The shows will run at a reduced capacity. They will also require face coverings and temperature checks upon entry. Organizers say there will be increased sanitation and cleaning, as well as physical distancing — and a no handshake or hugs policy.
“With the return of physical events comes so much we were missing this past year. Supporting small businesses and indie creators more directly, old friends reconnecting, the energy of a panel room when a cast first takes the stage,” Kristina Rogers, US comic portfolio director at ReedPop, wrote in an email sent to fans Thursday.
In addition to its in-person event, ReedPop is hosting the online convention Metaverse June 7-13
The announcement comes after rival convention San Diego Comic-Con, organized by Comic-Con International, faced backlash for setting its own in-person event over Thanksgiving weekend, with a number of stakeholders telling The Hollywood Reporter they were not interested in spending a holiday weekend working or attending the convention when they could be with family.