Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, San Diego Comic-Con announced that they are canceling this year’s event slated this July. It will be the first time this has happened in the show’s 50-year history.
“Recognizing that countless attendees save and plan for its conventions each year, and how many exhibitors and stakeholders rely upon its events for a major portion of their livelihood, they had hoped to delay this decision in anticipation that COVID-19 concerns might lessen by summer.”San Diego Comic-Con said in a statement.
“Continuous monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by the Governor of California has made it clear that it would not be safe to move forward with plans for this year,” they added.
The celebration cancellation does not only impacted the fans and patrons, but also those who depend on the events to earn income like comic shop owners and freelance artists.
The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center in 2021, from July 22nd to 25th.
It’s a four-day event that runs from Thursday to Sunday and has been held during the summer since 2003.
The organizers also said WonderCon Anaheim, which was also canceled, will now return March 26-28, in 2021.
The organizers also laid some options for those who purchased badges in advance.
“All individuals who purchased badges for Comic-Con 2020 will have the option to request a refund or transfer their badges to Comic-Con 2021. All 2020 badge holders will receive an email within the next week with instructions on how to request a refund,” said the organizers.