San Diego Comic-Con Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

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While the USA suffers under the effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic and health experts say the peak might not yet have hit, events and theatrical releases all over the country have had to be postponed or cancelled.

Now SDCC, the organisers of San Diego Comic-Con, have announced that the event will not be taking place this year.

The San Diego event is the worlds largest comic-con event, drawing more than 130,000 visitors each year. This will be the first time in the event’s fifty year history that it has had to be cancelled.

The event, due to take place July 23rd to 26th this year at the San Diego convention center, is the place studios go to to reveal their upcoming plans. Each year the 6,500 seater Hall H is the routinely sold-out centrepiece venue for the biggest reveals, such as Marvel’s airing last year of details for its entire Phase 4 layout.

In a statement, SDCC said of the decision “For the first time in its 50-year history San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual pop culture celebration, announced today with deep regret, that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020.

“The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021. 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. Continuous monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by the Governor of California have made it clear that it would not be safe to move forward with plans for this year.”

In March, Comic-Con International, SDCC’s parent company, cancelled the Comic-con’s Anaheim based little sister event Wonder Con. That particular event has yet to be re-scheduled. As late as the last week of March the company had been hoping to keep the San Diego event to its scheduled weekend. But as the pandemic continues, the safety of all convention goers has had to take precedence.

Carolyn Hucker