Comic-Con International’s David Glanzer recently spent some time chatting via email with The Hollywood Reporter about the Comic-Con@Home event that was teased last week as a result of San Diego Comic-Con 2020 being cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“I don’t think we’ve really thought of it in terms of a replacement for the show,” Comic-Con International’s David Glanzer told The Hollywood Reporter via email. “I think it is an iteration that we hope will convey some of the excitement of Comic-Con in whatever format we and our stakeholders can create. We are reaching out to various entities who are usually involved in the physical show to see if, and how best, we can incorporate them into an online version.”
Glanzer goes on to say that the team responsible for the development and planning of this new convention format has not finalized anything in stone yet in terms of how the event will be presented or when it will take place.
“There are several different ideas floating about [concerning the format and timing of the event] but we are still in the nuts-and-bolts planning phase, which is why our tease about Comic-Con@Home was deliberately void of any specifics,” Glanzer said. “But there are certainly a great many options from which to choose.”
Assuming this initial at-home event goes off without any major technical issues and is well-received by the public, could 2020 open the door to future Comic-Cons featuring some sort of web-based aspect?
“I imagine there will be an online component to all our shows from now on,” he said. “It’s interesting that the Comic-Con Museum, which is slated to open to the public in 2021, had always envisioned a virtual component. They’ve had to move things along a little faster than originally planned but I think there could be a permanent online element moving forward.”