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Comic-Con International: San Diego event cancelled for 2020

In an unfortunate (but certainly not unwise) decision, Comic-Con International will not be hosting their hugely popular San Diego event in 2020. Originally started in 1970, (then known as the Golden State Comic Book Convention), Comic-Con celebrated its 50th anniversary last year and, as usual, saw sold out crowds with more than 135,000 attendees from all over the world.

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

News about the San Diego event arrives on the heels of the cancellation of Wonder-Con, which was to have occurred this past weekend. It will return to the Anaheim Convention Center in Los Angeles, California from March 26-28, 2021. Comic-Con, meanwhile, will be back at the San Diego Convention Center from July 22-25, 2021.

Per the official announcement, 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. For more information, please visit Comic-Con.org.

A California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation, Comic-Con International is organized for charitable purposes and dedicated to creating the general public’s awareness of and appreciation for comics and related popular art forms, including participation in and support of public presentations, conventions, exhibits, museums and other public outreach activities which celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture.


Silas Lesnick is the Senior Editor of Moviebill. He has been covering entertainment news out of Los Angeles for more than a decade. You can reach him via e-mail or on Twitter.

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