New York Comic Con cancels Javits Center events, will go virtual

By 1010 WINS

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York Comic Con is going virtual this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, its organizers said Tuesday. 

In a statement posted to the convention’s website, organizers of the annual event said it would not be held at the Javits Center this coming October. 

“While we’d much rather be giving you an update today on badges going on sale, it likely comes as no surprise that New York Comic Con 2020’s physical event at the Javits Center will not be able to run as intended,” they wrote. 

“We very sincerely appreciate your patience as we worked with the Javits and local officials to figure out what, if anything, could go on as planned this October," they added.

The convention is teaming up with its sister event, MCM Comic Con in London, to launch an online portal called New York Comic Con’s Metaverse that is “dedicated to delivering pop culture experiences, right into your homes NYCC weekend, October 8-11,” its organizers said. 

“We are partnering with YouTube to bring to life four days of incredible content from the biggest studios, publishers and creators in the business,” they added. “Stay safe, stay nerdy, and remember: NYCC fans wore masks before it was cool.”