July’s SDCC to be Held Virtually
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July’s SDCC to be Held Virtually

For the 2nd year in a row, Comic Con International’s San Diego Comic Con will be held in a virtual environment. In a statement released online, CCI points to the continued COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for cancelling the once-annual event to in-person guests for the second year in a row. Like CCI’s WonderCon, which was also canceled for 2021, SDCC will be a 3-day online event, running from July 23-25 (WonderCon@Home is scheduled for March 26 and 27).

“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. 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.”

All is not lost for con fans, however. In announcing the cancellation of July’s in-person event, CCI announced a new 3-day, in-person event taking place at the San Diego Convention Center in November.

“While we lament the postponement of the in-person Comic-Con, our commitment to this community of fans and our celebration of comics and the related popular arts endures as an important part of who we are. As the timing and scope of our larger event factored greatly into our decision to postpone, we believe that launching a smaller in-person event at a later time may be a safe alternative. For this reason, we are happy to announce that San Diego Comic Convention is planning to present a three-day in-person convention in San Diego in November. At this time, we are still working on specific details as to attendance capacity, badge cost, and related information, and those details will be forthcoming. Please continue to visit our website, comic-con.org, for official updated information as it becomes available.”

No further information was given on the event in November, but one can imagine that it will be a grand event befitting CCI.

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