Thursday, March 12, 2020

COVID-19 #7 of 8 March 2020 -- Events postponed, Links for Online Con alternatives

For April -- I have updated this March COVID-19 Post on the blog. 
I will be leaving all the March posts here as "archived" and will add links to updated April versions. 

Most recent info on subjects covered in this post can be found here:


ARCHIVED POST -- information from this point on was up to date as of 3.31.2020

This post is where I'll update links for postponed events; Online con alternatives; Links for funding sources for indie artists/creators (UPDATED 3.20.2020)

Updates from CA State Dept of Public Health 3.17.20
🚨IMPORTANT PLEASE DISTRIBUTE 🚨Reminder for those who may need state and/or federal resources, please see latest information below:
Workers with reduced hours can file an unemployment claim:
Small business owners impacted by Covid-19, you can apply for a disaster loan up to $2M:
If you need to update your CoveredCA healthcare plan:
If you do not have a healthcare provider, here is a list of LA County public health clinics:
LAUSD Students/Parents information:
Please share these important links with those you know. #CoVid19 #Coronavirus
Latest updates from the CA Dept of Public Health:

List for "COVID-19 Los Angeles Community Resources"

"Categories include: food*, housing, health, transportation, and education and are separated into three general categories: children and youth, adults, and eldery. "

We need to get ready now... (you tube clip from 3.14.2020)
virus infographic by @mireiadoro

NY Times video "How to wash your hands"

For links to credible science sources for COVID-19 updates, see this post on the blog:

Tips on how to get the most protections from social distancing (image above is from article in this link)

This crisis has proved this fact: We value art and artists. All the art, music, dance posts and streaming being shared proves we turn to art when we need to be nurtured. How we heal each other defines us as individuals and a culture. This is the Renaissance for appreciation of artists, scientists, grocery store clerks and cashiers, delivery drivers, highway rest stop staff, and all the newly-drafted "first responders" in aprons, smocks, gloves, goggles and masks. They've joined the ranks of our traditional Essential Emergency services. We'll get through this together -- now is the time to be kind and practice those hard human virtues. Love each other.

From "Freelance Artists Source" on WordPress. This resource has links for general resources, advocacy for freelancers, and national relief funds and grants

From California EDD (Employment Development Dept)

The Creator Fund from ConvertKit

SoCal based online con WANNACON  was held March 13-15th, 2020. Hosted by author-publisher Russell Nohelty.
Three days of interviews with artists and creators.
Russell's summary here -- and link for archived event
"Thank you all, and thank you for watching. The first two days are up at and archived, and the third one is archiving as we speak."

Link for podcast interview with WannaCon organizer

COMIC CONS postponed
Link for list of indie artists/creators who were scheduled to exhibit at WonderCon

Planet Comiccon Kansas City

Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) 
August dates announced. Text from their Facebook page on 3.13.2020:

ECCC is making its return August 21-23, 2020 at the WSCC! We're so excited to pack our show into three unforgettable days this summer.

We know a lot of fans were hoping to transfer over badges to the new dates, so starting today through March 27, you'll have the option to transfer your badges to ECCC August 2020 or receive a full ticket refund. You can read all the details here:

For the fastest response to your questions, please DM the facebook page.

Other closures/postponements

Disneyland Park Anaheim closed March 14th - end of month

LA Times Festival of Books -- Moved to Oct 3-4th
quote from LA Times article:
"The 25th Festival of Books, originally scheduled for April, will now take place the weekend of Oct. 3-4 on the USC campus. The fourth Food Bowl, previously set for May, will also be moved to the fall, with dates to be announced later.
While the Book Prizes awards ceremony will not be held this year, honorees and winners will still be acknowledged via an announcement to be released on April 17."
Coachella -- Moved to October
Text from their website:

"At the direction of the County of Riverside and local health authorities, we must sadly confirm the rescheduling of Coachella and Stagecoach due to COVID-19 concerns. While this decision comes at a time of universal uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our guests, staff and community very seriously. We urge everyone to follow the guidelines and protocols put forth by public health officials.

Coachella will now take place on October 9, 10 and 11 and October 16, 17 and 18, 2020. Stagecoach will take place on October 23, 24 and 25, 2020. All purchases for the April dates will be honored for the rescheduled October dates. Purchasers will be notified by Friday, March 13 on how to obtain a refund if they are unable to attend.

Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you in the desert this fall."

Tips for people in High Risk Categories

While this link is from a diabetes source, some of the tips here may be  helpful for others in the high risk categories:

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