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What many feared has just come true: the San Diego Comic-Con officially announced that the 2020 event is canceled. The next edition takes place only in July 2021.
In a press release, the organizers of the biggest pop culture event in the world declare:
For the first time in the 50-year history of the San Diego Convention in Comics (SDCC), the organizers of the annual pop culture celebration today announced with regret that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020. The event will return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22 to 25, 2021.
Recognizing that countless participants plan and save for their conventions each year, and how many exhibitors and stakeholders rely on their events for a large part of their livelihood, they hoped to postpone this decision, anticipating that concerns about COVID-19 might lessen in the future. summer. Continued monitoring of health guidelines and recent statements by the Governor of California have made it clear that it is not safe to move forward with plans for this year.
Likewise, WonderCon Anaheim, which would take place from April 10 to 12, 2020, will return to the Anaheim Convention Center from March 26 to 28, 2021.
Individuals who have purchased badges for Comic-Con 2020 will have the option of requesting a refund or transferring their badges to Comic-Con 2021. All 2020 badge holders will receive an email next week with instructions on how to request a reimbursement. Comic-Con 2020 exhibitors will also have the option to request a refund or transfer their payments to Comic-Con 2021 and will also receive an email next week with instructions on how to process your request. In the coming days, OnPeak, the official affiliate of Comic-Con, will cancel all hotel reservations and refund all deposits made through them. It is not necessary for anyone who booked through onPeak to take any action, including trying to cancel their reservations online or contacting the company by phone, as the process will be handled automatically. Those who book rooms through onPeak will be notified when refunds are complete.
“Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures and, while we are sad to take this action, we know it is the right decision,” said David Glanzer, a spokesman for the organization. “We look forward to the moment when we can all meet again and share the community we all love and enjoy.”
Unfortunately, with the current global situation, it is still expected that more large-scale events will be canceled.