After 50 years of geek history, San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) will be cancelled for 2020. San Diego based Comic-Con International (CCI) made an announcement today on their website confirming their decision. Due to COVID-19, it is with regret that the world-renowned convention will be cancelled.
The Current Situation Requires Exceptional Measures
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.
Similarly, WonderCon Anaheim, which was to have been held April 10-12, 2020 will return to the Anaheim Convention Center from March 26-28, 2021.– Comic Con International
What Does This Mean?
Given the situation of COVID-19, it means that we are not anywhere near the home stretch. The situation is dire and extremely serious, and resulting in the cancellation of possibly many more scheduled conventions, festivals, and gatherings.
But SDCC was a mecca of geeks, nerds, and humans alike, all finding commonalities in comic books, pop culture, and mixed media art. It was a way for introverts and extroverts to find something to relate to, and share in the vast and numerous communities that belong to SDCC.
What About My Badge?
In CCI’s announcement, they mentioned that those who have purchased a badge for SDCC 2020 will receive an email on further instructions. There will be an optioned offered to request a refund or to transfer the badge to the following year.
SDCC also announced that individuals who purchased badges for Comic-Con 2020 will have the option to request a refund or transfer their badges to Comic-Con 2021. All 2020 badge holders will receive an email within the next week with instructions on how to request a refund. Exhibitors for Comic-Con 2020 will also have the option to request a refund or transfer their payments to Comic-Con 2021 and will also receive an email within the next week with instructions on how to process their request.-Comic Con International
What About My Hotel?
CCI also mentioned that their hotel affiliate, onPeak, will cancel and refund ALL hotel reservations.
In the next few days onPeak, Comic-Con’s official hotel affiliate, will be canceling all hotel reservations and refunding all deposits made through them. There is no need for anyone who booked through onPeak to take any action, including trying to cancel their reservations online or contacting the company via phone as the process will be handled automatically. Those who booked rooms through onPeak will be notified when refunds have been completed.– Comic Con International
We wait. We stay home. We stay safe. We work together as a community to flatten the curve of COVID-19.
We follow CDC’s recommendations for COVID-19, and we hope that our whole community takes this whole pandemic more seriously than some of us have been. Our future is unsure, and we need to work together or else it doesn’t work.
But this isn’t the end of San Diego Comic Con. It will return to San Diego from July 22-25, 2021.
In the meantime, it’s a perfect time to binge some of our favorite shows.
Stay safe out there.