San Diego Comic-Con Won’t Return Until Next Year

The decision may have been expected, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a somber thing to report on. SDCC is officially cancelled.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, major events are being cancelled/postponed left and right. With E3 and Gamescom already cancelled, and no real end in sight, it seemed like only a matter of time before SDCC closed its doors too. Today, the organization made the formal announcement.

For the first time in its 50-year history San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), the organizers behind the annual pop culture celebration, announced today with deep regret that there will be no Comic-Con in 2020. The event will instead return to the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021.

Again, it was only to be expected, but it still feels a bit surreal. On top of giving new dates for SDCC, they also provided new dates for WonderCon which was cancelled last month:

Similarly, WonderCon Anaheim, which was to have been held April 10-12, 2020 will return to the Anaheim Convention Center from March 26-28, 2021.

If you already purchased tickets/a hotel in preparation for the event, they have some instructions on what will be happening next:

SDCC also announced that individuals who purchased badges for Comic-Con 2020 will have the option to 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. Exhibitors for Comic-Con 2020 will also have the option to request a refund or transfer their payments to Comic-Con 2021 and will also receive an email within the next week with instructions on how to process their request.

In the next few days onPeak, Comic-Con’s official hotel affiliate, will be canceling all hotel reservations and refunding all deposits made through them. There is no need for anyone who booked through onPeak to take any action, including trying to cancel their reservations online or contacting the company via phone as the process will be handled automatically. Those who booked rooms through onPeak will be notified when refunds have been completed.

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

With just about every film having abandoned the Summer as well (aside from a couple hopefuls) its going to be a strange time indeed. Now we just need to sit back and wait and see if Star Wars Celebration cancels for August (I’m reasonably sure that one isn’t happening either).