The coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdown have impacted another major event. The organizers behind the biggest annual pop culture gathering have announced the 2020 San Diego Comic-Con has been canceled.
See you at SDCC 2021
In a statement on the official site, Comic-Con International stated that for the first time in its 50-year history, there will be no Comic-Con held in San Diego. However, they do plan to bring back the event in 2021. The announcement didn’t come as a surprise as Comic-Con International had already canceled WonderCon, which was to take place last weekend in Anaheim, California.
Comic-Con 2020 was set to be held from July 23rd to the 26th in San Diego, California. Earlier this week, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced mass gatherings are likely not going to be allowed in California for many months. The San Diego Convention Center, home of SDCC, has already been re-purposed into a temporary shelter, and this week started conducting COVID-19 testing.
According to SDCC, those who purchased badges for Comic-Con 2020 will have the option to request a refund or transfer their badges to Comic-Con 2021. All hotel reservations made through the official SDCC system will also be canceled and refunded.
Opportunity lost for Star Trek fans
San Diego Comic-Con has been a big part of Star Trek over the years. The annual convention often features a number of Trek-related events, including official panels, product announcements, exclusive merchandise, and previews from both CBS and Paramount. If CBS were to officially announce any new Star Trek shows, SDCC 2020 would have been a likely place and time to do it.
As of now, Creation’s annual Star Trek Las Vegas event is still scheduled to happen at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada during the first weekend of August. Creation has stated that they are working with local health officials and adjusting their schedule accordingly. They have been postponing and rescheduling other conventions that were planned for April and May.
TrekMovie will continue to monitor events and will provide any updates related to Star Trek conventions and events.