San Diego Comic-Con is canceled for the first time in its 50-year history,  The event will return to the San Diego Convention Center next year between July 22 and 25.  Organizers of the annual pop culture event announced the news on its website “with deep regret,” saying in a statement, “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, [organizers said] they had hoped to delay this decision in anticipation that COVID-19 concerns might lessen by summer.”

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

WonderCon Anaheim, which had been postponed from its original dates of April 10 to 12, also has been canceled for this year. It will return to the Anaheim Convention Center from March 26 to 28, 2021.

Comic-Con has been canceled due to coronavirus concerns


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