Your Guide to Getting the Most Out of SDCC’s First Virtual Event

Christel Deskins

The Con must go on. For the first time in its 50-year history, San Diego Comic-Con is going completely virtual due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with [email protected] officially kicking off on Thursday, July 23. So no, you won’t get to be in the same room as your favorite movie and […]

The Con must go on.

For the first time in its 50-year history, San Diego Comic-Con is going completely virtual due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with [email protected] officially kicking off on Thursday, July 23. So no, you won’t get to be in the same room as your favorite movie and TV stars, but you will be able to avoid long lines and have access to free panels all from the comfort of your own couch.

“Although conditions prevent celebrating in person, the show, as they say, must go on,” spokesperson David Glanzer said in a June statement after the organizers announced their decision to make 2020’s SDCC a virtual event. “With [email protected], SDCC hopes to deliver the best of the Comic-Con experience and a sense of its community to anyone with an internet connection and an interest in all aspects of pop culture.”

And the stars are still coming out for one of the indusyt’s biggest weekends of the year, with the casts of hit shows like The Walking Dead, Family Guy and more taking part in panels. Plus, Charlize Theron is getting her own badass moment at the Con, while Nathan Fillion, Kevin Smith and more are hosting conversations with their fans.

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In addition to still hosting tons of panels—more than 350, to be exact—for some of Hollywood’s biggest movies, shows, comic books and more on the official YouTube channel, SDCC is still holding its annual Masquerade Costume Competition, but just making it virtual.

With entries now closed, the Masquerade is set to go live on Tumblr for your viewing pleasure on Friday, July 24, and will remain available online for at least a few months. But the winners in all categories will be announced online on Saturday, July 25. May the odds be ever in your favor!

And if your Con experience just doesn’t feel quite right without a badge, the organizers are offering you the chance to print yours out and proudly display it to your pet, should they ask to see your credentials.

Plus, there are challenges like sidewalk art and cosplay and more for you to compete in from home throughout the five-day event.

While you won’t be able to walk the famed exhibit hall in-person this year, Comic-Con is still hosting it virtually, keeping “the floor” open to peruse all weekend. You can find a list of exhibitors on the official website.

Of course, as any SDCC veteran knows, your weekend ultimately comes down to scheduling.

The bad news, however? Like the in-person Con, there are panels going on at the same time, meaning you might have to make some tough choices when it comes to choosing Zooms.

But the good news is E! is here to help, delivering everything you need to know about [email protected] ahead of its kick-off.

Here’s your day-by-day breakdown of the biggest panels going down at SDCC 2020…

Comic-Con 2020, His Dark Materials,The New Mutants,Superstore
Comic-Con 2020, His Dark Materials,The New Mutants,Superstore

Thursday

TV

Star Trek Universe: Live long and prosper at your first virtual Con with the casts and producers from Star Trek: Discovery, animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Picard as they come together for this epic virtual panel to celebrate and dish on all things Star Trek. And legend Patrick Stewart and the Picard cast will speak for the first time about their shocking finale. (Stream here at 1 p.m. ET)

Truth Seekers: They’re (still) coming to get you, Barbara! Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz co-stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are reuniting on-screen for this new Amazon Prime Video series about UK paranormal investigators, and they’ll provide a first look during this panel. (Stream here at 3 p.m. ET)

Duncanville: Stars Amy Poehler, Ty Burrell, Riki Lindhome, Joy Osmanski, Yassir Lester and Betsy Sodaro will be joined by guest stars Rashida Jones and Wiz Khalifa to tease the animated series’ second season. (Stream here at 3 p.m. ET)

Utopia: The new Amazon Prime Video’s stars John Cusack, Rainn Wilson, Sasha Lane, Ashleigh LaThrop, Dan Byrd, Desmin Borges, Javon “Wanna” Walton and Jessica Rothe will virtually come together to preview the thriller, which is based on a graphic novel. (Stream here at 4 p.m. ET)

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Upload

His Dark Materials: The Zoom where it will happen: Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Comic-Con appearance! The Hamilton star will join his co-star Ruth Wilson and others for an in-depth Q&A about their HBO/BBC drama. (Stream here at 4 p.m. ET)

Upload: The Office‘s Greg Daniels will join the cast of his Amazon Prime series, including Robbie Amell, to discuss season one and tease season two. (Stream here at 5 p.m. ET)

Superstore: Attention virtual Con-goers: Ben Feldman, Mark McKinney, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Sakura and Kaliko Kauahi and the bosses behind the beloved NBC sitcom will tease what cans can expect from the series’ return, along with dishing out a few surprises during their panel. (Stream here at 6 p.m. ET)

Shadowhunters
Shadowhunters

The Boys: Spotted: Chace Crawford joining his co-stars Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr and others to tease their Amazon Prime Video series’ upcoming second season, with Aisha Tyler serving as moderator. XOXO. (Stream here at 6 p.m. ET)

Van Helsing: Turn the lights on and tune in for this panel discussion about what’s ahead for the Syfy series, with stars Kelly Overton, Tricia Helfer, Jonathan Scarfe and more joining in. (Stream here at 8 p.m. ET)

LGBTQ Characters on Television – What’s Next: Jamie Chung (Once Upon A Time), Jamie Clayton (Roswell: New Mexico), Wilson Cruz (Star Trek: Discovery), Tatiana Maslany (Perry Mason), Anthony Rapp (Star Trek: Discovery), J. August Richards (Council of Dads), Harry Shum, Jr. (Shadowhunters), Brian Michael Smith (9-1-1: Lone Star) discuss the past, present, and future of representation of LGBTQ characters on TV.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: MST3K creator Joel Hodgson and cast members Bill and J. Elvis Weinstein will close the second night of the Con with a Q&A. (Stream here at 9 p.m. ET)

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MOVIES

The New Mutants: The next generation of mutants, including Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Stranger Things Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blu Hunt and Henry Zaga, will come together to discuss their long-awaited movie in a convo moderated by Ira Madison III. (Stream here at 5 p.m. ET)

Comic-Con 2020, Fear the Walking Dead, Vikings, The Old Guard
Comic-Con 2020, Fear the Walking Dead, Vikings, The Old Guard

FRIDAY

TV

Adventure Time: Distant Lands: Get scoop on the Cartoon Network hit’s four upcoming specials straight from executive producer Adam Muto and cast members Glory Curda (Y5), Olivia Olson (Marceline), and Niki Yang (BMO). (Stream here at 2 p.m. ET)

Vikings: Join in to virtually celebrate six seasons of the History Channel series with its stars, including Michael Hirst, Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Alex Ludwig, Clive Standen and Jordan Patrick Smith. (Stream here at 2 p.m. ET)

The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead

Fear the Walking Dead: Get ready for season six of the AMC hit with this conversation featuring Lennie James, Alycia Debnam-Carey, Colman Domingo, Danay Garcia, Karen David, Jenna Elfman and Rubén Blades. (Stream here at 3 p.m. ET)

The Walking Dead: Always one of the biggest panels at the Con, expect the AMC zombie juggernaut to continue that trend with their first virtual appearance. The show’s 11th Comic-Con panel will include cast members Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Lauren Cohan, Josh McDermitt, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Khary Payton and Paola Lazaro. (Stream here at 4 p.m. ET)

The Walking Dead: The World Beyond: Complete the TWD trifecta by checking out this Q&A with cast members Aliyah Royale, Alexa Mansour, Hal Cumpston, Nicholas Cantu, Nico Tortorella, Julia Ormond and Joe Holt. (Stream here at 5 p.m. ET)

The Capture: The Peacock original series makes its Comic-Con debut with stars Holliday Grainger, Callum Turner, Ron Perlman, Laura Haddock and Famke Janssen Zooming in. (Stream here at 6 p.m. ET)

Bob’s Burgers: Voice stars H. Jon Benjamin, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, Dan Mintz and Larry Murphy are bringing a Q&A, behind-the-scenes secrets and breaking news to their panel. (Stream here at 7 p.m. ET)

Robert Kirkman @ Home: Join The Walking Dead creator in his home as he teases whats ahead. (Stream here at 7 p.m. ET)

Archer, Mind Blown GIF
Archer, Mind Blown GIF

Archer: Get all the details on season 11 of the FXX animated hit straight from the cast, including Aisha Tyler, Chris Parnell, Judy Greer, Amber Nash and Lucky Yates. (Stream here at 8 p.m. ET)

Pandora: The cast and creatives behind the CW sci-fi drama help close out Friday night at Comic-Con for the TV side of things with a discussion about what to expect in season two. (Stream here at 8 p.m. ET)

Mad Max
Mad Max

MOVIES

Charlize Theron: Evolution of a Badass – An Action Hero Career Retrospective: Wait, you mean we get to spend a whole hour just recognizing this badass the star of Æon Flux, The Old Guard, Mad Max: Fury Road and Atomic Blonde is AND get insight straight from the Oscar winner on her impressive career? We’re not worthy! (Stream here at 1 p.m. ET)

A Zoom With Joss Whedon: The Avengers director and the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer makes his annual voyage to the Con for a Q&A with fans. (Set to stream at 8 p.m. ET)

Comic-Con 2020, Brave New World, Family Guy, Wynonna Earp
Comic-Con 2020, Brave New World, Family Guy, Wynonna Earp

SATURDAY

TV

The Simpsons: America’s most famous animated family will get together on Zoom to tease season 32. (Stream here at 2 p.m. ET)

Bless the Harts: If any panel will turn into a party, it’s this one featuring stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Ike Barinholtz, Jillian Bell and Fortune Feimster as they dish about season two of their animated hit. Boxed wine likely will be involved. (Stream here at 3 p.m. ET)

Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Candace Against the Universe: Stars Ashley Tisdale, Vincent Martella, Maulik Pancholy and Dee Bradley Baker are delivering an exclusive sneak peek of Disney+’s highly anticipated movie. (Stream here at 3 p.m. ET)

American Dad - TV shows
American Dad – TV shows

American Dad!: Fans of the Fox animated comedy will get a chance to learn how to sketch their favorite characters in a lesson from supervising director Brent Woods, with appearances by the cast as well. (Stream here at 4 p.m. ET)

Family Guy: Want a sneak peek at the animated hit’s 19th season? Of course you do! You can expect that and more from this virtual table read featuring Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Mila Kunis and Seth Green, as well as executive producers Rich Appel, Alec Sulkin, and Kara Vallow. (Stream here at 5 p.m. ET)

For All Mankind: Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones, Shantel VanSanten and more of the AppleTV+ drama’s stars will look back on season one with executive producers, including Ronald D. Moore. Plus, fans will get an exclusive first look at season two. (Stream here a 5 p.m. ET)

Stumptown
Stumptown

Brave New World: The all-star cast, including Alden Ehrenreich, Jessica Brown, Harry Lloyd, Hannah John-Kamen, Nina Sosanya, Kylie Bunbury and Joseph Morgan, will reveal behind-the-scenes secrets about the Peacock original series. (Stream here at 6 p.m. ET)

The Order: Get all the scoop on the upcoming second season of Netflix’s sci-fi sleeper hit straight from the stars. (Stream here at 6 p.m. ET)

Stumptown: Comic-Con vets Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson and Michael Ealy will be on the panel to dish all about the ABC hit’s sophomore season. (Stream here at 7 p.m. ET)

Wynonna Earp: We know our readers love the Syfy series, so you’ll definitely watch as showrunner Emily Andras, alongside cast members Melanie Scrofano, Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Katherine Barrell and Varun Saranga, tease the looong-awaited season four. Did we mention you’ll see to see a sneak peek at its return? (Stream here at 8 p.m. ET)

What We Do in the Shadows: FX’s hit dark comedy’s panel will feature stars Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Kayvan Novak, Mark Proksch, and Harvey Guillén and be moderated by Haley Joel Osment. He really does see dead people! (Stream here at 8 p.m. ET)

NOS4A2: Star Zachary Quinto headlines the panel for the AMC hit’s second trip to the Con. (Stream here at 9 p.m. ET)

MOVIES

Constantine: 15th Anniversary Reunion: Keanu Reeves will reunite with director Francis Lawrence and producer Akiva Goldsman to look back on the making of their adaptation of the DC Comic character. (Stream here at 3 p.m. ET)

Bill & Ted Face the Music: They’re ba-aaack! Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are joined by co-stars Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, William Sadler, director Dean Parisot and writers Ed Solomon and Chris Matheson to tease their long-awaited follow-up in a panel moderated by Kevin Smith. (Stream here at 6 p.m. ET)

An Evening With Kevin Smith: Join the acclaimed director and perennial Con favorite for a night of conversation, including a chat with his daughter Harley Quinn Smith about their new podcast. (Stream here at 9 p.m. ET)

Comic-Con 2020, Rookie, Looney Tunes, The Goldbergs
Comic-Con 2020, Rookie, Looney Tunes, The Goldbergs

SUNDAY

TV

Hoops: It’s an unexpected New Girl reunion as Max Greenfield is set to moderate the panel for this upcoming Netflix animated comedy, which will include voice stars Jake Johnson, Rob Riggle, Ron Funches, Natasha Leggero, Cleo King and A.D. Miles. (Stream here at 1 p.m. ET)

Motherland: Fort Salem: Freeform’s new drama will be bringing its magic directly to fans’ homes when the cast, including Taylor Hickson, Ashley Nicole Williams, Jessica Sutton, Demetria McKinney, Amalia Holm and Lyne Renee, assembles to tease season two. (Stream here at 1 p.m. ET)

The 100, Marie Avgeropoulos
The 100, Marie Avgeropoulos

The 100: As the final season of the hit CW series continues to draw to its conclusion, showrunner Jason Rothenberg and series stars Marie Avgeropoulos, Lindsey Morgan, Richard Harmon, Tasya Teles, Shannon Kook, JR Bourne and Shelby Flannery will answer fans burning questions and tease the finale. (Stream here at 3 p.m. ET)

Looney Toons Cartoons: Executive producer Pete Browngardt, supervising producer Alex Kirwan, art director Aaron Spurgeon, and voice cast members Eric Bauza, Bob Bergen and Candi Milo will spill secrets on how they brought the animated hit back to life on HBO Max. (Stream here at 4 p.m. ET)

The Goldbergs: The ’80s-set sitcom’s stars Wendi McLendon-Covey, George Segal, Sean Giambrone, Hayley Orrantia, Troy Gentile and Sam Lerner will be joined by executive producer Doug Robinson for a totally rad panel. Expect some surprises, too. (Stream here at 4 p.m. ET)

A Conversation With Nathan Fillion: The beloved star of Castle and Firefly will welcome special guests, including Joss Whedon, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres, Molly Quinn and more during his in-depth convo led by Alexi Hawley, the showrunner of The Rookie. (Stream here at 5 p.m. ET)

Keep checking back with E! all weekend as we bring you the breaking news and biggest moments from [email protected]

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