• The Star Staff

New York Comic Con is going online

By George Gene Gusties

The annual New York Comic Con, which was scheduled to be held at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center Oct. 8-11, is going virtual. It is the latest comic book convention to go online in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

ReedPOP, which operates New York Comic Con, announced Tuesday that it would offer New York Comic Con’s Metaverse, an online convention experience, in a partnership with YouTube, on the same dates.

It will offer livestream panels about television series, including “American Gods” on Starz, and use YouTube’s live chat features to allow fans to participate in discussions. The convention programming includes watch parties, professional workshops and the ability to buy three-minute-long virtual meet-and-greets.

A big plus of the virtual comic cons is not needing to wait in lines amid the crowds.

The New York Comic Con Metaverse will be the second virtual con from ReedPOP. The first one is Thursday through Sunday.

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