New York Comic-Con, an annual comics convention that has been ongoing since 2006, is the largest pop culture event on the East Coast. Every year, interviews, panels, and celebrity fan meetings have been conducted at the convention. The event covers a wide range of topics including television, film, comics, and toys.
Interestingly, New York Comic Con (NYCC) became the largest comic book convention, surpassing the San Diego Comic-Con. Originally NYCC was scheduled to take place at Javits Center. Owing to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, several fan events are going virtual, the convention’s producer ReedPop announced on Tuesday that the annual fan convention is cancelling its in-person event. They have now partnered with YouTube to stream live panels from October 8 to October 11.
As a result, attendees will no longer be able to engage in panels face-to-face at the convention. However, YouTube Live Chat and Community features will help emulate the Comic-Con experience. The event will also allow for audience-based Q&As.
ReedPop president Lance Fensterman has also issued a statement with the latest development. He said, “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.”
He added, “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. 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.”
Reportedly, Each NYCC panel will air live. This year panels include American Gods, Star Trek’s expanded universe, Dreamworks Animation, and various other shows from Hulu and FX.