On Saturday, Comic-Con International announced that they will be holding an in-person convention November 26-28 at the San Diego Convention Center.
Yes, that’s during Thanksgiving. Yes, that’s kind of weird, which we’ll discuss in a bit. Here’s the full statement from Comic-Con International:
San Diego Comic Convention today announced dates for their November convention. Comic-Con Special Edition will be held as a three-day event over Thanksgiving weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 26-28, 2021 at the San Diego Convention Center. It is our hope that by Fall conditions will permit larger public gatherings. 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. 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.” As details are still being finalized, badge cost, attendance capacity, and related information will be forthcoming.
While it’s completely understandable why Comic-Con would want/need to have an event after two years of lost revenue, Thanksgiving weekend is going to be a tough sell, and not just to attendees who don’t hate their families. Guests and vendors would also have to skip seeing their loved ones in order to be part of the festivities.
This all might be a moot point as the capacity for large events is still limited this fall. If things are back to normal, however, then some large corporations and many more small businesses will need to decide if they’re willing to ask employees to work over a major U.S. holiday.
If you have family who lives in or near San Diego, however, then this might finally be your chance to go. As for me, I think I’ll stick with this July’s Comic-Con@Home event and argue politics/watch football with the people I love the most this November.
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