Comic Con fans, don’t give up hope just yet. Organizers of San Diego Comic Con are moving forward with the belief that the July event could still happen as scheduled.
In a tweet on April 1, 2020, SDCC acknowledged the warnings from the federal and California state government about the COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic may last into the summer, which would put an end to any gatherings like Comic Con. In March, WonderCon, which was scheduled for next week, April 10-12, was postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus. SDCC isn’t giving up yet on their annual summer convention.
Their tweets read, “To our amazing Comic-Con and WonderCon fans: We understand how difficult the current climate has been for all of us and appreciate your continued support through these trying times. No one is as hopeful as we are that we will be able to celebrate #SDCC2020 together come July.
“As we continue to monitor the situation with local authorities, we will post updates on our social channels! Until then, remember: ‘A hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.’ — Christopher Reeve.”
The tweets may be comforting to fans but there’s also a major deadline looming. Hotels in San Diego are supposed to start accepting reservations for Comic Con later this month. Attendees need to know before then if the convention is moving ahead or will also be postponed. Hollywood studios need to know too. After several studios and companies pulled out of events like SXSW, there’s the definite possibility they may pass on SDCC even if the event does proceed as planned.
The city of San Diego is waiting with bated breath as well. SDCC generates an estimated $149 million in regional impact, according to TV Line. With WonderCon already postponed, if SDCC meets a similar fate, will Comic Con organizers consider a combined convention in the Fall? Time will tell.