Not to mention, the convention will be hosting A-list celebrities like Paul McGann from Doctor Who, and Miriam Margoyles, better known as Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter series. When it comes to setting up those virtual events, Eric Maruscak, an improv cartoonist and a panelist this weekend, had to get creative to bring the same in-person experience to the screen. “Flying them over, paying for their hotels would have been impossible for us to do, but having a virtual space, we’re able to eliminate those extra overhead costs,” said Shoemaker. With no in-person events, the entire convention will be virtually held. While it’s disappointing to not be able to interact in-person, there is a silver lining. Especially in a pandemic this year, organizers want RoberCon to feel like an escape from reality. “When you start seeing people from California and New Zealand registering for your small, hometown convention, it makes me feel feelings, they’re all good feelings,” said Shoemaker. For a full list of RoberCon’s schedule, head over to their website. “There’s this shining light that we’re creating for this to be a bright spot,” said RoberCon Marketing and Events Coordinator Natalie Shoemaker. “For people to be able to just escape, to be able to laugh, and to be able to breathe over the course of the weekend.” “Quick Draw is basically like, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, but it’s done with art and cartoonists,” said Maruscak. “It took us a while to just work over the plain zoom issues everyone has. Once we got past that and figured things out, it ended up going fairly smoothly, at least for our panel.” (WBNG) — Binghamton’s favorite ‘geek convention’, RoberCon, will be back this weekend. But this year’s events will look a little different as all activities are going virtual. Despite the changes to bring the convention online, organizers and panelists are ready for this weekend’s virtual adventure. “From my experience and what I’ve seen at large shows, you’re not losing quality by attending RoberCon this weekend. You’re going to see some amazing stuff,” said Maruscak.