In-Person Conventions Coming Back This Fall
It looks like the crowds, cosplayers, and comics are back! After COVID-19’s impact on movie theaters, live events, and large gatherings, in-person conventions are coming back this fall, with a few COVID-19 precautions in place. Reedpop, the organizer behind some of the biggest cons in the country, announced that there are plans for four in-person events this fall.
“With the return of physical events comes so much we were missing this past year. Supporting small businesses and indie creators more directly, old friends reconnecting, the energy of a panel room when a cast first takes the stage.”
– Kristina Rogers, US comic portfolio director at ReedPop
The organization said that all shows will run at a reduced capacity and that attendees will need to wear face coverings and do a temperature check upon entry. There will also be increased sanitation and cleaning, as well as a no handshake or hugs policy. Physical distancing is going to be implemented as well, although it’s hard to say how this will work out since one of the best parts of attending a con is aimlessly wandering around. I imagine there might be designated walking paths and workers making sure attendees stay six feet apart, but it’s all conjecture at this point.
What In-Person Conventions Can We Look Forward To?
Images via Reedpop
Reedpop said that the four in-person conventions that are happening are:
- Florida Supercon at Miami Beach Convention Center, September 10-12
- New York Comic Con at Javits Center, October 7-10
- Emerald City comic Con at Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, December 2-5
- C2E2 at McCormick Place in Chicago, December 10-12
From June 7-13, Reedpop will host the online convention Metaverse, which is “a virtual realm that is the sum of all fandoms.” It allows fans from around the world to come together and “encounter FREE panels streamed to YouTube, one-of-a-kind interactions with your favorite celebs and creators, new releases, a rich exhibitor marketplace, and our famous Artist Alley.”
Reedpop’s announcement came after Comic-Con International, organizer of San Diego Comic-Con and rival to Reedpop, faced backlash after they announced an in-person event over Thanksgiving weekend.
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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.