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Whether it’s San Diego Comic-Con or just a super-regional small con, it’s an entirely new world full of like-minded people passionate about all manner of media.

There’s no feeling like walking into a fan convention for the first time.

The low hum of constant chatter. The long lines. The glee that hits you when you see someone cosplaying your favorite character. Whether it’s San Diego Comic-Con or just a super-regional small con, it’s an entirely new world full of like-minded people passionate about all manner of media.

But in 2020, Comic-Con has moved online. There is no “entrance,” just a YouTube link to pre-recorded Zoom panels. Yes, you can marvel at , but there’s nothing like witnessing it in real life while you wander through the dealer room. It’s a lot easier striking up a conversation about an anime with someone wearing merch while in line than it is on Twitter.

It’s undeniable: The center of the con experience is the hallway.

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