Comic-Con is latest event to get cancelled amid COVID-19

By Camden Mondeaux on April 17, 2020
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 13: LA Comic Con signage is seen during 2019 Los Angeles Comic Con at Los Angeles Convention Center on October 11, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Angela Papuga/Getty Images)

Comic-Con in San Diego has been canceled, the latest major cultural event to be shut down amid concerns surrounding COVID-19. 

By: Cami Mondeaux

The convention regularly draws more than 125,000 attendees, turning the city into a hub of pop-culture fans for four days every July. But, for the first time in 50 years, the organization announced “there will be no Comic-Con in 2020.”

As of right now, the convention said it still plans to host on-schedule come July 2021.

The convention was originally created as a celebration of comic books — but has since adapted to become a showcase for all forms of pop culture — including movies and TV shows.

The convention has also been adapted for movie studios to promote upcoming films — which most have been postponed due to the pandemic.

Attendees regularly come to the convention decked out in costumes, literally escaping from reality for a few days.

Comic-Con International said any hotel deposits for the convention would be refunded, as well as anyone who registered for a badge. Those credits can either be repaid to the customer or used as a balance applied to next year’s convention.

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