GalaxyCon promises new platform for online fan interactions, ft stars of MY HERO ACADEMIA, RWBY, KARATE KID and TIGER KING

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EDIT (13/05/2020): THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD cast joins GalaxyCon schedules, Wednesday 13th May…

Join the cast of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda™: Breath of the Wild for an epic quest! Zelda (Patricia Summersett), Urbosa (Elizabeth Maxwell), Revali (Sean Chiplock), Yunobo / Daruk (Joe Hernandez), and Sidon (Jamie Mortellaro) unite for an exclusive GalaxyCon Live interview today, Wednesday, May 13th at 6pm EST/3pm PST.

THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD Schedule
  • 6:00pm EST Live Stream Q&A with Patricia Summersett, Elizabeth Maxwell, Sean Chiplock, Joe Hernandez, and Jamie Mortellaro. Watch it FREE with promo code LIVEFREE
  • 7:00pm EST: THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD Five-to-One Chat for you and the Cast
  • 7:45pm EST: One-on-One Chats for you and any of these 5 celebrities
  • Tickets and pricing can be found here: https://purchase.growtix.com/eh/GalaxyCon_Live/39764/308054 Additionally, personalized autographs and video recordings for THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: BREATH OF THE WILD can be purchased until the scheduled stream on May 13th has ended.

You start a post with the word ‘GalaxyCon’, and you automatically think you might be getting into an announcement about another virtual comic convention, the mode and manner of which seems to be proliferating like the proverbial rabbits.

But instead, GalaxyCon is not so much a singular effort, more a new business model to allow organisations to present an online con, especially that element of fan interactions with celebrities.

Starting the first weekend of May, livestreams will be broadcast using Facebook Live – for a fee – featuring cast members from the likes of THE KARATE KID, STEPHEN KING’S IT, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, the Netflix documentary sensation TIGER KING and, for the first day’s efforts, MY HERO ACADEMIA.

For as little as $5, fans will be able to gain access to livestreams with the stars of these exciting properties, very much in line with how we may have seen online cons operate so far. What GalaxyCon is offering, however, is something a lot more personal.

Starting at $55 for the individual talents (and going up to $145 for a group chat with all three of the MY HERO ACADEMIA stars), fans will be able to buy two-minute ‘audience slots’ of video chats to give a more intimate one-on-one experience than a free-for-all livestream on an open platform, providing better opportunities to ask questions and interact directly with celebrities. (No word yet on how many ‘slots’ will be made available per session – we’ll try and get more info on that, shortly.)

It’s an interesting approach to the new reality where the Interwebs seems to be the new frontier for comic conventions …okay, maybe a rephrase is required. There’s nothing new about ‘virtual comic cons’, of course; there’s just not established method to get fans to pay for them as a business model. That is what the team behind GalaxyCon is hoping to achieve, here.

If you decide to plump for any of the GalaxyCon sessions, please do report back and let’s know how they went – heaven knows we’d be very curious indeed.


GALAXYCON LAUNCHES VIRTUAL CELEBRITY AND FAN EXPERIENCES

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 2pm EST: My Hero Academia’s Three Best Girls Monica Rial, Colleen Clinkenbeard, and Luci Christian
  • May 3, 2020 at 2pm EST: The Loser’s Club from the film IT: Jack Grazer, Jackson Scott, and Jeremy Ray Taylor
  • May 6, 2020 at 2pm EST: Joshua Dial and James Garretson from Netflix’s Tiger King.
  • May 9, 2020 at 2pm EST: Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie from The Nightmare Before Christmas: Chris Sarandon and Ken Page.
  • May 16, 2020 at 2pm EST: The stars of The Karate Kid: Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, and Martin Kove.
  • May 24, 2020 at 2pm EST: The voices of RWBY: Kara Eberle, Lindsay Jones, Barbara Dunkelman, and Arryn Zech.
  • May 30, 2020 at 2pm 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.


GalaxyCon is more than a comic con, it’s a festival of fandom that brings celebrities and fans together in person and online through virtual meet and greets. GalaxyCon is based out of Fort Lauderdale, FL and is the premier, independent producer of comic book, sci-fi, anime, and geek culture events in the United States. GalaxyCon operates festivals in multiple cities with between 20,000 and 50,000 attendees per event.

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