In what shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, ReedPop has finally officially pulled the plug on the New York Comic-Con in 2020. While New York is seemingly over the hump of the Covid-19 pandemic, I’d imagine the fear of a second wave coming with so many visitors across the country likely to attend was just too much to risk. So as with many conventions, ReedPop will take the NYCC virtual for this year. Please see a copy of the full email below for more details.
To our NYCC family,
New York Comic Con is more than just a singular event that happens in the city in October. For many, it starts with an eagerly anticipated countdown of days to the show, for others it starts with announcements. The energy always reaches beyond the event itself, seeping into unsuspecting New Yorkers who spot Spider-Man and Wonder Woman on their morning commutes or Goku casually strolling up 34th Street before it suddenly dawns on them: it’s October again and New York Comic Con’s back in town. Here at ReedPop, NYCC is year-round: the conclusion of one show coincides with the beginning of the next.
Since 2006, we’ve been assembling this annual celebration of incredibly enthusiastic individuals that make up our wonderful community and gathering them in the pop culture capital of the world, our own Gotham City. NYCC not only supports the growth of small and local businesses and creators, big brands and major studios, but also brings together diverse, passionate fans from around the world for one incredibly jam-packed long weekend with tens of thousands of your closest friends.
While we’d much rather be giving you an update today on badges going on sale, it likely comes as no surprise that New York Comic Con 2020’s physical event at the Javits Center will not be able to run as intended. We very sincerely appreciate your patience as we worked with the Javits and local officials to figure out what, if anything, could go on as planned this October.
NYCC doesn’t stop just because we can’t do what we’ve done in the past. Instead, we look to the future: We may not be meeting in the queue hall each morning, but we’re excited to join forces with our sister event, MCM Comic Con in London, to bring you New York Comic Con’s Metaverse, our new online portal dedicated to delivering pop culture experiences, right into your homes NYCC weekend, October 8-11. We are partnering with YouTube to bring to life four days of incredible content from the biggest studios, publishers and creators in the business. This is your chance to interact with your favorite creators and celebrity guests, and most importantly, the opportunity to engage with other members of this vibrant community of ours. Our guest announcements, exhibitor profiles, and other information will be available at findthemetaverse.com.
We can’t thank you enough for how supportive and understanding you’ve all been as we’ve cancelled nearly all our ReedPop events this year. It’s been amazing to see the community turn out, time and time again, in support of our exhibitors and creators.The loss of virtually all conventions in 2020 has leveled a devastating blow on their businesses. We ask that you continue to support them, and we will be bringing new opportunities and platforms that will make it even easier for you to shop their products and artwork straight from your home.
If you’re anything like us and you can’t wait until October to get your fix of great pop culture content, we invite you to join our pals at Emerald City Comic Con, Keystone Comic Con, Florida Supercon, and MCM Comic Con Manchester for ReedPop’s first Metaverse event being held August 13-16. We’ve been rolling out announcements, including a spotlight with George Miller on Mad Max: Fury Road, live drawing with Junji Ito and engaging panels with comic creators like Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Marguerite Bennett and Khary Randolph.
While we won’t be able to geek out with each other in person this year, we’re working hard to make sure Metaverse August and October will deliver unique experiences to help fill some of the longing we all have to get back to a convention. We miss shows just as much as you do and we’re doing everything we can to make sure that when it is safe for us to be together again, you’ll have the same amazing experience you’ve come to expect from NYCC.
Stay safe, stay nerdy, and remember: NYCC fans wore masks before it was cool.
Your friends at New York Comic Con and ReedPop
For a full list of New York Comic Con content and for more information, please visit NewYorkComicCon.com and NYCC’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).