Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic putting the kibosh on all Comic Book conventions in 2021 much like the same way it did in 2020, there’s a slight glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.
Organizers of the San Diego Comic Convention have announced dates for an in-person event planned for November.
Comic-Con Special Edition will be a three-day event held at the San Diego Convention Center over Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-28. It’ll be the first Comic-Con event held in person since Comic-Con 2019.
Citing concerns about public health and safety during the pandemic, organizers announced in March that Comic-Con’s July event would once again be held virtually. Comic-Con@Home will take place from July 23-25.
Comic-Con typically attracts more than 135,000 people to the Gaslamp District and generates an estimated $147 million for the San Diego economy each year. Details are still being finalized, including badge cost and the number of people who will be able to attend, organizers said. If you thought getting into Comic-Con was hard in year’s past, expect it to be like trying to get into Fort Knox this year with all the lingering health concerns and limited capacity.
“The fall event will allow the organization to highlight all the great elements that make Comic-Con such a popular event each year, as well as generate much needed revenue, not only for the organization but also for local businesses and the community,” a Comic-Con news release said.
The convention center served as a homeless shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic. It transitioned to a migrant shelter this week, and 500 teen girls seeking asylum in the U.S. were expected to arrive at the center on Saturday.
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