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Otakon Announces Online Event for August 1

Otakon 2020 was one of the many conventions around the country canceled in the face of COVID-19. But the legendary east coast con has just announced an online version set for August 1, 2020.

Called Otakon.Online, the virtual convention will feature “all the content you’ve come to love from Otakon,” according to the official announcement. That includes “a full day of interviews, panels, builder workshops, music, and gaming events across multiple channels.”

The announcement also teases appearances by some of the guests who were set to appear at the con before it was canceled, as well as opportunities for fans to participate.

The con will stream on multiple channels across Twitch. The official list of channels looks like this:

  • Otakon HQ – Our main channel with featured content
  • Channel Hiroko – Panels 1
  • Channel Hiroshi – Panels 2
  • Channel Crabby – Workshops and Craft-a-Longs
  • Channel Ace – Video Games
  • Channel Lyra – Board Games, Table Top and TCGs

The con is also calling for fans to submit panels. The submission guidelines and form can be found on the official site.

Sounds like a full-fledged day of Otakon action!

Otakon 2020 was originally set for July 31 to August 2, but was canceled in late April. Otakon 2021 is set for August 6-8, 2021.

Source: ANN

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.