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It’s fitting or new Dune The trailer came out this week. It’s not because it’s summer and the giant trailers are always attached to the giant Movies Playing in multiplexes – though that’s part of it – but because Comic-Con International is this weekend, and in a world where Covid-19 never happened, that trailer will be able to fill more than 6,000 people in Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center. . Easily. Fans will be screaming for director Dennis Villeneuve and stars Timothy Chelamet and Zendeya. Surely someone would have entered a homemade stewardess. Or as a sandworm. It would be bona fide.

It will never happen. Comic-Con is dead.

Well, not literally. For the second year in a row, the annual Neurologist Cab Nabak in San Diego continues an individual event and instead has a series of online panels. From a public health perspective, this is more than wise. Comic-Con was an infectious petri dish long before the world found itself in the midst of a global epidemic. But from a favorable point of view, and from the point of view of cultural impact, the event will not have the same wave in the online event. It will not be flooded on Twitter for the next year or on office fee numbers in the early weeks of the forecast. There will be no IRL cosplay. There will be a little nice conversation – a little bit Track, a Let’s move like the dead Panel, Zack Schneider talks about zombies – but little else. The 130,000 people who normally make their way to San Diego won’t be there; The lifeblood of the event will come out. (Maybe then it’s fair that a lot of people will talk about the undead.)

Last year, in this very column column, I asked “Can comic-con work from home?” The question was mostly rhetorical because he couldn’t. Comic-Con is an event, not a TV show. And, unlike today’s Olympics, which started today and will not have a live audience, this is the kind of event where some of the best moments don’t happen on the main stage. The Com Mic-Con panel you are in line for is about conversations, hours of hangouts, C-list CW star views, a trip to the floor to dig for storage. Sure, the Olympics have joys that come out of the playground, but that’s why people don’t go. Few, if any, sports fans take part in the Summer Games dressed as their favorite swimmers.

The result, in a word, is sadness. For the most part, comcom-con is a bit of a trivial phenomenon and moving it offline doesn’t hurt anyone in any real way. Holding it in any suspicious way saves many lives. But losing cultural touchstones is an inherent grief. None Requirements Comic-con, or another Marvel movie, or a fireworks display, or the Olympics in that regard. But these events bind humanity together. Losing at a time when a lot has been lost – and, in the case of Laughter-Con, at a time when the event was already losing steam – is exactly another reminder that it should be recreated.

If there is one hope it is the bright side. No details are known, but Comic-Con has promised a live event this Thanksgiving weekend. It may seem like a bad time to hold a comics convention, but the run could probably be a dry run – the way to test what can be done was to personally resume in 2022. Maybe it could even come in a better form as comic-con became reckless and expensive for pre-covid fans. It was a lot of splash and not so much substance. Maybe focus more on the new, to-ground-up con com mix – including Star Wars movies and (theoretically) DuneA sequel to this, but don’t keep it so crowded that fans can’t start carrying it all. It may be different; That may be the way it was before. Comic-Con is dead. Long live a live mic-con.

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