We all sort of assumed it was the case, but now it’s official: San Diego Comic-Con 2020 will not take place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a statement on their website, San Diego Comic-Con organizers said that “the current situation requires exceptional measures.”
“For the first time in its 50-year history,” the statement reads, “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.”
“Extraordinary times require extraordinary measures and while we are saddened to take this action, we know it is the right decision,” said David Glanzer, spokesperson for the organization. “We eagerly look forward to the time when we can all meet again and share in the community we all love and enjoy.”
SDCC is far from the first pop culture convention to be canceled or postponed this year as a result of coronavirus, but it is easily the most high-profile. It is also a bad sign for people who are optimistic that life will be back to normal by late July.