Comic-Con formally cancelled the San Diego conference in on April 17 as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) panedmic. The group first cancelled its Museum occasions in March and postponed MarvelCon Anaheim when California instituted a ban on gatherings over 250 individuals). As not too long ago as April 2, they nonetheless hoped to carry the annual occasion from July 23-26. It grew to become clear that it will not be protected to take action that quickly.
Comic-Con defined their resolution in an announcement posted to their web site. The assertion additionally included info on doable refunds for 2020 tickets, resort reservations, new dates for Comic-Con and MarvelCon and future plans for the Museum.
A Comic-Con first
The very first Golden State Comic Book Convention happened in 1970. 2020 was to be the occasion’s 50 12 months anniversary.
“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 assertion learn.
The assertion added that they waited so long as they might. After one month of strict stay-at-home orders, California Governor Gavin Newsom launched a six level standards for reopening companies on April 15. They included strict pointers to keep up social distancing, due to this fact Comic-Con realized the state of affairs couldn’t accommodate a conference.
“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,” the assertion learn.
New dates for Comic-Con and MarvelCon
Comic-Con introduced plans for the 2021 conference to happen July 22 -25, 2021. There have been rumors that MarvelCon may nonetheless happen later in 2020, however Comic-Con confirmed it will not. MarvelCon Anaheim will subsequent happen March 26 – 28, 2021.
Comic-Con tickets and resort refunds
If you’re already holding tickets to Comic-Con 2020, and you would need to be at this level to nonetheless be planning to attend, you’ve got two choices. They will course of refunds, or they are going to switch your tickets to 2021. You will obtain nstructions through e-mail.
If you booked your San Diego inns through ePeak, ePeak is mechanically cancelling and refunding reservations. That would imply the resort lottery will open up once more contemporary for 2021.
The Museum has plans to tide you over
The Comic-Con Museum despatched out its personal press launch in gentle of the cancellation of the 2020 occasion. The Museum had been planning a grand opening in summer season 2021 pending a renovation of Balboa Park’s Federal Building. The continued stay-at-home orders will delay these plans too.
“Some of the proposed Phase I renovations will shift, but this will not scale back the visitor experience,” the Museum’s assertion learn. “Our 2021 grand opening is still on track and you will soon see building plans that illustrate this transformation. We will redouble our efforts to regain momentum on opening this museum by 2021. And we can’t wait to work with you to realize this vision. Better days are ahead.”
Until the present museum can bodily reopen, Comic-Con is planning digital experiences for individuals to work together with remotely.
“To ensure we stay connected in this new reality, the Museum will introduce new and creative digital ways to bring the magic of Comic-con to you all year-round,” the assertion learn.
When the bodily house reopens, Comic-Con plans use the Museum to bolster San Diego’s financial system.
“We believe the Comic-Con Museum will play an important role in San Diego’s recovery after COVID-19,” the Museum’s assertion learn. “We are a destination city and tourism is vital to our economy. The development and opening of the Comic-Con Museum will act as a catalyst to reopen one of the world’s best urban parks and a destination city known world-wide.”