Yesterday, September 26,2020. The state of North Carolina had it's first comiccon since March before the shutdown. As we return to a new normal people wonder how are events like Comiccon going to work. This is my Comiccon story.
So Con morning I waited in line till 10 AM when the doors opened. The first thing they asked us to do was apply hand sanitizer, wear our masks, and they checked our temperature. As soon as I was cleared I was given a yellow armband which would grant me entry and exit all day from the Con because my car was in a parking garage and I kept putting things in my car. The capacity limit at any one time at the con was approximately 950 people not counting vendors/artists (in North Carolina comiccons/ collectors shows count as retail and can have a 50% capacity).
At the show there was a lot of cool stuff. Vintage comics from the 40s and 50s, toys, board games (including Monopoly of all kinds), wrestling figures, K-pop merch, Totoro throw pillows, and even homemade Harry Potter wands made from real wood!
These were all cosplayers who let me take their phots. There were a lot of awesome cosplays there. Some of the ones I didn't get a pic of was an Elsa with a baby as Olaf, Supergirl, Michael Myers, Pennywise, and several anime/ otaku ladies. Plague doctor was by far the most popular cosplay this year. Usually they tend to be Harley Quinn and Joker but I only saw a couple Jokers and maybe 5 Harleys. There was also some Five Nights at Freddy's cosplayers too.
For the most part it was awesome. It was actually more popular and active than I was going to think it was going to be. I will say I was kinda overwhelmed by the crowds because I was saying sorry a lot Because I was kinda excited and anxious due to the activities. The only real downside was that it was during a pandemic so there wasn't any celebrity guests, no after party, and not a whole lot of food options because you couldn't bring in inside food or drink. Would I go again? Absolutely! Maybe by the next one in spring the restrictions will be loosened and maybe there will be some kind of normalcy.
So to answer the question, yes a comiccon can work in the age of a pandemic if done safely and carefully. Having it spread out helped a whole lot. So this is my Comiccon experience. If you have any questions feel free to ask!