San Diego Comic-Con will return as a virtual event this summer, with July’s in-person convention postponed until 2022.
It’s the latest casualty of the ongoing pandemic, which has put paid to all manner of huge industry events over the past 12 months. In their place, organisers have scrambled to host virtual gatherings, including last year’s [email protected]
That online convention will return from July 23-25 as a shorter, three-day event – a consequence of the organisers’ ‘limited financial resources’ after a full year of postponements. San Diego Comic-Con isn’t gone for good, though: a smaller in-person event is currently being planned for November, with the acknowledgement that the convention’s usual scale is pretty impractical right now.
“The past several months have taken a great toll on both families and friends, and we hope this effort is a small move toward a return to gathering as a community to not only celebrate popular art, but also friendship, education, and the enduring spirit of the fandom that is so much a part of Comic-Con,” the organisers said in a statement posted to Twitter.
If you had a badge for the 2020 event that rolled over to this summer, it will automatically be valid for 2022’s convention, but you can also just request a refund by visiting the Comic-Con website. The team behind the event says they’re ‘buoyed by the rollout of the vaccine and the growing number of individuals being inoculated’, however, so fingers crossed SDCC returns in full force next year.
In any case, it’s currently pencilled in for July 20-24, 2022, so pop those dates in your calendar now, and hope they don’t budge.