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Comic-Con@Home offers free anime events

Anime fans can now experience some of the fun of Comic-Con at San Diego [email protected], a free virtual convention through July 26.

Of course, other online conventions are also scheduled, including OTAQUEST Connect in August. However, for many people, this may be a rare chance to “attend” this famous, crowded and expensive event.

Here are a few examples of the anime and manga-related events. All listings are Pacific Daylight Time:

  • At 10 a.m. on Thursday, Crunchyroll will host the Crunchyroll Industry Panel, featuring “the latest and greatest anime & manga coming out of Crunchyroll.” They also promise prizes and “virtual goodies.” Crunchyroll frequently adds new series to its huge anime streaming library, so this should be a good one.
  • At noon on Friday, TOKYOPOP CEO and founder Stu Levy will be among the guests at TOKYOPOP: Manga for Everyone.  They will discuss their “latest manga lineup … and ongoing initiatives to highlight LGBTQ+ stories and titles by women and people of color.”
  • At 3 p.m. on Saturday, there will be two anime/ manga events to choose from. “Manga bloggers and comics curmudgeons” will discuss Best and Worst Manga of 2020. If you prefer magical girls, the panelists at Sailor Moon: The Power of Female Friendship will include Michelle Ruff, Kate Higgins, and Amanda Celine Miller, the voices of Luna the Cat, Sailor Mercury, and Sailor Jupiter in Sailor Moon Crystal.

Other Stuff

In addition, Comic-Con International loaded up its website with extras to help your online convention feel more real.

For example, you can download the Comic-Con Souvenir Book. There’s also a ConSuite with recipes.

Other online conventions have had printable badges. But at the Comic-Con website, you can download convention signs, just in case you want to decorate your house with “Badge Pick-Up,” “Hall H,” “Exhibit Hall,” “Front of Line,” and even “Restrooms” signs.  They also have “Hall H Announcements” sound effects.

The signs and sounds are part of a “create your own [email protected] experience” contest. Convention attendees can create videos and submit them to Twitter or Instagram.

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