Get your makeup done and your cape on, as New York Comic-Con 2021 is returning for an in-person event this year. ReedPop, the company that sets up Comic-Con each year, said that the limited-capacity event will take place in New York City’s Javits Center from October 7th-10th.
Kristina Rogers, ReedPop’s U.S. comic portfolio director, released a statement, saying, “Right now, we see a path forward for safe, amazing events that are going to look a bit different than usual, so that’s where we’re heading. Keep in mind what we communicate is subject to change as state and local guidelines are adjusted.”
Rogers also noted this past Thursday that the Supercon in Florida is set for September, as well as C2E2 and Emerald City Comic-Con, both of which are set to take place in December.
Of course, every ReedPop event will have a limited capacity to ensure COVID safety protocols are met. The company is currently in talks with each location in order to determine the number of guests that will be allowed to visit.
The Financial Power of Comic-Con
Over 200,000 tickets were sold in 2019 for New York’s Comic-Con event, an event that spans over four days with meet-and-greets, panels, and exclusive merchandise.
Before 2019, New York Comic-Con brought in more than $100 million to the city, much of which came from public transportation, hotel rooms, and dining. When the pandemic hit in 2020, ReedPop was forced to move the annual event online, holding virtual panels on YouTube.
For those looking to attend the event, masks and temperature screenings will be required.
RedPop ensures increased cleaning and sanitization during the four-day event and will discourage physical contact, such as hugging, high-fives, or handshakes.
San Diego Comic-Con
San Diegans can expect their Comic-Con event, the city’s largest annual event, from November 26th-28th this year at the San Diego Convention Center.
As of now, details surrounding the event, including the cost of a badge and attendance capacity, are still in the works. Directors of San Diego Comic-Con are keeping up with California’s strict COVID-19 protocols, hoping that by fall, the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic will have passed.
David Glanzer, Comic-Con spokesperson, said in a statement this past Saturday, “While we have been able to pivot from in-person gatherings to limited online events, the loss of revenue has had an acute impact on the organization as it has with many small businesses, necessitating reduced work schedules and reduction in pay for employees, among other issues. Hopefully, this event will shore up our financial reserves and mark a slow return to larger in-person gatherings in 2022.”
Due to the limited capacity the company must set for its events, not all Comic-Con fans will be able to enjoy the in-person events. Luckily, ReedPop will also host a number of virtual programs through FindtheMetaverse.com, its online Comic-Con companion.
ReedPop launched FindTheMetaverse this past year when it hosted the 2020 Comic-Con events online. An all-virtual Metaverse event for those who can’t visit in-person is set to take place from June 7th-13th.