Life in a Pandemic

Life in a Pandemic

The novel coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic is quickly changing everything about the world around us. While we can’t keep up with every development, here are some examples of how the 2020 pandemic crisis is impacting many of the events and businesses we cover:

Support Our Locals: Arizona Artists and Exhibitors Impacted By Convention Cancellations Arizona artists and exhibitors impacted by convention cancellations - Support our local creators as the coronavirus pandemic forces convention cancellations that impact their business.
Frozen II Frozen 2 comes to Disney+ 3 months early; The Rise of Skywalker now for sale digitally - Frozen 2 will be available three months ahead of schedule on Disney+ in the U.S. beginning Sunday, March 15.
Arizona Renaissance Festival 2019 Arizona Renaissance Festival cuts 2020 season short; Phoenix Film Festival postponed - The Arizona Renaissance Festival is now closed, and the Phoenix Film Festival has been postponed.
ZapCon 2020 Canceled Due to COVID-19 - Zapcon 2020 is canceled due to COVID-19 precautions.
Free Comic Book Day 2016 Free Comic Book Day 2020 postponed - Free Comic Book Day 2020 has been pushed back to later in the summer.
Disney and Pixar’s “Onward” ‘Onward’ to digital sale March 20 and Disney+ April 3 - Disney and Pixar’s Onward is coming to home platforms early due to theater closures amid the pandemic crisis.
Drawn to Comics Drawn to Comics unleashes mobile comics delivery service to combat quarantine blues - To the rescue: a comics delivery service in the Phoenix area.
Dr. Germ 8 things to know about the novel coronavirus, wipes and ‘Dr. Germ’ - Charles Gerba of the University of Arizona, aka “Dr. Germ,” discusses research on disinfectants’ power to kill the coronavirus.
Doctor Who Series 12 A message of hope in worrying times … from the Doctor - The Thirteenth Doctor has a message for anyone feeling worried.
Samurai Comics Banks family Supply chain disruption just one more challenge for local comic book stores in pandemic - Local comic book stores were already struggling with digital disruption and the effects of the global virus pandemic before their…
Coconino County officials have been providing drive-thru testing for the coronavirus to people who have a referral from their doctor to get a test. (Photo courtesy Coconino County Health and Human Services) Arizona OK on social distancing; state’s counties, not so much - Arizona did relatively well in a new study of social distancing, but the same could not be said of how…
Covid19AZ COVID-19 in Arizona: Stay-at-home order starts at 5 p.m. Tuesday - Gov. Doug Ducey issued a stay-at-home order on Monday to prevent further spread of deadly COVID-19, which has claimed 20…
Tourists visit Grand Canyon National Park in this 2019 file photo. The park had been open, with limited services, during the coronavirus outbreak, but was closed abruptly by the National Park Service in the face of health worries. (Photo courtesy National Park Service) COVID-19 fears close Grand Canyon National Park after weeks of pressure - The National Park Service abruptly closed Grand Canyon National Park on Wednesday, bowing to weeks of pressure after health officials…
In era of COVID-19, virtual reality could change how world plays, consumes sports In era of COVID-19, virtual reality could change how world plays, consumes sports - Virtual reality could provide fans and spectators with experiences previously thought only possible at in-person events.
The $349 billion Paycheck Protection Program aims to keep people employed during the COVID-19 economic downturn by lending money to small businesses and forgiving the loan if 75% of it is used to keep workers on the payroll. (Photo by Tinou Bao/Creative Commons) ‘Overwhelming’ demand on first day of $349 billion small-business aid program - Banks and small businesses reported an overwhelming volume of calls and some confusion Friday as the Small Business Administration launched…
coronavirus face mask To curb coronavirus, what’s behind the wearing of a mask? - The CDC recommends that Americans wear facial masks when they go to public places, such as the grocery store. But…
Arizona State Sun Devils guard Remy Martin had a successful outing in a recent virtual NCAA Tournament on Twitter. (Photo by Brady Klain/The Republic) This is Madness: Computer simulator sent Arizona State on Cinderella run in virtual tourney - In a virtual world created by one Twitter user, who was behind the NCAA Tournament that sent Arizona State to…
If Major League Baseball follows through on an idea it is considering, Colorado Rockies pitcher Jeff Hoffman could be playing at one of Arizona’s spring training stadiums soon. (Photo by Reno Del Toro/Cronkite News) MLB’s idea to play every game in Arizona might be desert mirage, some believe - Baseball reporters Zach Buchanan and Bob Nightengale believe MLB’s proposal to play all of its 2020 games in Arizona is…
The Arizona Coyotes are live-streaming virtual games on their YouTube, Facebook and Twitch accounts with the help of the NHL 20 video game. (Photo courtesy of EA Sports) Virtual vitality - Coyotes inject life into postponed season with help from NHL 20
Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook Free D&D adventures, accessories - Get free Dungeons & Dragons adventures to play during your pandemic lockdown.
Business owners said they have had trouble tapping a $350 billion loan program aimed at helping small businesses through the coronavirus shutdown. An overwhelming number of applications and complex rules have slowed the program’s delivery of funds in its first week. (Photo by Michelle Hofstrand/Creative Commons) Businesses running out of time, as delays plague week-old loan program - While Congress and the White House are promising to add billions to the emergency loan program, some small businesses say…
In a Twitch stream to support Phoenix Children’s Hospital and in partnership with Extra Life, Adapt and FaZe Swagg – both Phoenix natives – raised more than $2,000 to benefit the hospital’s Hope Fund. (Photo by Jens Kalaene/picture alliance via Getty Images) FaZe Adapt, other high profile members of gaming community raise funds for Phoenix Children’s Hospital - In partnership with Extra Life, FaZe Adapt raises money for Phoenix Children’s Hospital in the wake of the global pandemic.
Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies Jamie Lee Curtis to host free Friday screenings of Lionsgate films to benefit cinema workers - Lionsgate Live! A Night at the Movies, a program of four Fridays of free movies streaming live on YouTube hosted…
Mireya Treviño and Joe Rodriguez officially became a couple in December, before she learned she’d been exposed to the novel coronavirus. (Photo courtesy of Mireya Treviño) Dating from home - How to find or keep love alive in the time of coronavirus.
sdcc19-thanos-cosplay San Diego Comic-Con cancels 2020 event - San Diego Comic-Con cancels its 2020 event due to the pandemic crisis.
Candlekeep Free D&D, Magic: The Gathering digital kits offered to educators, librarians - Wizards of the Coast will distribute 2,000 D&D and Magic: The Gathering digital kits to schools and libraries in the…
digital divide School leaders say move to distance learning highlights digital divide - The scramble to deliver lessons remotely because of COVID-19 has been a challenge for all schools in the state, but…
Doctor Who: Shadow of the Sun Big Finish releases Doctor Who audio drama recorded entirely during lockdown - The first full-cast, full-length Doctor Who audio drama recorded entirely during lockdown has been released.
digital divide Teaching model ‘flips’ traditional classroom in Arizona - The teaching model of the flipped classroom – where students are lectured at home and apply their knowledge in class…
Pinball also proved a hit at the gaming convention. Photo by Justin Franco. Game On Expo pushes event to 2021 - Game On Expo 2020 has been rescheduled for Aug. 6-8, 2021.
Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017 Day 2 Star Wars Celebration Anaheim rescheduled for 2022 - Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, planned for the last weekend in August this year, has been officially canceled due to COVID-19…
Free Comic Book Day 2020 Donald Duck Disney Free Comic Book Day 2020 alternative set for July 15 through Sept. 9 - Comic book stores will receive a handful of titles every week from July 15 through Sept. 9 to give to…
Jeffrey “Axe” Williamson, Arizona’s best “Super Smash Bros. Melee” player on stage at EVO 2015, the biggest annual fighting game tournament in the world. He finished 7th out of 1,869 players. (Image via Flickr) Arizona Super Smash Bros. esports community faces challenge during pandemic - Super Smash Bros. eSports tournaments in Arizona are on hold. That changes a gaming experience and community meant to be…
Final Fantasy VII Remake Final Fantasy 7 Remake gets the orchestral treatment (UPDATED) - With Final Fantasy 7 Remake on the way, it was only a matter of time before an official concert followed.
Original Ghostbusters returning to theaters, drive-ins in July 2020 - Ghostbusters: Afterlife won't be screening in July - it's been delayed to 2021 - but the original 1984 movie will…
Amazing Spider-Man #12 – May, 1964 Classic Comic Cover Corner (#MaskUp Edition): Amazing Spider-Man #12 - Be a hero to the people around you and the people you love and mask up!
Phoenix Fan Fusion 2019 Phoenix Fan Fusion 2020 canceled - Phoenix Fan Fusion 2020 won't happen after all ...
Saboten Con 2013 Saboten Con joins list of canceled 2020 events - Saboten Con 2020 is canceled; the next event is now scheduled for Sept. 3-6, 2021, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown.
Mythic Odysseys of Theros D&D’s Magic-based Theros sourcebook released - D&D's Mythic Odysseys of Theros sourcebook, released digitally first due to pandemic concerns, is now available in a hardcover print…
movie ticket admit one popcorn bucket 3d glasses Scottsdale International Film Festival announces virtual 2020 dates - The 2020 Scottsdale International Film Festival is going virtual.

Stay up to date on Arizona event cancellations and postponements:

September 25, 2020

CANCELED: Phoenix Fan Fusion 2020

September 26, 2020

CANCELED: Phoenix Fan Fusion 2020
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September 27, 2020

CANCELED: Phoenix Fan Fusion 2020

September 30, 2020

CANCELED: Dungeons & Dragons 101

October 3, 2020

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October 10, 2020

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October 16, 2020

Phoenix Fearcon 2020

October 17, 2020

Phoenix Fearcon 2020
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October 24, 2020

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October 28, 2020

CANCELED: Dungeons & Dragons 101

October 31, 2020

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November 7, 2020

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November 14, 2020

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November 20, 2020

Con Nichiwa 2020

November 21, 2020

Con Nichiwa 2020
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November 22, 2020

Con Nichiwa 2020

November 25, 2020

CANCELED: Dungeons & Dragons 101

November 28, 2020

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December 5, 2020

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December 12, 2020

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December 19, 2020

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December 26, 2020

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