Any geek or fan will know that San Diego Comic-Con is the holy grail of the convention world – with the biggest crowds and huge announcements from movie studios and comic book publishers.
Unfortunately for another year in a row, this huge summer event has gone fully online due to COVID. Here’s everything you need to know, including when the panels are and what events will be held virtually as an alternative. We also have a similar event for DC FanDome, another large scale nerd event especially for DC fans.
How to watch San Diego Comic-Con 2021
For the second time in SDCC history, a free, online version of Comic-Con will replace the current event, aptly named “Comic-Con at Home”. It will be will take place from July 21 to July 25, although the majority of panels will be held from Friday.
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There is no limit on the number of participants, and anyone from around the world can attend. Additionally, there will be an online exhibition hall that will showcase all exclusive and limited edition products that are usually only available during the event.
There will also be a remote version of the cosplay masquerade, play activities and of course all the standard panels. You can find links to all of the timetables for each day below:
All panels will be available to stream on the official Comic-Con YouTube channel.
The best Comic-Con panels to watch
If sifting through the entire program seems like a lot of work, here are some of the bigger panels you should tune in to. In case you were wondering, Marvel Studios and DC Films won’t be attending.
Some panels in the full schedule overlap, but since they’re on YouTube, you should still be able to catch up on any clashes that occur:
Snake Eyes: GI Joe Origins – 21 juillet – 21h BST / 13h PT
The Comic-Con opening panel will feature interviews with actors Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Haruka Abe, Takehiro Hira, Peter Mensah and Iko Uwais, and comic book writer GI Joe, Larry Hama. There will also be special content from the film, as well as behind-the-scenes footage.
Dragon Ball Special – July 23 – 6 p.m. BST / 10 a.m. PT
Dragon Ball fans are gearing up, as Masako Nozawa (voiced by Son Goku), along with Akio Iyoku (executive producer) and Norihiro Hayashida (TV animation and film producer for the Dragon Ball series) meet to discuss from the next movie. There will also be a musical performance by Hironobu Kageyama.
Paramount +: Peak Animation with Star Trek Universe – July 23 – 2am BST / 6pm PT
Paramount + will be showcasing a lot in this panel, but hikers should keep an eye out for new information on the upcoming season of Star Trek: Lower Decks and the upcoming series, Star Trek: Prodigy.
Rick and Morty – July 24 – 12 p.m. BST / 4 p.m. PT
Season 5 of Rick and Morty is currently airing, so this panel will be discussing what we’ve already seen, as well as what’s to come. There will be guest appearances from co-creator / executive producer Dan Harmon, showrunner Scott Marder and actors Chris Parnell, Sarah Chalke and Spencer Grammer.
Lucifer – 24 juillet – 1h BST / 17h PT
The final season of Lucifer is approaching, so we imagine this panel will celebrate everything that has happened so far and give us a glimpse of the end of the series. The panelists are Tom Ellis, Joe Henderson and Ildy Modrovich.
Doctor Who – 25 juillet – 18h BST/10h PT
Doctor Who traditionally gets the Sunday slot for Comic-Con, and this year is no different. Showrunner Chris Chibnall will be there to preview Season 13, and he will be joined by Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, as well as new cast member John Bishop.
Other events to get involved
The cosplay masquerade is now fully live, with submissions being posted to Tumblr on July 24. The winner will be announced at the end of the day – you can read more about the Masquerade Cosplay here.
There are more fan activities to get involved in, including the very first one [email protected] Book Club, which will discuss In Waves by AJ Dungo.
There are more art, superhero, and baking-themed home challenges, as well as the SuperVolunteer challenge that encourages participants to get involved in nonprofit work.
How can I get a ticket for SDCC 2022?
Next year’s Comic-Con will take place in July 2022, although official dates have yet to be confirmed. This event is meant to be in person, not at home.
Comic-Con organizers are still handing out refund and replacement badges for next year’s show, so there will likely be a delay in issuing tickets for next year’s event. . However, if you want to give it a try, you’ll need to register first to get a Member ID.
Once you have this, you will receive an email from the company within 48 hours and have a choice of different types of badges. You can find more details on the types of badges available on the SDCC website.