New York Comic Con cancelled, goes digital this October

NYCC will be an entirely online event this October.

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New York Comic Con is one of the biggest conventions of the year. Held annually in the fall, NYCC brings all of the Comic Con goodness to the east coast, as hundreds of thousands of fans flock to the Big Apple for the latest in comics, movies, television, and video games. However, the Javits Center will be empty this year, as New York Comic Con 2020 has been cancelled. The event will shift to an entirely online format.

The announcement of New York Comic Con’s cancellation was made via press release by organizer ReedPop. It’s no surprise that New York Comic Con’s physical event has been cancelled, as the con is just one in an endlessly long list of events that fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps the organizers had their fingers crossed in hopes that matters in the US would be better by October, but that simply won’t be the case.

We recently saw San Diego Comic Con pull off an entirely digital convention, and NYCC will be following in its footsteps. It has also been announced that New York Comic Con has signed a deal with YouTube to exclusively stream panels and interviews as part of a digital convention. NYCC online will run from October 8-11.

ReedPop teases panels from brands such as Starz, CBS All Access, Dreamworks, Hulu, and FX. The entertainment world has grown accustomed to these online events, as many have been forced to make the transition this year.

One of the biggest hallmarks of NYCC are the collectibles and event exclusives. It’s easy to conduct a panel over Zoom, but how will Funko show off their hundreds of figures that usually take up so much space on the show floor? We’ll have to wait and see. 

New York Comic Con online is sure to be filled with plenty of announcements and reveals, despite the cancellation of a physical event. We’ll have the latest news out of NYCC for you right here on Shacknews.

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Donovan is a young journalist from Maryland, who likes to game. His oldest gaming memory is playing Pajama Sam on his mom's desktop during weekends. Pokémon Emerald, Halo 2, and the original Star Wars Battlefront 2 were some of the most influential titles in awakening his love for video games. After interning for Shacknews throughout college, Donovan graduated from Bowie State University in 2020 with a major in broadcast journalism and joined the team full-time. He is a huge Star Wars nerd and film fanatic that will talk with you about movies and games all day. You can follow him on twitter @Donimals_

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