Responding to the unprecedented shut-down of comic book and pop culture conventions worldwide, and the financially affected communities and small businesses associated with the multi-billion dollar industry, Virtual Fan Expo’s event producer Virtual Expos LLC, in partnership with Kaleidoko, Experience Level Entertainment, Legion M and Collider are joining forces with community and commerce innovator Auxxit to deliver an innovative and seamless online marketplace that will be at the centerpiece of VFE’s global debut on May 2-3.
Set to provide a completely immersive, one-of-a-kind experience for attendees and exhibitors to engage in an environment simulating what fans love most about being on an exhibitor floor, VFE and Auxxit are elevating the virtual Con experience by providing a mix of communication and e-commerce functionality that creates an experience going beyond what any in-person convention can provide: awesome pop culture and comic book merchandise from exhibitors anywhere. In addition to exhibitor booths, VFE will be utilizing Auxxit for its nightly happy hours where attendees can communicate directly with one another to share their passions and sponsors will coordinate timed merch drops and host auctions in real-time.
“When considering whether pulling Virtual Fan Expo together was worth the time and energy, we knew immediately we had the key to success with Auxxit as our commerce and community solution,” said Co-Founder and Director of Kaleidoko and Virtual Expos LLC, Jonathan Tavss. “Auxxit is already succeeding in melding passionate communities and commerce in a way that is truly connected and meaningful, and their platform is ripe for unleashing on a much larger passionate fanbase. We couldn’t be achieving our goals for VFE without Auxxit’s participation.”
“Auxxit is excited to play an important role in bringing together the fandom community for this innovative virtual event,” said CEO of Auxxit, Vincent Arena. “Our expertise building mobile technology that enables emotional connections between community members who want to discuss, buy and sell items related to their shared passions is a natural fit for VFE and the digital expo model.”
Besides providing an unparalleled opportunity for exhibitors and vendors to showcase their merchandise during an unpredictable time in the marketplace, VFE promises to be an integrated fan experience featuring exciting panels, Q&A’s and celebrity appearances, including actor Joe Manganiello (“Magic Mike,” “True Blood,” “Rampage”) and “Maltin on Movies” podcast co-hosts Leonard and Jessie Maltin, as well as interactive gaming rooms, online happy hours, and a cosplay “ball.”
More details will be announced soon. To stay informed about Virtual Fan Expo, including panel and Q&A schedules, celebrity appearances, as well as fan experience and exhibitor details, please visit VirtualFanExpo.com. Follow Virtual Fan Expo at Facebook.com/virtualfanexpo and Twitter/Instagram at @virtualfanexpo.