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10 crazy tips for cosplaying San Diego at home, long lines and all

So you can’t go to Comic-Con this week, because the enormous pop culture convention – one of the world’s greatest displays of mask wearing – was canceled by a real-life supervillain, the COVID-19 pandemic.

There’s some consolation for the 135,000 dressed-to-the-(Seven-of)-Nines fans who annually crowd the San Diego Convention Center and millions more who don’t, as a scaled-back lineup of movie, TV and comic panels will stream for free on YouTube through Sunday.

Panels are only a small part of San Diego Comic-Con, as anyone lucky enough to attend – and survive – the annual pageant of costumes, collectibles and queues can attest. [email protected] is trying to re-create parts of the experience, letting fans print out badges and window signs and participate in sidewalk art and cosplay challenges, with some entries to be featured on the Comic-Con website and social media channels.   

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Comic-Con 2020 Announces ‘At Home’ Lineup (Updating)

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Comic-Con is going virtual this year, and though the 2020 installment of the annual event isn’t taking place in the usual San Diego Convention Center, the upcoming [email protected] festival will still feature plenty of panels and high-profile exhibitors.

Event organizers have begun to announce the schedule for the upcoming virtual event, which will be free and open to the public. Check below for the Comic-Con schedule (all times are Pacific Standard):

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How to recreate the perfect coffee-shop experience at home

A woman reads a book and holds a mug of coffee - Getty Images Contributor/Sirinapa Wannapat / EyeEm
A woman reads a book and holds a mug of coffee – Getty Images Contributor/Sirinapa Wannapat / EyeEm

Britain’s coffee shops are in hot water. Pret A Manger looks likely to cut 1000 jobs, and other chains, similarly affected by the sudden removal of their regular footfall, will inevitably follow. Before March 23, millions of their customers visited daily. Then lockdown arrived, and many of those customers still won’t have returned.

It seems that a large number of Britons, unable to gratify their coffee shop habit, have attempted to recreate the experience at home. John Lewis reports that its coffee machine sales have increased by 24 per cent since lockdown began, and that its own-brand coffee grinder is selling twice as well as it had been. Its sister supermarket, Waitrose, says that sales of its barista-style alternative milks, which are designed to be frothed, have increased by 64 per

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