How to watch San Diego Comic-Con 2020
For the first time in SDCC's history, a free, online version of Comic Con will replace the actual event, aptly named "Comic-Con at home". It will take place on July 22 until July 26.
According to Collider, there's no limit on the number of attendees, and anyone from around the world can attend. In addition, there will be an online exhibit hall which will feature all the exclusive merch and a limited edition products which are usually only available at the event.
There will also be a remote version of the cosplay masquerade, gaming activities and of course all of the standard panels. You can find links to all the schedules on every day below:
- Wednesday 22 July schedule
- Thursday 23 July schedule
- Friday 24 July schedule
- Saturday 25 July schedule
- Sunday 26 July schedule
All the panels will also be available to stream over on Comic-Con's official YouTube channel.
The best SDCC panels to watch
If sifting through the entire schedule sounds like a lot of work, here's some of the biggest panels that you should tune into. Some of these do overlap, but as they're on YouTube you should still be able to catch-up on any clashes that happen:
The Star Trek Universe Virtual Panel - Thursday 23 July, 6-7pm BST
This panel will bring together a number of cast and crew members from the likes of Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and Star Trek: Picard.
A Look Inside Marvel’s 616 on Disney+ - Thursday 23 July, 9-10pm BST
Marvel is taking a step back from SDCC this year, but we're still getting a look at a brand new documentary on Disney+ about “the intersections of storytelling, pop culture, and fandom within the Marvel Universe.”
His Dark Materials Virtual Panel - Thursday 23 July, 9-10pm BST
The hit HBO/BBC series will feature cast members Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson and Lin-Manuel Miranda discussing everything about the show, including the next season.
The Boys Season 2 - Thursday 23 July, 11pm-12am BST
The Boys returns to Amazon Prime in September, and this panel will reunite the whole cast and producers to discuss what's to come for the Spice Girls and The Seven.
AMC’s The Walking Dead - Friday 24 July, 9-10pm BST
One of the regular Hall H haunts, the cast of The Walking Dead will join the panel to discuss the season finale which was delayed due to COVID-19.
Bill & Ted Face the Music - Saturday 25 July 11pm-12am BST
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will be joining the writers, directors and co-stars of the third Bill & Ted film to discuss what to expect in the next film. Excellent.
What We Do In The Shadows - Sunday 26 July 1-2am BST
The cast of Taika Waititi's hilarious vampire mockumentary series will get together to discuss all the antics behind the camera and the future of the show.
Other events to get involved in
The cosplay masquerade has now moved entirely online, with submissions being published on Tumblr on 25 July. The winner will be announced at the end of the day - you can read more about the Cosplay Masquerade here.
SDCC have also issued a bunch of challenges for contenders to take part in, including a cosplay challenge which will give contenders the opportunity to be featured on the official SDCC social channels.
Another similar challenge is to encourage participants to recreate the comic-con exhibit hall from their homes and take a short video of it. Again, viewers will get the chance to appear on the SDCC Instragram.
How can I get a ticket to SDCC 2021?
Next years Comic Con will take place on July 22 through July 25 2021.
The organisers of Comic-Con are still in the process of handing out both refunds and replacements badges for next year’s show, so there’s likely to be a delay in issuing tickets for next year's event. However, if you’d like to give it a shot, you’ll need to register for a member ID first.
Once you have that, you’ll get an email from the company within 48 hours, and will have a choice between various badge types. You can find further details about the types of badges available on the SDCC website.