San Diego Comic-Con 2021 postponed, in-person gathering planned for November

San Diego Comic-Con will try to hold an in-person convention in November 2021, while staging a three-day online-only occasion throughout the exposition’s standard July dates, the convention’s management stated on Monday.

The online occasion, Comic-Con@Home, will happen July 23-25. The November event hasn’t been dated yet, however organizers state they prepare for it to be a three-day affair also.

“At this time, we are still working on specific details as to attendance capacity, badge cost, and related information,” Comic-Con International stated in a declaration.

Organizers canceled SDCC 2020 about one month into the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic’s break out in The United States and Canada. Convention management went on with an online occasion in July, throughout which partners and developers staged panels and trailer exposes. Still, it was the very first time in San Diego Comic-Con’s 50-year history that the convention was canceled.

“It appears that July will still be too early to safely hold an in-person event of the magnitude of Comic-Con,” CCI stated. “For this reason, we have made the challenging decision to postpone Comic-Con 2021 as an in-person gathering until our 2022 dates, and once again hold this year’s celebration as the free online Comic-Con@Home.”

When they canceled SDCC 2020 in 2015, organizers stated that those who bought badges for the occasion had the alternative to request for a refund, or move their badges to the 2021 program. Comic-Con International now states those badges will be immediately rolled over to 2022’s con, unless the badge holder demands a refund.

“The past several months have taken a great toll on both families and friends,” Comic-Con International stated, “and we hope this effort is a small move toward a return to gather as a community to not only celebrate popular art, but also friendship, education, and the enduring spirit of the fandom that is so much a part of Comic-Con.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.