Get those cosplay jammies ready and your spot on the couch nice and comfy because Comic-Con @Home starts tomorrow, July 22, with hundreds of panels celebrating all things television, movies, gaming and yes, even comics. The coronavirus might have forced the event online this year, but the organizers are still touting excitement for fans including the usual teasers, trailers and preview tidbits that turned the IRL event into a cultural juggernaut that not only transcended its nerdy roots, but became a driving force in the business of entertainment. At press time, word is that some panels will be live and some prerecorded. For the latest, fans are encouraged to subscribe to Comic-Con’s official YouTube channel, and to sign up for notifications.
Oh, and if you’ll be missing all the Disney, Marvel, DC, Star Wars, etc. costumed crowds there is an online option for that too. Comic-Con’s official Tumblr page will host its annual masquerade contests (you can see the entries starting July 23) and winners will be announced online on July 24. Our panel picks below:
FX: The casts and production from shows including What We Do in the Shadows, Dave and American Horror Story (with a virtual interactive installation called “AHS: Test of Terror”) will be on hand to discuss it all. Starting this Thursday, July 23, various times. See schedule.
Star Trek Universe: Featuring cast members and producers from Star Trek: Discovery, as well as the new animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Picard (Patrick Stewart will be there!). Thursday, July 23, 10 a.m.
Marvel: Many of Marvel’s upcoming releases have been pushed back due to pandemic production delays so the company’s presence isn’t what it might have been in person. Marvel’s “616 Panel” will explore the new Disney+ anthology in the works delving into various aspects of the Marvel Universe. Bonus: “Marvel HQ” billed as its virtual hub during SDCC will have comic read-alongs, Lego battles, “Marvel Draw” tutorials and more. Thursday, July 23, 1 p.m.
The Walking Dead: Post-show Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, moderates a panel with all your faves from the zombie hit including Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan and more. Friday, July 24, 1 p.m.
Bill & Ted Face the Music: Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reunite for a sure to be “excellent” panel about the film’s cultural impact and about the new movie that’ll feature as the pair as middle-aged dads. Kevin Smith will moderate this can’t miss adventure in flashbacks and flashes forward. Saturday, July 25, 3 p.m.
Women Rocking Hollywood: Female writers and producers from shows such as Cursed and films such as The Old Guard and The High Note will speak about their experiences and challenges. Saturday, July 25, 2 p.m.
Full schedule and more info about Comic-Con 2020 at comic-con.org.