For the first time in its 50-year history San Diego Comic Convention (SDCC), 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.
Recognizing that countless attendees save and plan for its conventions each year, and how many exhibitors and stakeholders rely upon its events for a major portion of their livelihood, they had hoped to delay this decision in anticipation that COVID-19 concerns might lessen by summer. Continuous monitoring of health advisories and recent statements by the Governor of California have made it clear that it would not be safe to move forward with plans for this year.
Similarly, WonderCon Anaheim, which was to have been held April 10-12, 2020 will return to the Anaheim Convention Center from March 26-28, 2021.
In addition to their conventions, Comic-Con has been planning a major renovation of Balboa Park’s Federal Building to be completed for the grand opening of the Comic-Con Museum in the summer of 2021. However, the COVID-19 situation has had an effect on those efforts as well. As such, they will be rephasing the Museum’s initially planned major renovations, but will not scale back the experience to be offered to visitors upon the Museum’s grand opening. They anticipate releasing building plans illustrating the Museum’s transformation and sharing more information about those efforts in the coming months.
SDCC also announced that 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.
Plans are underway to capture the excitement and magic of Comic-Con in a year-round attraction located in San Diego’s historic Balboa Park. The Comic-Con Museum will encourage an appreciation of comics and related popular arts through exhibits, programs and events drawn from across the Comic-Con universe.
Considered the cultural heart of San Diego, Balboa Park is already home to numerous museums, galleries and theaters along with the famous San Diego Zoo. Now, with the help of the City of San Diego, CCI is in the process of converting the 1935 Federal Building into what is planned to be a world-class museum by day, and a very unique fan community venue by night.
Comic-Con was founded in San Diego in 1970 as a gathering for comic-book fans. It has grown into a pop-culture and entertainment juggernaut that attracts more than 130,000 attendees, the largest of any convention in San Diego.
Comic-Con organizers struck an agreement with the city to get the 68,000-square-foot space for no rent, a common deal for arts institutions housed in the park.
The Great American Foodie Fest, a new edition of the highly-successful Las Vegas Foodie Fest, is rolling into San Diego March 27-29 at Qualcomm Stadium.
Over 50 food trucks and vendors from across the country join together for three days of gorging on the nation’s most sought-after grub. Yes, you’ll want to make sure those fat pants are ready to go, especially with festival hours stretching from 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday, noon to midnight on Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Hungry guests can expect the infamous White Castle burgers, plus celebrity trucks you’ll recognize from The Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel such as Middle Feast Food Truck, Crepes Bonaparte, White Rabbit and many more.
Beyond the food, the festival will feature a beer garden, live entertainment, carnival rides, eating competitions and more.
Tickets: General admission starts at $8 a day or $13 for a weekend pass per person, in advance. At the door, tickets will be $10 a day or $15 for a weekend pass. Individual food and drink items are priced per purchase.
Please note that this is a numbered event. Numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of NOS4A2 from Mysterious Galaxy, available April 30th, starting at 10a.m.
If you are planning to attend the event, please do not place your order through the web site as all such orders are processed after the event. Instead, please contact the store and purchase the book on or after the on-sale date.
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Joe will be touring the U.S. to promote NOS4A2 and you can check out where he will be appearing HERE.