It’s an anxiety-inducing moment in history. Nearly every industry is taking drastic measures to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). This includes the delaying of major motion pictures, sporting events, film festivals, and comic book conventions. Thankfully, amidst the grey cloud that has brought the world to a standstill, there are a few glimmers of sunshine breaking through.
One example of such is Russell Nohelty – a USA Today bestselling writer, publisher, producer, and podcaster. Nohelty created WannaCon – a virtual comic book convention, complete with indie artists and creators. Best of all, it’s free for anyone to live stream from the comfort of your home on Facebook, Twitch, or YouTube. The virtual convention is today (Friday the 13th) through Sunday, March 15th, from 12-4 pm Pacific Time.
Here is the official message from Nohelty on WannaCon:
“We’ll be having panels all through the live stream filled with awesome writers and artists talking about the process of making comics, writing books, and drawing art. Below is a schedule of our artist schedules. Schedule is subject to change.
You can learn, hang out, and enjoy without ever leaving the comfort of your sweat pants and favorite chair. All times are Pacific Time, which is UTC -7 for those of you not in the USA.”
The website also features a list of every creator participating in WannaCon, with links to their online stores.
Below is a list of the streaming schedule:
12 pm PDT – Leah Lederman and Katrina Kunstman
2 pm PDT – Matt Knowles and Steph Cannon
3 pm PDT – Nicoline Evans and Diana Levin
12 pm PDT – Christie Shinn and Carolyn Carter
1 pm PDT – Madeleine Holly-Rosing and Eddie Deangelini
2 pm PDT -Kathryn Calamia and Leanne Ingino
3 pm PDT – Melissa Pagluica and Moana McAdams
12 pm PDT – Comfort Love and Adam Withers
1 pm PDT -David Pepose and Jonathan Howard
2 pm PDT -Travis Gibb and Erik Lervold
3 pm PDT -David Lucarelli and Melissa Massey