It’s not entirely clear whether the shift of San Diego’s annual 130,000-guest geek-fest in July called Comic-Con to a virtual-only gathering because of the Covid-19 pandemic, or whether New York City’s version of Comic-Con scheduled for the first week of October being forced online, too, are bad things or good things.

It probably it depends on whether one thinks thousands of grown adults parading around in full superhero costumes or dressed up like sci-fi and anime characters is a goofy-but-good thing because of all the money they spend while getting their full geek out, or a sign of the coming cultural apocalypse.

But there is no such doubt about the effects of the cancellation of those two

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