While the news hardly comes as a shock amid the current global crisis, the official cancellation of San Diego Comic Con 2020 is still a loss for many sci-fi and fantasy fans.
As the coronavirus has yet to be controlled in the United States, the decision to cancel was certainly the responsible one. The annual event was set to take place July 23rd through the 26th, and estimated to have roughly 135,000 attendees—a number far greater than the restrictions against gatherings of ten or more people currently in place in San Diego.
With today's news, SDCC has become one of many conventions to cancel, delay, or move their event online.
So what does this mean for the future? San Diego Comic Con will return in 2021 on July 22nd through the 25th. Anyone who currently holds passes for SDCC 2020 will receive information shortly on how to defer entry to next year or request a refund. Ticket-holders who booked their hotels through onPeak will automatically receive refunds for their rooms in the coming days.
As for the highly-anticipated announcements set to be released during SDCC, what will happen with those is anyone’s guess. For the past fifty years, Comic Con has been a platform across all forms of media, and pop culture as a whole has relied on the event for large-scale publicity. Of course, many films and television shows have already been delayed or otherwise affected by the pandemic..
Until next year, San Diego Comic Con fans. Let’s make it a good one.
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