San Diego Comic-Con 2020 Has Been Cancelled

For the first time in 50 years, the organizers have canceled San Diego Comic-Con over coronavirus concerns.

The event was supposed to take place July 23-26 in San Diego. Instead, the next edition of the convention will be July 22-25, 2021. Here’s the press release sent by the organizers:


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.

Let’s face it, we all knew it was a matter of time, even though there were some who were hoping that with the event still being three months away, it could take place. However, this is the responsible move, because even if the crisis is mostly over by these dates, there is a lot of work that needs to be done in the months prior to the convention dates that cannot be done behind a desk, and most importantly, it is absolutely not the smart thing to do to gather over 100,000 people under one roof after a global pandemic that has forced people to stay at home for months.


As of the writing of this article, Star Wars Celebration is still set to take place at the end of August 2020 in Anaheim, but that may very well change in the coming weeks.