If you missed the news, CCI announced on Friday that for the first time in 50 years, San Diego Comic-Con is cancelled.
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.
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, they had hoped to delay this decision in anticipation that COVID-19 concerns might lessen by summer. Continuous monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by the Governor of California have made it clear that it would not be safe to move forward with plans for this year.
I’m not surprised at all. I think all of us who had plans to attend knew this was coming, it was just a matter of time. They had yet to put hotels on sale (minus Early Bird), guest announcements stalled, and I imagine that they started to receive requests for refunds. Those of us who had badges were worried about how everything would be handled though. Thankfully, we have the option of rolling over our badges to next year. I think that’s the road I’m going to take. Maybe if I had a day or two it would be different but I’m not going to give up Preview Night and 4 Day badges. I’d much rather hold onto them and try and make next year work than be 100% out. I have a lot going on next year but if I try hard enough I can make SDCC happen. As far as our condo goes, we were able to get a full refund which was really great. The owner we were working with was just really fantastic through this entire thing. She reached out a few times to see how we were doing and issued our refund the same day. If my group knew all of us were going to be able to attend next year, we might have tried to keep the place but at least two of us are out and there’s no way we could swing the extra money per person. That means back to the drawing board!
I’m not going to lie, it still stings to have to cancel reservations and flights. Again, I 100% understand and agree but to have something you’ve been planning for a year just taken away still hurts. No Disney. No Queen Mary. No hanging out with my friends. But I’m glad the cloud that was SDCC is now cleared away. The waiting was the hardest part, especially seeing how CCI isn’t always the best with communication.
Here’s to hopefully seeing everyone next year! Please stay safe out there and wash your hands!