The spread of COVID-19 has thrown so many plans out the window. Conventions, concerts, and events are being postponed. Awesome Con has announced they’re moving their convention until December from the initial May. The new dates are December 11-13. The convention takes place in Washington, DC.
Awesome Con’s decision was to ensure the safety of the fans, exhibitors, and their own team. It also follows local guidelines about gatherings and the unknown length they may be implemented.
Attendees who have pre-purchased can transfer their tickets to the new date, transfer tickets to the 2021 convention, or ask for a refund minus servicing fees. Attendees have until July 1, 2020 to decide and if there’s no response, tickets will be transferred to the December date.
Attendees with Premium Passes will be refunded automatically and need to be repurchased.
Those who purchased merchandise, that will be transferred to December 2020 tickets if you go that route or you can request a refund.
Those who have made a hotel reservation through the convention block will get an email concerning that.
In better news, Awesome Con Jr. is offering free, educational and interactive online resources to help you and kids at home stay entertained. Be sure to check out Awesome Con’s website, as new content will be pushed out regularly each week.
With conventions being canceled and postponed, artists, freelancers, and entrepreneurs are taking a financial hit with lost income. Several artists have joined their efforts and organized an online convention to help the art community.
A group of artists, such as Gladys P. Nut and Irene Berbee have organized -within two weeks- an online convention called Stay Home Comic Con, which will be held in the weekend of 28 and 29th of March.
The best thing about this convention? You can visit it, safely, from your own home!
Visit the virtual artist alley, look at the digital booths of small shop owners, chat with visitors at discord, join the cosplay contest or interact with the many different livestreams of and by artists.
The Toronto Comics Arts Festival (TCAF) has announced that it will be canceling its 2020 convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was to take place on May 8-10.
After feedback from partners, sponsors, venues, health care officials, and the community, TCAF thought it’d be best to cancel. Restrictions on travel, events, and no end in sight all lead to the decision. While other conventions are postponing the uncertainty of it all and current restrictions made that difficult.
Exhibitors will receive refunds for their tables. They are also putting together a plan to help promote exhibitors and help promote creators in general.
After a lot of incorrect rumors and bad information being reported, Diamond Comic Distributors has announced that Free Comic Book Day 2020 has been postponed. The annual event will hopefully take place later in the Summer.
The impact and spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has lead Diamond to make the decision. The disease’s spread is unpredictable and with many areas on lockdown or advising against large gatherings, holding the event on the original date made little sense.
Diamond Founder and CEO, Steve Geppi said in the announcement:
The severity and timing of the impact of the COVID-19 virus can’t be predicted with any certainty, but the safety of our retailer partners and comic book fans is too important to risk. As always, we appreciate your enthusiasm for and support of the comic industry’s best event and look forward to celebrating with you later in the Summer.
Free Comic Book Day 2020 offers a selection of 47 titles available absolutely free at participating local comic shops across the United States and around the world. The 47 titles represent a broad range of taste, from superheroes, to sci-fi, to action-adventure, slice-of-life, manga, and so much more! The Free Comic Book Day selection is designed to appeal to every type of reader out there.
Diamond will announce additional information soon regarding FCBD non-comic merchandise.
As part of Vault’s ongoing virtual convention, Vault Vanguard Con, the publisher announced a plethora of new online events that will take place over the next week.
First, Vault will hold a reddit AMA on the r/comics subreddit tomorrow, Thursday March 19th, from 4:00-5:00pm MST. Fans can ask the Vault team whatever questions they like and get advice on any comics-related topic under the sun.
Then, over the next few days Vault will release a series of special videos from a wide array of Vault creators on their social media channels.
The videos from Vault creators will include:
BLEED THEM DRY’s Eliot Rahal
ENGINEWARD’s George Mann and Joe Eisma
HEAVY’s Max Bemis & Eryk Donovan
HUNDRED WOLVES’ Myke Cole and Tony Akins
FINGER GUNS’ Justin Richards
THE PLOT’s Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci
SERA AND THE ROYAL STARS’ Jon Tsuei
CULT CLASSIC: CREATURE FEATURE’s Eliot Rahal and John Bivens
BLACK STARS ABOVE’s Lonnie Nadler and Jenna Cha
NO ONE’S ROSE’s Zac Thompson & Emily
You can watch the debut video, from BLACK STARS ABOVE‘s Lonnie Nadler and Jenna Cha:
SPX 2020 is scheduled to be held this coming September 12 – 13, with both Exhibitor Registration and Ignatz Submissions beginning this month. The convention has announced that they are extremely concerned about the short- and long-term impacts of the coronavirus/COVID-19 crisis on the SPX community.
The convention has released information about this year’s upcoming show with a prioritization on the physical and financial well-being of the community.
The following is how SPX will be handling the coronavirus issue going forward:
SPX will review the status of the 2020 event in late May/early June
Exhibitor invitations and the lottery will proceed the weekend of March 22
Table payments will be deferred until more clarity about the show emerges late May/early June
Ignatz Award submissions will temporarily shift to a digital format, details will be released the weekend of March 29, after which they will then accept submissions
SPX will provide online resources to help the comics community cope with financial and other impacts of the outbreak.
General Status of SPX 2020
SPX does not expect to make a determination about proceeding with, postponing, or, in the worst case, canceling this September’s SPX 2020 until late May/early June. In the interim, SPX will proceed with their regular schedule for exhibitor registration, including the annual exhibitor lottery. SPX 2020 invitation and lottery information will be released the weekend of March 22.
Deferred Exhibitor Payments
While exhibitor registration will take place as normal in the coming weeks, SPX will defer table and badge payment until at least the late May/early June timeframe. Many event and freelance job cancellations currently taking place have placed a substantial and unexpected burden on creators and publishers.
By shifting their payment schedule by several months, SPX hopes to help alleviate, where they can, the short-term burden of this crisis upon the indie comics community by not tying up crucial funds at this sensitive time and not requesting any payment until the status of the 2020 Expo is confirmed.
Digital Submissions for the Ignatz Awards
Full details on the Ignatz submission process will be made available the weekend of March 29. Prior to this information being made available, please do not send any Ignatz submissions to SPX.
Given the recently reported likelihood that coronavirus/COVID-19 can remain active on cardboard and other surfaces for several days at a time and in order to protect the volunteer staff, who in a typical year process hundreds of submissions from all over the world, SPX will be moving temporarily to a digital submission process.
In previous years, potential Ignatz nominees were asked to submit six physical copies of their works to be distributed to the Ignatz Jurors, with one copy being preserved in the SPX permanent collection at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. For the 2020 Ignatz awards, SPX will request digital copies of all submissions, along with an optional single physical copy earmarked for the Library of Congress.
Along with curtailing the potential spread of infection, the shift to digital submission will also reduce the financial burden during this uncertain time on individual creators who wish to submit their works for consideration.
Online Resources for the SPX Community
Part of the Small Press Expo’s mission is to help the SPX Community in uncertain times such as these. SPX has identified some online resources that contain information about various grants, relief funds, and other mechanisms to hopefully aid the SPX Community in weathering the current circumstances:
Join us for the 21st annual Baltimore Comic-Con in the Inner Harbor at the Baltimore Convention Center on October 23-25, 2020. The Baltimore Comic-Con features many comics luminaries, including industry award winners Cliff Chiang, Jamal Igle, David Petersen, Don Rosa, Joe Staton, and Mark Waid! VIP, General Admission, and Fan Experience Tickets are now on sale.
Cliff Chiang began his career as an assistant editor at DC’s Vertigo imprint before moving into freelance illustration. His previous work includes runs on Human Target, Green Arrow & Black Canary, Wonder Woman with Brian Azzarello, and the Eisner Award-winning Paper Girls, co-created with Brian K. Vaughan. Cliff is currently writing and drawing a book for DC’s Black Label.
A recipient of the 2011 Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Art, Jamal Igle is the writer/artist/creator of Molly Danger for Action Lab Entertainment. The co-creator of Venture with Dynamo 5 creator/writer Jay Faerber and the penciller/co-creator of The Wrong Earth for AHOY Comics, Jamal is a comic industry veteran. Jamal’s detailed pencils have graced books as varied as The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas and the all ages action miniseries Race Against Time, as well as mainstream hits such as G.I. Joe, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Green Lantern. Jamal has served as the series artist for popular runs on Firestorm the Nuclear Man, Nightwing, Tangent: Superman’s Reign, Superman, Supergirl, and Zatanna for DC Comics, Noble Causes for Image Comics, and a four-issue run on New Warriors for Marvel Comics. He’s done just about everything from acting on the small screen and voiceovers for commercials, packaging books for Scholastic, and serving as storyboards artist for Roughnecks: Starship Trooper Chronicles and Max Steel: MX1 for Sony Animation. Jamal is also a popular guest lecturer on the subjects of comics and animation. Currently, Jamal is working on White, the sequel to the hit series Black from Black Superpowers/Black Mask Studios, coming late Summer 2019.
David Petersen is a cartoonist and children’s book illustrator who launched his career with a self-published issue of his series Mouse Guard in 2005, when it was then picked up by Archaia, who continues to publish the Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series. Petersen has also worked on covers for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Dark Crystal. He’s illustrated an edition of Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows for IDW and his artwork also graced the cover for the 2012 Baltimore Comic-Con program, as well as the show-exclusive t-shirt. In 2008, David won the Eisners for Best Publication for Kids (Mouse Guard Fall 1152 & Winter 1152) and Best Graphic Album – Reprint (Mouse Guard Fall 1152 Hardcover). In 2010, he was nominated for a Harvey Award for Best Artist (Mouse Guard: Winter 1152).
Eisner Award-winning Don Rosa can hardly be mentioned without evoking images of Walt Disney’s Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, and the rest of the Duck family. Heir apparent to Carl Barks as the Duck master, he was responsible for approximately 90 stories before his retirement from working with Disney in 2006. You can see his beautiful contributions in IDW’s Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Vol.1: Artist’s Edition.
Joe Staton has been drawing comics since he started working for Charlton Comics in 1971, where he co-created E-Man and Michael Mauser. Though the bulk of his work has been for DC Comics, at last count, Staton has worked for at least 30 publishers and 100 different editors. Among his many comics credits are Action Comics, Green Lantern, The Legion, Classics Illustrated, and various incarnations of Batman. During his time on Green Lantern, he co-created several GLs, including Kilowog, Arisia, and Salakk. He also designed GL Guy Gardner’s “bad boy” look. More recently, with his writer-wife Hilarie, he produces medical comics such as Pete Learns All About Crohn’s and Colitis and Amy Goes Gluten-Free. In 1998, he received the Eisner Award for his work on World’s Finest: The Superman-Batman Adventures. He penciled over 100 issues of the Cartoon Network’s Scooby Doo comic. He illustrated a graphic novel adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Anthem for NAL and a graphic biography of Ronald Reagan. Since 2011, working with writer Mike Curtis, Joe has been the regular artist for the long-running Dick Tracy newspaper strip (available online). Dick Tracy received Harvey Awards in 2013, 2014, and 2015 for Best Syndicated Strip or Feature.
The multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Mark Waid has been the voice behind dozens of series that have resonated throughout comics fandom and the creative community alike. His more acclaimed runs include DC Comics’ The Flash, Kingdom Come, JLA: Year One, JLA, Legion of Super-Heroes, and Superman: Birthright, Marvel Comics’ Captain America, Fantastic Four, Amazing Spider-Man, The Indestructible Hulk, and Daredevil, BOOM! Studios’ Incorruptible and Irredeemable, Archie Comics’ Archie, and his creator-owned works Empire and Potter’s Field. He currently serves as Publisher (U.S.) at Humanoids.
In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Marty Baumann (Disney/Pixar), John Beatty (Secret Wars), Brian Michael Bendis (Action Comics), Brett Breeding (Superman), Mark Buckingham (Justice League Dark), Howard Chaykin (Hey Kids! Comics!), Cliff Chiang (Paper Girls), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Becky Cloonan (Dark Agnes), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (Nothing Special), Alan Davis (Tarot, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Shane Davis (Metal Men), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Jose Delbo (Aquaman), Garth Ennis (The Boys, Friday and Saturday only), Mitch Gerads (Mr. Miracle), Joe Giella (Green Lantern), Greg Hildebrandt (Wolverine), Jamal Igle (Wrong Earth), Tom King (Batman), Barry Kitson (Doctor Strange), Scott Kolins (The Flash, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Joseph Michael Linsner (Red Sonja), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Frank Miller (Dark Knight III: The Master Race, Saturday only), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Richard Pace (Second Coming), James Pascoe (Azrael), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Brandon Peterson (Sinestro: Year of the Villain), Tom Raney (Guardians of the Galaxy), Amy Reeder (Amethyst), Afua Richardson (Omni), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Louise Simonson (Power Pack), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok: The Breaking of Helheim), John K. Snyder III (Killers), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother), Timothy Truman (Grimjack), Gus Vazquez (Scooby Apocalypse), Robert Venditti (Hawkman), Mark Waid (Dr. Strange), Gene Luen Yang (Superman Smashes the Klan), and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).
Comic-Con International which runs both San Diego Comic-Con and WonderCon has announced that WonderCon Anaheim 2020 has been postponed. The convention was to take place April 10-12 in Anaheim, California.
Citing concerns about transmission in COVID-19 and in an attempt to slow it, the California Department of Public Health has recommended gatherings and events of more than 250 people being postponed or canceled.
To protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health announced a recommendation that gatherings and events of more than 250 people should either be postponed or cancelled. Comic-Con (organizer of WonderCon) will abide by this recommendation. Therefore WonderCon Anaheim, scheduled for April 10-12, 2020 in Anaheim, California, will be postponed until a later date. We will begin processing refunds in the coming days.
We continue to work closely with officials in San Diego and at this time no decision has been made regarding the rescheduling of Comic-Con slated to take place this summer; July 23-26, 2020. We urge everyone to follow the recommendations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionand your local health officials.
ACE Comic Con has announced that they are postponing ACE Comic Con Northeast which was to take place March 20-22 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
Due to a State of Emergency being called in Massachusetts, the convention had determined that the scheduled date was “not possible.”
The convention is attempting to reschedule its event for a later date and their October convention is still going on as planned.
You can read their full statement below.
To our valued fans, friends, and partners,
ACE Comic Con is an extended family. We feel like we know each one of you personally, and as much as we make you feel welcome into our lives a few times a year, you have been gracious in return. Yesterday, a State of Emergency was called in Massachusetts, and after many hours of consultation with the BCEC, a city owned facility, it was determined that running the event at its regularly scheduled date/time is not possible due to “force majeure.” We are working with the BCEC to reschedule the event, and we will do our best to bring ACE Comic Con Northeast back to Boston Strong!
We feel for anyone and everyone affected by the COVID-19 virus. Stakeholders in events like these include the fans, hotel employees, airline workers, city and state officials, security firms, car services, caterers, union workers and hundreds of hundreds of workers that put months and months of sweat and hard work into pulling these events off, our own staff included. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy, and to those already ill, we wish a speedy recovery.
Due to the volume, we expect you will receive your full refund within 30 days. We appreciate your patience and understanding. ACE Comic Con remains committed to its next event scheduled at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center on October 16-18, 2020. As we have done in the past, the goal is to provide you the greatest event ever, run by people who are as passionate about you! At ACE, you don’t just meet your heroes, you meet your superheroes! And we want to provide you with the absolute best experience you’ve come to enjoy. Please be thoughtful and understanding when posting on social media. Kindness in these times is invaluable.
Konami and the Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game team have announced that the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event scheduled in Charlotte, NC for March 28-29 has been postponed indefinitely.
Below is Konami’s full statement and where further updates can be found.
Every year, we at KONAMI take great pleasure in hosting the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series to bring together fans from all over the world to share their passion for the Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME; simultaneously, we also place the health and safety of our players, fans and staff as a top priority. In an abundance of caution relating to the developing situation surrounding COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Yu-Gi-Oh! Championship Series event scheduled in Charlotte, NC on March 28-29, indefinitely.
We apologize if this has caused any inconvenience for our players who were planning to attend, judges who were preparing for the event, fans who were looking to keep an eye on the coverage, and everyone else who may be affected as a result. We continue to closely monitor the situation that is developing daily and will provide updates on the rescheduling of this event, as well as the status of future events as they become available. These updates will be posted to our website incorporated within each respective event’s FAQs, which can be found at: https://www.yugioh-card.com/en/events/index.html.
We will also share details on the rescheduling of YCS Charlotte and updates for other upcoming events as they become available via our official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG social media channels: