March 27, 2021
There’s going to be a Comic-Con this year, after all.
Organizers of San Diego International Comic-Con in a press release issued late on Saturday, March 27, announced “Comic-Con Special Edition” will be held as a three-day event over the Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 26-28, at the San Diego Convention Center.
“It is our hope that by Fall conditions will permit larger public gatherings,” according to a news release.
Comic-Con is traditionally held in July and draws more than 150,000 fans to the San Diego Convention Center. The annual show began in 1970 as the Golden State Comic Book Convention and in its early years consisted mostly of comic book collectors selling, buying and trading rare and underground comics.
Over time, the show shifted focus to embrace all things pop culture and is now dominated by studios, and streaming services, who set up elaborate displays to promote their latest movies and series.
The 2020 Comic-Con was replaced with the virtual Comic-Con@Home due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Plans for a return this summer were dashed on March 1 when Comic-Con organizers said the 2021 edition would also be canceled as a result of the pandemic, with fans instead once again getting a free virtual show.
At the same time, organizers said they are hoping to stage a smaller, three-day in-person convention in San Diego in November — plans that have now materialized.
“Comic-Con Special Edition will be the first in-person convention produced by the organization since Comic-Con 2019, and the first since the onset of the global pandemic COVID-19,” according to the March 27 press release.
“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.”
“While we have been able to pivot from in-person gatherings to limited online events, the loss of revenue has had an acute impact on the organization as it has with many small businesses, necessitating reduced work schedules and reduction in pay for employees, among other issues,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson for the nonprofit organization.
“Hopefully this event will shore up our financial reserves and mark a slow return to larger in-person gatherings in 2022.”
Details are still being finalized as to badge cost, attendance capacity, and other information.