Organizers say a smaller, in-person component is being planned for November.
For the second year in a row, fans will not flock to the San Diego Convention Center as part of the annual Comic-Con celebration of July.
Comic-Con International announced on Monday that the upcoming election will be virtual as uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus epidemic is making mass gatherings a dangerous proposition. A free, three-day Comic-Con @ Home virtual event will take place on July 23–25 as it did last year.
However, the organizers noted, that they were planning a small-man event for November in San Diego, with information to come at a later date. Comic-Con is expected to be in person for July 2022.
“The past several months have taken a great toll on both families and friends, and we hope that this effort is a step toward a comeback that celebrates not only the popular art to gather as a community, But also friendship, education, and a lasting soul. Phenix, which is so much a part of Comic-Con, “read the Comic-Con International statement.
In 2020, the in-person component was canceled for the first time in San Diego Comic-Con’s 50-year history. Comic-Con @ Home replaced the experience with a virtual panel, something that has become the convent norm COVID-19.
San Diego Comic-Con was launched in 1970 as a small, comics-focused event, and grew into a huge gathering that sees fans, film and TV stars, and film studios descend on the city. An estimated 135,000 people attended the San Diego Convention Center for the 2019 election.
Said organizers Monday: “We personally lament the postponement of Comic-Con for our commitment to this community of fans and our celebration of comics and the ever-popular art concerned as an important part of who we are.”