COVID-19 has reared its head once again on 2021 convention season. It was announced today that both Anaheim’s WonderCon and San Diego’s Comic-Con have BOTH been canceled for 2021.
The announcement was made via Comic-Con’s official Twitter account on Monday afternoon. The virtual event that will take place this year will likely have a similar set up to last year’s Comic-Con at Home event, though this edition will be a little bit shorter.
Comic-Con at Home 2021 will last just three days, from July 23rd to July 25th. This may be disappointing for some, but it offers a chance for every day of the festival to be packed with exciting panels and presentations.
“While we lament the postponement of the in-person Comic-Con, our commitment to this community of fans and our celebration of comics and the related popular arts endures as an important part of who we are,” reads the statement from Comic-Con. “As the timing and scope of our larger event factored greatly into our decision to postpone, we believe that launching a smaller in-person event at a later time may be a safer alternative.”
As a viewer of last year’s virtual Comic-Con I have to say I was a bit let down. Everything felt rushed and awkward. Watching zoom meetings isn’t what fans really care about. What DC Comics and Warner Bros did for DC Fandome was groundbreaking with their virtual sets, fan participation and more. Take some notes Comic-Con and step your game up this year.