime experience. For the first time ever you can watch over 360 different high-quality, SDCC panels from the comfort of home.
The great thing about the majority of the panels is that they were pre-recorded and will be available even after that specific panel has ended. Of course, the downside to this is that pre-recorded means there will be less viewer interaction and they did have a disclaimer that said some panels would not be available after the specific time slot. But, in our opinion, the best part about Comic-Con@Home is the lack of pressure. You can do many things at your leisure, and missing things for the most part is okay because they will be available later. Check out the full schedule here.
We know that looking at all of those panels can be overwhelming. Personally, we are planners, so we made a MYSCHED account to save a schedule. You can visit their website here or download the app here if that interests you. But, if that’s too overwhelming, we encourage you to just hop in and out when you have time over the weekend. Find a panel that is happening at that moment or one that sounds interesting coming up or from earlier.
Other highlights are that they will have a digital Exhibit Hall and Artist Alley where you will be able to buy art and other goods directly from artists and manufacturers. One limitation is that the digital space will only be open during the normal convention days, July 22 – 26, so this is something you have to do during the actual SDCC dates. They are also offering Comic-Con@Home Challenges you can choose to participate in like sidewalk art, cosplay, volunteering, and a way to keep track of achievements. If you’re interested in the inside scoop on convention exclusives, head over to the Unofficial SDCC Blog. We might even participate in the Cosplay @Home Challenge! As a preview, check out our personalized SDCC @Home badge below. You can print your very own badge here.
We’ve done a little browsing here and there, but we’re mostly looking forward to a relaxing and invigorating SDCC experience. This year, you can catch us on couch with a nice beverage (wink wink) wearing sweats and some kind of nerdy graphic tee. Nothing to see here folks. Just living our best pandemic lives (6 feet apart, of course) and we hope you are too. Cheers!
Our Top Panels
Thursday, July 23
Comics During Clampdown: Creativity in the Time of Covid (Thursday, July 23 @ 12 pm)
His Dark Materials Virtual Panel and Q&A Session (Thursday, July 23 @ 1 pm)
Amazon Prime Video: Upload (Thursday, July 23 @ 2 pm)
Friday, July 24
Charlize Theron: Evolution of a Badass (Friday, July 24 @ 10 am)
Zoom into Xadia: The Dragon Prince (Friday, July 24 @ 3 pm)
Hip-Hop and Comics: Cultures Combining (Friday, July 24 @ 6 pm)
Saturday, July 25
Women of Color in Comics: Race, Gender and the Comic Book Medium (Saturday@12 pm)
Bill & Ted Face the Music (Saturday, July 25@ 3 pm)
HBO’s Lovecraft Country (Saturday, July 25 @ 4 pm)
Sunday, July 26
The Craft of Worldbuilding in Comics (Sunday, July 26 @ 12 pm)
A Conversation with Nathan Fillion (Sunday, July 26 @ 2 pm)
Wakanda, Forever! The Psychology Black Panther (Sunday, July 26 @ 3 pm)
Are you going to watch any panels from Comic-Con@Home? What panels are you most excited to watch? Please share your comments below! Check back soon for more news, reviews, and other geekery.