For the second consecutive year, San Diego Comic Con has been forced to cancel the yearly event due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic…
There will be no San Diego Comic Con in 2021.
For the second consecutive year, the massive summer time convention that hosts more than 125,000 guests including celebrities from around the world will be postponed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Comic Con International, the organizers behind the yearly event, made the announcement on Monday.
“It is the policy of the organization to continue to closely monitor information from local and national healthcare officials as it pertains to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Comic Con officials said in a statement. “Never could we have imagined what the world experienced in 2020 and continues to experience today. While we are buoyed by the rollout of the vaccine and the growing number of individuals being inoculated, it appears that July will still be too early to safely hold an in-person event of the magnitude of Comic-Con. ]
“For this reason, we have made the challenging decision to postpone Comic-Con 2021 as an in-person gathering until our 2022 dates, and once again hold this year’s celebration as the free online Comic-Con@Home. Unfortunately, the challenges of this past year and the multiple postponements of our two largest events have left us with limited financial resources, so this year the online experience will be reduced to a three-day event, spanning July 23-25, 2021.”
While San Diego Comic Con is now scheduled to return in 2022, the organizers behind the event are planning on a smaller scale in-person show in November, although details are still being worked out on the specifics.
Badge holders can also breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to attending Comic Con in 2022.
“At this time, individuals who have purchased badges that were rolled over to the 2021 show will have those badges automatically transferred to the 2022 event unless a refund is requested,” Comic Con officials stated. “To submit a badge refund request, visit www.comic-con.org/cci/comic-con-cancellationrefund-policy. All confirmed exhibitors with a rollover payment from Comic-Con 2020 will receive a separate email with instructions and deadlines for continuing to forward your payment on to Comic-Con 2022, or for requesting a refund.
“In addition, we are currently working on an option for those wishing to transfer their badge or exhibitor deposits/payments as full or partial payment towards our 2021 November event. Information will be forthcoming, so please watch your email inbox and the Comic-Con website for further details.”
Last year was the first time in the 50 year history of the convention that the event had to be cancelled.
Unfortunately, with the pandemic still forcing shut downs and preventing large gatherings of people from taking place, San Diego Comic Con will have to wait until 2022 in hopes of returning at that time.