I’ve always wanted to attend Comic-Con International, but between the difficulty of actually getting a badge and the cost of going to San Diego and staying there it’s always been an ‘I wish’ situation. However, thanks to a partnership between Lionsgate and Comic-Con which sees them launch Comic-Con HQ, a on-demand subscription streaming service, fans who can’t attend the con themselves won’t have to miss out entirely.
Comic-Con HQ will launch with free beta access on May 7th – Free Comic Book Day – before the official launch of its ad-free subscription-based model sometimes in June. Seth Laderman, executive vice president and general manager for Comic-Con HQ, says the service will “provide a year-round destination to enjoy all facets of the community and access the vast diversity of content the world has come to expect from the largest and longest-running pop cultural celebration of the year.”
This content will include daily and weekly unscripted shows with news and views on pop culture from former G4 hosts Adam Sessler and Kevin Pereira; a scripted comedy series called Kings of Con starring Supernatural’s Richard Speight and Rob Benedict; a reality competition hosted by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein which will follow contestants designing geek couture concepts for a live fashion show at San Diego Comic-Con in July; as well as “a highly-curated selection of film and TV genre titles, and behind-the-scenes access and bonus features from genre titles that defy and define pop culture.”
In terms of content surrounding Comic-Con International itself there is a promise of “airings of select Comic-Con panels” as well as live-streams of cosplay contest the Masquerade and the Eisner Awards.
More information on content we can expect to see from the service and an actual price for the subscription will be announced in coming weeks. In the meantime, you can always go here to pre-register for access to the free beta via browsers and iOS/Android devices before the full paid version of the service rolls out in June for additional platforms like Roku and Apple TV.