More than a year after the coronavirus pandemic saw conventions across the world canceled or go virtual, a number are charting a path back to in-person events. ReedPop, the organizer behind New York Comic Con and other cons, has solidified plans for four in-person events this fall.
Florida Supercon will take place at Miami Beach Convention Center Sept. 10-12. New York Comic Con is set for the Javits Center from Oct. 7 Oct. 7-10. Emerald City Comic Con is set for Seattle’s Washington State Convention Center Dec. 2-5. Meanwhile, The Chicago-based convention C2E2 will take place at McCormick Place Dec. 10-12.
The shows will run at a reduced capacity. They will also require face coverings and temperature checks upon entry. Organizers say there will be increased sanitation and cleaning, as well as physical distancing — and a no handshake or hugs policy.
“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, wrote in an email sent to fans Thursday.
In addition to its in-person event, ReedPop is hosting the online convention Metaverse June 7-13
The announcement comes after rival convention San Diego Comic-Con, organized by Comic-Con International, faced backlash for setting its own in-person event over Thanksgiving weekend, with a number of stakeholders telling The Hollywood Reporter they were not interested in spending a holiday weekend working or attending the convention when they could be with family.