Last spring, WonderCon Anaheim was one of the first major comic conventions to fall victim to the shutdowns brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. And while the vaccine rollout has begun, the pandemic is far from over. This means that a return to mass gatherings is still a ways off. Fortunately, the organizers behind the event aren’t about to leave their supporters in the dark. In lieu of an in-person convention, WonderCon has announced its plans to go digital for the second year in a row.
Starting on March 26, the event will follow in the footsteps of San Diego Comic-Con@Home, DC FanDome, and Disney Investor Day by hosting a series of virtual panels spread across two days. You can check out the organizers’ full statement (via Twitter) below:
“2020 was a difficult year all around. For the first time in the history of our organization, we were unable to have in-person events for WonderCon or Comic-Con. We have hoped that by now, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic might have subsided enough that we could once again come together in person for a traditional WonderCon event. Sadly, as we continue to monitor the latest information from healthcare officials, we have determined the interest of public safety will prevent this spring’s WonderCon from moving forward as an in-person convention.
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Our commitment to the community of fans who enjoy WonderCon and the celebration of comics and related popular art remains an important part of who we are. It is because of that dedication that we are happy to announce that WonderCon will again be held as the virtual WonderCon@Home. The challenges of this past year and the postponement of our two largest events have left us with limited financial resources, therefore WonderCon@Home will be a two-day celebration instead of the usual three days as we continue to marshal our resources for Comic-Con this summer.
While we may be limited in days, we will not be limited in scope. We are currently in the process of lining up great programming, amazing exhibitors, terrific gaming, and all of the many aspects that make WonderCon a fan-favorite event. We sincerely hope that you will join us for the WonderCon@Home celebration on Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27, 2021.”
Are you excited to see what WonderCon has planned for its virtual event this year? Let us know in the comments down below!
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