SDCC Special Edition lineup reveals smaller event

A crowd of people at San Diego Comic Con in 2010.

A pre-covid edition of SDCC.
Photo: Michael buckner (Getty Images)

San Diego Comic-Con is about to hold its first in-person event since 2019. It’s called Comic-Con Special Edition and it takes place November 26-28 in San Diego, California—corn If you were worried that by not attending you would miss some big, exciting news, you can breathe easy.

It’s no secret that over the past decade San Diego Comic-Con has become less about the comics and more about Hollywood. What started as a small gathering of like-minded fans has grown into a mega event filled with studios and networks spending millions to be there, and fans who spend a whole lot too. Covid-19 has changed that for the foreseeable future, but the existence of Comic-Con Special Edition suggests that SDCC organizers are eager to return to the current situation.

Other than that: the The full program of the event has been published and there’s hardly a big movie or TV show out there, at least in an official capacity. The lineup is heavy on cosplay, fan discussion, and table games, and the some celebrities who will be present (Avatar and Hook Dante Basco, Star Trek‘s Brent Spiner) promote personal work or podcasts, not big shows. In addition, arguably the “biggest” official panel organized, for NBC La Bréa, is virtual.

There is more. During a normal Comic-Con, Hall H is this close-mythical space or more crowds 5,000 people can make or break a movie with their raucous response. Comic-Con Special Edition doesn’t even have panels, but instead uses the space for participant registration. But, as the official website says, this is not the summer event. It’s more of an experiment to see if SDCC can restore the summer event to its former glory.

“Our decision to host an in-person event in 2021 was motivated by several factors, ” says the official website of Comic-Con. “Our main hope was to finally be able to come together in person as a community, which we haven’t been able to do since 2019. Another was to try to figure out how best to safely produce events in the light. current health problems with the least negative. impact on participants … With reduced attendance, a shorter number of days, and a purposely smaller scope, this convention is meant to be a more intimate gathering while also evoking the fun community our conventions are known for, including great exhibits, programs, cosplay, etc. games, and other event.

io9 won’t be attending the Special Edition Comic-Con, but maybe you will? Sound off in the comments if yes and tell us what you are beautiful expect the mood to be.


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