Unfortunately for comic book fans everywhere, Comic-Con International, the largest pop culture event in the world, will not take place this year, due to the coronavirus. Read on to find out what this means for the convention, attendees, Comic-Con 2021, and more…
Comic-Con: Cancelled Due To Coronavirus Spread
There’s no doubt: as the coronavirus continues to spread, it will continue to impact our lives. By the start of Match, as the virus spread across the US, it became clear that significant events, with large crowds, simply could not go on. While some had hoped that major events in summer would proceed as planned, that looks impossible.
Now, fans must add the legendary Comic-Con International to the list of canceled events. The event, which takes place annually in San Diego, draws crowds of over 125,000 on each of its four days, making it the largest pop culture convention in the world. From cosplayers to A-list celebrities, all types attend, and many huge movie announcements come from the event. However, now, for the first time in 50 years, Comic-Con International is canceled.
The Press Release
The convention would have occurred in mid-July, and, up until recently, Comic-Con had not made an announcement. However, last week, Gavin Newsom, California’s governor, said: “large-scale events that bring in hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands of strangers are not in the cards” for the near future. Not long after, event coordinators published the cancellation announcement on their website and social media accounts.
“With deep regret that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020,” the release began. “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. Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures, and while we are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision. We eagerly look forward to the time when we can all meet again and share in the community we all love and enjoy.”
Where To Go From Here
Comic-Con International also canceled the convention’s sister event, WonderCon Anaheim. Meanwhile, CCI provided attendees with information on how to receive refunds or transfer their tickets to Comic-Con 2021. For now, everything seems to be on for the 2021 convention. However, event planners across the United States are warning attendees to expect very different conferences next year. From trade shows to comic conventions, expect temperature testing, masks, and hand-washing stations to become the norm, even after a vaccine for COVID-19.
Unfortunately, the city of San Diego will not receive the same breaks at Comic-Con attendees. Currently, experts estimate the city will lose about $88 million due to the cancellation. Of course, this does not factor in other canceled conventions, sports games, and the like. All around the world, tourism-based cities are struggling to cope with an empty calendar.