In a press release dated Saturday, March 27, the following information was released by Comic Con International:
San Diego – 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 details are not yet being shared about attending the event, it looks like CCI has already snatched up hotel blocks in anticipation of a lot of hotel reservations (we checked the nearby Hilton for availability…and there was none).
The decision to hold an event over Thanksgiving weekend is bound to be controversial, especially since many people were not able to spend their holidays with family last year due to the pandemic. There also is no guarantee that out-of-state or international visitors will be able to attend without proof of vaccination, due to current California COVID-19 regulations. Attendance limitations, mask-wearing, and social distancing will also undoubtedly be present at the convention, so, while there may be a Comic-Con, it will likely be very different than the Comic-Con we’re used to. (No waiting overnight for Hall H panels!!!)
What are your thoughts on the proposed convention? Would you attend if you’re able? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!