With social distancing measures in place for large gatherings, GalaxyCon is extending beyond the confines of a comic con and taking immediate steps to connect celebrities and fans from the comforts of their own homes.
GalaxyCon is launching a new business for virtual events online called GalaxyCon Live this weekend through www.galaxycon.com. This new venture creates an original approach for connecting celebrities and fans that represents a first for the comic con industry.
Here’s what people can expect from GalaxyCon Live:
- Live Streaming Interviews with Celebrities
- One-on-Group Video Chats with a Fan and a Group of Celebrities
- One-on-One Video Chats with a Fan and One Celebrity
- Personalized Autographs
- Personalized Video Recordings
These virtual meet and greets make it possible for fans to engage with celebrities on a level that isn’t possible in person. During a comic con, fans have never had a chance to chat for two minutes with two or more celebrities at one time in a private setting. GalaxyCon Live will make this interaction possible, starting with their first virtual meet and greet on May 2nd, 2020.
“I woke up one day about five weeks ago and realized that, if large gatherings aren’t possible for the foreseeable future, we had to get creative pretty quickly if we want to remain relevant,” said GalaxyCon President, Mike Broder.
While Broder was inventing a new business, the GalaxyCon team worked with celebrity and comic book guests to produce free, daily online programming for the public as a way to continue their mission of creating memorable fan experiences.
“We’ve been surprised to learn that fan interactions with celebrities are often not trivial,” Broder said. “Celebrities have told us repeatedly that fans share stories of how the celebrities’ characters have helped them overcome trauma, PTSD, loss, and other challenges.”
GalaxyCon Live will carry on the tradition of creating experiences for all genres of nerdy fandoms including comics, anime, animation, cosplay, science fiction, wrestling, fantasy, and gaming.
Some of the first events to include private chats with celebrities include the following:
- May 2, 2020, at 2 pm EST: My Hero Academia’s Three Best Girls Monica Rial, Colleen Clinkenbeard, and Luci Christian
- May 3, 2020, at 2 pm EST: The Loser’s Club from the film IT: Jack Grazer, Jackson Scott, and Jeremy Ray Taylor
- May 6, 2020, at 2 pm EST: Joshua Dial and James Garretson from Netflix’s Tiger King.
- May 9, 2020, at 2 pm EST: Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas: Chris Sarandon and Ken Page.
- May 16, 2020, at 2 pm EST: The stars of The Karate Kid: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, and Martin Kove.
- May 24, 2020, at 2 pm EST: The voices of RWBY: Kara Eberle, Lindsay Jones, Barbara Dunkelman, and Arryn Zech.
- May 30, 2020, at 2 pm EST: Tim Curry, star of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Clue, Legend, Muppet Treasure Island, IT, and Annie.
“Our free live streams have allowed us to engage with tens of thousands of fans, and it has taught us a lot about what people want right now, and we’re pivoting in that direction,” Mike Broder said about the Facebook Live events he and his team have been hosting.
Event schedules and pricing may be found at www.galaxycon.com.
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