NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 6: A cosplayer poses as Batman during New York Comic Con 2019 on October 06, 2019 in New York City.
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Grab your capes and belts, New York Comic Con will be held in person this year.
On Thursday, ReedPop, the company behind the annual convention, announced that the event would take place October 7-10 at the Javits Center in New York City with reduced capacity.
“Right now we’re seeing a way forward for safe, amazing events that will look a little different than usual, so that’s where we go,” said Kristina Rogers, ReedPop’s US comic book portfolio director, in a statement.
“Remember, our communications can change as state and local guidelines change,” she added.
As part of Thursday’s announcement, Rogers said that Florida Supercon would be held in September and Emerald City Comic Con and C2E2 would be held in December.
All of these shows, including New York Comic Con, will have limited capacity to accommodate physical distance even in the largest convention centers. ReedPop works with each location to determine how many people can attend the meeting.
In 2019, more than 200,000 tickets were sold for New York Comic Con, which usually takes place within four days and offers fans panels, meet-and-greet events and the opportunity to receive limited-edition merchandise.
In the past few years the personal convention has brought more than $ 100 million to New York, If attendees pay for hotel rooms, hop on public transit and dine at restaurants across New York City. Last year ReedPop put New York Comic Con online and hosted virtual panels on YouTube.
There are mask requirements for those who can attend, as well as temperature checks upon entry.
The company will improve disinfection and cleaning during each event and has adopted a policy that prevents handshakes, high fives and hugs. Air high fives and elbow bumps are encouraged.
“You’re probably wondering what the hell a photo op might be like and how panel seating works,” Rogers said. “We’ll be sharing more information in the months leading up to our shows and we’re committed to being as transparent as possible.”