New York Comic Con 2020 releases schedule of virtual events

New York Comic Con is coming to couches across the world.

As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the annual event will be broadcast virtually this year, a bummer for many fans but a boon for those who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to come to the Big Apple and experience it in person — a silver lining of being forced to go digital-only.

“New York Comic Con’s Metaverse is the magical mix of celebs, exhibitors, comics, art, panels, cosplay and passionate fans you’d see in person — but with your own snacks and no lines,” proclaims the Comic Con website.

The lineup of panels at the event — set for Thursday, Oct. 8, through Sunday, Oct. 11 — will available to anyone with an internet connection on FindtheMetaverse.com and YouTube.

This year’s panels include a first look at BBC America’s fantasy show “The Watch,” fan Q&As with the actors from “What We Do in the Shadows,” as well as the stars of the limited series adaption of Stephen King’s novel “The Stand,” cast and producers from “Star Trek: Lower Decks” talking about the upcoming seasons and “Animaniacs” producers and voice actors talking about that cartoon’s reboot, Variety reported.

Keenly self-aware merch is available on the Metaverse website, with branding including “Couch Con 2020” and a sticker that reads “ComicCan’t.” There will also be virtual equivalents of the artist alley (full of artwork and comics from creators across the world), the show floor with booths and exclusive offerings, and the retailer zone with “geeky gear” coming soon, the website promises.

A large amount of content will be free, but there will also be options to pay for certain experiences.

“One-on-one meet and greets with celebs, personalized video messages, expert workshops and more premium experiences — you’ll find them all in New York Comic Con’s Metaverse,” the site advertises.

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