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Dragon Con Cancels its 2020 Convention Due to COVID-19

While it’s not surprising, Dragon Con has officially announced that they are canceling the 2020 convention due to the threat of COVID-19. This is the first time in 34 years that the convention will not be held. The convention was to be held September 3 to September 7 and was expected to attract around 90,000 individuals to downtown Atlanta.

The convention has announced that it will instead hold a virtual live-streamed convention for free which will feature both classic panels and original programming to replace the 2020 convention. More details will be announced in the upcoming weeks about that alternative.

Dragon Con will return in 2021 with a five-day event from Thursday, Sept. 2 through Monday, Sept. 6.

Fans who already purchased memberships for the 2020 convention will be able to exchange them for a 2021 membership or seek a refund.

Planet Comicon Kansas City is Cancelled

Planet Comicon Kansas City has announced that the convention that was to take place in August 2020 has been canceled. The convention was originally to take place March 20-22 but due to COVID-19 that was rescheduled for August 14-16. The safety of attendees comes first and unfortunately, the situation is not conducive for a convention.

They have released a full statement which you can read below as well as information concerning their refund/transfer policies.

Tampa Bay Comic Con is Off Due to COVID

We called them the “Floridaman” of conventions when they announced the show must go on, but Tampa Bay Comic Con has announced that their 2020 show has been canceled. The rising cases of COVID-19 in the state was a concern to organizers. The convention was to take place July 10-12 at the Tampa Convention Centers.

In their announcement, the convention said that city leaders, as well as themselves, felt unease with the show going forward.

Any pre-purchased tickets or purchased booth space for vendors would have their purchases tranferred to next year’s show, slated for July 30 – August 1.

AMC Announces a July 15 Re-Opening

AMC

Despite rising cases of COVID-19 and a first wave that’s still oncoming, AMC theaters has announced that they will be opening about 450 locations around the country. That’s about 90% of the moviegoing at AMC. All theaters will be re-opened by the end of July.

The chain has announced “AMC Safe & Clean,” a new initiative that will “meet or exceed health and safety directives set forth by federal, state and local authorities.”

This initiative includes “Seat capacity restrictions, social distancing efforts, commitments to health, new intensified cleaning protocols, contactless ticketing and expanded mobile ordering of food & beverages.”

You can read more details at their site.

The theaters will not require masks to be worn calling it a “political controversy.” The company has reverse course and will now require the use of masks. They will sell masks for $1.

In early July, the chain will list the opening dates of specific theaters, movie listings, and showtimes.

We’ll be reporting more I’m sure and first we want to see if AMC’s terms of service will change to indemnify them from attendees catching COVID-19 by attending their facilities.

San Diego Comic-Con@Home Details Begin to Emerge… and It’s Free!

San Diego Comic-Con logo

When San Diego Comic-Con canceled the 2020 convention, they hinted at a digital version of the show. The first details have emerged as Comic-Con@Home will take place July 22-26, 2020 and the biggest news about it is… IT’S FREE!

No waiting in long lines or camping out, you’ll be able to attend this year’s San Diego Comic-Con from the comfort of your own home.

This includes panels, exclusives, limited merchandise, and even a virtual online Exhibit Hall complete with promotions, specials, and limited-editio products for the celebration. But, wait, there’s more! The convention will also include a masquerade, gaming, and other activities all of which can be participated in at home.

SDCC spokesperson David Glanzer said:

For the first time in our 50-year history, we are happy to welcome virtually anyone from around the globe. Though stay-at-home conditions makes this a very difficult time, we see this as an opportunity to spread some joy and strengthen our sense of community.

Denver Pop Culture Con Has Been Canceled

Denver Pop Culture Con

Denver Pop Culture Con has announced its official cancellation due to the State of Colorado extending its use of the Colorado Convention Center through the end of the year.

For those attending, 2020 tickets will be refunded. Exhibitors can opt for a refund or using the amount as credit for 2021.

Intead of the physical convention, more online expriences will be coming.

You can read the full statement online. Denver Pop Culture Con 2021 takes play May 14-16.

Those Two Geeks Episode Sixty Seven: Are You Buying More Comics Now?

Alex and Joe try to talk about whether you’re going to be buying more or less comics once shops are open (if they’re not doing curbside pick up already), again, and actually do for a bit. For a bit.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jcb_smark if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

Mad Cave Studios Raises Almost $13,000 for Comic Book Retailers!

Back in March, at the dawn of a quarantine that swept the globe, comic book publisher Mad Cave Studios launched the Comic Book Retailer COVID-19 Relief Fund with the goal to help out U.S. comic book shops that had been temporarily shuttered, if not still closed for business, amidst the pandemic.

The fundraiser was created to provide a one-time donation to help mitigate health risks, keep comic shop employees on payroll, and ultimately keep the businesses we all love going. In total, Mad Cave Studios has raised $12,964, which has been evenly distributed to shops most affected by this crisis.

Tampa Bay Comic Con Becomes the Floridaman of Conventions

Leeroy Jenkins

Conventions have been cautious this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic either delaying shows until later in the year or canceling them outright. Then there’s Tampa Bay Comic Con screaming “Leeroy Jenkins” right into the disease vector that is Florida.

The convention has received a “green light” to go on in July after a confirmation from the Tampa Convention Center and Tampa Fire Marshall. The convention takes place July 10-12.

Meausres for the convention include:

  • Mandatory temperature screenings for all occupants prior to entering the convention center
  • Increased cleaning and disinfection procedures in high-traffic areas of the convention center
  • Hand santizing stations through the pre-function space and high traffic areas
  • Interior occupancy of the exhibit hall, ballrooms and meeting rooms will be strictly limited, with one-way entrances and one-way exits of all interior spaces

Florida has made the news numerous times during the current pandemic for its poor response. Recently a scientist said she was fired for refusing to change data to support the state’s reopening plan. The state has had a history of large gatherings that are hot spots for spreading the virus resulting in attendees falling ill and some dying.

Florida currently has 46,944 confirmed cases and 2,052 deaths. That’s 2,463 cases per 1 million individuals, about half of the United State’s current statistic. Hillsborough County, where Tampa Bay is located has 1,670 confirmed cases currently with 60 deaths. That’s about 1,317 cases per 1 million people. There’s also the unknown outbreaks and concern over children and Kawasaki disease which seems to be related to COVID-19 which has been reported in the county the convention takes place.

Florida had been making progress in their battle against the disease but things have stalled and they’ve stopped making progress. There’s also the issue of trusting “positive” data coming out of the state based on the willingness to change data as per the article above. There are reports that the trend of new cases is upward.

We’ll obviously not be attending as we care about our health a bit more than conventions and hopefully, we’re wrong and there’s nothing to report once the convention wraps up.

Those Two Geeks Episode Sixty Five: We Had A Topic, But We Mostly Ignored It

Alex and Joe try to talk about whether you’re going to be buying more or less comics once shops are open, but get entirely distracted by something else.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jcb_smark if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

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