San Diego Comic-Con Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Concerns

Three months before its scheduled start, Comic-Con International has decided to cancel the 2020 San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC) due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement was made on the official Comic-Con International site, with a lengthy statement on the reasons and an update on when con-goers can attend the organization's various conventions again.

Comic-Con International's statement reads:

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.

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"Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and while we are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision," said David Glanzer, spokesperson for the organization in the statement. "We eagerly look forward to the time when we can all meet again and share in the community we all love and enjoy."

WonderCon Anaheim, which was canceled back in March and scheduled to be held from April 10-12 will now be held March 26-28 2021 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The organization's plans for a Comic-Con Museum have also been affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The scheduled grand opening for the museum was scheduled for summer 2021, but that will also be pushed back to an unannounced time.

As for those who were planning to attend San Diego Comic-Con, individuals who purchased badges for the convention 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.

All hotel reservations made through onPeak, Comic-Con's official hotel affiliate, will be canceled in the next few days and refunding all deposits made through them. No action will be required by the bookers and those who booked rooms will be notified when refunds have been completed.